The Ballyhoura Development Networking Forum | May 2022 On May 21st, community groups from across the Ballyhoura area gathered in the Old Chapel Rooms Kilfinane for the first in person networking forum of 2022. The theme of the event was reconnection - with each other and with the wider Ballyhoura team. It was acknowledged that technology was of support to us all across the pandemic, but nothing can replace the sense of coming together. Professor Maura Adshead of UL led the keynote address acknowledging the work of communities across the pandemic and the important role community has played in responding to the challenges that were presented. A community panel from Glenbrohane, Granagh and Pallasgreen led a discussion on projects they are currently involved in in their respective communities ranging from playground and community centre refurbishments, energy masterplans to the development of the local hub a refurbished pub now for community use. This led to a discussion at tables with communities inputting on their challenges and priorities for the months ahead. The importance of having a community plan was stressed and ensuring the community at large gets behind projects as well as avenues of funding that can support large developments. The response forums that Ballyhoura Development are part of regarding the Ukrainian Crisis was presented and groups discussed the locations and supports required for people that have been displaced. Programme updates included the BetterAct Workshop with young people that is planned in the coming week as well as the North Cork Rural Community Health project. The day concluded with a session on the new Community Centre Investment Fund and the opportunity for community visits from Ballyhoura staff. The staff and Board of Ballyhoura Development would like to thank all of the communities who attended the forum and who contributed so much to the morning. We look forward to many more in the months ahead! For more details on any of the services of information mentioned above please contact your Local Ballyhoura Development Officer.