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

FETAC accredited Call Centre Teleservices and Customer Care Course

Call Centre Teleservices and Customer Care FETAC Course

Westmeath Community Development (WCD) Offers Free Course to Unemployed




This course is available to unemployed individuals under the WCD Employment Mediation Action and encourages individuals to consider retraining and up skilling to help them become more jobs ready and qualified for vacancies in the Telesales, Customer Care and Call Centre Sectors where there is considerable growth and opportunity.

Course:                           Call Centre Teleservices & Customer Care FETAC  Accredited

Venue:                             Forus, Castle House, Castle Street, Mullingar

Duration & Time:              Two half days per week, 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks commencing 9th October 2012

Accreditation:                    FETAC  Level 6 Teleservices

                                          FETAC Level 6 Customer Service

                                          FETAC Level 4 Data Entry

Eligibility criteria:              Individuals (18 years +) who are unemployed and interested in securing work in        the call centre, customer care sector. 

Educational level:             Leaving Certificate or equivalent or individuals with prior experience or learning in this area e.g. customer care, reception, telesales etc.  A good knowledge and practical IT  and communication skills required for this industry and entry to training course.  

Completion of the course will provide learners with the skills and confidence to seek employment in a customer service/call centre environment.  Participating on this course will not affect your Social Welfare entitlements.  100% attendance required for duration of course.

This course is being run in conjunction with Mullingar Chamber of Commerce, and is being funded under the Local and Community Development Programme. .


To apply for a place on this course or for further information email on or before Friday 28th September.


Funding Opportunity

Westmeath Community Development invite applications from Community and Voluntary Groups for LCDP grant aid for “The Life Long Learning Initiative”

The purpose of this initiative is to support groups and organisations to develop  life long, learning  projects for the purpose of identifying & creating education and training opportunities for young people who left school at an early age. The GRANT age group is 16-25 only.

  • Projects may include numeracy and literacy supports
  • Materials, Equipment & Tutor Costs

Priority will be given to groups within RAPID areas and other designated disadvantaged areas  in Co. Westmeath

For further information regarding eligibility and/or for application forms

Please contact Linda-Jo Quinn on (090) 6494555 or

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th September at 5pm



Disability Information and Services Day

Westmeath Community Development are pleased to announce their Disability Working Group are organising its fifth Information and Services Day on Wednesday 17th October 2012 from 12.00 – 4.00pm in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar Co. Westmeath.

The purpose of this is to bring service providers and service users together in an informal setting to help with obtaining information and possible supports.

See below a link to a booking booking form should your organisation wish to have a stand.



Grant scheme for Community Based After School Services for Post Primary Students

Westmeath Community Development invite applications from new or existing Community Groups providing Community Based After School Services for Post Primary Students from September 2012, as part of our Local and Community Development Programme 2012 Annual Plan.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Project must be serving young people in one or more of the 23 disadvantaged designated areas covered by the LCDP.
  • Project must be targeting post primary school students
  • Grant amount groups can apply for must be between €2,000- €5,000

Application forms are available from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone, 04493484571.

Closing date for receipt of signed applications has been extended to Friday, August 31st. 

For further information contact or