Hannah and Rachel Kelly are doing Kilkenny proud!

Rachel and Hannah Kelly are twins from Kilkenny, and are the only two girls representing the South East Region on the Irish U18 Hockey Team. They were members of the Irish Squad at U16 Level and are delighted to have progressed to U18 Level through hard work and commitment. They’re both members of Old Alex […]

17 Apr 2019

The Taxback Group raised some much kneaded dough for Temple Street!

At The Taxback Group, the only thing that we like better than Fridays is cake. Now imagine what you get when you mix Fridays with cake and sprinkle in some charity fundraising too! We were absolutely thrilled to take part in the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The national event sees companies […]

11 Apr 2019

We went green for BUMBLEance!

Every year to tie in with the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations, we hold our annual Green Day Fundraiser. This year, we raised funds for BUMBLEance, the world’s first state-of-the-art ambulance service specifically designed and tailored exclusively for all children in Ireland. BUMBLEance provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients who require transportation between their […]

09 Apr 2019

The Taxback Group Supports Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls

  It’s not long now until the Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls Team travel to Barcelona to compete in an international tournament. This amazing trip will be a great opportunity for the girls to improve their skills and develop new ones. It won’t be all work and no play however as in between the several games […]

28 Mar 2019

The Taxback Group supports Karin Dom’s professional supervisions program

      What’s the purpose of the professional supervision of Karin Dom’s specialists? The daily work with clients, parents, colleagues, and different institutions can bring on a wide variety of emotions. Our professionals need a special place and time where they can share what they have experienced throughout the day. This is done through […]

22 Mar 2019

International Volunteer Day at The Taxback Group

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Did you know that International Volunteer Day mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December? It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among […]

20 Dec 2018

The Taxback Group CSR program shortlisted for Kilkenny Award!

The Taxback Group are delighted to announce that their global Corporate Social Responsibility Program has been shortlisted for a Kilkenny Chamber Business Award. At The Taxback Group, Corporate Social Responsibility is a vital part of our remit. In each of the communities in which our offices are based, we strive to make a difference. We […]

01 Nov 2017

The Taxback Group sponsors Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle!

The Taxback Group is honoured to officially announce our sponsorship of this year’s Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle. The Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle asks people to get on their bike on Saturday September 16th for this picturesque and energetic 100km or 66km trip across the county, with all proceeds going to the provision of […]

25 Aug 2017

Charity begins at home – The Taxback Group and World Parkinson’s Day

This year, The Taxback Group opened up its Corporate Social Responsibility Program entirely to our staff. Back in January, we asked our staff for suggestions on which causes they wanted to support, and what causes were close to their heart. These suggestions have been used to build our calendar for the year, with each quarter […]

10 Apr 2017

The Taxback Group supports Temple Street Pet Therapy!

We are delighted to support Temple Street’s Pet Therapy programme for another year! For the past 4 years, The Taxback Group has funded this initiative in Temple Street Childrens Hospital, which brings a couple of comforting canines in to visit the children every Thursday morning. This Thursday, we were luckily able see where out donation goes, as […]

10 Feb 2017

Hannah and Rachel Kelly are doing Kilkenny proud!

Rachel and Hannah Kelly are twins from Kilkenny, and are the only two girls representing the South East Region on the Irish U18 Hockey Team. They were members of the Irish Squad at U16 Level and are delighted to have progressed to U18 Level through hard work and commitment. They’re both members of Old Alex Hockey Club in Dublin and travel to train at least once if not twice a week, spending their weekends playing matches. We’re absolutely delighted to support them on this exciting journey! Hear what the girls had to say below.

“All Irish Hockey Underage programmes are self-funded and Taxback Group have generously donated to our great cause. The programme looks to develop younger players through coaching and international playing experience and all funds raised go towards coaching, playing kit and matches. Recently, we have played a two match series in England and we have just come back from a three match series versus the Ulster U21s last weekend. Scoring 3 goals each, we helped the team to three wins from three and enjoyed the trip immensely. Now it’s back to training with upcoming trips to Belgium and Scotland before our main competition in July, the 6 Nations Tournament in Holland.

Hockey is a huge passion of ours and we love all the different aspects of it! We travel to Dublin for weekly training sessions for our club and all weekends going forward until July will be Irish Training camps in Dublin and Belfast. This would not be possible without the kind generousity of companies like Taxback Group and we appreciate the great opportunity they have given us by contributing not only to us local hockey players but to the wider community here in Kilkenny aswell. It’s fantastic to have such a high calibre company here on our doorstep.” – Hannah and Rachel Kelly.

The Taxback Group raised some much kneaded dough for Temple Street!

At The Taxback Group, the only thing that we like better than Fridays is cake. Now imagine what you get when you mix Fridays with cake and sprinkle in some charity fundraising too!

We were absolutely thrilled to take part in the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The national event sees companies and individuals across the country rally together and put their best bakers forward for a good old-fashioned bake sale. Both our Stephen’s Green Office and our HQ in Kilkenny took part and there was no shortage of treats (or treat-eaters!) at either location.

Congratulations to Lisa Murphy (Kilkenny) and Carrie Grant (Dublin) who were crowned the best bakers in their respective offices, and a massive well done to Temple Street on the success of the Great Irish Bake 2019!

Temple Street provide care to hundreds of sick children in need of world-class medical care and they raise funds to ensure that these children have access to the very best paediatric equipment, facilities and supports when they need it the most. The Taxback Group aim to support Temple Street in any way that we can, and we’ve been supporting their Pet Therapy Program for the last six years.

We went green for BUMBLEance!

Every year to tie in with the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations, we hold our annual Green Day Fundraiser. This year, we raised funds for BUMBLEance, the world’s first state-of-the-art ambulance service specifically designed and tailored exclusively for all children in Ireland.

BUMBLEance provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients who require transportation between their home and children’s hospitals, hospices, national paediatric treatment centres, and respite centres nationwide.

We were absolutely delighted to have the BUMBLEance Team on site so that our employees could see exactly what they were supporting. Here’s a look at how they got on:

 

If you’d like to see how you can help raise funds for this fantastic service, head to bumbleance.com.

The Taxback Group Supports Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls

 

It’s not long now until the Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls Team travel to Barcelona to compete in an international tournament. This amazing trip will be a great opportunity for the girls to improve their skills and develop new ones. It won’t be all work and no play however as in between the several games they’ll play during the visit, they’ll also get a chance to visit some of the top sights.

Participation at this event is by invitation and the “Stars Girls” are being included based on their performance in recent times. For two years running they have won the Under 12 and Under 13 South-East double, the league and the cup and are the Under 14 Midlands champions for this season.

The onward and upward momentum of the team is fuelled by the girls’ enjoyment of the game, their willingness to train, the support of their parents and the excellent guidance of the coaches, Lisa Dunphy, Grainne Timmons, Helena Burke with a special mention for their head coach Wayne Edwards who eats, sleeps and breathes basketball.

The girls are part of the local basketball community and Kilkenny Stars has grown immensely in popularity with both boys and girls. Two of our clubmates have made the U17 Irish Basketball squad, namely Ava Coogan and Fay Scanlon. These girls are blazing a trail for the future of these U14 girls.

“I am so thrilled to be getting this opportunity to travel to Barcelona with my basketball team. It will be a great experience for our team to compete against other international teams. A huge thanks to Taxback for sponsoring our very exciting trip.” — Ruth Breen, Player, Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls.

Rachael O’Shea, Engagement and Communications Officer for the Group, believes that supporting local clubs and teams is very important. “The Taxback Group are absolutely delighted to be supporting the Kilkenny Stars U14 Girls. I played a number of sports myself throughout secondary school and I believe that it’s an escape for kids where they can have some fun away from the books! In a day where social media and technology is all around us, it’s more important now than ever before that we, as a community, rally together and support our local clubs and teams as much as possible. We’re proud to support a number of local teams, including Dunnamaggin GAA who were recently crowned All Ireland Junior Club Champions! We wish the Kilkenny Stars the very best of luck on their journey of a lifetime”.

The Taxback Group supports Karin Dom’s professional supervisions program

 

 

 

What’s the purpose of the professional supervision of Karin Dom’s specialists?

The daily work with clients, parents, colleagues, and different institutions can bring on a wide variety of emotions. Our professionals need a special place and time where they can share what they have experienced throughout the day. This is done through both individual and group supervision sessions. All professionals working with children and people with special needs should be able to express their thoughts and emotions in a safe and confidential environment. Professional supervision is a positive and enabling process that allows them to take control of their emotions and reflect on their work practice. The process can also provide answers to any questions that may arise.

 

What impact has the professional supervision sessions had on the employees to date?

As a result of the professional supervision program, my colleagues and I can get a better picture of our emotions and look at how our job affects us. The program also encourages us to put ourselves into different scenarios and look at situations from the perspective of children with disabilities, their families and the institutions.  As a matter of fact, each supervision session is tailored and has its own, specific goal. These goals depend on the different situations that we encounter, and the person that we are supervising.

The greatest outcome that we have achieved so far is that people’s ability to understand and deal with different temperaments has improved, which has in turn improved their ability to prevent and resolve any problems that may arise. The emotional support and advice available to our colleagues is vital in maintaining the high quality of service that we provide to the children and families that avail of Karin Dom’s services.

 

How important are programs like this in achieving better work-life balance and preventing burnout?

They’re undoubtedly very important. Thanks to the professional supervision program, each individual can define their own working style that incorporates their personal qualities, their theoretical knowledge and their experience. In this job, it can be incredibly difficult to separate your emotions from your work and professionals often feel angry, sad, and even depressed, all of which can lead to them becoming burnt out. The professional supervision program is the tool that helps our specialists to deal with their negative emotions, while enabling them to express their emotions in a safe and confidential environment.

Zhanina, you are also working as a specialist in Karin Dom. What in your daily work motivates you the most?

Working in Karin Dom is an honour for each and every one of us. The satisfaction that we get from supporting the children and their families is what motivates us the most. We can see the positive impact that we have in the results from the children’s therapy. Constantly expanding our knowledge and skills through various conferences and events is what keeps us “hungry” for improvement. The combination of our daily professional supervisions with teamwork and a great work environment helps us to achieve the right balance between our professional and personal lives.

 

 Interview with Zhenislava Sapundzhieva – Director of the “Children and Families Services Centre” and Trainer at the Karin Dom Foundation.

Karin Dom was founded in 1996 and Zhenislava is working with its team since day one. She currently manages the Social Rehabilitation & Integration Services in the Early Intervention Centre. She has been involved in the Department of Early Intervention since 2011. She ensures a family-orientated approach in all of the services that they provide to the families with children with special needs.

 

 

International Volunteer Day at The Taxback Group

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Did you know that International Volunteer Day mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December? It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities. Following the good example of UN, we at The Taxback Group decided to show our appreciation to all Bulgarian colleagues who volunteered in any of the charity events that we organized within the past year. We invited the chairmen of the three biggest organizations that The Taxback Group supports – ARTON, Karin Dom and the Vinitsa Orphanage, and let our employees meet and talk to them in person. Furthermore we shared with each other some amazing volunteering moments from 2018 with a glass of mulled wine. What better way to end the year than recognizing all amazing ambassadors of goodness?

The Taxback Group CSR program shortlisted for Kilkenny Award!

The Taxback Group are delighted to announce that their global Corporate Social Responsibility Program has been shortlisted for a Kilkenny Chamber Business Award.

At The Taxback Group, Corporate Social Responsibility is a vital part of our remit. In each of the communities in which our offices are based, we strive to make a difference. We have a global team of CSR champions who work on fundraising and teambuilding activities to help local charities. This year our program has helped over 30 charities across the world, from our Irish and Bulgarian offices to as far as our offices in USA, Peru and Australia.

Eoin Lyons, chairman of The Taxback Group CSR Committee, said that ‘this is a huge achievement for myself, my fellow committee members Marcie Green and Olivia Sexton, our global CSR Champions, and every single staff member across our global offices. Giving back to our local communities is something which is hugely important across our group, and we’re delighted to recognise the efforts of everyone here in creating something to be proud of.’

The Chamber Awards adjudication panel examined over 150 applications and shortlisted 3 finalists in each respective category. Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO, John Hurley said that he was ‘delighted that so many diverse local businesses have engaged with the Kilkenny Business Awards this year. The standard of application was particularly high and an exceptional group of finalists have been shortlisted.’

The winners of each category will be chosen and announced at the Gala Awards Night taking place in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 25th November – visit www.kilkennychamber.ie for more information.

The Taxback Group sponsors Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle!

The Taxback Group is honoured to officially announce our sponsorship of this year’s Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle.

The Jack & Jill Kilkenny Cycle asks people to get on their bike on Saturday September 16th for this picturesque and energetic 100km or 66km trip across the county, with all proceeds going to the provision of home nursing respite care and support to sick children locally and nationally.

As long-term supporters of the charity, The Taxback Group today presented CEO of Jack & Jill, Hugo Jellett, with a cheque for €10,000 to sponsor this terrific family event, and to provide additional funds to the many families the charity helps each and every day.

Pictured (L-R) Brendan Ahearne and Claire McBride (Taxback Group), Hugo Jellett (CEO of Jack & Jill), Joanne Doyle (Jack & Jill Nurse), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny Hurling Star), and Eoin Lyons (The Taxback Group).

“The Jack & Jill Foundation is a charity very close to our hearts here at The Taxback Group, and we hope that their Kilkenny Cycle this year is bigger and better than ever before” said Eoin Lyons, Chairman of the Charity Committee at The Taxback Group. “The service they provide is heartwarming, and we wish them continued success.”

Registration is now open on www.jackandjill.ie for  this professionally organised, fully insured and Cycling Ireland approved cycle. The cycle starts and finishes at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club, Hebron Road, Kilkenny with refreshment en route and hot food served at the finish line.  There are also a limited number of cycling jerseys available to purchase online for €20.

Launching the cycle Hugo Jellett, CEO of Jack & Jill thanked the Taxback Group for their support and accepted the cheque for €10,000 saying:

“The Taxback Group are an active member of the Jack & Jill extended family and help us raise awareness and funds through initiatives like the Kilkenny Cycle.   This year’s cycle coincides with Jack & Jill’s 20th Anniversary and the charity has supported 2,300 families over the years, including 47 families in Kilkenny and 36 families in Carlow through a vital service that operates 365 days a year, with no waiting list and no means test.  Just pure and simple support for families who need it. Good luck to everyone and thank you for your continued support!”

Charity begins at home – The Taxback Group and World Parkinson’s Day

This year, The Taxback Group opened up its Corporate Social Responsibility Program entirely to our staff. Back in January, we asked our staff for suggestions on which causes they wanted to support, and what causes were close to their heart. These suggestions have been used to build our calendar for the year, with each quarter taking a different theme. Over the next three months, The Taxback Group will be devoting itself to the elderly and unwell. The first beneficiary? The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Parkinson’s Association, a charity committed to providing support, information, and a listening ear for anyone affected by the condition. With almost 20 volunteer-staffed branches around Ireland, the work and support they provide is quite simply incredible.

Two of our friends and colleagues, John Murphy and Éanna Brady, know first-hand the valued service provided by this charity. With both of their fathers living with Parkinson’s, John and Éanna were always keen to support this charity. So they came to us, to give back with Taxback.

As the email from our CSR team went out to our staff, requesting suggestions for causes they want to support for 2017, the response was incredible. One of our very first respondents was Éanna Brady. This charity is very close to Éanna’s heart, as although his father continues to play golf and is quite mobile, the level of support needed continues to grow. Éanna also highlighted to us, the fact that Parkinson’s Association do not receive any state funding.

John Murphy’s request on the other hand, came in through a slightly more arduous process for John, as he won our Operation Transformation competition here in the offices, to win a donation to a charity of his choice from our CSR Team. Much like Éanna, John relished to opportunity to provide additional support to his father. And again, our team here were honoured to help.

John presenting a cheque at the Parkinson's Association Tipperary Branch AGM.

John presenting a cheque at the Parkinson’s Association Tipperary Branch AGM.

The result? Two donations have recently been made to the Parkinson’s Association from all of us here at The Taxback Group, adding to the 10 other charity donations we have already made this year. The funds provided will go toward supporting the continued heartwarming work the Association provides each and every day.

We are absolutely honoured to celebrate this year’s World Parkinson’s Day with this quick insight in to the values of our company and our staff. We wish all of you who are affected by this disease, continued strength and positivity. And we thank you John and Éanna for helping us support an astounding cause.

#UniteForParkinsons

 

 

Would you like to join a team committed to success, and committed to our communities? Check out our latest vacancies at www.taxbackcareers.com today.

 

 

The Taxback Group supports Temple Street Pet Therapy!

We are delighted to support Temple Street’s Pet Therapy programme for another year!

For the past 4 years, The Taxback Group has funded this initiative in Temple Street Childrens Hospital, which brings a couple of comforting canines in to visit the children every Thursday morning.

This Thursday, we were luckily able see where out donation goes, as we visited Temple Street Hospital to see Pet Therapy in action!

Aside from the obvious benefits of general mood-lifting which comes from spending time with friendly puppies, these visits also aid the children’s physical therapy, pain management, and reduce their natural anxiety. From watching this take place, there is a very tangible sense of raw happiness and a very positive connection between the children and dogs.

Buster, the miniature schnauzer, had everyone’s attention from the second he appeared. Even though Buster was more cute and friendly than you could even imagine, it was brilliant to see the positive aura following him around, brightening up every ward we brought him in to.

As a dog lover myself, it was heartwarming to see the faces of the children light up thanks to these cuddly canines, and very humbling to see how something so simple in context can have such a huge effect.

Thank you so much to Temple Street Children’s hospital for allowing us be a part of this, it is something we are truly honoured to support. And of course, thanks to Peata for providing the dogs, who without, none of this would be possible!

 

This yearly initiative is the first of many CSR activities for The Taxback Group this year, and celebrates the launch of our €50,000 charity program for 2017. Now in its 10th year, The Taxback Group CSR programme provides art, music and sports activities for children all over the world. The Taxback Group has supported over 300 initiatives since inception of its CSR programme.