Tandem has participated in the Focus Ireland Shine a Light campaign for the fourth year running.
This annual event is hugely impactful in enabling Focus Ireland to undertake its valuable work. Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland.
The event in 2022 resulted in:
240,000 Meals provided.
110 Young people exiting foster care supported.
16,500 people provided with advice and advocacy.
100 Families placed in long term accommodation for one year.
Tandem is delighted to support Focus Ireland and their goal to eradicate homelessness in Ireland. This year, Tandem raised €1,140 for the charity! Many thanks to the participants and to all our sponsors.
Tandem has partnered with L’Arche Cork for 2023. L’Arche provides assisted living facilities and a day centre for people with learning difficulties.
L’Arche is developing a horticulture project and sensory garden in their day centre. In the future, they will have a café on site with the garden providing organic, farm to fork produce. This year L’Arche will introduce a coffee pod, enabling their service users to gain new skills, engage in meaningful work and form social relationships as part of the community.
We were delighted to volunteer some time to help with the many jobs needed in preparation of the garden. We will be back again soon to continue the work! Thanks to Meadhbh, Dale, Anthony, and all the staff and service users that made us feel so welcome.
Tandem’s CSR team and volunteers have been busy so far this year and participated in the Focus Ireland Big Busk, Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House.
The Focus Ireland Big Busk took place on 10th of March 2023. Nationwide, buskers, choirs, barbershop quartets and bands volunteered their time to entertain commuters and passers by as well as encouraging them to donate. Tandem’s volunteers joined in throughout the day to collect money at Kent Station Cork. We helped to raise €4,000 in Kent Station and over €346,000was raised nationally for the charity.
The 24th of March was Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Tandem held a cake sale over two days and raised €370.00 for the Irish Cancer Society.
On the 6th of May, Tandem staff participated in Darkness into Light, raising over €900.00 for Pieta House. In various locations nationwide, our colleagues got up at 3:30am to commence their walk shortly after, starting to walk before dawn and finishing up at sunrise.
Tandem’s charity partners for 2023 are Focus Ireland and L’Arche Ireland. We look forward to some volunteering opportunities with both these charities in the very near future.
Tandem was delighted to host eight students from five schools in Cork including two girls from Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, and six boys from Ashton, St. Francis College Rochestown, the Christian Brothers and Carrigaline Community School.
Tandem delivered a full programme of events for the week to engage the students with a variety of engineering disciplines. Disciplines included Process Engineering, Building Service Engineering, Civil / Structural Engineering, BIM, Electrical Engineering and Project Controls.
Presentations to the students included education and career paths to achieve a career in that discipline, definitions and explanations of that discipline and the type of work involved. The students were then given an engineering task related to what they had learned.
Each day students were asked to work on a presentation of what they had learned and what their experience had been, and at the end of the week the students delivered those presentations to Tandem staff.
Tandem is delighted with the feedback from the students and at the end of the week, all felt that they would now consider a career in engineering. A great result, and we will look forward to watching their careers unfold.
On Friday, 14th October, Tandem Project Management Ltd. took part in Focus Ireland’s #ShineALight fundraising campaign. Well done to all the participants and many thanks to our sponsors who helped us to reach our goal of raising €1,000 for the charity!
Tandem has partnered with Focus Ireland for three years. As a charity, Focus Ireland aims to stem the tide of homelessness by stopping people from becoming homeless, and where possible, providing housing for those that need it.
On 29th and 30thof July, Team Tandem set to work undertaking a garden makeover on a Focus Ireland property in Cork. The remit for the project was to provide a low-maintenance, outdoor living space for the family to enjoy.
The work commenced with the removal of all of the grass area in both the front and back gardens. A raised flower bed was constructed from wooden railway sleepers to provide a seating area around an existing patio. Other work involved cleaning, painting walls, painting fences, hauling heavy wheelbarrows, weeding, planting, hedge clipping, spreading gravel and bark, installing a washing line, fixing a fence in place and when all was done, power-washing the pavements. The volunteers taking part really ‘dug’ deep to get everything completed within two days.
Focus Ireland have informed us that the family are thrilled with the results of the project.
Many thanks to Peter Dowdall (The Irish Gardener) for his support on this project and his expertise in designing the garden. Our thanks also to the Tandem volunteers for all of their hard work on the project.
To mark National Volunteering Week, Tandem Project Management Ltd. spent the morning clearing an area of land at The Rainbow Club Cork. The area is being cleared for a polytunnel and raised beds that, when planted, will allow the café to offer farm to fork produce and will also support their future cookery school.
Tandem is supporting the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day fundraising throughout the month of March.
In 2020, an estimated 44,000 people in Ireland received a cancer diagnosis. That is 120 people per day, or 5 people per hour, hearing the words “you have cancer!”.
Tandem’s walking group have signed up to the walking challenge to fundraise, if you would like to support their efforts, you can do so here. Tandem also hosted a weeklong coffee morning during the week of Friday, March 25th, to raise funds for Daffodil day.