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SCCUL Enterprises CLG  

SCCUL Enterprises CLG is a registered charity set up by but independent to St. Columba’s Credit Union,  Galway in 2002. As a not for profit, social enterprise, SCCUL aims to champion societal change by  promoting community, enterprise, wellbeing and social inclusion. This is achieved through a number  of successful initiatives operating from the West of Ireland;  

 

  1. SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane
  2. bizmentors®
  3. Bizmentors International
  4. SCCUL Sanctuary, Clarinbridge
  5. Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre

 

Our Vision is: To alleviate poverty and disadvantage by empowering positive well-being and growth. 

Our Mission is: To facilitate individual, community and economic growth in a sustainable manner through socio-economic development and the provision of supports and infrastructure. 

 

SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane  

At the SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, we believe in providing local enterprises and community  groups with the opportunity to develop and grow. The Centre provides affordable space and support  services. Through the operation of a two-tier social inclusion model, as a not for profit, SCCUL uses  income generated from commercial interactions to offset the cost associated with the provision of  facilities and services to local community groups. The SCCUL Enterprise Centre strives to encourage the establishment and growth of start-ups and small businesses.  

The Centre comprises 18 independent business units, shared office space with 16 hot desks, a number of conference rooms, a holistic counselling suite and a shared canteen. 

 

bizmentors  

bizmentorsis a mentoring programme for start-ups and existing businesses currently servicing Galway  City & County. It provides free access to business expertise and wisdom to people in small businesses  who may otherwise have difficulty in accessing such support. 

bizmentors has provided 6000+ hours of mentoring to local business for free.  

The rapid growth and success of the bizmentors program has seen it recognised by the European  Union and funded to roll-out across 4 regions in northern Europe as a pilot programme between 2018  and 2021.  

 

Bizmentors International  

The Bizmentors model, developed by SCCUL Enterprises, has been proven to support individuals and  businesses in a small dispersed community setting in Galway since 2012.  

In a quadruple helix partnership approach, this project aims to innovate the model using an online  interactive platform based on international best practice and shared learning to scale and expand

Bizmentors in the North West Europe region, making expertise accessible to all enterprises and  entrepreneurs for free. 

Our project partners: Western Development Commission – (IE), Fermanagh & Omagh District Council  (NI), Savonia University of Applied Sciences (FI), Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IS), Northeast  Iceland Development Agency (IS) and SCCUL Enterprises CLG (IE) 

 

The SCCUL Sanctuary  

In 2013 SCCUL Enterprises CLG set up the SCCUL Sanctuary to provide a safe space for people facing  very difficult life challenges. At SCCUL Sanctuary we run tailored therapeutic retreat days for  community groups and members of the public who are facing a crisis in their lives or in need of healing.  We offer an extensive range of therapies & services to improve the emotional, mental, physical and  spiritual wellbeing. 

Our sanctuary is also available for private hire, team building days and corporate meetings. Funds  raised from hire of the space enables us to run our therapy days. 

 

Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre  

Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbour Centre strives to be a hub for the local community. In the Centre, we  enable clubs and organisations, through our state-of-the-art facilities, to provide essential services  for the local community. Through the operation of a two-tier social inclusion model, as a not for  profit, BCNC uses income generated from commercial interactions to offset the cost associated with  the provision of facilities, at a discounted rate, to local community groups. 

The Centre comprises of an Olympic standard Sports Hall, fully equipped for Basketball, Indoor  Soccer & Badminton, 3 meeting rooms, furnished with the highest spec audio visual. A General  Purpose Room which can cater for an array of activities such as Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics etc. The  Centre also has two anchor tenants on site, FRC Mental Health Promotion, a mental health  

awareness programme and Power Fitness, a fully equipped gym which runs fitness-based classes.