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  • 1-1 Business Support

    If there’s any way we can support you and your business right now please get in touch. We understand how challenging things are, support is there if you need it. We are a community based, grassroots built social enterprise so no cost, no obligations to sign up and no hidden charges. We are offering sessions over the phone, or by video through Zoom, of up to one hour. So if there are topics you would like us to cover with you, or questions you would like us to answer, you can contact us by phone, email or though social media.

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    Join in on our weekly open session for Umbrella Eile community members. Hear how your peers are adapting to the daily challenges of running their own business, find support from community mentors and network with local stakeholders.

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  • The Power of Community

    I'd never really thought about community or its importance in my life until I got sick. I moved through life unconscious of the environments I was in, the company I kept and the impact it had on me. Now more than ever I value being around like-minded people who lift me up. It was only when I was plunged into the world of cancer treatment that my perspective changed. I was suddenly in environments that I'd never been exposed to and around people I might never have met. Over the course of eight months, my routine mainly consisted of visits to the chemotherapy ward at fortnightly intervals, then surgery, followed by 25 daily sessions of radiotherapy. The rest of the time I spent recovering or having the odd visitor at home. It was a dramatic change from the busy life I had lived, on the road giving presentations in schools or in meetings - generally surrounded by a lot of people, a lot of the time. As I waited at home before my first chemotherapy appointment in March of 2016, I had an awful feeling of dread. I had no idea what lay ahead but I imagined it would be a very harrowing experience. I just couldn’t believe that this was where I had ended up in life as I’d had my fair share of struggles before cancer. At the same time, I knew that life as I had been living it couldn’t continue. That was my saving grace. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was ready to do whatever it took to change my life. Chemotherapy was very challenging physically, but ironically, it ended up bring much easier overall than I had anticipated. That blew my mind. Every time I arrived for treatment, there was lots of laughter and uplifting conversation all day long. I was surrounded by people who had every right to moan and complain about their circumstances but they didn't. This was a far cry from the world that I had inhabited, a world where I had often complained about my lot and witnessed others do the same. Despite the outer trappings of good fortune many seemed quite discontent. It was hard to fathom. I was happy to meet new people, with different attitudes and perspectives on life. I usually left the hospital feeling buoyed up and alive. It was a time of great revelation for me in so many ways. I could very easily have felt depressed and out of sorts as I went through the gruelling rounds of chemotherapy but I didn't. And the main reason for that was the wonderful community of patients, visitors and caregivers who lifted me up. Granted my prognosis was good but I genuinely did feel very grateful, optimistic and like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. So even though I was delighted to eventually finish treatment, I did miss the sense of camaraderie from being around like-minded people for quite a while after. I decided that whatever lay ahead, I was going to seek out people and communities that reflected who I was becoming and what I wanted for my life. I felt a great desire to be around people who had a positive influence on me, who filled me up, who were interested in self-discovery, who were courageous in their lives and who I could learn from. And the funny thing is that once I set that intention, they started turning up with very little effort on my part. I became a member of a local leisure centre, attending aquafit classes and swimming regularly to support my recovery. As I got stronger I moved to the gym and I tried out lots of different classes. I became a regular visitor there and met some wonderful people who are still in my life. It has not just been about exercise for me. It has been about connecting with like-minded people who are on a similar path. I also joined an Artists Ways group, which is based on the book of the same name by Julia Cameron. That really was life-changing. I was surrounded by women who supported and encouraged each other, who got me and believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. I have said it often, but I would not be where I am today, doing what I am doing without them. Old friends and new appeared. I was finding my tribe and life was becoming a lot easier. They have taught me so much and continue to do so every day. I learnt that the only place I have the power to change is inside, so I need to focus my attention and energy there. I also learnt that it is possible to be happy despite, and even because of, the difficult circumstances of my life. I am genuinely the most content I have ever been and it is because of everything I have been through. We all need the support of like-minded people who get us. In the same way, we are then in a position to support others who may benefit from what we have learnt from our life experiences. When we live authentic lives, honouring who we are we change the lives of those around us. That is the true power of community. We do nothing on our own, so make sure you plug into the power of community that is all around you. "Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames." Rumi www.umbrellaeile.ie/connect-with-celine www.celineodonovan.com

  • What exactly is a social enterprise?

    ‘Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.’ Bill Drayton What exactly is a social enterprise? It’s a model of business that works to improve the lives of people, the planet and ensure prosperity for all.  A Social Enterprise, is an organisation that provides services and products in their communities. It is an innovative, inclusive business model that trades as a viable enterprise while also impacting on our community. Social enterprise is about shifting our perception of what viable trade means to us as individuals and as a collective community, from the sole view of profit. Its about co-creation, co-operation, collaboration and in a way that influences and shapes our communities. Its about shared ownership, shared resources and shared assets. It’s about transparency, trust and protection.  It’s about creating connection, that inherent need and desire we all have to connect to ourselves, to others and to the community as a whole.  It’s about social responsibility, impacting in a positive way on our social economy. Creating opportunities to improve our social wealth, by coming together to further our mutual interests.  Social wealth increases when individuals, families and communities collaborate, cooperate and connect to create mutual benefit. This connection, support and protection in the community enhances wellbeing, creativity, innovation and generates platforms for self and community expression.  It’s also about environmental responsibility, basing decisions around the triple bottom line of people, planet, profit. Ensuring that practices throughout the enterprise are sustainable. All of these elements together create financial, social and environmental viability. They ensure the foundation for true sustainable development. This is what a social enterprise sells, and why customers buy. Connection is essential, support is critical, and without these resources the challenge facing traders may seem overwhelming perhaps even impossible. All of this is possible and we can let go of old mindsets that no longer serve us and our needs. We must be the change we want to see in the world and the steps we take towards that change are what paves the way forward.

  • Why I decided to focus on living bravely at the start of 2020

    I wrote this blog post just before COVID-19 reached our shores in the early months of 2020. “I trust life.” It was the casual way she said the words that stirred something in me. Long after our conversation I was still thinking about them. I had the strongest sense that I was being given wise advice that I would do well to adopt in my own life. In the lead up to Christmas 2019 I had decided to take a stand at a local craft fair and use it as an opportunity to sell my new book. It was only two months since the book launch and I was excited about taking any opportunity to get out and tell people about it and make sales. The young girl was in her mid-twenties at most. She was selling vintage clothes at the stall next to mine. We chatted easily throughout the day whenever there were lulls in the crowd and I was fascinated by her happy-go-lucky approach to life. She seemed a far cry from the anxiety-ridden young people I read about in the media every day. She was doing what she loved, lived in the moment and followed her heart. I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s the gist of what she told me. In fact all of the young women I was surrounded by at the market were like that. They were full of energy and life, doing their own thing, not trying to conform or fit it. It was just plain obvious that they were really enjoying life and the day was punctuated by lots of laughter. It wasn’t the way that I had been at their age, but it was the way that I now wanted to live life every day. So what has that got to do with living bravely? Well as I recounted my experience at the craft fair during my monthly “Creative Way” group just before Christmas, one of the women responded by saying - “They sound like brave women.” She was dead right. I hadn’t been able to understand why the encounter had resonated so deeply with me and she had just hit the nail on the head. It takes bravery to trust life, doesn’t it? How many of us spend our lives trying to control what happens next and how our life turns out? I know that I wasted a lot of energy living my life like that and to no avail. I found it very hard to let go, to surrender to the outcome of any given situation and to just go with the flow. That might sound like a cop out, but it isn’t. I’ve learnt that it doesn’t mean that you just sit around and wait for things to happen in your life. It’s about following your heart and the urges that you feel to do something or take action. Then you see what life brings and you work with it. I’m coming to this wisdom late in life. I’m currently reading Michael Singer’s book – The Surrender experiment, which was recommended by a friend – that’s no accident for sure! Here I am getting the same message again from a different source. Singer has devoted over forty years to the experiment of surrendering to life, as he explains at the start of the book- “Let it be clear right from the start, however, that this type of surrender does not mean living life without the assertion of will. My story of these forty years is simply the story of what happened when the assertion of will was guided by what life was doing instead of what I wanted it to be doing. My personal experience is that aligning one’s will with the natural forces unfolding around us leads to some surprisingly powerful results.” I believe this is living bravely and it is the way the girl at the market was living. I could tell that she wasn’t flush with money, didn’t have a lot of security or a 5 year career plan (though nothing wrong with that as long as you’re willing to adjust it depending on what life brings). She was living spontaneously, she was happy and it was a pleasure to be in her company. So that’s how my intention came about as 2020 approached. I would be courageous with my life and make brave choices. The dawning of 2020 also gave me the impetus to push outside my comfort zone for other reasons: Firstly, I was proud of what I had achieved in 2019. I had published and launched my first book, something I had never imagined doing. I now had a taste of what was possible when I believed in myself and followed my heart. I didn’t want to let fear and self-doubt thwart my plans, which it often had done in the past. Secondly, it was almost 4 years since my diagnosis with breast cancer and I was alive and healthy. As difficult as the experience was, the flip side of the coin is that it transformed my life beyond recognition. It taught me that life is precious and could be taken from me in an instant. I had been given a second chance that many people don't get. That has given me an unshakable determination to live life on my terms. Thirdly, I was feeling an extra sense of urgency. I was facing into a new decade in my early 50's. If I'm very lucky, I might just be over half way through my life. In any event, the words - life isn't a dress rehearsal were echoing strongly in my ears. It is now just a few weeks into the new decade. My life doesn't look radically different on the outside but there have been some massive shifts inside. I feel more grounded, anchored and despite the odd anxiety or worry about the future, I have a great sense of living on purpose and of being on my path. I’m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and saying yes to all of the opportunities that come my way, especially those that stretch me. My hope is that you do the same, that you realise how much you have to offer in life. Each of has a unique contribution to make in the world and we deprive others of our gifts when we don’t show up and share them. We all benefit greatly when each one of us is courageous in our lives. So let's be brave together! 2oth January 2020“ www.umbrellaeile.ie/connect-with-celine www.celineodonovan.com

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  • Get Involved | Umbrella Eile - Galway's Online Marketplace

    GET INVOLVED Make Your Mark Contact us Contact us PARTNER WITH US Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Umbrella Eile an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions. Request a callback PARTNER WITH US If you are interested in becoming a seller with Umbrella Eile, please get in touch. All sellers must be based in Galway and producing their products or services locally.Get in touch to find out more. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Umbrella Eile. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.

  • Social Enterprise Galway Community | Umbrella Eile

    UMBRELLA EILE Working Towards a Brighter Future We are working on our Umbrella! I n the meantime you can find links to Galway's Local Online Marketplace Traders HERE "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does" William James View our channel ABOUT Umbrella Eile is a Galway community for independent traders & small business owners to connect, find support and to trade in our local market platforms & our new local online marketplace. Here at Umbrella Eile, we are a social enterprise driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place. Our vision is to change how communities can influence and shape social wealth. Our decision making process is informed by considering people, the planet and prosperity for all. We strive to build productive relationships & make a positive social impact with all of our pursuits. Learn More ACTIVITIES Bringing Change Trade and exchange is woven into the fabric of every community. It is how and why we survive, and thrive by exchanging goods, services, our time and our energy. With the focus worldwide now on the community, and staying at home to save lives, there remains an urgent need to provide ways to enable businesses to survive. We are working on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change. OUR SERVICES 1-1 Business Support Problem solving & managing challenges. 1 hr Book Now Umbrella Eile Mentor Support Weekly open session for community members Monday 1 hr Plan Holders Only Plan Holders Only Book Now BUSINESS CLINIC One Step at a Time Get in Touch MARKETPLACE PLATFORMS Connecting The Community Get in Touch SOCIAL IMPACT Reinforcing our Commitment Get in Touch Jun 8, 2020 2 min We are the ancestors of our future. Dec 8, 2020 4 min The Power of Community Nov 19, 2020 2 min What exactly is a social enterprise? No upcoming events at the moment

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  • What exactly is a social enterprise?

    ‘Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.’ Bill Drayton What exactly is a social enterprise? It’s a model of business that works to improve the lives of people, the planet and ensure prosperity for all. A Social Enterprise, is an organisation that provides services and products in their communities. It is an innovative, inclusive business model that trades as a viable enterprise while also impacting on our community. Social enterprise is about shifting our perception of what viable trade means to us as individuals and as a collective community, from the sole view of profit. Its about co-creation, co-operation, collaboration and in a way that influences and shapes our communities. Its about shared ownership, shared resources and shared assets. It’s about transparency, trust and protection. It’s about creating connection, that inherent need and desire we all have to connect to ourselves, to others and to the community as a whole. It’s about social responsibility, impacting in a positive way on our social economy. Creating opportunities to improve our social wealth, by coming together to further our mutual interests. Social wealth increases when individuals, families and communities collaborate, cooperate and connect to create mutual benefit. This connection, support and protection in the community enhances wellbeing, creativity, innovation and generates platforms for self and community expression. It’s also about environmental responsibility, basing decisions around the triple bottom line of people, planet, profit. Ensuring that practices throughout the enterprise are sustainable. All of these elements together create financial, social and environmental viability. They ensure the foundation for true sustainable development. This is what a social enterprise sells, and why customers buy. Connection is essential, support is critical, and without these resources the challenge facing traders may seem overwhelming perhaps even impossible. All of this is possible and we can let go of old mindsets that no longer serve us and our needs. We must be the change we want to see in the world and the steps we take towards that change are what paves the way forward.

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    Your forum comes with a Member’s Area, where members can use to get to know each other and personalize their profile pages. Members can also add new posts, write comments, and like posts. When traders sign up as members, they can join conversations, follow posts, upload media, leave comments, and be notified of any new activity in discussions they’re following.

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