Ballyhoura Development held its First District Forum of 2022 last Thursday evening, February 17th.

While this event took place online, the board and staff of Ballyhoura Development look forward to meeting communities in person over the coming weeks and months, and the staff are available to support communities and individuals throughout the area.

The forum focussed on ways that community organisations could become more sustainable as we emerge from the Covid 19 Pandemic, which has challenged communities over the last two years. Over 50 participants represented over 27 community organisations from the Ballyhoura Development area of North-East County Cork and East County Limerick.

The event was hosted by John Hassett, Development Officer in the Cappamore office, and it opened with an update from Padraig Casey, CEO of Ballyhoura Development.

Eileen O'Keeffe, Development Manager, facilitated an online discussion on preparing for funding opportunities, focusing on what communities are interested in and what funders are looking for when allocating funds, resulting in the following:

Ballyhoura Development offers a number of supports for communities who are looking to develop community projects and services. Communities can contact their Local Development Officer for more information.

Community Supports include:

Hannah Kindregan, Graduate Development officer based in the Mitchelstown, spoke about Current Education and Training Opportunities available for Communities, Social Enterprise, Businesses and Individuals, which include:

Jacki Hehir, Development officer based in the Charleville office gave an overview on the new North Cork Community Healthcare Project, which aims to work with local communities and existing services to improve the health and lifestyle of community members. 

To conclude, Tom O’Leary of O’Leary & Associates Training & Consultancy gave a presentation on Community Sustainability and how to plan for sustainable development as we emerge from the Covid 19 Pandemic.  You can watch Tom O’Leary’s presentation below:

Ballyhoura Development would like to acknowledge the communities, stakeholders, staff, and board members who participated in the forum, and look forward to meeting people in person in the future.

For more details on any of the services of information mentioned above please contact your Local Ballyhoura Development Officer.