A family social centre set up by five Donegal mums is shortlisted for a Charity Impact Award.

Spraoi agus Sport in Carndonagh has welcomed countless children and adults to their community over the past eight years.

Now, they are calling for votes from the community to achieve a dream of winning a national award. Vote here: www.charityimpactawards.ie

Spraoi agus Sport was initially set up as a Parent and Toddler Group to address the lack of activities for young families. It all began when in 2010, when friends Helen Nolan, Ailbhe Hickey, Louise Grant, Helen Doherty and Kathleen Gallagher were desperately in need of a social outlet as young mothers, as were many of their friends.

Eight years later, it has evolved into a vibrant family hub which improves the quality of life for families in the area. The workshops, events and afterschool care play a key role in the Carndonagh community.

Spraoi agus Sport activities are hosted in five units around Carndonagh and they have 1,850 families on our database. Their team consists of 5 full-time staff, 70 freelance facilitators and 10 Special Needs Assistants.

They now offer fully-inclusive activities, classes and holiday camps for the whole community. Five hundred people, young and old, attend the hub every week.

“Everyone involved in Spraoi agus Spórt is passionate about what we do and love doing it – that is what makes us special and ensures that we can deal with our ongoing challenge of ensuring we meet the demand for services from within our community,” said the founders.

It is the founders’ dream to win the Charity Impact Award and have their community work recognised on an international stage. If you’d like to vote for  Spraoi agus Spórt just click here: www.charityimpactawards.ie/awards/spraoi-agus-sport-family-centre-ltd

Voting closes on 3rd December.