'Changing Ireland' Facts
In a Nutshell: 'Changing Ireland' magazine is editorially independent and gives people and communities on the margins a voice and in particular to highlight remarkable achievements at community level. We're focused on positives. Established in 2001 and based in a refurbished bungalow in Moyross, Limerick, the magazine is core-funded by Government. It earns additional income from social enterprise activities which is put back into the magazine.
The company's main work is its quarterly print magazine which is for sale in retail outlets including Easons and goes directly by post to close to 5,000 workers and volunteers on the ground across communities nationwide and in social inclusion posts in local and central Government.
The magazine is the most popular publication in the Community & Voluntary Sector.
It employs two staff members, with up to 15 people involved at different times with the project on a voluntary basis.
It employs a sense of humour; most of the work we focus on is deadly serious.
It's readable, to-the-point and of practical use to readers.
The magazine highlights proven solutions to supposedly impossible social problems. Our core funder is the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
It gives activists, workers and volunteers on the ground a chance to show what works, highlight the positives and raise thorny issues in the expectation of influencing policy. They provide the news and often write it themselves.
It focuses on 'participation', 'empowerment' and 'best practice' and is underpinned by Community Development principles. Community Development is a key tool in challenging the causes and reducing the effects of poverty and disadvantage.'Changing Ireland' magazine aims to be challenging and empowering.
The magazine is packed by participants involved in an award-winning social enterprise company Speedpak Ltd, based in Coolock, Dublin.
it is printed using vegetable inks and on mostly recycled paper (excepting the glossy cover).
The magazine welcomes advertising. For details including our ratecard click here.
* * * * *Our Moyross office is an example of local regeneration - a formerly roofless bungalow that was among six bungalows restored in 2000 and fitted out as business units in Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross. The office is located in the heart of the community.
‘Changing Ireland’ champions Community Development.
Our company's mission statement reads: "Changing Ireland Community Media Limited takes a positive, sustainable and inclusive approach and is uncompromising in its promotion of community development principles and practice, which is the bedrock on which its integrity is based."
It enables over 24,000 readers (via print and online) to network more effectively and learn from each other as it promotes Community Development in Ireland. It is intended to be readable and interesting and is written by community workers in various parts of the country - so that it reflects the experience of tackling poverty and exclusion at community level.
Our readers include:–
Members of the public (via EM News Distribution & hundreds of community
centres), all political representatives in the ROI (all councillors,
TDs, Senators, MEPs), senior management and on-the-ground staff in (a)
local authorities (b) Local Development Companies (aka Partnership or
LEADER companies) (c) Community Development Projects (d) Family Resource
Centres, (e) community policing units (f) students of community development
and related courses (eg youthwork, drugs work). Subscribers also include
all university libraries, city and local enterprise offices, disability
organisations, NGOs, UN agencies, trade unions, national umbrella bodies,
state agencies including Pobal, employees working in various social
inclusion programmes and members of the media.
Editorial Team Members
Allen Meagher is
a member of the NUJ. He also lectures in journalism.
'Changing Ireland' in the media
Radio One's 'THE BUSINESS' (April 12th, '09)
'THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST' was charmed by our going green and also by “the magazine’s quality, optimism and can do mentality” ? Stephen Price, SBP
Who produces 'Changing Ireland'?
Articles are written by, among others, people working in community development workers and social inclusion work in Ireland, including volunteers. Production is overseen by an editor and a voluntary editorial board. We have provided work placement opportunities, including paid work, for a small number of excellent apprentice reporters over the years.
The magazine is produced in Moyross, Limerick, by Changing Ireland Community Media Ltd, the not-for-profit company responsible for the project. The all-volunteer board members come from around the country and have a wide variety of experience and a sound understanding of social inclusion issues.
The work is primarily funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Board members: Gearoid Fitzgibbon (chair), Ellen Duffy, Viv Sadd, Kay Flanagan, Claire Gallery, Seamus McGiff, George Clancy, Jude Meaney and Cathy Jones.
In 1999, the then-Department
of Social, Family and Community Affairs and community workers on an
advisory board decided to set up a national magazine to promote the
work of the Community Development Programme.
One of the founder members of the project, Juan Carlos Azzopardi, said Moyross won the project because they knew what the magazine should do: “We didn’t want it to be all jargon. We wanted it to be about the people in the projects. It had to grab the interest of those working on the ground and we'd experience producing our own local magazine."
In 2001, Allen Meagher was appointed and became the founding editor of ‘Changing Ireland’.
“‘Changing Ireland’ would be just another magazine and would not have the same ethos if based outside the community,” said former voluntary management member and Moyross worker, Tracey McElligott. “The magazine gives communities around the country a voice.”
In early 2011,
the CDN's work was absorbed by Limerick City CDP and 'Changing Ireland'
set up as an independent not-for-profit company with its own voluntary
board of directors.
‘Changing Ireland's early years in Moyross
‘Changing Ireland’ is part of Moyross.
The project's host
community was at the centre of media storms in the past and, in 2007,
Moyross was included as part of a major regeneration scheme for the
city’s disadvantaged areas.
‘Changing Ireland’ has worked with pupils from Corpus Christi Primary School in Moyross who produced their own media. They reported:
The most educated
young people in Ireland about horses are the pupils of Corpus Christi
Primary School in Moyross.
Their first certificates: Students of Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross, with Ms. O'Sullivan, Lesley Jones of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust and Ms. Browne.
| “You stay
on the horse easier with a saddle,” added Jeffrey.
There is some debate among the pupils over whether saddles are really
useful. The Irish Horse Welfare Trust ran the course after home-school
liason officer, Tiernan O’Neill, set it all up. • This report was written by the boys named above as part of
a ‘Changing Ireland’ local media project.
• This report was written by the boys named above as part of a ‘Changing Ireland’ local media project.