Community Development

GRD has Community Development Officers based in Ballinasloe, Tuam and Rosmuc.  Officers engage with community groups in their own areas and offer support for groups to develop their skills through advice, mentoring, training and small grants. Training needs analysis conducted in disadvantaged areas and other community consultations and surveys have identified issues that groups want assistance with and GRD Officers work closely with other agencies to help address these.

GRD has a range of online training courses for community groups covering topics such as; Data Protection, Corporate Governance (Including BoardPASS – a governance management system), Human Resources and Marketing.  The data protection training, for example, would be very useful for members of groups as a new Data Protection Regulation Law was introduced in Ireland in May 2018. Courses are free and members of groups can be issued with a username and password to access these courses. These courses usually take about an hour to two hours to complete online and you receive a certificate after you complete the assessment.

Social Enterprise

GRD also supports the development of new and existing social enterprises. A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners or shareholders. It pursues its objectives by trading on an ongoing basis through the provision of goods and/or services, and by reinvesting surpluses into achieving social objectives.  It is governed in a fully accountable and transparent manner and is independent of the public sector. If dissolved, it should transfer its assets to another organisation with a similar mission. (Government of Ireland, 2019, National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022) Supports include training / mentoring (including access to the GRD on-line training suite), small scale grants and networking opportunities.

Martin Ward

Community Development Officer

Melinda Coen Ryan

Community Development Officer

Steve Dolan

Chief Executive Officer

Mícheál Mac Donnchadha

oifigeach forbartha pobail

Patricia Kelly

Social EnterprisE OFFICER

Aoibheann McCann

SICAP Team Leader

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020. 

Tá an Clár Gníomhachtúcháin Pobail agus Cuimsiú Sóisialta (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 maoinithe ag rialtas na hÉireann trí an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail agus arna chómhaoiniú ag Ciste Sóisialta na hEorpa faoi an Clár um Infhostaitheacht, Cuimsiú agus Foghlaim (PEIL) 2014-2020.