SICAP Programme supporting wellness: Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group book launch

Carlow County Development Partnership is delighted to have supported Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group in the publication and launch of their wonderful book. This book is the culmination of many months work by this amazing group, a peer support group for those with experience of mental health issues. This book is interesting, inspiring and funny in parts, it is a great Christmas present and is available from the Involvement Centre. All proceeds go towards the running of the centre. We look forward to working with the group in 2018!

 


SICAP Programme - Integration and diversity: Winter Festival

The Carlow County Development Partnership SICAP Programme was delighted to support the 'Winter Festival', hosted by Carlow Integration Forum on December 2nd in An Gairdin Beo.

 

This event was a great success with wonderful food from around the world, music, and entertainment. More than 130 children visited Santa and had lots of time to chat with him and get a small gift. A grotto was created in the garden, marshmallows were toasted and Christmas wreaths were made. There were lots of activities for the little ones and indeed for everyone. All activities, Santa visits, and the food was free to all who attended. Santa arrived in a spectacular Pink Cadillac, The garden twinkled with fairy lights and it was a magical afternoon. Special thanks to Clonmore Meats for providing the wonderful car for Santa and letting the reindeer have a rest for the big night! Special tanks to Santa for his early arrival and continued updates on his progress to Carlow. Special thanks to Kevin Kelly for the festive refreshments. Thanks to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to make this event such a success

In current Irish policy, integration is defined as the ‘ability to participate to the extent that a person needs and wishes in all of the major components of society without having to relinquish his or her own cultural identity’, thus highlighting the needs for events that allows migrants express their identity through culture, food and music.

The 2017 Migrant Integration Strategy reminds us that "successful integration is the responsibility of Irish society as a whole and will require action by Government, public bodies, service providers,businesses,NGOs but also by local communities". This event showcased the collaboration that this possible between a Local Community group (An Gairdin Beo) and the Integration Forum which supports new communities, supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The focus of the event was to allow recent migrants to the county interact with the host community and participate in a cultural event, highlighting in this case their their own traditions and food.
The success of the event built on the excellent work being done by the Failte Isteach Programme which creates the connections and energy between the individuals who then came forward to support the Integration Forum. The warm atmosphere in the Garden was built upon the friendly informal engagement which is the characteristic of the Failte Isteach Programme.

 

 


SICAP supporting community development: Tullow Road Rethink your Space meeting

County Carlow Development Partnership SICAP Programme was delighted to be part of the recent consultation with residents of the Tullow Rd to "Rethink your Space". 25 people attended. If you want to still contribute and couldn't make the meeting you can email the designcore@itcarlow.ie with your ideas.


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in conjunction with Age Action.

 

Across the EU the share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every Member State. In 2016, older persons (aged 65 or over) had a 19.2 % share of the total population (an increase of 0.3 % compared with the previous year and an increase of 2.4 % compared with 10 years earlier). More locally, there were 7675 persons over the age of 65 in Carlow in 2016, thus 15.24% of the population of the county. This means that the county has an age dependency ratio of 19.9%. -  the ratio of people older than 64 to the working-age population -  which is slightly lower than the average for the State (20.19%)

As part of the supports for older Persons in the county, Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to take part in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week recently in conjunction with Age Action. We are now in a position through this collaborative approach and with our Care & Repair Programme to offer  users of the Care & Repair  Service  free Carbon Monoxide Alarms where there is none already in the home.

The Care and Repair Programme is support by the Tus and RSS schemes and is part of Carlow County Development Partnerships commitment to ensuring that older persons in Carlow remain in their own house s and communities for as long as they care to do so.,

 

 

 

For more information on this initiative please contact the Care and Repair Service on 059 97 20733 or the coordinator of the service Niamh Murphy on 086-0418554


SICAP supports for those facing mental health challenges. Working with the Mensana Programme 2017

Mensana Fest 2017 is nearly underway.  It is running through October 9th until October 27th with loads of events around Carlow.  Have a look at the brochure and see what events interest you.


Carlow Older Persons Forum supporting community engagement work by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí

 

 

Carlow County Development Partnership are delighted to support and highlight the very important community engagement work being done by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí in partnership with the Carlow Older Persons Forum.

On Thursday Gardaí were out and about in Graiguecullen, introducing themselves to the local community and reassuring older persons and the community in general that they are here and willing to help in any way that they can.

Accompanying them was Joe Butler, Chairperson of Carlow Older Persons Forum and Board Director of Carlow County Development Partnership to demonstrate the importance of older persons in the community and to ensure that their voice is heard by services and showing that they appreciate being able to contribute to the communities in which they live.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Leader Consultation with local communities

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to see such a great turnout at the recent Leader consultation with communities at Mount Wolseley on. Facilitated by Mary Walsh CEO, the presentation included the latest statistics from the 2016 census which proved to be of great interest to all concerned.


Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 -2022

An Gairdin Beo was beautifully dressed for the arrival of Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly T.D. on 13/09/2017.  The occasion was to officially launch the Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.   Chairperson of the Carlow Older Persons Forum Joe Butler compared the event with fellow speakers Cllr. William Paton, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, and Eileen Brophy, Chairperson of Carlow Age Alliance.  The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) sets out a vision for Ireland, and this vision is one that the Carlow Age Friendly Committee are committed to;-

“ ……a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing.  It will enable and support all ages and older people to enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.  It will promote and respect older people’s engagement in economic, social, cultural, community and family life and foster better solidarity between the generations.  It will be a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times”.

The strategic plan focuses on the areas of

·         Outdoor Spaces & buildings

·         Transport

·         Housing

·         Respect & Social Inclusion

·         Social Participation

·         Communication & Information

·         Civic Partnership

·         Community Support & Health Services

There are a number of short-term, medium-term and long-term goals that are listed under the headings above that the plan will try to achieve.  If you would like to view the strategic plan please see below

 


Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG

Confined call for proposals of a community nature in specific disadvantaged geographic areas.

The socio-economic profile of Carlow and the consultation process undertaken by Carlow County Development Partnership CLG for the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme identified a number of geographic areas in Carlow that required more tailored interventions to address socio-economic challenges in their communities.

These geographic areas are;

  • Rathvilly,
  • Hacketstown,
  • Graiguecullen,
  • Bagenalstown and,
  • the Tullow Road Area in Carlow Town

The aforementioned community consultation has already identified the need to provide a range of flexible and outreached actions to support the above named geographic areas including, but not limited to;

  • Completion of training needs analysis
  • Provision of training, including professional expertise & mentors to enable groups to complete local resource audits/challenges and opportunities.
  • Development of local community action plans
  • Training and development to assist community groups to successfully undertake capital projects
  • Feasibility study to identify optimal build/design or service delivery approach
  • Project management support
  • Grant aid for capital works

Capital works may attract up to 90% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs while training and mentoring may attract up to 100% grant aid of eligible invoiced costs.  Maximum Grant aid is €200,000 for capital works and training.  Research/feasibility maximum grant is €30,000.

Before we develop a programme of supports for the above geographic areas and publish a call for proposals, we want to ensure that we fully understand your needs.

In this regard, Community Groups from the above geographic areas are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, 18th of September, 2017 at 7 pm in Mount Wolseley Tullow to discuss the nature and scale of specific supports needed in their communities and which also can be addressed by the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.

It is expected the meeting will start at 7 pm and conclude no later than 8.15 pm

At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance will be clear as to whether the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme can support their proposal(s) and the steps involved in accessing support.

For queries, please contact Elaine at 059  9720733


Old Leighlin community leading the way in Energy Efficiency

 

One of the 10 EU priorities for the years 2015 to 2019 focuses on making our use of energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. This includes improving our energy efficiency and reducing emissions through clean energy solutions for buildings and towns. The community of Old Loughlin are a shining example as to how this can be achieved at local level:

On 25th of July 2017 the SECN committee field trip was organised to Old Leighlin Community Hall to examine the operation, effectiveness and benefits of Biomass boiler system installed in the Hall.

A group of local committee members registered with the Sustainable Energy Communities Network (SECN), were offered an extensive guided tour hosted by Alice O’Leary, Ass. Secretary of Old Leighlin Community Hall and Seamus Hayden, Chairperson. The purpose of this visit was to highlight and demonstrate the promotion of heating based on renewable fuels by serving as a good practice case study for any community, or other large buildings. This project has the potential to be replicated for a very large number of existing and new buildings.

Alice and Seamus were extremely helpful when answering various questions with reference to doubts, and uncertainties, with regard to the cost effectiveness, installation, procuring finance, savings on Carbon emission, and the build-up of Carbon credits. For better understanding of the overall benefits of the biomass boiler, members were provided with a detailed breakdown of installation costs as well as running costs.

This is a project looking to the future. It is providing facilities to the community that is aiming towards a fit mind and body through participation, activity and socialising. The efforts, dedication and hard work, is evidence of the success and a fine example of a community building that can be adopted by all community groups within the County.

There was enormous appreciation for the advice, information, and financial support extended by CCDP through LEADER funding. CCDP is committed to realising aspirations and vision of communities throughout the County in whatever projects undertaken by communities.

Sean & Patsy Stapleton thanked the Old Leighlin Community Committee for giving their time “to give us such an informative tour of their fabulous Centre.  It's a credit to the Committee to have such wonderful facilities in a Community.”

Eileen Murphy thanked Carlow County Development Partnership and Marina De Costa for organising the trip to visit Old Leighlin Community Hall to view their Biomass boiler.

"I found it very interesting and learned a lot from the visit.  It is a great credit to the people of Old Leighlin to have such a fine facility. I wish to thank them for their kind hospitality."