In order to maximize our impact and achieve our mission of delivering actions across rural, economic, and community development and in its labour market activation programmes, Carlow County Development Partnership CLG actively seeks to draw on the skills of a variety of partners. In this way it aims to combine its experience and technical expertise in the development community sector with the research capabilities of the educational sector and business know-how of the private sector.
It begins this partnership approach at Board Level, where Directors from private, research and community sectors along with those from statutory organisations participate in strategy, policy-setting and advocacy. The different skills and experience mix fosters new and better ways of responding to the needs of the county and the sector, both in the programmatic and financial spheres. Carlow County Development Partnership CLG wishes to extend this partnership outwards, form strategic alliances and join with other organizations, agencies and research bodies to add value to their work and deliver more efficient and effective programmes for our clients.
WHAT A PARTNERSHIP OFFERS YOU
Private Sector Companies
In working with Carlow County Development Partnership CLG, your organisation can contribute to development work and support disadvantaged communities, while at the same time fulfilling your commitment to corporate social responsibility. We can work closely with you to design a partnership programme between your organisation or company and ours, offering an increased visibility for your company throughout the county and enhancing your image in the public’s perception. This increased presence of a company’s name and logo leads to increased brand recognition throughout the community.
Furthermore, research has shown that these partnerships contribute to a sense of staff pride in seeing their company make a difference in the community around them.
Public Sector Agencies
In recent years, a collaborative way of working has emerged in the context of the delivery of state services, some of which have been contracted out or delivered in partnership with a variety of agencies. These partnerships and collaborative relationships can bring significant benefits to both parties, delivering local services in a way that can respond better to real local needs. Carlow County Development Partnership has many years’ experience in working with local communities in the county and thus is in a unique position to address growing social needs and problems.
Pro Bono/Consultants Advisors
Pro bono work is a valuable way of providing assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Carlow County Development Partnership offers many opportunities for such work. For example, consultants can work with community groups in conducting needs analysis, or architects assist in the planning and design work for community facilities. Legal students could also gain valuable advice in working in information clinics with migrants. In each case, this is a way of making a valuable contribution to your local area as an individual, as well as developing your company in the area of corporate social responsibility
When Development Companies and universities work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge, they become a powerful engine for innovation, economic and social change. The benefits this brings to university courses include the provision of real-life contexts which helps to keep teaching and learning on the cutting edge of a discipline and the stimulating impact of delivering solutions for pressing social challenges facing our communities. Through the identification of shared goals and shared policy, an operational partnership can be developed between a particular academic department and elements of Carlow County Development Partnership’s work, for example in the areas of rural development or social inclusion. A transactional partnership could see members of the University faculty delivering elements of training programmes or workshops, or Carlow County Development Partnership staff contributing to courses in the University setting.