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 Ph: 090 64 16121, or email email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday 28th September.
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 email@example.com
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th September at 5pm
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.
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.
- 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
Closing date for receipt of signed applications has been extended to Friday, August 31st.