Spéire Nua – New Horizon

Spéire Nua is Irish for New Horizon

  • At Spéire Nua, we’ve created a new disclosure model that highlights individuals’ efforts to change for the better.
  • Our project, named Spéire Nua, values contributions from individuals who have first-hand experience with the criminal justice system, that have made significant personal changes, and who are now dedicated to helping others transform their lives.
  • If an applicant demonstrates significant positive change, we will officially recognise and validate their efforts.

Our Services

Meet The Team At Amicitia

Amicitia is the Latin for friendship and it is in the spirit of friendship that we work alongside the community of Athenry, Co. Galway. Our projects are collaborative and intentional with a deep appreciation of our troubled times. As we walk away and leave the broken old extractive world behind us, we face a road that has many paths. Journeys littered with clicks, likes and distractions that make us lose all sense of direction. At Amicitia, we believe in uncovering stories that can guide us towards new, more sustainable and just worlds. We offer this website www.amicitia.org as a virtual window into these worlds shaped by the friendship and experience of those we work with. We seek to share, cooperate, and communicate. We welcome artists, academics, designers, environmentalists, community activists and those that feel stuck on the fringes of society. Our journey is an inclusive one of discovery towards regenerative rural futures.

Our Partners

“The Open Doors Initiative provides opportunities to people facing additional barriers to work. They create pathways to work through training, education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Some of the people they work with include refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people with disabilities, those from a Traveller or Roma background, LGBTQIA+, people with a criminal past, and any intersectionality between the groups.


Open Doors Initiative, If you have a general query, please email us at info@opendoorsinitiative.ie, Your Content Goes Here

Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is Ireland’s leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of people in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.

Established in 1994, IPRT has a well-established role as an independent voice in public debate on the Irish penal system. 

IPRT is committed to reducing imprisonment, respecting the rights of everyone in the penal system, and progressive reform of the penal system based on evidence-led policies. In operational terms this means our focus is on: the use of imprisonment, including sentencing; alternatives to custody and diversion; and the treatment of those in detention.

Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) MACRO, 1 Green Street, Dublin 7, Your Content Goes Here

As Ireland begins its journey of recovery from the crisis, now is the time to come together to build a country that is equal and focused on sustainable solutions.

By partnering with individuals, families and businesses, we identify the different charities and social enterprises working in communities across the country who are making real headway.

Our role is to support these big thinkers with the resources to share and nurture their ideas so that what proves to be effective in their local community has the opportunity to impact our whole country.

Rethink Ireland, Unit 16, Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus, Pearse St, Dublin 2, D02 YN67

To separate and elevate social enterprise, by fully supporting individuals and enterprises to reach their full potential, impacting communities across all regions.

Together we drive change, together we have an impact.

Social Impact Ireland, Nexus Innovation Centre, Tierney Building, University of Limerick V94 NYD3

The Irish Prison Service forms a key component of the criminal justice system. Its fundamental role is to help achieve a safer and fairer Ireland by:

Providing safe and secure custody with dignity of care for people committed to prison.
Reducing the risk of harm to the public and the likelihood of reoffending by providing rehabilitation for people in prison.
Working with the Probation Service to create an integrated offender management programme.
Assisting people in prison maintain family relations and contact with the wider community.

Irish Prison Service, IDA Business Park, Ballinalee Road, Longford, Co. Longford

Pobal works on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion and development.

Pobal, formerly known as Area Development Management, was established in 1992 by the Irish Government in agreement with the European Commission to manage an EU Grant for local development.

Pobal, Pobal HQ, 2nd Floor, Ormond Building, 31-36 Upr Ormond Quay, Dublin 7

The Probation Service protects the public and create safer communities by helping offenders to desist from committing more crime. We have a strong record of reducing re-offending, managing offenders safely in the community, reintegrating prisoners after release and of providing an effective, efficient and value for money service. We have many success stories of offenders whom we have helped reintegrate into society, as well as statistics that show what we do works.

The Probation Services, Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 WT27

We were born in 2018, after a decade of experience in B2C, B2B and B2G Commercial Roles. We have steadily grown to market leader in creative business development, commercial innovation and learning & development through our Hybrid Methodologies and Innovation Frameworks.  

ConsortiaCo, 20 Red Abbey Court, Cork City

This strategy sets out ambitious targets to increase the employment options for people who have criminal records and builds on a strong foundation of supports already in existence.

Working to Change Social Enterprise and Employment Strategy 2021 - 2023, Social Enterprise, Employment & Entrepreneurship c/o The Probation Service, Haymarket, Dublin, Eircode: D07 WT27

Amicitia is the Latin for friendship and it is in the spirit of friendship that we work alongside the community of Athenry, Co. Galway.

Our projects are collaborative and intentional with a deep appreciation of our troubled times.

Amicitia, Old Church Street, Athenry, Co. Galway

Just as it takes work to turn around your future, a lot of work has gone into developing the approach that we take to helping people to do so.  We have worked with people who have been through the justice system, and people who work within it and around it; as well as with academics and other experts here and in other countries.  Locally, organisations including NIACRO, Extern, Prison Fellowship and Victim Support have helped us with their insights and expertise.

The product of all of that research and co-design is a model that compromises three elements: transitional training and employment, strengths-based support, and shared supportive communities.

The Turnaround Project Office, Hydebank, Wood College, Hospital Road, Belfast BT8 8NA

LIFT Ireland is a social enterprise aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership in Ireland. Founded in late 2017, the movement was officially launched in May 2018 at LIFT OFF, an inaugural event attended by some of Ireland’s foremost leaders in business, arts, education and sport.

LIFT, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was built on a desire to change the country for the better by changing the way people view leadership. It aims to do this through its eight-part, group learning process. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with a goal of reaching 10% of the population by 2028.

LIFT Ireland 16 Fitzwilliam Street Dublin 2 | Ireland

Common Purpose not-for-profit organisation founded in 1989, we deliver face-to-face and online leadership programmes for multiple generations of leaders: from students in universities to senior leaders in organizations and society.

Common Purpose, 31/35 Bow Street Dublin D07 P8KD

Gaisce – The President’s Award is Ireland’s national youth award and is a self development programme for young people aged 14-25.

It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and fulfil their potential.

Gaisce, Ratra House, North Road, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland, D08 YD62

Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we manage, work along with individuals, community groups and other agencies to improve the quality of life for all in our area. We especially work with those most in need of help and look to create real chances for people to make positive changes for themselves and their communities across rural Galway.

Galway Rural Development CLG, Mellows Campus, Ballygarraun West, Athenry, Co. Galway, H65 KR02

The KickStart Fund, supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund, The Department of Justice and the Probation Service provides funding to for start up development and or job creation for social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for the previously convicted.

Kickstart - Dormant Accounts Fund, c/o Pobal HQ, 2nd Floor, Ormond Building, 31-36 Upr Ormond Quay, Dublin 7

Our Dublin-based team is committed to helping you move out of addiction and live the life where you are thriving. We provide support to those who need help overcoming drug and alcohol addiction and wish to make change. The services we provide include: one to one key working, counselling, holistics, art therapy and more.

Front Line Make Change, 147 Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, D08 Y7N0

The Department of Justice works to advance community and national security, promote justice and equality and safeguard human rights, to achieve our vision of a safe, fair and inclusive Ireland.

The Department of Justice, 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 HK52

Through our work, we aim to inspire people to see the challenge, and be the change and look past the problems to the solutions. Everything we do at SEI is a team effort supported by our incredible community.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Lower Ground Floor, 11/12 Warrington Place, D02 E221, Ireland
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