Ballyhoura Development nominated in prestigious European award

Ballyhoura Development CLG received news this week of the nomination for the Ballyhoura Community Inclusion Toolkit in the prestigious Regiostars European Awards.

The Ballyhoura Community Inclusion Toolkit, launched in December 2018, is a practical aid for community and voluntary organisations across the region to assist in challenges faced in attracting volunteers, engaging people in community activities and fostering legacy and succession.

The project is one of only four national projects endorsed by the European Structural Funds Policy and Operations Unit.

Over a 12-month period, three community groups (ACM Castleconnell, Mitchelstown Community Council and Kilmallock District & Community Council) supported the development of the toolkit for use by all.

The nomination of the Ballyhoura Development initiative is based on its relevance for groups, not just in the region, but at a national and European level.

The nomination relies on public vote as well as an independent, high level jury, composed of some of Europe’s top researchers.

The Board, staff and teams at Ballyhoura Development CLG would appreciate all public support in the region. To make a nomination visit the RegioStars Awards on the European Commission website and click on the ‘thumbs up’ symbol for the Ballyhoura Community Inclusion Toolkit.

CEO of Ballyhoura Development CLG Padraig Casey paid testament to the communities and staff in the Ballyhoura area for striving to make positive change in often challenging environments.

Announcements will be made later this summer.

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Competition Time! Ballyhoura Development CLG is pleased to announce that the ILDN Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Awards have returned

If you were supported to set up your business with Ballyhoura Development CLG through the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance between 2016-2018, why not
enter this National Award?

Two finalists from Ballyhoura Development CLG will be selected to go through to the Mid West Regional competition in April 2019.

Winners from the regional event will have an opportunity to showcase their business at a National Awards event in May 2019.

Closing date for local competition is Monday 25th March 2019.

For more information or to download application forms, click here.

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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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