Genio is an Irish-based, pioneering non-profit organisation specialising in social service transformation. We work with Government and philanthropy to support people in leading self-determined lives.

We have developed and road-tested a collaborative approach which could be usefully applied in any situation where the state has a responsibility for citizens with an enduring vulnerability and philanthropists who are interested in making sustainable impact at scale.

Genio currently works in Ireland in the fields of dementia, disability and mental health and is in the process of working with the Health Service Executive of Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in applying the model to the area of homelessness.

Read this article from our Executive Director Madeleine Clarke 'How Philanthropy Can Advance Social Service Systems Reform'.

Since 2010, we have awarded funding to 226 projects (disability, mental health and dementia) nationally to provide over 5,900 people with individualised supports in the community. In addition over 11,000 families, carers and staff have attended information and training events through the projects we support.

Genio is currently helping to establish a Service Reform Fund to support the implementation of reforms in disability and mental health services in collaboration with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Service Reform Fund represents a total combined investment of €45m by the funding partners from 2015 to 2017, of which The Atlantic Philanthropies will invest €15 million and the Department of Health, €30 million.

We are also continuing to work with the HSE and Atlantic to develop and test new service models in the area of dementia which will improve the range and quality of community-based supports; influence public policy and investment in this area; and build the leadership in the field that is necessary in order to capitalise on the potential of the National Dementia Strategy.

Our approach has three elements:

  • Innovation Funding: ​Release of funds on a competitive basis to encourage innovation and cost-effectiveness. These funds are outcome-focused and performance-managed. 
  • Research and evidence: Undertake and commission research to measure impact. 
  • Training and Learning: Support and training of key stakeholders to manage and implement required changes.

​​Genio works with the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. Genio Limited is an Irish registered company (Reg no. 454839) governed by the Genio Board of Directors. Genio established a charitable trust in 2010 called the Genio Trust in order to receive and disperse innovation funding. The Genio Trust is a registered charity (CHY 19312) governed by the Board of the Genio Trust. All members of Genio boards and committees give their time on a voluntary basis.

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226

projects have been approved for funding nationally.

€23.7m

has been awarded in innovation funding to date.

€31.3m

leveraged in additional resources through projects we support.

€2m

has been invested in research & evidence.

8,079

people have been provided with individualised supports in the community through the projects we support.

8,194

individuals, families & staff have received information & training through the projects we support; plus 11,000 people reached through events, conferences & public forums.

Dementia

9

projects supported to develop community-based supports for people with dementia.  An auxillary project produced a set of films about dementia & brain health.

€4.9m

has been awarded in innovation funding to date.

€2.5m

leveraged in additional resources through projects we support.

3

projects supported to develop integrated care pathways to improve access to & discharge from acute hospitals.

3,299

people provided with individualised supports in the community through the projects we support.

67,473

personalised support hours provided to people with dementia through the projects we support.

Mental Health

103

mental health projects have received funding nationally to date - currently the Service Reform Fund is being rolled out across the country.

€8m

Has been awarded in innovation funding to date & an additional €18m is being invested through the Service Reform Fund.

€11.9m

leveraged in additional resources through projects we have supported to date.

12

medium/high support mental health community hostels closed to date.

1,505

people provided with individualised supports in the community through the projects we support.

6,029

individuals, families and staff have received information & training through the projects we support.

Disability

110

disability projects have received innovation funding to date.

€10.8m

has been awarded in disability innovation funding.

€16.9m

leveraged in additional resources through disability projects.

5

disability units closed to date - 3 institutions (30 bed approx.) & 2 support bungalows.

3,275

people provided with individualised supports in the community through the projects we support.

2,165

individuals, families and staff have received information & training through the projects we support.

Specialists in transforming social services

We work with Government and Philanthropy
to support people in leading self-determined lives

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