Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Local Community Development

The primary strategic focus of the Sligo LEADER Partnership Company and its role as The Integrated Local Community Development Company for County Sligo, is to put in place strategies and mechanisms at local level through the Local and Community Development Programme which promote engagement with local policy and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities as follows:  The Company do this in the first instance with the support of the key state agency, local authority, local representatives and community representatives on the Board.

The function of the Board is to maintain a strong focus on Social Inclusion and to ensure that appropriate Board and Staff representation is in place on the various local policy forum. This supports a democratic dialogue between the sector that they represent and the community development structures in place in County Sligo. This is also inclusive of the County Development Board Structures CDB – Social Inclusion Measures Group, Economic Development Sub-Committee, Interagency Traveller Strategy Group and Sligo Education Working Group. RAPID, Sligo Volunteer Centre, The Sligo County Childcare Committee and the HSE Childrens and Families Committee and North West Regional Directorate for Asylum Seekers and other policy forum.

This participative democracy model facilitates a joint approach to the development of  ‘practice to policy frameworks’  in the  development of  strategic responses between the LCDP and policy forum and CDB structures, funders, service providers and local development groups in addressing the priority Social Inclusion and equality needs of vulnerable  individuals and groups  living in County Sligo.

This supports local communities in building their voice to engage with local decision making structures supported by the LCDP.

This supports participatory strategies at local level through the various sub-committees and working groups to enable communities of interest and target groups to participate in decision making structures at local level.  – Community and Voluntary Groups in Sligo.

This supports information sharing between key stakeholders on the positive benefits of participation in Local Community Development Policy Forum(s), Sligo Volunteer Centre, FRC’s Community Forum etc.

There are three main Sub-committees supported by expert working groups and various networks established to implement the work plan of the Local and Community Development Programme.

  • The Sub-Committee for Community Development
  • Tthe Sub-Committee for Education, Recreation and Cultural activity
  • The Sub-Committee for Enterprise and Employment.

The Sub-Committees are an important network for C&V Sector participation to the inclusion of the various target groups and communities of interest to the Local and Community Development Programme.

The membership of each Sub-Committee is drawn from the community sector, the social partners, the local authority and local representatives and participation of the community and sectoral target groups and key staff operating with a specific focus on social inclusion and equality.

Each sub-committee is ascribed a specific area of strategic development reflective of the goals of the local and community development programme and locally identified priorities and performs an ongoing function of needs analysis, policy research, strategy design  and evaluation. Each sub –committee is chaired by a member of the board, with this member assuming responsibility for reporting to the board on the sub-committees recommendations.

Each sub-committee is supported by a Co-ordinator whose role is twofold:

  • To develop and implement the priority social inclusion actions and initiatives identified by the Board and Sub-Committee.
  • To Represent the Board and CEO on the various Policy Forum which are relevant to the specific Goals of the LCDP.

Click here to download a link to the Strategic Plan: http://www.sligoleader.com/wp-content/uploads/Strategic-Plan-2011-2013 (156MB)

Click here to download a link to the Strategic Plan Table of contents: http://www.sligoleader.com/wp-content/uploads/Strategic-Plan-2011-2013-Table-of-Contents.pdf (234KB)

Click here to download the Demographic Profile of Sligo: http://www.sligoleader.com/wp-content/uploads/Strategic-Plan-2011-2013-Demographic-Profile-of-Sligo-with-Maps.pdf (1.57MB)