Our Stories


Mental health through sport and intensive care among causes supported by first community grants of 2022

29 March 2022

£30,000 of funding has been awarded to six community projects put forward by colleagues from across Ardonagh, including football sessions to help teenagers ‘tackle the mind’, celebrating frontline workers in intensive care, a youth cycling project, and services to support people with sickle cell disease. We share the stories behind the causes and why they mean so much to the colleagues that nominated them. Read more

Helping children find fun and friendship with Jump Space

16 March 2022

We hear from former Manchester City player, Paul Lake and his wife Joanne, whose family were supported by the charity Jump Space, which provides therapy and trampolining to people with disabilities. We also hear from Ardonagh and Bravo Networks colleague, Fintan Griffin, whose brother’s experiences inspired him to apply for a £4,775 community grant from ACT to help Jump Space. Read more

Bright Future Prize 2022 – launches today!

14 March 2022

Applications open today for ACT’s Bright Future Prize, empowering teens with dreams to make their communities of choice, better, brighter and stronger through a £40,000 fund. Read more

Living life in the fast lane with Speed of Sight

23 February 2022

Speed of Sight provides life-changing driving experiences to those who might otherwise struggle to drive a vehicle. We hear from Mike Newman, founder of the charity, who lost his sight as a child, and Ardonagh colleague Allan Farrimond, who nominated the charity to receive an ACT community grant. Read more

Donna Walker on hiking her way to her fundraising targets with match funding from ACT

01 February 2022

Ardonagh colleague Donna Walker from Bravo Network shares the story behind her 100-km charity hikes to raise money for causes close to her heart, and how ACT match funding has helped her smash her fundraising goals. Read more

Looking after brave Lucia and her little heart every step of the way

28 January 2022

Lucia has been supported by charity Little Hearts Matters throughout her life after being born with a rare condition which means she has half a working heart. Mum Fiona shares her story, alongside uncle Rob, who applied for a community grant from ACT towards the charity. Read more

Seven projects awarded over £30,000 by ACT in the final round of grants for 2021

19 January 2022

More than £30,000 of funding has been awarded to seven community projects, including extending local Down Syndrome services in Dublin, providing Christmas gifts to families in Cheltenham, supporting families with suicide bereavement in the Scottish Highlands and providing ‘trishaw’ bike rides in Chichester to combat isolation. Read more