Slow Adventure Tourism

One of the projects we are working on here in Momentum is The Adventure Tourism Innovation Partnerships (AVIP) so we’ve been busy researching adventure tourism.

Living in Ireland we have so many adventure tourism providers and Val decided to check out a couple of Slow Adventures to see what they were like.

The first adventure was with Adventure Sligo. This group has been set up to promote various adventures in the County of Sligo. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or prefer life in the slow lane there is something for everyone and all levels of fitness too. Val went along for a kayak trip, this leisurely paddle took place on Lough Gill, made famous by the poet W. B. Yeats. A coffee break was held in beautiful Hazelwood Forest before the paddle back. Val thought it was really quite magical with the water lapping around the kayak and the wildlife and wilderness all around.

The second adventure was with Slow Food Mayo which is a branch of Slow Food Ireland. This group is run solely by volunteers and brings together the communities of like-minded people who champion the ethos of good, clean and fair food in Ireland. 

The Slow Food Mayo event took place in the stunning grounds of Belleek Castle in Co. Mayo. There was a tour of the garden by head gardener Alex Lavarde who introduced the group to so many different herbs and plants, all of which are used in the castle kitchen. Head Chef David O’Donnell came up with a superb feast of food sourced from the gardens for lunch.
There was also pork and beef from Andarl Farm, oysters from Achill Oysters, Aran Goat Cheese from Gabriel Flaherty and lamb from Achill Mountain Lamb. There was also a variety of breads, homemade lemonade and delicious cakes. After lunch there was a foraging walk with Alex Jaromin in Belleek Woods. Alex was pointing out all things edible – and some that weren’t!

Both days out were really worth going on and just shows how interesting Slow Adventure can be. You can find out more about the Adventure Tourism project here: https://www.adventuretourism.eu/

Saving water through Frugal Innovation

Sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best. One of the projects we are working on here at Momentum is Frugal Innovation. This is both a mind set and a series of techniques that enables entrepreneurs to innovate despite resource constraints.

In simple terms Frugal Innovation helps people understand the need for innovation in their communities or business and empowers them to find a way with limited funds.

During our research of Frugal Innovation we came across 22-year old Maithili Appalwar who came up with a simple idea to help the water crisis in India.

Maithili has founded a business to create affordable solutions that pull Indian farmers out of hunger and poverty. The flagship project is an affordable water conservation product, which has so far conserved 200 billion litres of water. This is a fantastic achievement especially in such a short amount of time. You can read the full article here.

To find out more about the Frugal Innovation Project including free learning resources you can visit the website.

Epoch – a new kind of summer camp for teenagers

Empowering Digital Citizenship

Here at Momentum we are big advocates for raising awareness around social media and helping young people to make responsible choices about what they do online. We are involved in the Empower Me project which aims to do just that through online learning resources.

We recently found out about Epoch, which is a new kind of summer camp aimed at teenagers. The word Epoch is defined “as an important period of time in an era” … and there is no-more an important time than the formative teenage years.

Epoch is a week-long residential experience taking place in July, based in Sligo, Ireland, for teenagers between 13 and 15 that encourages learning in a holistic manner and instills that a healthy body equates to a healthy mind.  The concept has been developed of three key pillars namely; Nutrition, Activity and Personal Development.

The Epoch experience will be a digital detox encouraging little or no technology and a workshop will be delivered to create awareness and consequences of misuse of social media platforms. All participants will be given the coping skills to deal with the pressures of life today. It’s hoped this will help teenagers develop their confidence and maturity – and perhaps even give them the opportunity to make lifelong friends.

If you want to find out more about the Epoch course you can check out their website.

To find out more about the Empowering Digital Citizenship project that Momentum are involved with you can visit the website. This project will teach young adults about the risks of online communication and provide tools and strategies on how to safeguard themselves.

Momentum are adding a new event on Digital Skills to the Master Mind series

There is never a dull moment for the Momentum crew! We are just finished hosting  a great multiplier event on the potential of cultural heritage tourism for one of our Erasmus+ projects – ROOTS – and we are hard at work on  the last finishing touches for another event that will take place next week.  To be held in The Hive, in Carrick-on-Shannon, this is a free event that will take place from 15:00 to 17:00 on the 11th of April 2019 with lots of opportunity for networking over boxty pizza after the event.

This is a Master Mind event that will allow us to share our work on another Erasmus+ project – Digital Skills Accelerator.  Momentum are very fortunate to work with so many inspiring European experts and have designed our Master Mind Event Series to help introduce our region to some of the most innovative minds and digital training projects across Europe.

During this event, attendees will hear from European and local guest speakers as they share their expertise in relation to digital technologies in training and business advisory services going forward.

This event is designed to help training providers, educators and business support advisors looking for new and innovative training skills and opportunities, new graduates who want to gain digital skills applicable to the world of work and policy makers interested in European best practices with regard to digital skills learning.

Attendees of this event should expect insightful presentations from Canice Hamill(European E-learning Institute EUEI) who will talk about powerful tools and resources that deliver truly valuable learning experiences, Dr Julie-Ann Sime (Lancaster University) talking about how one can overcome challenges in the digital world, Prof Miguel Angel Sicilia (University de Alcala) who will do a deep dive into one of the trending topics of the moment – Blockchain. Also speaking at the event will be Dr Chryssa Themelis (Lancaster University), who will introduce the audience to Digital Wellbeing Educators. Finally, Laura Magan (momentum [educate+innovate]) will direct education providers interested to immerse themselves in a wealth of free training resources relating to digital skills  through the Erasmus+ Digital Skills Accelerator programme.

This is a free event for which tickets can be reserved online on Eventbrite.  

Momentum celebrates Safer Internet Day with an event focused on Healthy Social Media

Momentum [educate + innovate], together with Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, will be hosting an event with the theme of Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. This Erasmus + multiplier event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019.

Momentum [educate + innovate], together with Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, will be hosting an event with the theme of Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. This Erasmus + multiplier event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019.

If you are a teacher, youth worker, social worker, parent or a person working with and supporting young people in the field of education and in the community, this event is for you On the day you will hear from speakers with close connections to the subject of responsible behaviour on social networks. Our own Grace Roche will launch a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, designed by Momentum,  to significantly improve the ability of young people to critically assess and engage with the digital and social media they are consuming and creating in a way that favours their empowerment and active citizenship.

Among the speakers, Denis Naughten, TD Roscommon and Galway Constituency and Luke Culhane, the teenager founder of #Createnohate stand out thanks to their personal experiences with social media and the audience will have a chance to gain powerful insights from their speeches.

For TD Denis Naughten, the connection between the digital world and mental health is one that he is concerned with particularly as a father of four young children. His main worry is that, as his children inevitably become digital citizens, they might be at risk to be bullied and harassed, thanks to the cover that anonymity and distance offer to individuals with less than positive intentions.   

Luke Culhane, a Limerick teenager, has personally experienced cyberbullying and decided to stand up against it by creating a video for  Safer Internet Day 2016. The video has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and has led to Luke founding www.createnohate.ie. In 2016, Luke was named Limerick person of the year and also ‘L’enfant de l’année 2016’ (child of the year for 2016) by Mon Quotidien, a French daily newspaper for young people.

Also speaking at the event will be Martina Earley (CEO Roscommon LEADER Partnership),  Dolores McSharry (Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board and Roscommon Local Learning Network), Caroline Duignan (Roscommon CYPSC,  Roscommon Internet Safety Programme) and  project manager Grace Roche of Momentum educate + innovate).

The conference brings together the work of Healthy Social Media,  a  two year, pan European and cross-sectoral project working in Ireland, Spain, UK, Belgium and Slovenia and is funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The main focus of the project is addressing the potential negative impacts of online behaviours that can erode young people’s confidence, damage interpersonal relations, encourage the search for aesthetic perfection or over-sharing of personal information, along with the increased possibility of radicalization. All these possible threats pose serious risks to the development of positive, confident, active young citizens.

There are still a few places available, which you can book on Eventbrite, or by calling us on 071 9623500.  More information is available on the project website – www.healthysocialmedia.eu

On the day, lunch will be provided by The GROW Truck, whose tagline is The Comfort Wholefood Company. This is a young business based in Roscommon and they produce delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.