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LCDP

The LCDP aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities. LCDP is a key tool of Government in providing employment supports, training, personal development/capacity building and other supports for the harder to reach in the most disadvantaged areas in society. It is a locally accessible, frontline intervention, supporting disadvantaged communities.

The LCDP is the outcome of the integration of the former Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) and the Community Development Programme. Westmeath Community Development is the Local Development Company for Westmeath, and has been delivering the programme, and the previous programmers under this strand since the mid 1990’s.We have a countywide remit, and our work also encompasses the work previously carried out by Athlone Community Taskforce and Harmony CDP in Athlone.

The LCDP is underpinned by four goals:

  • To promote awareness, knowledge and uptake of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community services;
  • To increase access to formal and informal educational, recreational and cultural development activities and resources;
  • To increase peoples’ work readiness and employment prospects; and
  • To promote engagement with policy, practice and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities.

The objectives of the LCDP include the following:

  • Develop and sustain a range of services to support, prepare and assist people to enter the Labour Market;
  • Develop and sustain strategies with local enterprises to increase local employment prospects;
  • Develop and sustain strategies to increase local self employment prospects

The LCDP is managed by POBAL on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

For further information on the LCDP please contact Frank Murtagh at 0906494555, or email fmurtagh@westcd.ie

 

Photography exhibition by Asylum seekers group goes on display in Athlone Library.

Photography exhibition by Asylum seekers group goes on display in Athlone Library.

An exhibition of photography by 12 Asylum seekers who are living at the accommodation centre in Lissywollen went on display in Athlone Library yesterday evening. Former Government minister Mary O’Rourke launched the first ever exhibition by members of the group, which was formed last year.

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The exhibition consists of 28 images taken in the asylum site and other areas of Athlone. Leah Quinn of Westmeath Community Development said the group was formed after some of the sites residents- who are not allowed to work in Ireland at present – expressed a interest in starting a photography club. Nuala O’Brien of Westmeath VEC helped organise weekly meetings in which the group received tuition in photography from photographer Luke Daniel’s. “We meet for two hours each Thursday and get a lot of professional advice and information” said one of the group members, Heirdar Al-Hashimi. Mr Al-Hashimi is a native of Iraq who has been living in Ireland for the last three and half years. He is one of the interviewees featured in Athlone community radios “Just Bearable” documentary series on life at the site in Lissywollen.

The photography exhibition in Athlone Library will be on display for two weeks. The images are available to buy and all proceeds raised from the photo sales will go to fund  a level 4 Ffetac course in photography which the group members are hoping to pursue.

The nine members of the group who have work featured in the current exhibition are: Heirdar Al-Hashimi: Dinesh Thapa: Arshed Butt: Mohamed Khan: Olga Yemstova: Anna Kostanyan: Bibi Noshen: Nazia Idris and Tamara Grimberg.

This photo exhibition was supported by Westmeath Community Development through the European Refugee fund and the Local and Community Development Programme in conjunction with Westmeath VEC.

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Developing a Model of Best Practise for working with young people affected by suicide

“Developing a Model of Best Practise for working with young people affected by suicide” 
 
WCD, Midland Regional Youth Services and HSE Midlands have come together to develop a project working with staff and volunteers in statutory, community and voluntary agencies working with young people and suicide. The project aims to enable worker and volunteers in Westmeath to have a theoretical and practical understanding of a number of significant themes around working with young people and suicide. Full details on the project are attached along with an application form. If you would like to be considered for this project please complete and return the application form to Frank Murtagh, Asst CEO, Westmeath Community Development, Mullingar Enterprise and Technology Park, Mullingar, no later than November 23rd. 
This project is being funded by POBAL under the Dormant Accounts Fund. 
 
For more info, click here.
 
For the Application Form, click here.
 

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Developing a Model of Best Practise for working with young people affected by suicide

“Developing a Model of Best Practise for working with young people affected by suicide” 
 
WCD, Midland Regional Youth Services and HSE Midlands have come together to develop a project working with staff and volunteers in statutory, community and voluntary agencies working with young people and suicide. The project aims to enable worker and volunteers in Westmeath to have a theoretical and practical understanding of a number of significant themes around working with young people and suicide. Full details on the project are attached along with an application form. If you would like to be considered for this project please complete and return the application form to Frank Murtagh, Asst CEO, Westmeath Community Development, Mullingar Enterprise and Technology Park, Mullingar, no later than November 23rd. 
This project is being funded by POBAL under the Dormant Accounts Fund. 
 
For more info, click here.
 
For the Application Form, click here.
 

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Call for Tender for Community Profile and Needs Assessment

 

Westmeath Community Development, Westmeath Volunteer Centre and Mullingar RAPID Area Implementation Team, invite tenders from interested parties/organisations to carry out a “Community Profile and Needs Assessment in a number of RAPID estates in Mullingar Town”, funded under the Local and Community Development Programme.  
 
Westmeath Volunteer Centre, endeavours to increase the numbers of volunteers and beneficiaries organisations from all communities in Westmeath, and in conjunction with RAPID Mullingar, wishes to specifically target RAPID areas in Mullingar to enhance volunteering in the RAPID areas. 
The RAPID programme - Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID) programme is aimed at improving the quality of life and the opportunity available to residents of the most disadvantaged communities in Irish cities and towns. It aims, in a focused and practical way, to reduce the deprivations faced by residents of disadvantaged communities. It attempts to do this through targeting significant state resources at the needs of disadvantaged areas.
 
In each local RAPID area, a local plan is developed which defines a series of issues, objectives and actions that are key to the RAPID programme locally. Nationally defined programme objectives set a framework within which local plans are developed. This framework intentionally allows local areas full scope to define the practical issues which are of most importance in responding to local disadvantage and need. 
 

Decision-making on what is contained in the local RAPID plan happens within each area. The knowledge and experience of the local community and the other RAPID participants have been the basis for developing these local plans to reflect the local situation and meet local needs.
Therefore WCD, Westmeath Volunteer Centre and Mullingar RAPID Area Implementation Team seek applications from interested parties to tender for the carrying out of a community profile and needs assessment in the following areas:
  1. Abbeylands
  2. Market Point
  3. Lakepoint
  4. Ashfield
  5. Patrick Street
  6. Dominic Street
  7. Grange
  8. Farran
  9. Raithin
  10. Dalton Park
  11. Ennell

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Westmeath Disabilities - Services & Information Open Day

Westmeath Community Development Disability Working Group organised its 5th services and information day on Wednesday 17th October in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The day was a great success with 34 service providers in attendance and 191 member of the public attending. Gerard Killian presented the Olympic Torch to the crowd at 12.45pm which was very enlightening. The highlight of the event was listening to the 3 service users, Mark Ahern, Anthony Rafferty and Gillian McArdle who spoke about the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis. They shared their experiences and also spoke of the solutions they have found to overcome such challenges. Feedback from members of the public and service providers alike was extremely positive.. The event was    Co-ordinated by Linda-Jo Quinn and funded by WCD under the Local and Community Development Programme . Sincere thanks also go to Mullingar Congress Centre and Department of Social Protection for their kind assistance.

 

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