Always Brighter Stories celebrates people doing kind, inclusive work in their communities.

From volunteer groups to disability activists, social enterprises, charities and more, we’re spotlighting these stories to thank all Dubliners who make a positive impact in our city and county. Each Wednesday, throughout the month of February, we’ll meet inspirational figures like The Forget Me Nots Choir.

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Always Brighter Stories: James Casserly

James Casserly is a disability activist from Lucan, County Dublin. He runs ‘Jimbo’s Accessible Adventures’ on social media and his blog, advocating for better accessibility across Ireland.

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Always Brighter Stories: Sanctuary Runners

A solidarity-through-sport initiative which uses running, jogging and walking to bring together asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Irish residents across the country, promoting social inclusion and integration.

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Always Brighter Stories: Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is a renowned journalist and broadcaster. In 2021, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and ever since has been campaigning to raise awareness for the condition, and funds for the charities who support sufferers and their families. Charlie continues to extend the hand of friendship to as many people as possible across the country as he lives with his terminal illness.

Stay tuned to meet:

  • Mick Cardiff of St John’s Ambulance Ballyfermot: Mick has been a member of St John’s Ambulance for 49 years and tells us about his work installing defibrillators and providing first aid training to as many people in Ballyfermot as possible.
  • Sinead Ryan of Little Fitness: Little Fitness is a social enterprise, founded on teaching fitness classes in an educational way for children and young families experiencing homelessness. Sinead’s work combats barriers to exercise experienced by those living in emergency accommodation and family hubs.
  • Bull Island Action Group: For the last 20 years, the volunteer-led Bull Island Action Group has met monthly to clean the sand dunes, beach and biosphere. Their work supports conservation efforts and improves the local environment.

We’re calling on all Dubliners to spread kindness in their local communities in any way they can – whether it’s by signing up to volunteer with a local charity, or by joining activities in your area with a sports club or arts organisation, there’s so many ways to engage in our city and county to make Dublin a brighter place.

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