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‘The Peoples Transition’ sings of bottom-up development

‘The Peoples Transition’ sings of bottom-up development

A new report signals that we are on the threshold of a possibly great era for community development, local development and social justice. It explains how we can best tackle inequality from the bottom-up. The report by social justice think-tank Tasc and colleagues in Europe puts people and local communities at the heart of the transition. ‘The Peoples Transition’ points out that if the transition is not fair it will not be made at all. Davie Philip reports:

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121 Family Resource Centres looking to the future

121 Family Resource Centres looking to the future

SUMMARY: A special report was published last month to mark the 25th year of the national Family Resource Centre Programme. The 60-page visionary document is called ‘Our Story’ and it looks back but also forward as Family Resource Centres celebrate their grassroots successes. In 2020, all 121 centres played an important role in helping communities respond to the pandemic.

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Changing Ireland Podcast hosted by Editor Allen Meagher

We are delighted to announce our first time to cut our teeth in the podcast world! Editor Allen Meagher begins the series with some lockdown reflections on juggling family and work-life while also keeping the wheels turning for Changing Ireland. He discusses how Covid-19 has impacted the community and voluntary organisations and how they have coped during a very difficult time.

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Social enterprise sector has a new representative body from today

Social enterprise sector has a new representative body from today

CAPTION: A year ago – last July 19 – the Government’s first National Social Enterprise Policy was launched and, in November, the first National Social Enterprise Conference (run by the Department of Rural and Community Development) took place in Croke Park. Pictured among the attendees are two of the founders of a new body launched today called ‘Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland’ (Seri) – Larry O’Neill, CEO of South Dublin County Partnership and Senan Cooke, author of ‘The Enterprising Community’. They are pictured here with Bernie Walshe from Sunflower Recycling. (PHOTO BY: Changing Ireland).

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Harry’s Diary – Day 46 (Wed, April 29, 2020)

Harry’s Diary – Day 46 (Wed, April 29, 2020)

Harry recalls when he “did a lot of work around community development” and the impact of the last recession on communities, on families – including his own – and he worries for his future. The internet tells him we may be heading into extreme poverty where those not strong enough to fend for themselves die in droves on the streets. “Neo-liberalism on crack,” is how he describes it. He prays for a new politics led by just and imaginative people:

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Harry’s Diary – Day 34 (Fri, April 17, 2020)

Harry’s Diary – Day 34 (Fri, April 17, 2020)

EXCERPT: Two or three weeks ago, I was prepared to roll up my sleeves, clench my teeth and deal with whatever the virus was going to throw at the fire brigade, but that hasn’t transpired into anything like I thought it would. I was ready, but I’m beginning to let myself relax and in doing so I’m getting to know the man in the mirror.

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Harry’s Diary – Day 28 (Sat, April 11, 2020)

Harry’s Diary – Day 28 (Sat, April 11, 2020)

EXCERPT: I have a son closing in on his teenage years, nothing unusual about that – I’m just another single parent renting in the 2020’s. As thousands could testify, it is not the most comfortable place to be.
And then comes the threat of Covid: Am I supposed to quiver? A quick death in a hospital bed is better than a decade on the streets. 

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Voting for inclusion – What community groups want from #GE2020

Voting for inclusion – What community groups want from #GE2020

Here’s what community-based groups working to fight poverty and exclusion want from the next government. They want housing prioritised. They want childcare workers paid a just wage, rights for people with disabilities, action to end violence against women, priority given to independent community development work and the appointment of a minister for older people. The new government will be called on to restrict the ‘fast fashion’ industry and there is much more.

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‘When social enterprise thrives, society thrives too’

‘When social enterprise thrives, society thrives too’

Last week saw the Irish government release its first ever national social enterprise policy, which will give companies around the country additional supports as they launch and grow. It can only be good news for the next generation of social entrepreneurs, including the team behind Enactus’s BeetBox.

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Sample Sub Lead Post

Sample Sub Lead Post

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not...

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Sample Lead Post

Sample Lead Post

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not...

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What is Local Employment Service’s success rate?

What is Local Employment Service’s success rate?

Ahead of the launch of a tendering process for delivery of job activation programmes, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection commissioned Indecon to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Local Employment Services. Here, editor Allen Meagher dives in to the results.

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3 co-operatives abroad that will inspire at home

3 co-operatives abroad that will inspire at home

On the eve of the UN and International Cooperative Alliance’s International Day of Cooperatives, we’re revisiting a spread from our June-July 2018 issue (Issue 60) drawing on cooperatives from around the world for examples of best practice.

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Is community development the key to preventing family violence?

Is community development the key to preventing family violence?

New Zealand is renowned for its beautiful natural landscapes, its blockbuster output and its sporting prowess. What it’s less well known for is its major issue with family violence. Researcher and family violence prevention practitioner Cristy Trewartha discusses here one of the approaches designed to make a difference.

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How to get your Mojo back

How to get your Mojo back

When reporter Ray Lucey spotted a poster promising ‘male spaces’, he started asking questions. He encountered Mojo, and learned all about the nationwide initiative.

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What is the role of LCDCs in your community?

What is the role of LCDCs in your community?

Communities are frequently at loggerheads with their local authority. Naturally so. Call it constructive tension. However, to know more about how communities and local authorities work well together – and, increasingly, they do – we focus on the role of the local community development committee.

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View from Abroad: Community development in lion country

View from Abroad: Community development in lion country

We’re all aware of the stresses on people and the environment in Africa. The human population is expanding and wild animal numbers are declining. Reporter Cian Kearns heard about an impressive project in Tanzania that aims to protect both people and nature. He was curious to see for himself. Could the livelihood of farmers and their families be secured, while still protecting lions?

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“We’ll never forget what’s her name”

“We’ll never forget what’s her name”

Colleagues making presentations to Marian Vickers, former CEO of Northside Partnership. She and her husband Aidan have moved to Kerry to open a Bed & Breakfast. She was with Northside from the beginning. -  Marian Vickers got project going with a hundred pounds -...

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Students “Stand Up!” to homophobic bullying

  by Mark Quinn The 7th annual “Stand Up!” week was launched this morning in St Nessan’s Community College, Limerick by the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan.   The campaign runs until Friday 27th November and aims to address homophobic and...

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Challenger Programme

  INTRODUCTION TV3’s ‘Darndale, the Edge of Town’ broadcast over three weeks in September presented a touching but sometimes stereotyped picture of the north Dublin suburb, REPORTS ALLEN MEAGHER. Filmed over 12 months, the producers called it an “honest portrayal...

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Editorial: Ciara’s calling & Roscrea stands up!

By Allen Meagher, ‘Changing Ireland’.In preparation for the publication of this our 48th edition of ‘Changing Ireland’, we considered the need for the board, editorial team and other volunteers to head off for a 3-month strategic think-in on an atoll in the...

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Flood-relief Volunteers & Community give it all

- while Government criticised'Changing Ireland' reporter Darragh Clifford-Cronin spoke to volunteers who came to the community's aid after flooding of St Mary's Park, Limerick, while local and central Government's input was less than desired.This week, residents...

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Zen and the Art of Local development

by Robert Carey Anyone who read Robert Pirsig’s best selling cult book (most likely in their younger years) ‘Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’ and claimed they understood every word could most kindly be accused of being self-deluded.It was possible however...

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10,700 unemployed people set up their own jobs

And in turn created work for 700 more... Every working day, an average of 23.4 new jobs are being created through the Government’s main community-level, social inclusion programme. This is one of the unrivalled achievements of the Local and Community Development...

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Mounttown’s late-night soccer heroes

Oasis Project 5-a-side team - Winners of Dublin's Late Night Soccer LeagueBoys known for getting up to far more than mere mischief on the streets of south Dublin are heroes in their communities now, having switched from the streets to become aces on the football...

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Experience points to embracing our urban cowboys

- Reframing sulky riding in a positive contextBy Allen MeagherAnyone who’s seen the video of sulky riders taking over both sides of the Cork-Mallow road would be inclined to think sulky racing was a menace. Indeed, prosecutions did follow, an outcome welcomed as much...

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Asylum seekers take court action over direct provision

A family of six has taken a High Court challenge against the Government’s direct provision scheme under which asylum-seekers are provided with accommodation and a small weekly allowance while their applications are being processed.The processing of applications, with...

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Fewer college drop-outs due to CDP

- Project impact on city outlinedJennifer McMahon of UL officially launched Limerick City CDP's reportLimerick City Community Development Project (LCCDP) launched its annual report for 2012 in June and the report’s statistics underpin positive changes in people’s...

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Publication of Mid-Term Review imminent

It has been confirmed that a much-anticipated report on the Local and Community Development Programme will be published shortly.Clodagh McDonnell, Principal Officer with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, stated: “The Mid-Term Review of...

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Where do you read yours?

George Clancy reading Changing Ireland Issue 41 in Argentina.We're looking for someone to beat international rugby referee George Clancy's impressive submission... Recently, we asked readers to send in snaps of themselves reading 'Changing Ireland' (print or online)...

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Ex-prisoners turning their lives around in Ferrybank

Kenny Colfer displays one of U-Casadh's awardsBy Robert McNamaraThe place is bustling as ‘Changing Ireland’ comes through the door unannounced and seeking a story. We immediately get the impression that there are plenty here.The warm vibe is instantly striking and we...

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Hormone therapy for transgender people

'Transgender Healthcare’ was the focus of the Transgender South-East Conference 2013. Held in February, it aimed to de-mystify the healthcare needs of transgender people and their families.Participants heard that 32% of health and social care workers had...

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Kerryman’s ‘Penrelief’ idea

Ger Collins, founder of penrelief.comA new ‘get-it-off-your-chest’ website set up in March has got people from Ireland and around the world writing about their mental health challenges, REPORTS ALLEN MEAGHER.It’s attracted the attention of two major suicide prevention...

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Speed dating for community groups

L-R: Susan Power, Waterford City Childcare Committee; Eilishe O’Keeffe, Brothers of Charity; John McDonald, Waterford Disability Network; Fiona Lewis, South East Simon; Paul Murphy, Waterford Warmer Homes. Might a replacement have been found for C&V sector...

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Kerry village wins unique prize

Mary McEvoy with Dan O’ Connor, development manager with Kerry Mental Health Association, in Ballyduff on March 14th. Photo by Oskars Krastins. A village in North Kerry has won an unique prize, courtesy of North East Kerry Development working with...

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Why are so many turning to hip-hop?

- It can be used as a community and personal development toolFRONT COVER NEWS FEATURERobert McNamara reportsHip-hop is a cultural phenomenon we all know about.Whether we like it or not - or even understand it - it’s everywhere. It’s on TV, the radio, the internet, in...

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Payoff beckons for eagle-eyed volunteers

Two volunteers have set up a new company in the Mid-West after spotting a niche area of the construction sector that the multi-nationals are ill-equipped to compete in.The two directors of Community Repair and Maintenance (CRM) could be in clover by year’s...

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Alignment – For and Against

Alignment – For and Against

IN FAVOUR: “This document represents a fundamental re-imagining of the system and it sees local government leading economic, social and community development… Unlike many previous reform documents, this Programme sets out firm decisions by Government rather than...

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On the web relating to Alignment

REPORTS, ANALYSIS, RESPONSES The following are links to 30 or so online news reports, academic articles and Government papers. Along with our own sources and a review or Oireachtas debates, they helped inform 'Changing Ireland's reportage on local government reform...

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Minister Hogan on ‘Putting People First’

Late last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Phil Hogan launched ‘Putting People First’ describing it as “one of the most radical, ambitious and far-reaching governance reform plans ever put forward by an Irish Government.” Minister Hogan said: “The reforms...

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Alignment of Local Government and Local Development

- Government policy outlined The Programme for Government committed to reviewing the delivery of services at local level in order to improve service delivery from the point of view of the citizen. It has committed to reducing the duplication of services while ensuring...

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NEWS FEATURE: Community reps negotiate with officials

- Talks continue over small but significant detail of reform plansAllen Meagher reports: Talks are continuing between Government officials and representatives from the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) the representative body for the country’s Local Development...

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Issue 41 of Changing Ireland available online now

Just click on the magazine cover to read It's now easier to get Changing Ireland then ever before. Here is a quick 'how to' guide on accessing the magazine using various technology.  1. On your computer - Just click the link below and you can scroll around...

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A Taste of What’s To Come

--> Participants on the 2012 Work Taster Programme--> Work-taster programme lands two participants permanent jobs in Ballymun  Most employers hate sifting through CVs. It's just black and white text to them. There's no personal feeling or relationship with...

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How to get the digital edition of Changing Ireland

It's now easier to get Changing Ireland then ever before. Here is a quick 'how to' guide on accessing the magazine using various technology.  1. On your computer - Just click the link below and you can scroll around and turn pages just as you would the print...

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Track down LCDP projects around the country

Did you know Changing Ireland has the most comprehensive database of LCDP projects in the country? We can tell you where they are, how to contact them and you can even virtually stand outside their front door using our map. Above is our 'how to' guide to using the...

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Mid-West substance misuse support service launched

L-R: Chairperson of the Regional Drug Task Force Mick Lacey, Minister of State Jan O'Sullivan, Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin and Project Manager at CSMT, Maria FinnA new service which aims to provide a free support service to under 18's, who are affected by...

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Programme work explained in 3 mins by RTE

RTE's most popular radio programme 'Morning Ireland' this week broadcast a feature showcasing the success of the Local and Community Development Programme in helping over 5,000 people last year to set up businesses.Here's what was broadcast: - RTE's...

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Ryan Howard of East Cork says – Think positive!

PROFILE INTERVIEW Who’s your hero?Nelson Mandela. And my late father was a great man, a hard worker.Nationally, what do we need more of?We need to move away from the negative and begin focussing in on the positives. There’s not enough good news being reported and...

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New textbook on Community Development

A new textbook introducing the theories and practices of community development, complimented by case-studies of Irish success stories, has been published.In 250-pages ‘Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice’ achieves a lot, for example...

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Ireland Version 2 – our democracy’s due an upgrade

Gearoid FitzgibbonBy Gearoid FitzgibbonGiven the scale of the economic crisis in Ireland, it is no surprise that political reform was one of the key issues in the 2011 General Election. There was a sense that the “operating system” of Ireland, our constitution, needed...

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What makes Swedish childcare so different?

By Jenny Tellström Six per cent of those working in childcare in Sweden are men, one of the highest rates in Europe. In Ireland it’s less than 1%. So what makes Sweden different?Continuing our series on Men in Childcare, Jenny Tellstrom shares the experience of...

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You’re never too old

Helen CallanBy Helen CallanFrom Townspark, Navan, Co. Meath, Helen Callan, who is now in her 50s, volunteers with young people at risk of drug addiction. She was 40 when she returned to school and she wrote this article “to encourage some of your readers to bite the...

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Village buys business and saves jobs

BY EVELYN O’ROURKEThe village of Sangudo in Alberta, Canada, mirrors some of the challenges faced by communities in Ireland. With a population of 360 people, Sangudo has until recently, experienced a steady rate of economic decline. Businesses were forced to close and...

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Cut to Back To Work Allowance “a concern”

Louise BroganThe level of State financial support for people starting their own business – critical to 5,040 people who did just that last year - has been reduced by two years.“This is a genuine concern. The four-year allowance added a really big strength to the Start...

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Offaly men changing their lives

Keith Walsh and Michael Egan Interviews by Robert McNamara   Keith Walsh and Michael Egan from Clara both did the 16 month programme and are continuing on with further education and community involvement. Community workers first approached Keith and Michael...

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Offaly makes a start – as 5 people get a start

BY ROBERT MCNAMARAA programme supporting those at risk of social exclusion has, in the past few months, helped 55 long-term unemployed people move towards paid employment in Co. Offaly. Five of the people who last December completed the 16-month programme gained...

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Changing Ireland issue 39 – out now

Changing Ireland issue 39 – out now

  Open publication - Free publishing - More civil society The most popular Civil Society magazine in Ireland. LEAD STORY: Jobs you haven't heard about - 5000 people develop new businesses Reports from: Canada, Sweden, Brussels, Meath, Donegal, Cork, Offaly,...

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Belfast unemployed centre fuelled by bar

The John Hewitt, an award-winning bar in Belfast city centre, is owned by and financially supports the operations of the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre.The resource centre had always relied on an unsteady series of grants and 15 years ago decided to generate their...

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Volunteers now running 3 job-seekers’ centres

Citizens fill in where there are no staff in West CorkBy Robert McNamaraThree community led job-seekers centres, staffed by volunteers, are currently operating in the West Cork area, with plans for three more to be opened.Only for them, unemployed people in West Cork...

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Robert McNamara, Journalist

Robert McNamaraRobert McNamara from Corbally in Limerick City, has joined Changing Ireland Community Media Ltd on a long-term work placement as a journalist.He is currently studying a degree in Journalism and New Media with sociology and politics at the University of...

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Mind your tongue, warns President Higgins

Anna Vissor and President Michael D Higgins at the Advocacy InitiativePresident Michael D. Higgins has criticised the use of expressions such as “service users” and “clients” to describe people who interact with community and voluntary sector organisations. He was...

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25,000 jobs possible, says John Murphy

John Murphy CEO Speedpak The EU Commission’s ‘Social Business Initiative’ reflects the value and potential the EU Commission sees in models of social enterprises and entrepreneurship right across Europe. Social enterprises represent on average 5% of GDP in the EU but...

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A London Perspective for Limerick

Michael Pyner Michael Pyner established the Shoreditch Trust in Hackney, London, in 2000 and since then it has become a multi award-winning community investment and regeneration agency. From growing lettuce indoors on walls (why not?!) to training former prisoners as...

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Social enterprise – has its time finally come?

By Tanya Lalor and Gerard DoyleRecent moves by the EU Commission on social enterprise will have a significant influence in years to come.The Commission now sees social enterprise as being at the heart of the drive to create a more inclusive model of economic...

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Zumbathon – a fun way to find funds

An Cosán Zumbathon An Cosán, a women's centre for learning, leadership and social enterprise based in Jobstown, Tallaght, have taken to some innovative ways to raise money.Aisling Freeman has a voluntary fundraising role with the organisation. “We hope to do at least...

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Countries Warmest Centres are in Offaly

Over the past two years, 41 community centres in Offaly were audited  for energy-efficiency and a half- dozen of them have upgraded their centres through funding from the Rural Development Programme. Walls were dry-lined and insulated, windows replaced,...

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Very Good News From Brussels for Communities

There’s good news from Brussels as more funds may begin flowing towards communities throughout Europe in two years time. The European Commission talks for the first time in its spending plans about “community-led local development” as it looks towards 2014-’20.The...

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Mary Connors is Traveller of the Year

Mary ConnorsOn December 1, 2011, Mary Connors from New Ross was presented with the overall Traveller Pride 2011 Award at a ceremony supported by ten national Traveller organisations.She said, “I would hope that my grandchildren will not have to spend their lives...

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Clifden’s Mary Kirby – 30 years volunteering

Mary Kirby/ClifdenBY ROBERT MCNAMARACancer survivor, volunteer and community organiser. There are many things that exemplify Mary Kirby of Clifden, Connemara, but it is her unwavering optimism that shines through the most.“I always look at the glass as half-full, no...

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Innovative micro enterprise project comes to Ireland

Entrepeneurs 4 Change- Community groups giving would-be entrepreneurs second chanceFive community organisations have pulled together and pooled resources to bring a new entrepreneurial programme to Ireland, one which has proven a success in the USA in giving social...

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Especially for people who’ve been excluded

Des BurkeThe European Volunteer Service (EVS) contains “specific supports to enable the participation of young people with fewer opportunities, for example as a result of disability, educational inequality, poverty or economic exclusion,” says Des Burke of Léargas.The...

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WORKER PROFILE: Martha Griffin, Rathmines, Dublin

Martha Griffin (picture by Conor HoganPOSITION: Community Development WorkerMartha Griffin has worked for the Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership for three anda half years. Previously, she studied Legal Studies and Taxation. Last year she spoke publicly about her...

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Léargas actively looking for volunteers

Conor Hogan reportsNo Irish demographic has been hit harder in the recession than the young. In fact, of the working population under 30, one in three is now unemployed – a statistic that doesn’t bear thinking about. Many are hit with the uncomfortable choice of...

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When David meets Dermot

'Dublin Valentines' is an annual public conversation between playwright and poet Dermot Bolger and well known Dublin writers, presented by axis in association with Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership and the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce. This year his...

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15,000 employed and 70,000 trained

Brian Carty of the Irish Local Development Network- Survey of local development companies indicatesOver an 18-month period, Local Development Companies (LDCs) directly supported an estimated 15,000 people to find their way back into paid work, placed around 70,000...

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Wexford scheme has warmed 2500 homes & created jobs

Wexford Local DevelopmentBy Allen MeagherAround ten Local Development Companies (LDCs) are delivering the Better Energy Homes Scheme around the country along with 20 other community-based organisations. In Wexford, it’s been such a success that Wexford Local...

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Country will be clean as a whistle shortly

A scrap metal collection - Communities hoovering up scrap metal to raise funds Keeping a local community organisation or sports club going can be a costly affair and many took to collecting scrap metal this year to raise money. GAA clubs led the way and the idea...

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International local development perspectives

LDnet.euA new website called ‘LDnet’ focuses on “local development” work across Europe and further afield. The site is being added to all the time and includes an up-to-date article on local development in Ireland.It looks at a new pilot project recently launched in...

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15,000 employed and 70,000 trained

- Survey of local development companies indicates Over an 18-month period, Local Development Companies (LDCs) directly supported an estimated 15,000 people to find their way back into paid work, placed around 70,000 people on training courses and provided support...

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County’s First Gay Visibilty Week

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Visibility Week was launched on November 14 in Wexford – the first of it’s kind in the county. It was organised by ‘Gay Wexford’ and supported by LGBT Diversity and Wexford Local Development.Events included a ‘liberating party’...

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‘Youth Rising’ in print

Youth Rising Spunout.ie has published 20,000 copies of a new youth magazine called ‘Youth Rising’ and if your local youth group wants copies, they’re available for free.   The magazine has already gone out to schools, colleges, youth centres, cinemas, cafes and other...

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Blue Drum – 10 Years

10 years of Blue DrumCommunity arts organisation Blue Drum this year celebrates 10 years working with families and communities. Thousands of community workers have been trained in the arts and Blue Drum has developed a volunteer programme and an arts and health...

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE: Mary Lee Geary

Mary Lee GearyAs chairperson of the Community Development Association in Broadford in 2005, Mary Lee Geary turned activist and led the community in opposition to a proposed mobile phone mast in the village. It would have overlooked the site where the community...

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The business of leaving Cork prison

"If I didn’t meet Breda before I left Cork prison, I’m not sure what I might have done.”By Allen MeagherJames served four months in Cork prison and was the guest speaker people paid most attention to when he addressed a Business In The Community (BITC) event in...

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The other 1%

Childcare worker Damien Walshe with Bobby Hogan and Jack Keely (credit Matt Kavanagh)- 99% of childcare workers are femaleBy Conor Hogan It is strange that while completely normal for a man to take care of his own children, those who wish to make a career out of...

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Community safety: Parents found wanting

Martin Power, ULUL Sociology Dept launched a report on November 4th that, if its recommendations were implemented, could make life a lot easier for people in communities plagued by anti-social behaviour.“It’s a taboo topic, but everyone we spoke to mentioned children...

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Take children outside!

Implementation Guide Play providers often say they need to strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities. An easy to cut the risks down is to stay indoors, unhealthy though it may be in other ways.In...

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Building breakthrough communities

New Carnegie Resilience bookTuesday November 22nd saw a networking session for community people in Ireland interested in the concept of resilience, REPORTS GEAROID FITZGIBBON. The “Networking for Community Resilience” event was hosted by Davie Philip (Cultivate.ie)...

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International community development conference

NUI Maynooth An international community development conference was held in Maynooth
 on November 16th with speakers attending from Russia, Scotland, Australia, Holland, Liberia, Belgium and Ireland.Around 170 people took part and the event was oversubscribed. “It...

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Six Tips for Michael D Higgins

Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D HigginsOn November 11th, Michael D Higgins was finally sworn in as Uachtarán na hÉireann, and his election has been broadly welcomed.Changing Ireland caught up with various people in the Community and Voluntary sectors, and asked them a...

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New Women’s Aid service for immigrants

The Translation Service is available in 8 languagesAre you working with a female immigrant experiencing domestic violence who has difficulty speaking English?In September, Women’s Aid launched a translation service for women experiencing violence or abuse in the home....

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Arklow: Men leave their shed in a boat

BY ALAN JACQUESAn Bád Inbhear MórThe 25 members of Arklow Men’s Sheds Group made waves recently as they kept their hometown’s long and proud tradition of boat building alive with the launch of their 20ft timber dory.Named 'An Bád Inbhear Mór', the rowing boat took 13...

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One in five still experiencing abuse

Woman's Aid LaunchThis year’s 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women 2011 campaign saw many events held to highlight the fact that one in five Irish women who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner.International research...

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Take one; leave one!

- Republic’s biggest book exchange is in Ballymun, probably!Ballymun Whitehall book exchangeOn the first Thursday of every month, over 250 people file through the Ballymun Civic Centre as the monthly Book Exchange takes place, organised by Ballymun Whitehall Area...

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Healthy eating course spreads across Dublin

A course in Clondalkin, that is that is also delivered in six other by other communities in Dublin, is teaching people to cook for themselves at a time when the diets of disadvantaged groups are disimproving.The breakfast roll, now part of male Ireland's dietary...

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New UL course covers social regeneration

UL has launched a new sociology masters course focused uniquely for Ireland on ‘Youth, Community and Social Regeneration’.Employment paths include youth and community work, research careers, policy development, and professional engagement in social regeneration.A...

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Unpaid mentors support unemployed women in Mayo

Conor Hogan reportsConor HoganBy March of this year, there were 4,680 women on the live register in Mayo, up from 3,315 two years earlier. In fact, Mayo has the highest rural unemployment rate in the country with CSO figures showing the rate among women in the...

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Rest in peace Richard Douthwaite

Richard Douthwaite, Westport, Co. Mayo, has passed away. He was a hero to many of us in Ireland and abroad who strive to promote sustainable local development as opposed to growth and materialism. Tributes are pouring in from around the world and can be read here on...

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PROFILE: Mike Redmond, Kilkenny Tús Supervisor

Alan JacquesReporter ALAN JACQUES recently interviewed one of the 200 supervisors being hired this year to work with Local Development Companies on the national Tús Scheme:County Kilkenny Leader Partnership recently appointed Mike Redmond as the supervisor...

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HA-HA!! 10 YEARS OF CHANGING IRELAND CARTOONS!

HAHA-HAHA-HAHA!!! TO MARK OUR FIRST DECADE, HERE ARE SOME OF 'CHANGING IRELAND's BETTER CARTOONS PUBLISHED IN PRINT BETWEEN 2001-2011!Thanks in particular to Austin Creaven who provided us with some great work.CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL.ENJOY!- Allen Meagher, editor

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Summer edition just PUBLISHED

The summer edition of 'Changing Ireland' - marking 10 years in operation - will be available online from lunchtime today and in print next week! The lead story is about Community Resilience - download the magazine from our homepage: https://www.changingireland.ie/This...

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Island projects seek some independence

English-speaking islands are moving closer to an agreement on a management structure for crucial projects funded through the Local and Community Development Programme. Negotiations are continuing with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government...

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NEW RESOURCE: POBAL MAPS

- Social inclusion mapping now a realityWith the click of a mouse, you can now view levels of deprivation in your area under a range of categories and down to street level. You don’t hear people saying ‘Thanks to Pobal’ everyday, but that’s where the credit is due and...

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Community centre for sale in Galway

The summer edition of 'Changing Ireland' is about to be published. The magazine will be available through Eason outlets, by post to subscribers (free) and on our website homepage. Here's one of the more eye-catching stories that feature.A community centre...

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3,000 COMMUNITY GROUPS APPLY FOR TÚS WORKERS

BY ALLEN MEAGHERAcross the country, community groups are learning that they don’t have to be a registered charity or even have a bank account to apply for a Tús worker.Over 3,000 groups had applied for a worker by July with 1,200 of those considered worthwhile...

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Community development in Dublin 12

Keep an eye on what's happening through the Programme in Dublin 12 via this blog from community workers with Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership. The photo is taken from coverage on the blog about a 'Strengthening Families Programme', an internationally...

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We’ve mapped 120+ projects in the LCDP

'Changing Ireland' has mapped over 120 projects in the Local and Community Development Programme.We've pinpointed 95% of the locations to within metres and you can access the project/companies' email, phone and website details through the map.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAP...

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Limerick leads way with integrated service

Minister Joan Burton outside the new integrated officeToday, the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton officially opened the new premises of Northside Local Employment Service at Watch House Cross, Moyross, Limerick.“This approach very much fits with my...

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ISLANDS GET ASSURANCES; CWC GETS FUNDING CUT

Communities on Ireland's offshore islands got a boost in recent days with the new Gaeltacht Minister Dinny McGinley assuring islanders the Government would continue to support their development.He was speaking at the Cómdháil Oileáin na hÉireann (Federation of Irish...

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Update in relation to former CDPs and the LCDP

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government this afternoon released figures to ‘Changing Ireland’ that show the number of projects funded under the Local and Community Development Programme.The Department’s statement reads:"The latest phase of...

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OBAMA, TRAVELLERS & ‘CHANGING IRELAND’

US President Barack Obama started out as a community worker and he's here in Ireland today! His people hailed from Offaly.Many see him as a true hero and an inspiration to members of minorities everywhere, others see him as a puppet of the military-industrial complex...

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LIVE-BLOGGING FROM CITIZENS’ FORUM IN NENAGH

LATEST ALERT... EVENT ON FILM - HOW TO SET UP A CITIZENS' FORUM (CLICK HERE)Live-blogging from the Civic Centre in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary today... It's the venue for a Citizens' Forum for making local Government better. Sounds like another talking shop - not so. The...

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Activists learning from old hands, through Spunout

Activists in Ireland are now learning from old hands, through Spunout. The youth organisation is organising its 2nd 'Academy for Activists' which will be held in June. You can read full details in their press release here. Among those leading the learning will be...

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Dóchas – EU’s extreme poverty work is crucial

BY BRENDAN MEEHAN The coming months will be pivotal in terms of global poverty and how Europe collectively handles the problem, says Dóchas, the umbrella organisation for Irish NGOs. It stressed the point at its 18th AGM held in Dublin City Council's Civic Offices on...

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Visit us in Moyross, Limerick!

Visit 'Changing Ireland'! Call the editor on 061-458011.Our precise location in Sarsfield Gardens Business Centre, Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, is pinned here on Google maps.GPS co-ordinates: 52.68342,-8.643896.Find Thomond Park and you're alongside...

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MAN DUE IN COURT OVER ANTI-TRAVELLER FACEBOOK SITE

A man is to appear before Killarney District Court tomorrow in connection with an anti-Traveller Facebook site called ‘Promote The Use Of Knacker Babies As Bait’.A barman at the time of the alleged offence, he was charged at Killarney Garda Station a fortnight ago in...

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North East Kerry Development – report launch

North East Kerry Development's Progress Report covering 2009-2010 was launched today in Listowel. Speakers included a community representative and a businesswoman who relayed how they had benefitted from the local development company's support.Minister for Arts,...

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Richard Moore – blind man with a vision

LIVE REPORT - CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE DIRECTOR, THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE DALAI LAMA TO IRELAND Richard Moore from Children In Crossfire introduced the 14th Dalai Lama in Dublin this morning. Richard set up the NGO some years after losing his eyesight as a child to a...

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DALAI LAMA – LIVE REPORT FROM SAGGART

INTROThis is a live report from Saggart, Co. Dublin, oddly named after the Irish word for "priest."The theme of today is activism and taking action, but the Dalai Lama speaks here of nurturing peace within the individual and within society. ALLEN MEAGHER reports:LIVE...

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STRIKING COMMUNITY WORKERS WIN IN LABOUR COURT

The strike involving community workers at Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG) has been resolved, according to a report today from the Community Worker's Co-op and confirmed by SIPTU. All local work under the Local and Community Development...

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Community development feature from Palestine

IN MEMORY OF PEACEMAKER JULIANO MER KHAMISJuliano Mer Khamis (pictured) was an Israeli actor and peace activist who ran a drama project in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin, the West Bank. He was assassinated on Monday outside the theatre he founded which had...

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Dessie O’Halloran in fundraiser for Inishbofin

Dessie O'Halloran (above) was joined by dancers and a band of musicians for a fundraiser last night for Inishbofin Community Development Project. The gig was held in Monroe's of Galway.Eleanor Shanley and Dessie sang together (pictured) and the band included...

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DRAMA IN MOYROSS AFTER POUND PANIC TODAY

Young children and their mothers walking home from primary school in Moyross had to run for safety this afternoon or risk being trampled by a loose bunch of ponies and horses.The dozens of horses kept in Moyross cause no trouble for people normally, but on this...

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HORSES ARE THE HOOK!

PICTURED ABOVE: Lucy.‎"It's not all about the horses," says Adeline O'Brien of Cherry Orchard Equine Centre. Watch our 2 min interview with Adeline here:https://www.youtube.com/user/changingireland#p/u/0/0T1qBS9xxtAThe project is 8 years old, caters for 650 young...

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'CHANGING IRELAND's Allen Meagher was interviewed about the anti-Traveller Facebook sites on Radio Kerry this morning. Click here for a listen (6 mins): https://www.changingireland.ie/RadioKerryInterviewRacistSites.m4a

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100 YEARS AGO – 3 KEY WOMEN’S CAMPAIGNS BEGAN

International Women's Day was marked around the country yesterday and much was celebrated in terms of how far we've come in 100 years.Our photo here shows women working in a factory in Cork in 1911. Working conditions were widely recognised as a problem at the time...

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The SPRING EDITION of 'Changing Ireland' has just been published online (click here for a pdf)! The print version will be out later this week. Inside, we've 24 pages of coverage on: 5000 TÚS 'JOBS' on the way nationwide through the LCDPFINE GAEL PLANS for...

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Jesse Jackson in Ireland

"You may not be responsible for being down, but you must be responsible for getting up. Don't let anything break your spirit. Forward ever, backward never," said Jesse Jackson.He was in Dublin on Sunday to launch a new plan drawn up by the Equality and Rights Alliance...

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New Resource: National Programme Contacts Database

We've compiled a contacts database of staff throughout the Local and Community Development Programme and it’s ALL HERE (meaning if you click here you'll download the full Excel document): If you're looking to contact all the rural social scheme staff in the Programme,...

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11 BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM LEARNING MUSIC

11 BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLEFROM LEARNING MUSIC - THE BALLUMUN EXPERIENCEChildren who play a musical instrument in a band develop improved:- Ability to Focus- Patience- Self Confidence- Abilities to relax- Hand co-ordination- Discipline- Ability to learn languages-...

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WINTER EDITION OUT NOW! HERE!

You can now view and download our latest magazine, the Winter 2010 edition, by clicking here.THE PRINT VERSION WILL BE DELIVERED TO EASON NEWSAGENTS AND TO ADDRESSES NATIONWIDE NEXT WEEK!

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Alignment – For and Against

The Local & Community Development Programme (LCDP)

The Local & Community Development Programme (LCDP) is managed by POBAL on behalf of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. It forms part of the National Development Plan 2007 -2013.   The Programme is an amalgamation of two former...

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Where CDPs now stand

The Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) was instigated at the beginning of this year and most CDPs – we don’t yet know the final tally – are on schedule to amalgamate their work with that of the Local Development Company in their area by year’s end. At...

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Thanks to Finbar from Mayo for the above.The cut to the minimum wage has been widely criticised. The €1 cut equates to 11.5% of salary if you're on the minimum wage. Business leaders have welcomed the proposal saying it will cuts costs.However, Fine Gael have said...

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WE DIDN’T ALL CAUSE THIS MESS! WE HAVE OUR PRIDE!

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?asks ALLEN MEAGHER, EDITOR We've invited in foreigners to take over the running of our country's finances and decide our future for the years to come. We've lost a large part of our sovereignty.There is anger in the air and even some Government...

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New ideas workshop on Nov 24th in Dublin

We're all looking for new ideas in these "challenging" times and Tosach is holding an innovation workshop in St. Andrew's Resource Centre in Dublin 2, on November 24th. At €25 per person, it's good value compared to certain profit-making companies who charge 10 times...

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Disability leader proposes land taxes instead of cuts

"I believe a €5 land tax per acre regardless of the quality of the land could yield a massive €8 billion per year straight into the coffers of Government," says Noel O'Neill, chairperson of the Kerry Network of People with Disabilities. While his figures don’t seem to...

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VIDEO REPORTS FROM ‘CLAIMING OUR FUTURE’

We're uploading video reports from Saturday's historic 'Claiming Our Future' event, the biggest Civil Society gig in the Republic Ireland in a generation.It wasn't a protest and it was different. And it achieved its aim of finding out what we're FOR in a new Ireland....

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Advertise with ‘Changing Ireland’!

Advertise with ‘Changing Ireland’!Because now – for the first time – you can!!Changing Ireland’, the country’s most widely read Community and Voluntary Sector magazine, is now taking advertising for the first time.Established in 2001, it has built up a loyal...

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Event: Claiming Our Future on Oct 30th in Dublin

'Claiming Our Future' is a day-long event to plot and plan for a better Ireland. The organisers want to pinpoint the values a better Ireland can aspire to. Honesty and fair ...play for instance. They want to “mobilize” and “unite” Ireland behind a new plan.It takes...

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Moyross.ie launched today by Minister Carey

18 months ago, the first ten items that came up in a Google search for ‘Moyross’ were all negative in the extreme characterising the estate solely in terms of criminality and gangs. A new website Moyross.ie is nowadays often listed in the top three Google listings for...

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Appeal for reversal of cuts in addiction counselling

Funding to drugs projects has been cut nationwide this year, despite protests, and today John Cregan, Fianna Fail TD, hit out at newly announced cuts to drugs services in County Limerick. The Youth Drug Prevent Project in Kilmallock and the Newcastle West Based Drugs...

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You can also follow us on Facebook!

Follow 'Changing Ireland' on facebook and join over 300 members on our fanpage.Contribute ideas, suggestions, comments and stir debate on community issues and community work.In recent work via facebook, we have worked alongside members of the facebook site 'Hands Off...

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A good book to ask your library to buy –

If you’re looking for new perspectives on youthwork in Ireland, then a new journal maps out new thinking on this area of work.‘Youth and Community Work in Ireland: Critical Perspectives’ was published recently by lecturers from Cork.It is currently the only text that...

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14 CDPs lose funding following review

14 CDPs are to lose funding following a review by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. 13 are in Dublin and one in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.The Community Development Project Appeals Board report, released on Friday, January 29th, said issues...

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Budget 2010 – COMMUNITIES DOWN AT LEAST 10%

BY ALLEN MEAGHERSome of the most severe recommendations in the McCarthy Report will not be implemented this year, but with a similar budget promised for next year and the year after, it's far from over for communities.For now, commentators are talking about the...

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Poor Can’t Pay Campaign launches Video

Some of Ireland’s leading NGO’s and trade unions have joined forces to launch a new campaign called “The Poor Can’t Pay” which aims to mobilise active opposition to proposed cuts to basic social welfare payments or the minimum wage. The Poor Can't Pay campaign said...

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Letter from 42 academics in support of CDPs.

This letter was published in today's Irish Times.The topic will also be discussed tonight (Wednesday) on Vincent Browne's show on TV3.======================================= In the midst of all the coverage of cutbacks and the forthcoming budget, one major proposal...

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Earn an award – 3 days and the clock is ticking!

An Aontas award could be yours! Nominate your local adult learning project for an AONTAS STAR Award and do it fast! The deadline for entries is this Friday, November 27th. The AONTAS awards, now in its fourth year, celebrate teamwork, and recognise the achievements of...

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CDPs on Liveline

On Monday 9th November, Joe Duffy got a call from a Kathleen O'Neill in Kilbarrack CDP about the proposed changes to the CDP programme. Once it got started, more people started ringing in including:Mary Catherine Heanue from Inishturk Development OfficeUrsula McKenna...

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Health Corr gives CDPs a ringing endorsement

JOURNALIST GIVES BRILLIANT EXPLANATION OF WHAT CDPs REALLY DOThe author of the most penetrating book written in recent years on the Irish health service has given CDPs a ringing endorsement in a 7-minute interview on RTE's Drivetime. (Click 'community health...

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Blanchardstown: Bonus for Volunteers!

Volunteers who work at the Vincent De Paul shop in Blanchardstown got a pleasant surprise last week when members of the local Traveller Community Employment scheme presented them with a variety of organic vegetables.The vegetables were grown on the Travellers...

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Community questions on RTE’s Prime Time

David Connolly, Siptu's Community Branch President, debated the decline in support for communities from Government with Minister of State John Curran, on June 11th on RTE's Prime Time. Click here to watch (may require broadband).

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Welcome to the CHANGING IRELAND BLOG

We're glad you could join us!We started adding video to our website this year. Now Changing Ireland has a blog for news as it happens. Our blog highlights news relating to the Community & Voluntary Sector. We will highlight mainstream media reports, NGO news releases,...

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