Miriam Flynn on Community Development

Community Development Report

Summer Projects
10 Summer Projects will take place in Finglas during the months of July and August. Over 70 adult volunteers are involved in organising and fundraising for the projects. The projects will provide activities for nearly 1000 children. Dublin City Council staff are working with Catholic Youth Care to support the projects. Dublin City Council will provide two students from the Summer Student Placement Programme who will work with the projects and assist in organising activities.

Summer Projects/Activities 2011

Finglas East No of Weeks Dates
B.J.G. Summer Project 3 Weeks Mon 4th July – Mon 25th July
St. Canices’ Summer Project
3 Weeks Mon 18th July- Fri 5th August
Scoil Ciaran Special Needs 2 Weeks Wed 6th July- Thurs 14th July
The Fun Factor Summer Project 2 Weeks Mon 1st August- Fri 12th August

Finglas West No of Weeks Dates
Finglas West Summer Project 3 Weeks Sun 10th July – Fri 29th July
St. Joseph’s / St. Kevin’s Summer Project
2 Weeks Mon 4th July- Fri 15th July
St. Joseph’s/St. Kevin’s Teen Programme 2 Weeks Mon 4th July- Mon 18th July

Finglas South No of Weeks Dates
Rivermount Summer Project 2 Weeks Mon 18th July- Fri 29th July
Finglas WAGS Summer Project 2 Weeks Mon 1st August- Sun 14th August
The Den Summer Project 2 Weeks Mon 18th July- Fri 29th July August

Ford Unsung Hero report
Valerie Murphy from the Finglas East Scouts won the overall prize in the Ford Unsung Hero competition and received €20,000 for the Finglas East scout troop. Finglas East scouts are the only scout troop in Finglas and have over 120 members. They plan to use the winnings to upgrade their equipment.
Margaret O Donnell from WFTRA in Finglas West won €1000, which will be shared between WTFRA programmes and the summer project.
Roisin Cloak from CYC won €1000 which will be shared among youth projects.
Jacinta Rigney from St. Canice’s Summer Project won €1000 which will be shared between the two projects in Finglas East.

Neighbours Day
Neighbours Day events were held during the last week of May. The City Council wrote to all Resident Groups in the area informing them of the week and encouraging them and offering support to them to organise events during the week. Eight Residents Associations organised Coffee Mornings and estate clean ups. The Council supported these groups by providing bedding plants, clean up materials and refreshments. Many of the groups held their activities on the Saturday and were very pleased with the turnout of residents and the goodwill it generated.
Coffee mornings were also held in seven community buildings through out the area. We were pleased with the amount of residents that got involved and will continue to work with these groups to encourage and support activities.

Summer activities for older people.
City Council Liaison Officers organised a very successful programme of activities and events for older people during the first week of July to encourage older people to get out and about and avail of local facilities. Activities included a summer Barbeque in Merville Court; an Afternoon Tea Dance in St. Josephs Hall, a film show hosted in the Finglas Youth Resource centre and exercise classes in the Leisure centre. Events were well attended and it is hoped to build on this initiative for Positive Ageing week which will be held from September 21st to October 1st.

Finglas East
Community Development staff are in contact with community and voluntary groups in Finglas east and will be supporting the following initiatives over the summer:
Beneavin Fun day, Cedarwood Fun Day and East Finglas Residents Fun Day

Finglas West
Community Development staff have commenced the roll out of Asset Based neighbourhood building in Finglas West. The initial stage has involved compiling a list of all voluntary groups using facilities in the parish and arranging to meet up with them.

Miriam Flynn
Asst. Community Development Officer