Community groups from Sligo attend Pobal Seminar on promoting social inclusion in communities
Over 80 representatives
from community groups in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim
attended the seminar. Speakers included Jerry Murphy, Pobal Deputy CEO;
Martina Earley, CEO of Roscommon LEADER Partnership Company; and Dr
McInerney, Department of Politics and Public Administration UL.
The seminar discussed the
vital role the sector plays in enabling inclusive communities in a
changed and diverse environment. Operating in an evolving regulatory
landscape, the need to deepen capacity and governance within the sector
emerged, with recognition of the support needed to achieve this aim.
The importance of co-ordination within the sector, at local, regional
and national level, to avoid duplication of effort and intervention is
the responsibility of all those working in the
Martina Earley spoke about the work of Roscommon
LEADER Partnership Company in enabling social inclusion, citing examples
of how they engage with different target groups and communities,
supporting them as needs change locally.
Looking at the wider
challenges for the state, Dr Chris McInerney of the Department of
Politics and Administration in UL, discussed the need for active
policies and resources to support community work and community
development to achieve
the ideal of inclusive communities.
Speaking at the event, Jerry Murphy Pobal Deputy CEO
said, “communities are at the centre of what Pobal was set up to do so
we are delighted to be out meeting so many local groups through our
Regional Seminar events. In 2016 we
held a conference, ‘Creating an Inclusive Labour Market’ and these
regional events are a follow on to this, exploring the current context
and experience of the community and voluntary sector in promoting social
inclusion. I want to thank all those that attended
our seminar in Mayo, it was fantastic to see so many community groups
come together to share their knowledge and passion for the sector and
the community in which they work so hard”.