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on the ground Equality for Women funds 43 new projects Monaghan Integrated Development is currently preparing to run an ‘Employability Skills Programme’ for women who are out of (paid) work, left school early or are otherwise marginalised. It is one of 43 projects across the country benefitting from funding of up to €50,000 per year to help foster gender equality for women through the delivery of practical customised development supports. The course in Monaghan, as elsewhere, is aimed at those “most distanced from the labour market” and will help participants to develop skills, competencies, confidence and knowledge to enter employment, education or training. There are 15 places available in Monaghan and the work is being funded under one of three strands in the EU’s Equality for Women Measure (EWM) in this case the Access to Employment strand. The other strands are: Developing Female Entrepreneurship and Career Development for Women in Employment. The latest phase of the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013 was officially launched by Mary White, Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Human Rights in May. The EWM is promoted as a positive action programme and is part-financed by the European Social Fund. Monaghan Integrated Development was set up in late 2008 as part of the process of restructuring of the local development sector nationally. Its core role, as with other LDCs, is to promote social inclusion, support enterprise development and employment creation, enable access to education, training and lifelong learning and assist communities in identifying needs and developing local solutions. More info on the course in Monaghan from local project leader, Una Gavigan. E: More info on the EWM nationally from: www.

Drug victims remembered in uplifting ceremony The Mid-West’s second annual ‘Service of Commemoration and Hope’ was held on October 7th in the Augustinian Church in Limerick city. The event was to “remembering our loved ones lost through drug and alcohol misuse and to support the families left behind” and was attended by workers and family alike. It was organised by Northstar Family Support Project which was set up by local people with support from the CDN Moyross which is part of the Local and Community Development Programme. Northstar became an independent project in September 2010. Northstar’s name was chosen by activists from Limerick’s northside and stands for “Nurturing Our Rights Through Having Support, Training,

Moyross has positive hit on the net

A year ago, the first ten items that came up in a Google search for ‘Moyross’ were all negative in the extreme characterising the estate solely in terms of criminality and gangs. Now a new website called is listed at number two in Google’s listings for the area. The website was officially launched along with an accompanying blog in July by the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey. He also launched Changing Ireland’s Youtube channel which passed the 10,000 viewer-mark in July (and is now approaching 14,000 views). The Moyross website and blog are supported by the locally-based ‘Changing Ireland’ project. The website builds on the popularity of the local newsletter ‘Moywrites’ produced by the Community Development Network Moyross and utilises at no extra cost the IT skills and media expertise of ‘Changing Ireland’ staff. Meanwhile, work by the PAUL Partnership is ongoing to develop an integrated website for community groups across Limerick City – and will in time become part of and linked with this.

ILDN train 30 people in mapping

In September, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) organised training for 30 staff in Local Development Companies (LDCs) in how to use strategic mapping tools to help their companies to prioritise where they invest most of their time, energy and resources. The ILDN, the umbrella body for the 52 LDCs, establishing the online planning tool (though Cohesion Funding). They began with a pilot in Ballyfermot, Dublin and are expanding nationwide with the work. “It’s a useful tool for strategic planning purposes, in preparing the plans for … as well as for company-wide strategic plan,” said Brian Carty of the ILDN. “The 2011 data from the CSO will be added to the maps – what’s there already is a building block so it will stay relevant for companies serving communities.” In all, 38 LDCs have voluntarily signed up to use the online mapping tool and as Brian says, “the plan is to bring the others into the fold.” The training took place, aptly, in the Digital Hub, Dublin 8. W: (temporary site) T: 01-4600091. E;

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