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Supporting the Barnardos ‘Brighter Future’ Centre in Knocknaheeny, Ireland

The Barnardos ‘Brighter Future’ centre in Knocknaheeny, Ireland has as its primary goal to improve the educational outcomes for those children living in Knocknaheeny.

Barnardos began designing a service in 2006 to meet the needs of children in Knocknaheeny after consulting with schools, local residents and local agencies. At this time the baseline profile was as follows
• 4% of the children in school reach their appropriate reading age;
• 15% of children completed their leaving certificate;
• 40% of the population of over 15 years of age had ceased their education, compared to just over 20% in Cork city;
• 6% of the population had third-level education, compared with up to 47% in other areas of Cork city;
• 1% of children achieve degree status.


Since 2008, the ‘Brighter Futures’ centre has been committed to improving the educational outcomes for the children living in Knocknaheeny. The centre has been funded through a mix of statutory funding, voluntary funding through major donor grants, philanthropic funding and funding from the Bon Secours, an order of Nuns based in Cork.

The Smurfit Kappa Foundation was pleased to provide funding to Barnardo’s to support this cente which is located in one of the communities in which we operate. The ‘Brighter Future’ centre is located just 20 minutes away from the Smurfit Kappa manufacturing site in Cork which employs around 50 people.

The funding provided will support the core costs of the service and ensure its continued ability to deliver services.