LEADER is an EU funded programme aimed at improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversifying the rural economy. It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991. For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be the Local Action Group with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner. A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. is preparing the Local Development Strategy for Co. Westmeath on behalf of the Local Action Group, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee. This Local Development Strategy will set out the objectives and actions proposed for the new LEADER programme.
As part of the process in developing the Local Strategy, submissions are invited from interested parties under any or all of the following Themes:
Rural Economic Development/Enterprise Development and Job Creation in relation to: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Broadband, Rural Towns
Social Inclusion through Building Community Capacity, Training and Animation in relation to
Rural Environment: targeting multiple environmental objectives including the protection and sustainable use of water resources, the protection and improvement of biodiversity and the development of Renewable Energy.
Submissions as part of the initial consultation phase are to be forwarded on or before Friday, 7th August, 2015for the attention of:
Bernie Leavy, Westmeath Community Development Ltd, Mullingar Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Further information can be obtained by contacting 044 9348571
Westmeath Community Development (WCD) in partnership with the Department of Social Protection, Westmeath LCDC and Longford Westmeath Educational& Training Board (LWETB), offers FETAC Care Skills Course to jobseekers
Who should apply: Anyone who is currently unemployed and on a DSP payment and interested in working in the healthcare environment.
Course content and learning outcomes: The course will provide learners with comprehensive knowledge and skills to care for clients in a number of care environments. There are 10 units of study:
Unit 1: Manual Handling Unit 2: Patient Handling Unit 3: Occupational First Aid FETAC 5 Unit 4: Care Skills FETAC 5
Unit 5: Child Protection (HSE) Unit 6: Person Centred Dementia Care
Unit 7: A Person Centred Approach to Challenging Behaviour
Unit 8: HACCP Unit 9 : SNA FETAC 5
Unit 10: Employability Skills
Assessment of Learning:
All participants will undertake the following Assessment Methods for the above modules:
Written theory assignments & practical skills demonstrations
Venue: Course delivery from Ballinacargy
Duration & Time: Eight weeks Tuesdays to Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Start date: June 23rd
Number of places: 12 places on course
Eligibility criteria: Individuals (18 years +) who are unemployed and interested in securing work in the care industry.
Education level: Leaving Certificate or equivalent and/or individuals with prior experience or learning in the care industry.
Only individuals interested in working in the care industry should apply, 100 % attendance on course is required.
Application & selection process includes the following:
To download the application for, please click here.
The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 19th of May, over 300 full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 33 full time and part time positions advertised, along with 7 employment programme positions in the last week.
As part of Westmeath Volunteer Centre's vision of well-being within the County we are launching a project which is volunteer centred and led, entitled "Project Iris, Volunteering through my eyes". Since the establishment of the volunteer centre in 2006, we have witnessed the joys of people’s passions for Art, Environment, Equality, Helping out and many other fields. www.volunteer.ie