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The Helplink Show September 2020
Tracey Egan, Irish Heart Foundation
Philip Stallard - New Wave Adventure Therapy

Tracey Egan of The Irish Heart Foundation

Every hour someone in Ireland suffers from a stroke. Every day, hundreds of Irish people are diagnosed with heart disease.

The lives of these people are often cut tragically short. Many are left disabled. Almost 9,000 people die each year, making heart disease and stroke one of the nation’s biggest killers.

It shouldn’t be this way and this fact forms our reason for being. We are the nation’s heart and stroke charity.

Our mission is to effect positive change in the lifestyles of Irish people, to achieve better outcomes for those affected by heart disease and stroke and to challenge when the health of our nation is put at risk.

We empower people to live longer, healthier lives.


Philip Stallard: Director, Adventure Therapist

The New Wave Adventure Therapy Wild Project (CLG) is an exciting new non-profit organisation that supports access to professional adventure therapy in Ireland.
The ‘Wild Project’ offers a range of adventure therapy options, including family and small group programmes workshops for student, community and professional groups
bespoke collaborations with services around projects that meet their needs
subsidised adventure therapy, subject to availability a responsive and effective approach that remains person-centred and strengths-based.
 
Philip Stallard is passionate about the potential that professional adventure therapy can offer individuals with a range of complex needs. Philip learned early on in his career that an emphasis on the quality of design and delivery of specialised programmes yields the best results for the client. He saw this directly through his practice as a personal trainer, and his interest in health and physical activity led him to embark on an Outdoor Instructor Traineeship where he gained a range of instructor qualifications on both land and sea.

He quickly appreciated the power and respect commanded by nature, especially the sea, and the adrenaline that comes with adventure pursuits. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the outdoors, he embarked on a B.A. (Hons) in Adventure Tourism Management at IT Tralee. His final year dissertation was a unique primary research project titled, "The Use of Adventure Therapy with At-Risk Teens".

This was the first time that primary research was conducted in a secure residential setting in the Republic of Ireland. Philip secured a place on a Research Masters programme in IT Tralee which enabled him to carry out a review of the cooperative and competitive nature of the adventure tourism industry in the region. His thesis, "Enhancing the Irish Adventure Tourism Product Through Networking" was completed in 2015. Despite a strong leaning towards management, Philip continued to work at the coal-face of social care in a specialised setting. He has been a Social Care Worker in Coovagh House since 2009. Coovagh House is a special care unit for young people at-risk, and Philip saw first-hand the benefits that outdoor and adventure activities can bring to young people in this setting.

With 8 years’ experience in this high-risk setting, and following the results and recommendations of a number of peer-reviewed papers on adventure therapy, Philip decided to continue with his education and train to become a Social Worker. He completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies in Trinity College, Dublin and immediately secured a place on the Master of Social Work (MSW) programme in University College, Cork. His two professional placements on the MSW were in child protection and mental health. These placements provided a unique insight into current practice and allowed him to work with a range of individuals, families and professional teams. He wrote his final year dissertation around the potential for adventure therapy in the Irish mental health system, "Adventure Therapy as an Intervention in the Context of Mental Health Recovery in a Structured Social Work Setting.”

Philip qualified in 2017 and is now fully registered with CORU and Nagalro and is currently practicing as an Independent Social Worker and Adventure Therapist.


The Magazine Show - At Home and Abroad - Streams Daily at 8am & 1pm

It is also available in the archives section.
Sept 27th - Oct 3rd
Ruairi McKiernan - Randy Lewis

'Following the collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger economy, Ruairí McKiernan questions whether he should join the mounting number of emigrants searching for greater opportunity elsewhere. McKiernan embarks on a hitchhiking odyssey with no money, no itinerary, and no idea where he might end up each night.

His mission: to give voice to those emerging from one of the most painful periods of economic and social turmoil in Ireland’s history. Engaging, provocative, and sincere, Hitching for Hope is a testimony to the spirit of Ireland. It is an inspirational manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times.'

Ruairí McKiernan is an award-winning social innovator, campaigner, writer and speaker. In 2012 was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D Higgins, where he served a 7-year term. A business graduate originally from County Cavan, Ruairí is a Fulbright scholar, the founder of the pioneering SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a founding member of the Uplift campaigning organisation, and part of the founding team behind Gaelic Voices For Change.

He is also the host of the chart-topping Love and Courage podcast a regular contributor to the media on social justice, youth and community issues, civic leadership and wellbeing. Ruairí is married to Limerick-born singer, songwriter, musician and meditation teacher Susan Quirke and they live in Lahinch, on the west coast of County Clare.

Also Maria, who, with her 13yr old daughter are encouraging others to participate in #PositivityRocksKilkee

Customers always ask “How the hell did a Canadian end up in Lahinch?” Randaddy’s Restaurant, located on the beach front in Lahinch is known for giving customers a Real Taste of Adventure through their food.. This taste of adventure comes from Randy’s many journeys & adventures cooking his way around the globe. We hope this video answers all your questions & gives you a little incite into what makes Randaddys Randaddys, enjoy. Hi I’m Randy Lewis, a native of Canada. So, how the heck did I end up in Lahinch? The answer to this is quite simple, I love to travel! My favourite thing about travelling is finding flavoursome foods and ingredients from around the world that I can bring back to Randaddy’s and use in my recipes. I guess that is what makes Randaddy’s an awesome eating experience.