Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.

Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.

The following Clare PPN representative positions are up for election:

  • Community & Voluntary pillar rep x 2
  • Social Inclusion pillar rep x 1
  • Environment pillar rep x 1

Member groups from each pillar (community & voluntary, social inclusion or environment) can nominate one candidate for that particular pillar representative position and a vote will be held for each pillar.  Only groups which were members on 28th May 2019 can nominate a candidate. If you are not sure which pillar your group belongs to please contact: admin@clareppn.ie

The successful candidate will be required attend four LCDC meeting per year (plus a brief pre-meeting on the same day at Clare PPN), four Clare PPN plenary meetings per year and the occasional pillar group meeting. Feedback after each LCDC meeting will also be required.  Clare PPN is now in a position to provide significant support for anyone who decides to take on this rewarding position.

The LCDC is very important (see below) and needs a strong voice from the community & voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in the county.

For a nomination form please contact: admin@clareppn.ie

Nominations close at 5.30pm on Friday 7th June 

 

Aim of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC):

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordination, governance, planning and oversight of local development spend, whether that spend is delivered by local authorities or on behalf of the state by other local development agencies and structures
  • Bring a more coherent approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, seeking to ensure an integrated approach to local community and local development services between providers and delivery structures
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning, delivery and evaluation of local and community development programmes
  • Ensure a more efficient administration of local and community programmes and delivery structures, the appropriate matching of resources to priorities and the achievement of value-for-money in the delivery and governance of programmes and the management of local delivery arrangements
  • Develop approaches that focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between practice and policy development
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources
  • Overseeing the 6 year long Local Economic and Community Plan

LCDC publishes Clare Survey findings

LCDC publishes Clare Survey findings

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The Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has published findings of a new survey of more than 1,000 adults across Clare focusing on the county’s health, well-being and quality of life.

The Clare Survey, a strategic action of the Local Economic and Community Plan, will be used by Clare County Council to strengthen national funding applications such as the Rural and Urban Regeneration Funds and to direct resources to those areas of the county most in need.  The survey will also be utilised as a benchmark to measure progress for strategies such as Local Economic and Community Plan and the Healthy Clare Strategy.  Clare County Council says the localised information contained in the survey results will complement data available under the Census and the Survey of Income and Living Conditions.

The survey, which was conducted by independent market research agency Behaviour and Attitudes Ltd. in late 2018, explored topics such as Education, Employment Status, Health & Well-being, Attitudes to Mental Health, Social Engagement, Technology and Transport.

The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is a subcommittee of Clare County Council and includes representatives from Clare Public Participation Network, local state agencies, the community voluntary sector as well as other local development and interest groups. The LCDC has prepared and oversees the implementation of the community elements of the Local Economic and Community Development Plan (LECP) which is a 6 year strategy for the county. The committee also developed the Healthy Clare Strategy and manages the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) for Clare.  In addition funding programmes such as the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Community Enhancement Programme are overseen by the LCDC committee.

Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in Emergency Accommodation

Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in emergency accommodation in Clare.

Mary O’Donoghue is one of Clare PPN’s social inclusion representatives on Clare’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). At the LCDC meeting of October 10th she raised the issue of the lack of available services for people in emergency accommodation in Clare. She has followed this up by sending the letter below to all Councillors on our behalf.

October 25th 2018

Dear Councillor,

It has been brought to the attention of the staff and representatives of Clare PPN on several occasions recently that there are no services available in County Clare for those who are in emergency accommodation in hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts. Clare PPN is aware and supportive of plans to open a family hub in Ennis but understands that the earliest this development is likely to be available is February 2019.

Clare PPN would like to draw it to the attention of the LCDC and all Councillors in Clare that there is an urgent and immediate need for the provision of a hot nutritious meal on a daily basis for the adults and children living in hotels and bed and breakfasts in an accessible venue or delivered to them in their accommodation. There is also a need for a laundry and clothes drying service to be made available for them.

Clare PPN believes that families should not have to be in B&B or hotel accommodation on any long term basis but is calling on the Council and the LCDC to ensure that it does all it can to ensure that whilst this situation continues the provision of laundry and hot meals should be looked at as a basic minimum necessity for the well-being of those in this situation and provided for as soon as possible.

Please may I take this opportunity to ask you to do all you can to ensure that such services are put in place and that Clare County Council take responsibility for making it happen.

Many thanks,

Mary O’Donoghue

LCDC Social Inclusion Representative

Phone: 086 404 3152

LCDC 16th May 2018

Q1

Representative Name

Cillian Murphy

Q2
Committee Name

LCDC

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time05/16/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Community & Voluntary
Q5
Municipal District
Respondent skipped this question
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

No

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Minutes of meeting of the 8th February 2018 and matters arising (attached) 2. Healthy Ireland Fund Applications 3. Healthy Clare Strategy 4. LECP Reporting Update and revised strategic actions for agreement 5. Longitudinal Survey on Health, Wellbeing and Quality of Life (Action q4.1 LECP)

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

• Healthy Ireland fund applications recommended for approval. Recommendation that unsuccessful applicants would be informed as to how to improve their application in the future. •Presentation on Healthy Clare strategy , will be 1st at county level in Ireland. Consultants in place, process being undertaken. Expected completion end of summer 2018. •discussion on reporting and targets for LECP, was moved to sub-committee for discussion and recommendations

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

No

Q1

Representative Name

Mary O’Donoghue

Q2
Committee Name

Local Community Development Committee

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time05/16/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Social Inclusion
Q5
Municipal District
Respondent skipped this question
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

No

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

1. Healthy Ireland Fund Applications – subcommittee made recommendations which were accepted by committee and forwarded to Pobal for approval. 2. Healthy Clare Strategy was discussed – Steering group has been established, consultations are ongoing and interim report due in May. 3. Local Economic an Community Plan was discussed – Progress reports are being inputted onto System and currently trying to standardise these. 4. Will be carrying out a longitudinal survey on health, wellbeing and quality of life in the county – will be looking at health of county, material deprivation in the county (living conditions + income), socio-economic profile of jobless households, rural transport

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

– Asked that funding criteria be sent out will all future calls for funding applications. – Asked for updates on previous funding allocations e.g. RAPID to be made available to LCDC

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

No

Congratulations to our newly elected Representatives

The results of the recent Clare PPN Representatives elections were revealed at our plenary meeting on 14th June 2018

Congratulations to Ann Marie Flanagan who has been elected to represent the Social Inclusion Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee.

Congratulations also to Trudy Leyden who has been elected to represent the Community and Voluntary Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee which deals with housing culture and sports.

We thank all the candidates who stood for election and everyone who voted and we look forward to working with both newly elected representatives.

Candidates for a Social Inclusion representative for Local Community Development Committee

Voting is now open for a social inclusion representative on the Local Community Development Committee of Clare County Council.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion member groups and associated individuals may only cast ONE VOTE at the following link:

VOTE HERE

Voting ends at 5pm on Thursday, 14th June 2018

Aim of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC):

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordination, governance, planning and oversight of local development spend, whether that spend is delivered by local authorities or on behalf of the state by other local development agencies and structures
  • Bring a more coherent approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, seeking to ensure an integrated approach to local community and local development services between providers and delivery structures
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning, delivery and evaluation of local and community development programmes
  • Ensure a more efficient administration of local and community programmes and delivery structures, the appropriate matching of resources to priorities and the achievement of value-for-money in the delivery and governance of programmes and the management of local delivery arrangements
  • Develop approaches that focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between practice and policy development, and
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources

 

Elaine D’Alton

The Clare Women’s Network is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) and offers support for women to enhance their quality of life on an individual and group basis especially women experiencing social and economic exclusion and isolation.

I am the Project Coordinator of the Clare Women’s Network and have been nominated by CWN to go forward as the representative to LCDC. I have worked across many issues relating to feminism and gender equality in my twenty five years of experience of working within a community development setting in a variety of roles.

I am committed to addressing the many issues facing women in today’s political, social, economic and cultural landscape. I am committed to promoting and forwarding recommendations and guidance as identified by women in Clare on how best to address and rectify the obstacles and barriers to their full participation.  I believe representation specifically pertaining to the needs of women is an imperative

If you haven’t already committed your vote to a particular candidate, I ask you to bring this note to the attention of your group and give consideration to casting your vote for me. It is my intention, if elected to the secretariat, to use the Clare Public Participation Network as a vehicle to bring the concerns of women’s and other marginalised groups in the county to the forefront of the local and national policy debate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Ann Marie Flanagan

Ann Marie is Regional Development Officer with Shine: supporting people affected by mental ill-health.

She has a Masters in Partnership studies, post grad in human services management & community development.

She is person centred and solution focused in family therapy counselling and is a regular contributor to policy discourse and publications on the rights of disabled women and men, gender and equality.

Most recently Ann Marie led a national petition and representation to government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

She is active locally and nationally on social justice and environmental protection issues and contested two local elections.

 

Karen Wise

I am 44 years old and have lived in County Clare for the last 24 years.

I have been a disability rights campaigner for some 25 years now.  I have been a party to and represented rights of people with Disabilities in courts and tribunals.  In doing so I have developed a strong network of contacts within the sector.

I am the current chair of the board of the National Council of People with Disabilities.

I have been a director of multiple Charitable and community co-operatives (many Companies Limited by Guarantee) for well over 24 years.  I was the first Honorary Secretary of Caring for Carers Ireland and as such drafted and edited the first aims and objectives.  I have been member of the Physical and sensory disability Co-Ordination committee of the then Mid-Western Health Board.

I have been on a National Disability Authority committee on standards and trained in social skills, disability, equality training and group working skills.  I have also trained in Business Management and Administration, Company Law directorship, GDPR.