The Aisling Project
The Aisling Project – an after-school initiative working in Ballymun - was set up in 1997. Currently four projects, in four areas of Ballymun, work with 80 young people aged from 8-to-13 years. The Aisling Project based here in The Reco was established in May 2006, and takes place Monday to Thursday, from 2.30 to 5.30pm, during the school year, with a full two-week Summer Project during the month of July.
The main aims of the Aisling Project are to prevent early school leaving, benefit the community and advance education by running an after-school intervention project for children at risk. This intervention provides purposeful activity in a caring, secure environment in an attempt to meet the young people’s developmental needs. The service provides a hot meal every day, homework supervision and a range of developmental activities – drama, art, music, swimming, sports, gardening and arts & crafts etc.
While group-work, team-work and co-operation are very important, so too is individual project work. Our varied programme aims to allow for the interests, needs and learning of the various young people involved in the project.
While each of the individual projects – Balcurris, Sillogue, Shangan and The Reco – maintains a certain independence, a level of co-operation and joint activity takes place between the projects. Each project adheres to the overall aims and objectives of the organisation.