Independent Living Ireland are a profit-with-purpose social enterprise. We’re redefining the relationship between business, technology and community to deliver more inclusive solutions for the most vulnerable people in society. Our project is guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and universal design practices.
To co-create open and innovative projects that enrich local communities and support the most vulnerable members of society.
Our project is rooted in the values of friendship, co-creation, and person-centred service delivery. We work closely with different stakeholders to learn, adapt and enhance society by developing shared-value networks of support for vulnerable people.
Our project operates across a number of levels to deliver end-to-end solutions for health and social care organisations seeking to support their clients in communities and residential care settings.
Care begins at home and our products support independent living by detecting emergency events such as falls, epileptic seizures or wandering. By putting preventative measures in place vulnerable people can remain at home for longer with the support of the wider community.
Our social hub helps to coordinate these community care networks by bringing together volunteer organisations and supporting people in their homes through an integrated approach to care. The hub also acts as a place to meet and socialise which helps to alleviate the risk of social isolation and loneliness in community environments.
We operate a lean business model and form strategic partnerships across business, community and academia to help us grow and support our client base.
Social business models are open and designed to fully consider the context in which they are delivered in. Through our shared-value approach we support vulnerable people seeking care while also enriching towns and villages by redistributing profits at a local level.
Profits generated from the sale of products and services allowed us to open our first social hub in the medieval town of Athenry, Co. Galway. Since 2015, we have been supporting the community through a participatory events in this hub including markets, arts and crafts workshops and small-scale plastics recycling. The hub has proved to be a tremendous success in the centre of a rural community and it will soon be renovated to include a new community kitchen, garden and programme of events designed around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Visit amicitia.org for more details.
One of the key goals in the National Positive Ageing strategy identifies the need to “Remove barriers to participation and provide more opportunities for the continued involvement of people as they age in all aspects of cultural, economic and social life in their communities according to their needs, preferences and capacities.” Our social hub, in the heart of Athenry, brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life to work together and deliver sustainable development projects in local areas.
Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals encourages partnerships. We work closely with a number of organisations to scale our services and support a growing number of clients from across Ireland.
Our products are sourced from suppliers around the world and fully tested in house before delivering them to our clients. We also work with strategic partners to extend our service offering and are thankful for the business development support from funding agencies.
We are a customer focused organisation and work closely with a wide range of community organisations to fully understand their needs, identify solutions and collaborate on projects aimed at achieving our financial and social objectives. Some of these organisations include:
Research and development is a core part of our organisation and we have developed strong links with academic institutions to build new products, research our market and refine our social business model.