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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

 

Employment and Enterprise under Local and Community Development Programme 2014

The 2014 Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) finished on December 31st. This programme is managed by WCD in Co. Westmeath.

It 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.

During 2014 we worked with 916 people under the programme, the vast majority of these unemployed individuals on the live register. We assisted 68 people to secure employment, and a further 155 people to establish new businesses, under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance schemes run by the Dept. of Social Protection.

We assisted approximately 200 people to take up various activation schemes, such as Community Employment, TÚS and JobBridge.

For further information on the LCDP programme click here.

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

            

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Life Long Grant Scheme 2014

WCD – Are Pleased to announce the LCDP Life Long Learning Grant Scheme 2014

Applications for funding are invited from the Community and Voluntary sector ONLY that are providing services in RAPID areas or other designated disadvantaged areas of Westmeath.

Eligible activities

  • Development of projects to identify and create education and training opportunities for young people who have left school at an early age. This may also include Literacy and Numeracy supports.
  • Supports for “Transition to Working Life” type projects which should include links with Employers
  • Projects can include Tutor Costs, Equipment, Materials required for training and Travel costs for Employer visits.
  • Accredited training courses will be given priority, but groups wishing to undertake unaccredited programmes are also eligible to apply
  • Maximum amount available €3,000, minimum amount €1,500
  • Ideally Projects should be focused on working with young people who have left the formal education system aged 16-25 years.
  • Closing Date for applications Friday 25th April 2014 @ 5pm
  • All grant monies must be spent by 31st October 2014.
  • Please read the explanatory information document before submitting an application in hard copy format.

For further information contact Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly

On 090 64 94555 or email info@westcd.ie  / ljquinn@westcd.ie 

Due to Ltd funding available this scheme is not open to sports groups

For more information click here: Life_Long_Learning_grants_Explanatory_info_2014.doc

For an application form click here: LCDP_GRANT_APPLICATION_2014-Blank.doc

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LCDP Youth Grants 2014

 

Westmeath Community Development are pleased to announce the Youth grant scheme for 2014.
Applications are invited from youth groups/organisations who are working with young people aged 10-18 in either Athlone/Mullingar RAPID areas or other designated rural disadvantaged areas in Westmeath.
 
Eligible activities that groups can apply for are:
  • Development of facilities where young people can meet in informal relaxed settings. These could include Youth cafes and drop in centres.-Can include equipment and materials which must be NEW.
  • Support for projects and initiatives which promote the participation and involvement of young people in the arts and other creative activities.
  • Support for Comhairle Na Og as a mechanism for linking into the views, opinions and ideas of young people in Co Westmeath.
  • Once off events will be considered, providing they are new initiatives and have a focus on reducing poverty and social exclusion.
  • Due to limited funding available, this grant is NOT OPEN to Sports groups.
  • Priority will be given to the development of Youth Services & Youth Cafes operating in RAPID or other designated rural disadvantaged areas.
Grant monies available are between €2,000- €5000 per project: Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 12th March at 5pm.
 
Please read grant information sheet below prior to completion of application form (Below):
 
To obtain grant information sheet and application form please contact:
 
Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly
On 090 64 94555 ( Athlone office) or email ljquinn@westcd.ie or akelly@westcd.ie 
 
 
 
 
 

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Employment and Enterprise under Local and Community Development Programme 2013

The 2013 Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) finished on December 31st. This programme is managed by WCD in Co. Westmeath.

It 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.

During 2013 we worked with 1045 people under the programme, the vast majority of these unemployed individuals on the live register. We assisted 101 people to secure employment, and a further 130 people to establish new businesses, under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance schemes run by the Dept. of Social Protection.

We assisted approximately 200 people to take up various activation schemes, such as Community Employment, TÚS and JobBridge.

For further information on the LCDP programme click here.

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

            

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Disability Awareness and Proofing Training for 2013

           

Back Row: Benny Cooney Athlone Community Radio, Olive Whelan Creative Arts Therapist, Jacinta Feehan Athlone Community Radio, Breda Lynch SWEETS Kilbeggan, Beverley Webster Trainer, Front Row: Tadgh Morris Midlands Regional Youth Service, Sinead Roarke Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource Centre, Una Reilly CIL Westmeath, Anthony Rafferty Westmeath Community Development Missing from photo: Liz Shiel Alopecia Ireland, Gerard Kenny Athlone Community Radio, Kathleen Poynton Its Good to Talk

12 participants from various groups such as; Its Good to Talk, Sweets, Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource Centre, Athlone Community Radio, Citizens Information, Alopecia Ireland, Midlands Regional Youth Service have completed have completed the Disability Awareness and Proofing Training for 2013. This 3 day course which was delivered by Ms Beverley Webster who has delivered this training in County Westmeath on previous occasions for WCD and it was fully funded by the LCDP programme.

As part of the learning participants were required to carry out research on how their own organisations could improve services and accessibility for people with disabilities. Mr Hugh McGuire and Mr Anthony Rafferty spoke to the group to share their first hand experience of what it is actually like “ Living with a Disability”. It is hoped that further training will be available in 2014, funding permitting. A date for your diary later in the year is Wednesday 16th October when WCD will be organising its annual Disability Services and Information Day which will be held in Shamrock Lodge Hotel Athlone.

For further information on Disability services provided by Westmeath Community Development please contact Linda-Jo Quinn LCDP Co-ordinator on 090 64 94555 or email ljquinn@westcd.ie.

                                

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