Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2018

On Saturday 1st December in the beautiful setting of the Kennedy Rooms, Bruff, Ballyhoura Development will bring together community organisations, social enterprises and individuals from all three Ballyhoura Development districts. The event will commence at 9.15am with a networking lunch at 1pm. Attendance at the events is free of charge. The workshops will form part of the Ballyhoura Networking Forum, an annual event that provides community groups from across the Ballyhoura Development area a space to meet and learn from each other.

Attendees will be facilitated to discuss and learn about how to make their organisation more inclusive, plan for succession, how they measure social impact as well as funding opportunities 2019.

The Ballyhoura Development Community Inclusion Toolkit will be launched; attendees will hear from the pilot groups that took part in the process looking at the inclusivity of their community organisation and measures they could take to make their community more inclusive. The culmination of the work resulted in the production of Community Inclusion Toolkit which will be distributed to groups at the event.

Members of community organisations will be invited to participate in a workshop looking at succession planning for community organisations. The workshop will facilitate community organisations to consider their future, where will they be in five to ten years? The workshop will examine what happens if key volunteers leave? Will all their knowledge and expertise go with them? Who will lead the organisation into the future? How do you ensure survival and manage a process of change?

Information on funding opportunities in 2019 for community organisations will be presented and community groups will have an opportunity to engage with officials from Limerick and Cork Local Authorities around funding opportunities available to them.

The formal part of the forum will conclude with the launch of the Ballyhoura Development Microloan Fund for Community organisations. The Forum is a wonderful opportunity for community groups and members of local voluntary organisations to network, learn and have their say.

Free Tickets are available through Eventbrite, Search: Ballyhoura Development Networking Forum or contact the Ballyhoura Development Office in Coote Hall, Kilmallock on 063-20517 to secure your free place.

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Ballyhoura Development’s Community and Social Enterprise Training Programme – Autumn 2018

Ballyhoura Development’s Community Training Programme returns this Autumn/Winter with a suite of informative and interactive events for committee members of community-based, not-for-profit organisations, and the trustees, directors, officers, staff of Companies Limited by Guarantee, cooperatives, community businesses and social enterprises.

With the continually evolving landscape of the community and charity sector, this training and workshop series aims to improve knowledge and skills around community group structures; leadership and governance; supporting compliance with regulation and adherence to relevant codes and standards; improving knowledge of committee/board roles and responsibilities; financial transparency and accountability; Data Protection for Communities (GDPR), and better stakeholder reporting and communications.

The workshops are held at venues across the Ballyhoura Development area through October and November with delivery by experienced facilitators. See the following link for full programme details:

Ballyhoura Development Community Training Programme

All programme events are free though advance bookings should be made through your local Development Officer:

Galtee District:
Ella Conway, Ballyhoura Centre, Kilfinane. Tel. 063 91300, e:
Sadie Allen, Kings Square, Mitchelstown. Tel. 025 85213, e:

Golden Vale District: Donna Cleary, Baker’s Road, Charleville. Tel. 063 30694, e:
David O’Grady, Coote Hall, Kilmallock. Tel. 063-20555, e:

North East Limerick District:
John Hassett, tel. 061-387040, e:
Clare Jordan, tel. 061-387040, e:
LCFE East Limerick Campus, Cappamore.


This programme is supported by The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 which is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

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Ballyhoura Development Business and Enterprise Training this Autumn 2018

Are you starting your own business or enterprise in the Ballyhoura Development area? Maybe you’ve started in business recently and need more information on the key areas of enterprise development?

This autumn Ballyhoura Development is providing a programme of enterprise development workshops to support and encourage new local businesses and potential start-ups. Industry experts will deliver highly relevant one-day workshops on key business topics including; Pricing for Profitability, Tax and the Self-Assessment System, Making the Most of Your Business Presentations, Marketing & Branding Your Business, Using Social Media Effectively in Your Business, Developing Your Craft Enterprise, An Introduction to Data Protection for Business, and Effective Sales & Selling for Your Business.

Also running are Ballyhoura Development Start Your Own Business programmes, as follows: Mitchelstown: 12th, 20th, & 26th Sept. Charleville: 31st Oct, 6th & 7th Nov. Caherconlish: 28th & 29th Nov & 4th Dec.

Workshops and Training will run at venues across the Ballyhoura area and full programme details are available at the following link:

Ballyhoura Development Enterprise & Business training brochure Autumn 2018

Places are free but limited and advance booking should be done through Development Officer: John Hassett, tel. 061-387040, e:


This enterprise programme is supported in part by the Local Enterprise Office Limerick and also by The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 which is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

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