The BRS are delighted to announce our partnership with Ballymun’s Aisling Project.
The Aisling Project is an after school initiative in the Ballymun area for children deemed at risk. It provides homework supervision, a hot meal and after school activities to help in the child’s development. The Aisling also provides a safe place for these children and works individually with each child to ensure their developmental needs are being met. There are currently four Aisling Project centres in Ballymun, three cater for children aged 7 to 12 or from 2nd class to 6th class. The fourth Aisling Project centre is a transition centre for children starting secondary school who still need a little help. The Aisling has grown from a small charity based out of a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to a multi centre, multi age group charity meeting the needs of nearly 100 children each year.
The BRS has teamed up with the Aisling Project to bring science to the children of Ballymun. We are currently recruiting volunteers for a program which will see us bring BRS members up to Aisling Projects centre in Shangan to do an experiment with the children on the power of detection and the spread of infection. This experiment will involve small lectures and the volunteers working with small groups showing how easy infection spreads and how we detect it. Following this, a small number of children who showed interest in the experiment and science, will be invited down to DCU for another workshop and to be shown around the research labs that BRS members use daily. These children will get to experience a small snippet of the day in the life of a scientist. The BRS will also have some members present who grew up in the area or similar areas to show the children how far they’ve come and how they did it.
The BRS are very excited about this collaboration and are keen to get as many members involved as possible. If you are interested please contact us at [email protected] asap and we will be in touch with full details.