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St. Michael's House Special National School, Ballymun

AIB Funding for our school

6th Sep 2023


St. Michael’s House Special National School Ballymun is one of over 70 charities to receive funding as part of the 2023 AIB Community €1 Million Fund

 September 2023: ST Michael’s House Special National School today announced that it has received an award of €28,000 from the second annual AIB Community Fund helping it to provide ongoing support to those who need it most across local communities in the North Dublin area.

This award makes it possible to build sensory spaces in our school that will support our student's emotional wellbeing in addition to meeting their learning needs.  Research shows the positive effects sensory rooms have for students in the classroom by increasing student focus, attention, behaviour, and overall achievement. We can now have a multi-sensory environment that allows us to provide quality learning experiences while supporting our students and their families within the community. 

Earlier this year, AIB asked its customers, the wider public, and colleagues to nominate charities which connect with causes that matter most to them and their communities, for the AIB Community €1 Million Fund. Over 16,000 nominations were received highlighting the immediate support needed for charities across Ireland.

Following the inaugural launch in 2022, the AIB Community €1 Million Fund has already donated to over 70 national and local charities including Dogs for the Disabled, Irish Cancer Society, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Dyslexia Association of Ireland.

Speaking about receipt of the award, Caroline Sheill, school Principal said: “We are so happy to receive this donation, from the AIB Community €1 Million Fund, which will be vital for us to continue the services that we provide to our community. During these challenging times, we need support now more than ever, and we have seen first-hand the difference this funding has had on local organisations who received support last year.

“The fact that the public nominated us makes it particularly special because it means that the work we are doing in the community is being recognised, and we are making a difference. I want to thank everyone who is involved, our school staff, nursing staff, clinicians and SMH Link Services and a particular thank you to AIB for establishing this hugely beneficial fund.”

Speaking about the Fund, AIB Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, Mary Whitelaw said: “Along with our core community partners and programmes the AIB Community €1 Million Fund enables us to further deepen our contribution to society. The nominations were made by our colleagues, customers and the public based on the causes and charities they connect with and that matter most to them. Our hope is that this funding will help make a real difference to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to those who are working tirelessly for their benefit.’’

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