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What is a Women’s Shed?
A place to enjoy other people’s company, get involved in activities with others, learn or pass on skills, or just simply pass the time of day with other women. Members decide for themselves what they would like to do and participation is optional.
What are the benefits?
- Enjoy the company of others
- Meet new people
- Connect with your community
- Learn new skills
- Teach skills to others
- Get involved in community projects
- Connect with other Women’s Sheds around the country
Sligo LEADER provides regular ongoing support to new groups and can provide group development training where you learn:
- How to form and maintain a new group
- How to plan activities
- How (and why) to hold meetings
- How to apply for funding…and all other aspects involved.
If you are interested in setting up a Women’s Shed in your area, or would like more information, please contact Jonathan May at email@example.com or 086 418 6259 to arrange a meeting in your area.
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Sligo LEADER Partnership are delighted to announce the Opening of the HSE Cliffoney Day Care Centre on Main Street Cliffoney from January 2023. The centre located will operate from Cliffoney Hall three days per week from 11.00am until 3.00pm. The Day Care Centre will be managed by Sligo LEADER Partnership offering a range of services for the elderly. The centre will provide a social outlet for clients, meeting friends and making new friends. If interested, clients take part in bingo, card games, chair exercises and much more.
Typically, clients are over the age of 55yrs, male and female, and are referred from their Public Health Nurse. Food is provided each day the centre is open which consists of Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Tea/Coffee & Biscuits.
Transport is made accessible by TFI Local Link and anyone along the route can provide an Eircode to be collected.
To celebrate the opening of Cliffoney Day Care Centre, we are hosting a Christmas lunch for potential clients and guests on Monday 19th December from 11.30pm in Cliffoney Hall where food will be provided by Sligo Meals on Wheels and also a spot prize or two. Please RSVP to Gilda on 071 91 44138 if you wish to come along.
Commenting on the opening of the new centre Fintan Kennedy Chairman of Sligo LEADER Partnership said
“We in Sligo LEADER are delighted to see the opening of the Day Centre in Cliffoney, serving the communities of North Sligo. Building on the success of the day centres in Ballymote Tubbercurry and Gurteen and as the great work in the background from Sligo LEADER Staff, Sligo County Council, The HSE and TFI has enabled the opening of this vital service for another Sligo Community. The opportunity to have a warm welcoming space for people to meet, eat and share stories together cannot be underestimated. Thanks to all who have worked so hard to help us open this fine facility and I wish the communities of North Sligo health to enjoy it”
For further information on Cliffoney Day Care Centre, please phone Margaret on 071 91 44138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do you know what a Social Enterprise is? Do you know what Social Enterprises are already doing in Sligo? Here’s your chance to find out more!
During October 2022 the first Sligo Social Enterprise Awareness month is being initiated with social enterprise content shared via the Sligo: Live Invest Visit social media channels and on the Sligo.ie website throughout the course of the month. In conjunction with other agencies, the Economic unit of Sligo County Council sought funds through the Department of Rural and Community Development to embark on an awareness campaign to promote the excellent work carried out by existing social enterprises in Sligo and to encourage more groups to go down that road.
This awareness project forms part of the Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise (ARISE) scheme. The project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Martin Lydon states that
“the objective of the Sligo Social Enterprise Awareness month is to help increase awareness of social enterprises and their potential to deliver sustainable and inclusive development in alignment with the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022. A new social enterprise landing page has been set-up on Sligo.ie that features profiles of some of the social enterprises operating in County Sligo and the varied services that they provide”.
The National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland defines a social enterprise as 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.
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr. Michael Clarke notes that,
“in Sligo, social enterprises are providing a diverse range of services right across the county in areas such as tourism, heritage, recreation, remote working and community services. The social impact of the work that social enterprises carry out is far reaching and they are a growing part of social and economic life in Ireland”.
Social enterprise is a growing and vibrant strand of the wider economic and social landscape. Within Ireland, many social enterprises have their roots in the community and voluntary sector or were established by entrepreneurs that have utilised the social enterprise model to achieve their core mission objectives.
Sligo LEADER Partnership CEO, John Feerick says that
“social enterprises play an important role in the local economy and in social and cultural development. They are entrepreneurial and innovative and help to improve the lives of people. Sligo LEADER Partnership supports the development of new and existing social enterprises through component activities of the LEADER and SICAP programmes”.
The development of social enterprise is supported at EU level. In December 2021 the European Commission adopted an Action Plan on the European social economy. It was noted as part of the plan that there are an estimated 2.8 million social economy entities in Europe that employ 13.6 million people. This equates to 6.3% of the workforce. In Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development is assigned responsibility for the implementation of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022. This is the first national policy produced that supports the development of Social Enterprise sector in Ireland. The policy focuses on three key objectives:
- Building Awareness of Social Enterprise
- Growing and Strengthening Social Enterprise
- Achieving Better Policy Alignment
For more information on the Sligo Social Enterprise Awareness month visit www.sligo.ie/socialenterprise
Pictured a the launch of Sligo Social Enterprise Awareness Month 2022 at An Chroí Digital Hub in Tubbercurry; Eddie O’Gorman, Spanish Armada Ireland; Margaret McConnell, Sligo County Council; Brendan Tierney, Fox Events & Marketing; Joann Hosey, An Chroí Digital Hub; Eamonn Haran, Sligo LEADER Partnership; Gordon Burke, Sligo County Council
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Ballisodare Men’s Shed was founded in 2013 and moved into the community facility at Youngs Quarry in 2015 after upgrading the building interior. The shed is a community based non commercial based organisation, open to all.
The primary activity is the provision of a safe friendly inclusive environment where the members can discuss and work on meaningful projects together and which promotes the health and well-being of all members.
The Shedders slogan is; “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”
Thanks to the hardworking Ballisodare Community Amenity & Centre Committee chaired by Pat Barrett Ballisodare Men’s Shed have a state of the art space which allows them to further develop our activities and the new workshop provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate and improve woodworking skills.
The hall facility also allows us to increase the places available to both men and women playing indoor bowls and our social calendar includes many events and trips such as our annual trip to the Tubbercurry Drama Festival, cinema outings and of course the Christmas Party which is always well attended and enjoyable!
The major interest at the moment is the indoor bowling. They intend to develop links with other indoor bowls clubs in the county and participate in bowl blizes. This year the Shed were successful in applying for a SICAP Community Grant towards some bowling equipment.
There is also an extremely active walking group which meets each Tuesday at 11am and participants go on long hikes nationwide as well as short trips around Union Wood.
The current activities reflect the interests of the present members however we welcome new members suggestions on activities and new ideas.
There is always a warm invitation for new members to come and join our group, bring their skills and learn new ones.
For more information on Ballisodare Men’s Shed
please phone Andrew on 087 9137012
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