New scheme to focus on greater social inclusion

At the signing of contracts were, seated from left, Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chairperson, Local Community Development Committee, Niamh O’Sullivan, Kerry County Council and, at back, Maura Walsh, IRD Duhallow, John Stack, North East and West Kerry Development, Eamon O’Reilly, North East and West Kerry Development, Noel Spillane, South Kerry Development Partnership, Michael Scannell, Kerry County Council) and Ann Marie Fitzgerald, Kerry County Council

THE Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme 2018-2022 is progressing at great pace with the tendering process and awarding of the contracts now approved by Kerry’s Local Community Development Committee.

The previous three-year programme, up to 2017, saw an overall investment of €4.8 million in social inclusion projects in Kerry, including the Steps to Success Programme, the Kerry Social Farming Project, Men’s Sheds and Revamp projects.

The new programme, which came into effect on January 1, will focus on reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion and equality through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

The redesigned programme reflects the changing social and economic landscape, including the context of reduced unemployment and a general economic recovery. The new programme design has been informed by the results of a consultation process – which gave a wide range of stakeholders the opportunity to identify areas for development – which took place in the first half of 2017.

The programme has reoriented itself to be better placed to respond to national needs and priorities, as well as local needs as identified by Local Community Development Committees.

The funding agreement with the North East and West Kerry Development, South Kerry Development Partnership and IRD Duhallow, was signed at County Buildings. Your professional local news service. Call 064-6631281 or email