Cork CSR Activities

The Emerald Isle is known for its verdant landscapes full of wildlife and protecting its status as a green country is important to locals and visitors alike. To offset the impact of business tourism, cement global citizen credentials and have a good time while doing it, a variety of activities are available from hands-on nature conservation, to forest exploration or an exhilarating voyage around the Cork coastline.

Why not add a Corporate Social responsibility element to your next MICE event in Cork.

1. Cork University Hospital (CUH) Arts Department

Brighten up a hospital patient’s day

The Cork University Hospital (CUH) Arts Department provides access to the arts in the hospital. The aim of this is to enhance the hospital environment for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.

CUH Arts Department is always looking for team of volunteers to paint murals on walls, decorating the space to promote well-being for the staff and patients. Brighten up someone’s day by leaving a lasting imprint on the hospital, with options for indoor and outdoor painting, as well as working in the Cork University Hospital Gardens.

Delegate numbers: Groups of 20
What it is: Getting creative with your painting skills
Who it supports: Patients, staff and visitors to Cork University Hospital
Time needed: Half Day

2. Sailing into Wellness

Team building on the open sea

Sailing into Wellness is a not for profit social enterprise born out of a passion to utilise the unique setting of the sea to help our communities. The sailing programme is an educational and therapeutic activity designed to inspire our communities. We support our participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic.

Sailing into Wellness offers an innovative corporate team day out…

From the time you help each other with your life-jackets to listening to our safety briefing you begin to work together as a team, in a different way, in a different environment. Sailing with us needs you to first trust our instructors and then to trust the rest of the crew who are your colleagues.

We provide a group learning environment where everyone on-board has a specific role; to sail the boat efficiently we all need to carry out our roles in tandem with our fellow crew.

100% of our profits are used to fund community sailing projects; by sailing with us you are directly funding vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea. We work with those affected by substance abuse and poor mental health, to help build their recovery. Sailing is proven to be a powerful tool in their development. Your contribution helps us to support our participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic.

Sailing Into Wellness is a 2017 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee

Delegate numbers: Groups of 13
What it is: Develop Team work skills
Who it supports: People affected by substance abuse and mental health
Time needed: Full Day/Half Day

3. lean-up and conservation group – Cork Nature Network

Give some time to the environment

Get your delegates involved with a clean-up and conservation group activity, run by Cork Nature Network. The aim of Cork Nature Network is to promote and encourage the conservation of wildlife and habitats in Cork City and County, through education and awareness-raising.

An example is digging up invasive species such as sycamore trees. During such an activity, an educational talk about the site is generally incorporated. This project is about involvement and about making a difference to the natural environment.

Delegate numbers: Unlimited
What it is:  Nature activity
Who it supports: The environment
Time needed: A few hours

4. Inter Firm Dragon Boat Challenge – Meitheal Mara

Get out on the water

Meitheal Mara is an established maritime cultural and education centre in the heart of Cork city, and a registered charity. They are experts in traditional boat-building and training others in boat-building and rowing. They work with many Cork based youth groups and use these activities to promote social and personal development in young people.

Each spring and each autumn Meitheal Mara invites companies, organisations and groups to take part in their spectacular Dragon Boat Challenge. Your delegates could compete with 15 other crews to become this year’s Dragon Boat Challenge Champions!

Delegate numbers: Minimum: 17 / Maximum: 272 (16 crews of 17 participants)
What it is: Hands-on activity
Who it supports: Young people to engage with maritime education and training
Time needed: Full-day

5. Forest Bathing West Cork

More than a walk in the woods!

Forest Bathing is translated verbatim from Japanese ‘shinrin-yoku’. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds & smells of the forest.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a growing body of scientific literature on the diverse health benefits. Each guide works in different woodland settings and can tailor the experience to suit the clientele knowledge & experience.

Each Forest Bathing Guide offers unique experiences according to individual expertise & knowledge Combine our individual experience & expertise with a practical framework to offer clients beneficial walks & experiences;

Qualified Tourist Destination Forest Bathing Guides include:

  • A Digital STEAM Career Coach – Grainne
  • A Certified Nutritionist & Naturopathic Practitioner – Michelle
  • A Mindset & Confidence Coach – Anna
  • A Forest School Practitioner – Val
  • A Manual & People Handling Adviser – Jane
  • An Artisan Food Producer & member of West Cork Farm Tours – Avril

Delegate numbers: Please enquire
What it is:  Nature activity
Who it supports: The environment and personal wellbeing
Time needed: 2 hours

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