Community Development

WCD provides a range of Community Development supports to geographic and special issue groups in the county, including capacity building, sourcing funding, and assistance in completing application forms and general advice and information.

WCD prioritise their work groups operating in the most disadvantaged areas of the county such as Family Resources Centres, Community Arts Groups, Youth Services, Older peoples groups, Traveller groups, women's groups and groups supporting non Irish nationals.

A subcommittee of the Board of WCD, the Community Development and Youth Working group monitors and directs work.


Disability awareness is an action under the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). The 2011 census revealed that 16% of people in Westmeath have a Disability.

A subcommittee of the Board of WCD, the Westmeath Disability Working Group, whose membership includes service provides and service users, develops a yearly action plan, which identifies activities to be undertaken for the year ahead, and reviews the performance of actions that have been completed. Actions include the Disability Information and Services Day, Disability Awareness Training, lobbying on issues of concern for people with Disabilities in the County, such as anomalies in policy, access issues and highlighting particular needs for people with Disabilities.


WCD have been involved in supporting RAPID since its onset in 2002 in Athlone and works very closely with the RAPID Co-ordinator by Westmeath County Council.

The LCDP Co-ordinator is a member of the Area Implementation Team in both Athlone and Mullingar. Direct development supports and administration supports have been provided to community forums in both towns.

Capacity building supports are available for local resident's groups and other community groups operating in RAPID areas.

Projects developed through RAPID such as the Halloween festival in Athlone also continue to be supported through advice, guidance and practical supports for the festival itself.

WCD Employment mediation supports are also targeted a RAPID areas.

For further information on the Community Development activities of WCD contact Linda-Jo Quinn on 090 64 94555 or email

Disability Services & Information Open Day

There will be a Disability Services & Information Open Day held on Wednesday 16th October in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Road, Athlone from 12pm to 4pm

Here you will have the opportunity to find out more about the Disability Services in your County and have your questions answered.

There will be Information Advisers, ready and willing to give advice and guidance

For further details click on the link below:

poster disabiltiy services and information open day.doc



The PEP Programme - Your Pathway to Employment

PEP, or the Personal Employment Pathway programme, is a free job skills programme which supports you in developing a progression plan and exploring new opportunities.

This programme is aimed at people who are between 16 - 65 years of age and who are in receipt of a statutory payment such as:

  • disability allowance
  • blind pension
  • invalidity pension
  • injury illness benefit

The PEP Programme will assess your needs and identify your strengths and weaknesses, what you like to achieve, and any skills gaps that needs to be addressed to help you do this.

This programme is delivered by the National Learning Network and their career experts and skilled trainers.

For further information

Tel:044 9345117 Mullingar

Tel: 090 647 5297 Athlone

email: or go to



REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings 2012- 2013 grant aid from Heritage Council


Heritage Council - Kilkenny, IrelandPlease be advised that  REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings 2012- 2013 is now open for applications:

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, administers an annual grants scheme to REPS 4 participants for the conservation and repair of Traditional Farm Buildings.

Grant amounts vary between €4,000 and €20,000. The process is highly competitive and a grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €18,000 to €20,000. The grant is available for the conservation of the exterior appearance of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, windows and doors and associated structures including historic yard surfaces, gate pillars and gates.

Application forms and information booklets can be obtained at or from The Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny Tel. 056 777 0777, E-mail:

The closing date for receipt of completed applications for the 2012/13 REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is 5pm Friday 26th October 2012. Applications made by fax or email will not be accepted.

The Heritage Council

Church Lane


056 7770777

056 7770788   


Westmeath Community Development: Invite to Tender

Development of a Community Based Integrated Best Practice Model of Suicide Prevention for Youth to incorporate prevention, intervention and postvention components.
Development and Provision of Training Programme


To develop a Community Based Integrated Best Practice Model of Suicide Prevention for Youth to incorporate prevention, intervention and postvention components.
The development of a specific Training Programme relevant for a selection of youth worker professionals, representative of a broad range of services, including education, youth work and mental health supports, which will assist in:

a)    Implementation of  the recommendations of Action Area 3: Youth Organisations and Services of ‘Reach Out’ – The National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention (2005 – 2014)
b)    Provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to the mental health care needs that arise in youth work.


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