This is a handbook for community-led groups throughout Ireland, both urban and rural. By this we mean groups formed and run by communities themselves, instead of statuary bodies or private businesses. It is targeted both at a traditional environmental groups and other groups with a broader agenda for sustainable living and community well-being. It provides practical … Continue reading Sustainable Communities, A funding handbook for community-led groups.
This paper is comprised of case studies from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Communities in Transition 2 Programme. The Programme seeks to: build relationships within and between people and communities; promote local participation in community development and peace-building work; and create community cohesion by offering opportunities and support that had not been previously accessible … Continue reading Case studies from the Communities in Transition 2 Programme, Northern Island.
Doirin Graham is the CEO of Clare Local Development Company which on Monday learned that it was successful in its bid for LEADER funding worth €8.9m to County Clare. Doirin's company, set up in 1992, went against the tide in competing with the county's new Local and Community Development Committee for the funding. It was … Continue reading Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now
The musicians John and Isabela Hoban, based in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland stimulate people of all ages and all abilities to express themselves by music, singing and dance. And even more: by preserving local traditions, and by contributing to local community development. In my opinion their social-cultural work deserves worldwide attention. This documentary of 38 … Continue reading The Power of Music in the Community – An Irish Example (HD)
A paper presented at the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, ‘Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system,’ June 30th to July 3rd, 2015, Helsinki, Finland. In Ireland social enterprises are seen primarily as non-profit organisations driven by social objectives. Irish thinking on the social economy has been influenced by … Continue reading Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland
Over the years much research has been carried out on poverty and social inclusion in rural Ireland. Academics, researchers, Government agencies and organisations working in the Community and Voluntary Sector have published vast amounts of reports on poverty and marginalised and vulnerable groups living in rural areas. Many of the issues people living in rural … Continue reading Poverty and Social Inclusion the Case for Rural Ireland
In recent years the role of communities in tackling poverty has been a major component of Irish social policy with several national programmes funded to address social inclusion. Many of these incorporate and promote community development approaches such as the Community Development Programme itself, the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Family and Community … Continue reading The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency