The final Baby Cafe of 2012 took place today, December the 12th, at our venue in Riverside Community Centre.
The baby Cafe continues to be success with lots of new mums and babies attending.
The Cafe provides mums with opportunities to meet other mums, find out what is going on the local area as well as making new friends.
It is a vital link for mums especially those who are not from the Mullingar Area.
We meet every Friday from 1130-1pm in Riverside Community Centre, Robinstown Rd (this is the new road that links the Castlepollard and Delvin Roads).
The next Cafe will take place on Friday January 11th 2013.
Baby Cafe wishes everyone a Happy Xmas
WCD invites tenders from suitably qualified organisations and individuals to deliver two Business Development Programmes in Mullingar and Athlone from January 2013 to December 2012.
The course will be run one full day per week over 24 weeks for upto 20 people, with setting and monitoring of assigned tasks for participants to work on over the remaining 12 hours of their week outside of programme contact time, to develop the participants’ business idea.The Business Development Programme is a special FÁS Community Employment Scheme, aimed at delivering a business development programme to unemployed people with a self employment idea, and will form part of the Local and Community Development Programme Annual Plan for WCD for 2013.
It is expected that participants will progress to developing a business supported by the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance administered by the Dept. Of Social Protection.
It is required that the successful tender will have extensive experience in delivering enterprise training to the target group.
A third level qualification in a business related area is desirable, combined with experience of one-to-one mentoring.
The course provides FETAC certification at Level 5. The administration of required documentation, compilation of client portfolio and the grading of same is required from the consultant.
The tender needs to contain;
1. A tender price
2. A current tax clearance certificate
3. Professional Indemnity Insurance
4. Evidence of previous experience
5. Programme Content – a Detailed curriculum covering the following areas for group sessions and assigned tasks;
- Enterprise Models
- Sales and Marketing
- General Business Management
- Managing Personal Development
- Business Planning
Tenders and accompanying information to be submitted to Frank Murtagh, Ass CEO, WCD, Mullingar Enterprise and Technology Park, Clonmore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 2nd 2013.
On Monday December 10th last, the most recent graduates of the Westmeath Community Development Business Development Programme were presented with their FETAC certificates. The course, which had been run over 6 months, and was funded by the Dept. of Social Protection/Fas and the Local and Community Development programme. Eighteen people completed the programme and 15 have now gone on to establish their businesses.
Graduates of the FETAC accredited Business Development Programme run by Westmeath Community Development in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection/Fas and the Local and Community Development Programme: Back Row - Dan Grehan, Programme Manager, Nicholas Cooney, Justin Ryan, Patrick Kilmurray, Seamus Caulfield Tutor, Noel Boyce, and Joe Potter CEO Westmeath Community Development. Front Row – Rosaleen Coates, Wendy Clinton, Imelda O’Donnell, Margaret Hargraves FETAC Co-ordinator & Angela Maher.
The Business Development Programme is a special CE scheme that has been running in Westmeath for over 10 years. It enables unemployed people considering self-employment to undergo an accredited business development programme while developing their business idea and their Business Plan. Dan Grehan, Programme Manager, commented “the course is one of a number of supports that Westmeath Community Development has in place to support new businesses being established by people on the live register. In 2012 we have had over 100 people establish new enterprises, primarily through the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance schemes that we operate in conjunction with the Dept. of Social Protection.”
CEO of Westmeath Community Development, Joe Potter, complemented the graduates and wished them well in their ventures “in the current climate it can seem quite daunting to go into self-employment, but the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in Westmeath and Westmeath Community Development, through the Rural Development and Local Development Programme, and the other agencies in the county, like the County Enterprise Board, will continue to provide supports for new businesses, as the micro enterprise sector will be key to getting the country out of recession.”
The course tutor, Seamus Caulfield, of Metamorphosis Consultants, noted that this was a particularly strong group. “The dynamic in this group was very good, while the businesses are in diverse sectors, this can assist the small business in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses and the challenges they are likely to face in their ventures”.
The businesses established included – Gluten Free Bakery, Photography, Wood Craft, Landscape Gardening, Guitar Teacher, Hairdressing, New Build Project Management, Herbal Healing, Chimney /Stove Cleaning, Home Healthcare, Plumbing Service & Career Guidance Coach.
For further information on the Business Development Programme, or on supports available from Westmeath Community Development, please contact Dan Grehan on 0449348571 or Seamus McKenna on 090649455.
Extended deadline: Developing a Model of Best Practise for working with young people affected by suicide
Due to issues accessing the application forms for this project, this deadline has been extended until December 12th 2012
See application form below.
“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.