Communities throughout Ireland are invited to avail of an exciting new initiative that tackles isolation, improves wellbeing and strengthens communities by fostering greater connection through a series of talks, workshops and gatherings that is being offered to towns, cities and villages throughout Ireland.
The Road to Connection initiative is the creation of social campaigner Ruairí McKiernan and his wife, musician and meditation teacher Susie Q. It focuses on the theme of cultivating connection with our personal sense of wellbeing, purpose and power, connection with our communities, and connection with our planet. It is a collaboration with communities to offer donation-based talks, workshops, gatherings, and supports and the couple are inviting expressions of interest for interested individuals and groups who want to be part of it.
Find out more below and help spread the word using the hashtag #RoadtoConnection and share posts on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram. Learn more about how you and your community can get involved on our just-launched website www.RoadtoConnection.com. Learn more about Ruairí and Susie Q and their initiative in a recent Sunday Independent newspaper profile interview.
Ruairí and Susie Q have both been working in the fields of wellbeing, mental health, youth and community empowerment for over 15 years, including founding and co-founding several organisations, campaigns and initiatives. They feel strongly that the levels of isolation, separation, loneliness, addiction, anxiety and stress in society are all evidence of the need for deep-rooted cultural change.
Their Road to Connection offering is an open invitation to communities to host them for a 7 – 10 day period while they deliver a mix of donation-based offerings. 1 day and weekend options are also be available. Offerings include; ‘Learn how to meditate’ classes, a campaigning for social change workshop, a public speaking workshop, leadership talks, wellbeing workshops, nature walks, one to one mentoring and coaching, Connection Circles for groups of women, men and young people. They will also facilitate a community forum at the end of each visit to co-create energy and ideas for action in each community over the following 12 months. They will then share their insights and community ideas for others to benefit from on social media and on our website at www.RoadToConnection.com.
You can get involved by becoming a patron, sponsor, or donor, by volunteering your skills or services, by offering them a place to stay, and by linking them with energetic and well-connected local community champions who can help organise on the ground.
Below are some ways you can get involved:
- Register your interest in hosting Road to Connection in your community. The team needs a place to stay, appropriate venues to host their offerings, and help with coordination and spreading the word locally before their arrival. Register here.
- Donate online to become a patron or sponsor, and help get them to as many communities as possible throughout Ireland. You can do so here securely (incl Paypal option) and you can either be listed as a patron or remain anonymous. Alternatively, you can email them via email@example.com for more info. 100% of funds raised go into reaching more people. Donate here.
- Volunteer your skills such as admin, media, research, marketing, proofreading, editing, web development, design, audio and video support.
- Offer supplies and support such as places to stay, printing and design, audio or video gear, a better car (or ideally a van), and venues to host future events.
- Invite them to your organisation, workplace or event. Road to Connection is donation based in communities but they occasionally do other talks and workshops, as well as campaigning, communications, strategy, coaching and mentoring work to raise funds to support the initiative.
- Spread the word by telling friends, colleagues, social media contacts, and possible supporters. Use #RoadtoConnection and share info via Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.
More information at www.RoadToConnection.com.