As an independent social enterprise Sticks & Stones is deeply grateful to the support of these organisations who have provided grants that have empowered us to continue our vital work. 

Patricia Kennedy is representing Sticks and Stones as a finalist in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards 2014. From over 200 original applicants which were shortlisted to 40, Patricia attended “Bootcamp” and following this Patricia was shortlisted to the final 12 for an Elevator Award. The winners will be announced in November 2014.

As part of a world-wide Ashoka Changemakers competition “Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters”, which attracted over 600 nominations from 74 countries, Sticks & Stones was identified as one of the top three European solutions that advance empathy for children at risk. Founder Patricia Kennedy was invited to accept the Chemins d’Enfances (Paths of childhood), Springboards : Let’s Innovate for Children ! Award at a special ceremony in Paris where she made a presentation on the ethos and methodologies that make Sticks & Stones a success.

STICKS & STONES has received funding from The CommunityFoundation for Ireland to further develop our programme, and has specifically received a Grassroots LGBT Fund award  to devise our “Safe for Everyone” Workshop, which specifically tackles homophobic bullying.

ESB Electric AID IRELAND aims to make a real impact on a small number of specific causes. Suicide prevention and counselling was selected by ESB staff as an area to be funded. In recognition of the role that bullying can play in the suicide of children and young people ESB Electric AID IRELAND provided funding in 2012 that enabled us to expand our programme and reach more schools.

Sticks and Stones won a Highly Commended Award in the inaugural Community Art Prize at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Ceremony 2012. The winners were announced by Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, 4th Sept in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.


We also appreciate that the value of our work and its impact on the lives of Irish school children has been recognised.

Patricia Kennedy of Sticks & Stones was one of 40 social entrepreneurs, shortlisted from over 200 applicants, who gathered in Dublin on the 27th March 2013 to participate in the organisation’s Bootcamp event, a key stage in the award process. Speaking at the Bootcamp, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland CEO Sean Coughlan said, “There is nothing more powerful than an individual with an idea who is out there making it happen. Today we met 40 of the leading social entrepreneurs who are making a real difference in their communities. This is needed now more than ever.”

STICKS & STONES WAS SHORTLISTED FOR A COCA COLA THANK YOU AWARD.From over 600 applicants we were selected for the final 45.

We were really impressed by the truly inspirational work that is happening throughout the island and found it really challenging to create this shortlist.”