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23Sep 2019

To Hellfire & Back 4k

Charity Walk

A sponsored 4km walk will take place around the Hellfire Club to mark World Alzheimer’s Day next Saturday, 21st September, starting at 9.45am (from the Hellfire Club carpark).

The walk is organised by Bloomfield Mental Health Services in Rathfarnham to help raise funds for the benefit of mental health residents and patients.

Founded over 200 years ago, Bloomfield is a registered mental health charity in south County Dublin providing specialist treatment and care for a range of serious and enduring conditions including Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease. It is also the only organisation in Ireland providing in-patient treatment and care for individuals with Huntington’s Disease (HD) – one of the most devastating neurological conditions known to man.

hell-fire-back-4k“So many of our residents require wheelchairs to get around,” said Brendan Phelan, Head of Communications at Bloomfield, “and this walk, marking World Alzheimer’s Day, will help raise funds for wheelchair-accessible transport and to improve the general quality of life for patients and residents.”

Those interested in helping can register for the walk, donate and/or find more information on www.bloomfield.ie or can contact Bloomfield Mental Health Services on (01) 495 0021.

02Sep 2019

We’re excited to announce our participation in Soccer Palooza on World Mental Health Day, September 14th 2019. Taking place inside the Santry Soccer dome, it’s a family-friendly festival that features a 6-a-side soccer tournament with teams representing companies from all 32 counties of Ireland.

Whether you’d like to represent Momentum on the pitch, sponsor our team, donate to the cause (DONATE HERE), or just enjoy a relaxing day out that both adults and kids will appreciate, we’d love to see you there.

 

Suicide is one of the top twenty causes of death in the world. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to bring awareness to the genetic, psychological, social and cultural risk factors that contribute to suicides and help people work together to prevent suicides in their communities. Soccer Palooza is organised in conjunction with Suicide or Survive an Irish organisation aimed at expanding suicided awareness and funding recovery services for people who have been affected by suicide.

 

If you’d like to carry us to victory with your skills or just cheer the team on, please contact your line manager. The team sponsors are Zach Corbett and Niall Partridge.

 

If you’d like to donate to Soccer Palooza – you can…

 

17Jun 2019

Trevor Keith – competing in Ironman Sunday 23 June 2019

Momentum Support’s own Trevor Keith – site manager at Bombardier Belfast – is competing in the IRONMAN CORK on the 23rd June 2019.

ironman-01The Ironman is the hardest one-day endurance race in the world, covering a staggering 140 miles from start to finish. Athletes begin with a 2.4-mile swim – followed by an 11-mile bike race, topped off with a regular marathon run of 26.2 miles.

For the Cork Ironman, athletes will start with a 2.4-mile, 2-lap swim, starting from Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay. They’ll then take to the scenic roads of County Cork for two laps of a 112-mile course that includes Middleton, home to the Jameson Distillery, and breathtaking views over Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. The final marathon takes racers back to Youghal where they’ll cross the finish line in Market Square.

ironman-02“It has been a real physical challenge for me training 6 days a week for the last 7 months,” Trevor says. “My personal target is to complete the race in and around 13 or 14 hours in all 3 disciplines.”

Trevor is running in support of PIPS, a Belfast Registered charity (number 104726) established in 2003 following the suicides of 14 young people under the age of 18 in an area of North Belfast. As a community-based organisation, they offer a care team service and family support for those bereaved by suicide.

 
100% of the money Trevor raises will go to PIPS. To donate, visit: 

>>>>>>DONATE HERE<<<<<<<

23May 2019

Verona Pentony of Momentum Support was delighted to attend the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as a Be Unified volunteer.

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Verona Pentony and Michele Manning – Nada Jaffar Al Bustani and Verona Pentony – Verona meeting Salah Tahir Mohammed

More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competed in 24 summer sports, along with 2,500 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. During the event, Momentum Support had the pleasure of introducing CSR strategy, attending the Digicel Lunch and met a wide  variety of guests and personalities.

Digicel Event Westin Hotel. Verona Pentony Patron Special Olympics, Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM - World Games Abu Dhabi 14th March 2019

Digicel Event Westin Hotel. Verona Pentony Patron Special Olympics, Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM – World Games Abu Dhabi 14th March 2019

Verona Pentony and Hanna Joy Atkinson, Sargent Shriver International Global Manager.

Verona Pentony and Hanna Joy Atkinson, Sargent Shriver International Global Manager.

For Verona, meeting Hanna Joy Atkinson, Sargent Shriver International Global Manager, 24, was a defining moment for her. At the age of two, Hanna was diagnosed with leukemia and her first fight began. She started on the slopes with Special Olympics Colorado at the age of 13. From there, she joined unified basketball, swimming, and cycling. Hanna was selected to give her high school graduation speech and received a scholarship from the John Lynch Foundation as the “Exceptional Star of the Year.” She then served as a member of the Youth Activation Council, training athletes on the importance of healthy living –  and a contributor for ABC Denver 7 News where she earned a Heartland Broadcast Emmy for her piece titled “More Alike Than Different.” She now holds a Leadership role, such as a Health Messenger and now as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger.

Verona interviewing Henry Mckean - News Talk : Matt English (CEO Special Olympics) with Verona Pentony

Verona interviewing Henry Mckean – News Talk : Matt English (CEO Special Olympics) with Verona Pentony

Momentum Support would like to extend their congratulations and warm wishes to all of the participants and volunteers.

Grand Mosque  -When in Abu Dhabi do as the locals do!

Grand Mosque -When in Abu Dhabi do as the locals do!

22Mar 2019

Verona Pentony with fellow Founding member of the Open Doors Initiative Margot Slattery, CEO Sodexo & Breege O’Donoghue, an inspirational speaker after 37 years with Penneys/Primark, now she holds an Ambassadorial role for the brand. 

Nial Ring Lord Major of Dublin with Verona Pentony at Women in the Community

Nial Ring Lord Major of Dublin with Verona Pentony at Women in the Community

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, together with Norah Casey and Focus Ireland hosted an event in the Mansion House, Dublin. The Theme was Women in the Community overcoming adversity and realising full potential.  Most appropriately held on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2019.

Verona Pentony of Momentum Support was delighted to have received an invitation to the event and is pictured in attendance with other guests.

 

Norah Casey & Verona Pentony

Norah Casey & Verona Pentony

Eilish Hardiman, Group Chief Executive, Children’s Hospital Group & Verona Pentony CSR & Quality Manager

Eilish Hardiman, Group Chief Executive, Children’s Hospital Group & Verona Pentony CSR & Quality Manager

22Mar 2019

IASI Awards Overall Supreme Healthcare Winner St James Hospital & Runner up Supreme Winner University Hospital Kerry.
Left to right: Innes Guerra IASI President, Alan Blaney, Bunzel Rafferty Hospitality, Momentum Support Sinead Grogan, Healthcare Operations Manager & David Ferguson Operations Director

Momentum Support are proud to report the tremendous acknowledgement received at the IASI Awards, held in the Trump International Hotel, Doonbeg, Co Clare on the 26th January 2019.

Left to Right & front to back: Sinead Grogan, Healthcare Operations Manager, Ian Hyland, Mary O’Shea Moran, David Ferguson, Operations Director, Anna Knysak, Shazad Satter, Elzibiete Przekwas, Ewa Kosser, Luara Whelan, Zahoor Ulhaq, Verona Pentony CSR & Quality Manager, Paul Whelan.

Left to Right & front to back: Sinead Grogan, Healthcare Operations Manager, Ian Hyland, Mary O’Shea Moran, David Ferguson, Operations Director, Anna Knysak, Shazad Satter, Elzibiete Przekwas, Ewa Kosser, Luara Whelan, Zahoor Ulhaq, Verona Pentony CSR & Quality Manager, Paul Whelan.

We are proud to announce we were awarded eight Gold for the Healthcare Category and three Silver for the Education Category.

In what can only be described as an Oscar moment for Sinead Grogan, Healthcare Operations Manager, she received the Overall Supreme Award for St James Hospital and Runner up Supreme Award for Kerry International Hospital.

Amazing results, Gold all round!

IASI Award Winner Belvedere College, Silver Award. Left to right: Mary Patterson, Operations Director, Jolanta Urbasiute, Account Manager and Sharon McNally, Operations Manager.

IASI Award Winner Belvedere College, Silver Award. Left to right: Mary Patterson, Operations Director, Jolanta Urbasiute, Account Manager and Sharon McNally, Operations Manager.

Congratulations to all the Site Management, Supervisors & Operatives and all those in supporting functions. It takes a serious amount of commitment, hard work 365 days a year to deliver the high expectation of Momentum Supports Quality Standards and to achieve success at the Awards.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Teams who supported the eleven Sites entered throughout the application process including the actual judges visit on site.

All of the Winners

GOLD CATEGORY (94.1-100%)

  1. St James Hospital GOLD & Overall Supreme Winner Healthcare
  2. Kerry International Hospital GOLD & Runner up Supreme Winner Healthcare
  3. The Matter Misericordiae University Hospital GOLD
  4. Bloomfield Health Services GOLD
  5. Simpson’s Hospital GOLD
  6. The Royal Hospital GOLD
  7. South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital GOLD
  8. Tallaght University Hospital, GOLD

 

SILVER CATEGORY (88.1-94%)

  1. LIT Clonmel Questum Centre SILVER
  2. LIT Thurles Sport Lab SILVER
  3. Belvedere College SILVER
IASI Award Winner Belvedere College, Silver Award.  Left to Right Verona Pentony Corporate Social Responsibility & Quality Manager, Jolanta Urbasiute, Account Manager,  Mary Patterson, Operations Director, Breda O Dwyer, Event & Household Manager. Left to right: Belvedere College Winning Team : Mirela Gerbely, Site Superivsor, Ana Closs, Nadezda Ponotsolvnaja, Janina Strych, Simona Stan, Jane Rosa De Oliveira, Alexandrs Boikovs, Svetlana Zukauskiene, Ion Sily.

IASI Award Winner Belvedere College, Silver Award.
Left to Right Verona Pentony Corporate Social Responsibility & Quality Manager, Jolanta Urbasiute, Account Manager, Mary Patterson, Operations Director, Breda O Dwyer, Event & Household Manager.
Left to right: Belvedere College Winning Team :
Mirela Gerbely, Site Superivsor, Ana Closs, Nadezda Ponotsolvnaja, Janina Strych, Simona Stan, Jane Rosa De Oliveira, Alexandrs Boikovs, Svetlana Zukauskiene, Ion Sily.

21Feb 2019

Matthew Houlihan – Momentum Support – meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

In 2016 Momentum Support were awarded a new start up building project. Located at the St. James’s Hospital site, the MISA building was considered to be leading edge & one of the first of its kind in Europe.

There was a commitment to recruit the team from within the local community. Momentum Support worked with the Local Employment Services and recruited 30 candidates through the Job Plus Scheme. Some of the candidates were out of work for up to two years and were reliant on one skillset.

Initially they worked alongside the team responsible for the initial builders clean. Matthew Houlihan joined as part of this team on the 11th May 2016. Through Induction & skills training and with Sinead Grogan (Healthcare Operations Manager) as his mentor, Matthew became Main Janitor in the MISA Building.

Matthew Houlihan, is an exceptional person. He is committed in his role as Main Janitor, MISA Building. He works earnestly to deliver the BIC Sc cleaning standards expected in the MISA Building. He is a team player and respected by both peers and management. Matthew takes pride in his Customer Service. He is a people person who enjoys interacting with visitors, hospital staff and his own colleagues.

In 2018 he was recognised by Momentum Support though his nomination for the Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards, having received letters of recommendation from St. James’s Hospital including visitors and Momentum Support Management. It was a great honour when Matthew received acknowledgement for his role as Main Janitor, through receiving the Overall Winner Cleaning Operative in the Acute Healthcare Category at the Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards in 2018.

Matthew Houlihan was chosen to represent Momentum Support at the launch of the Open Doors Initiative.

27Oct 2018

Left to right: Raymond Donnelly, St James Hospital, Dublin. Sinead Grogan, Momentum Support Healthcare Manager & Matthew Houlihan Momentum Support Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, Dublin.

Left to Right: Momentum Support Alana Dunican, HR Director and Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.

Left to Right: Momentum Support Alana Dunican, HR Director and Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.

On Friday 19th October 2018, the Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards 2018 was held in the Mansion House, Dublin.  This prestigious event highlighted standards of quality and professionalism within the Cleaning Industry.

We are delighted to announce that all Momentum Support submissions were chosen as Finalists

The Finalist were:

  • Hospitality Residential Leisure Buildings: Puregym Bangor, Belfast.
  • Educational Buildings: Strathearn School, Belfast.
  • Offices Greater than 50,000 sq ft.: Google, Dublin.
  • Retail Buildings: Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
  • Retail Buildings Supervisor: Tomasz Ptak, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
  • Healthcare Acute: St James Hospital, Dublin, MISA Building
  • Healthcare Acute Cleaning Operative: Matthew Houlihan, St James Hospital, Dublin, MISA Building
  • Training & Innovation Award

Matthew Houlihan, Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, won overall Cleaning Operative for Healthcare Acute. 

The highlights of the event for Momentum Support was when it was announced firstly that Matthew Houlihan, Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, won overall Cleaning Operative for Healthcare Acute.

“Congratulations to Matthew Houlihan and all employees who deliver quality standards daily, this is very much appreciated thank you”.

Sinead Woods, Momentum Support Learning & Development Manager

Sinead Woods, Momentum Support Learning & Development Manager

ICCA Training & Innovation Award

We would like to take this opportunity to also extend congratulations to the Human Resources Department. Hats off to Sinead Woods, Learning and Development Manager for presenting the Momentum Support submission to the judge with the support of Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.  We are delighted to announce we successfully secured the ICCA Training & Innovation Award for excellence for the Internal Induction Training & Appraisal System. 

“Congratulations to Sinead and all our people who have made this happen. Your contribution is greatly appreciated as this is key to our overall business success”.  

25Oct 2018

Group photo of company representatives with Leo Varadkar

Momentum Support are proud to be one of the 14 founding member companies of Open Doors.

Open Doors is a cross sector initiative to promote greater inclusion, diversity in the workplace, training and employment opportunities for marginalised groups in Irish Society.

The Open Doors Initiative aims to provide opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society that face higher barriers to employment than most do.

Today, people with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. The youth unemployment rate tends to be double the general unemployment rate. And until recently, most refugees and asylum seekers were unable to access the labour market.

Alana Dunican (HR Director) meeting Leo Varadkar from #OpenDoorsLaunch

Alana Dunican (HR Director) meeting Leo Varadkar from #OpenDoorsLaunch

Together, as 14 Irish Employers, we want to address this and support people who face barriers into employment. The benefits will be two-fold – open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and attract and retain our future workforces.

At the event were Momentum Support’s Trevor Carney, BITCI Ready for work,  Alana Dunican (HR Director), Sinead Grogan (Healthcare Manager) and Matthew Houlihan (Jobplus).

Pictured here is Leo Varadkar in attendance for the Open Doors official launch, alongside representatives from the 14 participating companies.

To learn more about the Open Doors Initiative, visit opendoorsinitiative.ie or follow the hashtag #OpenDoorsLaunch