CLP's Year Three a resounding success

27 Feb 2012     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

The end of year three of The International Fund for Ireland's £2.1million Community Leadership Programme, in conjunction with NICVA, was celebrated at a roundtable meeting and certificate presentation in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan on Frid

42 groups successfully participated in year three of the CLP, completing ten action learning sessions on subjects ranging from leadership and management, to marketing, communication and governance. In addition, each group received £2,500 (€2,750) for an action learning project. 

These ranged from cross community engagement events, to marketing initiatives, helping groups better communicate their activities to their local communities.

The year three event was an excellent opportunity for all groups from Northern Ireland and the southern border counties to network, feedback on their learning and share their experiences. It was also an opportunity for the funders to hear first-hand the impact the programme has had on their communities.

Rose-Mary Farrell, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland commented:

“Today marks the end of the third year of the Community Leadership Programme, and the end of your leadership journey on the Programme.  We realise that you have given huge commitment to the Community Leadership Programme through your participation in the action learning sessions, round table workshops, the completion of the accreditation process through the Institute of Leadership and Management and, for a number of you, the participation in the University of Ulster Certificate in Management Practice”.

She continued:

I must congratulate you on these significant achievements not only for your group but also for you as individuals.  As mentioned earlier, the aim of the Community Leadership Programme is to strengthen your leadership capacity; and to enable you to contribute to the social, economic and community relations regeneration activities in your areas.  Today’s celebration marks the significant progress you have made toward achieving that aim.”  

Una McKernan from NICVA commented:

NICVA is delighted that all the participants on the third year of this Community Leadership Programme have completed their learning, and achieved so much. Over the last three years, 97 groups have gone through CLP and already are exhibiting evidence of improved leadership skills, which can only benefit how their organisations are run within the local communities in which they operate”.

Groups that have completed the Community Leadership Programme in year three include:

NameCounty / Area
Northern Ireland Groups 
1. Ballybogey Community AssociationAntrim
2. Ballycarry Community Association 
3. Corpus Christi Youth Centre 
4. Glenfield - Castlemara PAKT 
5. Grange Residents Association 
6. Greystone Residents Association 
7. Ligoniel Improvement Association 
8. Monkstown Community Association 
9. Muckamore Parish Development Association 
10. New Lodge Arts 
11. Newhill Community Project 
12. Oasis - Caring in Action 
13. Rathcoole Friends of the Somme 
14. Root Soup 
15. Star Neighbourhood Centre 
16. Wishing Well Family Centre 
17. Avenue Road Residents Committee (ARC)Armagh
18. Drumbeg North and South Residents Association 
19. The Vineyard Centre 
20. Bloomfield Community AssociationDown
21. Three Ways Community Association 
22. Women of Clonduff 
23. Donagh Development AssociationFermanagh
24. Garrison Community Sports and Social Club 
25. Compassion at Causeway Coast VineyardLondonderry
26. Altamuskin Community AssociationTyrone
27. Omawest Community Development Group 
28. Rouskey Community & Development Association 
29. The Peace Factory 
South Border County Groups 
30. Bailieborough Development AssociationCavan
31. Teach Oscail FRC Project Ltd 
32. Donegal Family Resource CentreDonegal
33. Lifford Circle Group 
34. Moville & District Family Resources Centre 
35. Rosses CDP 
36. Mohill Family Support CentreLeitrim
37. Rossinver Youth and Community Project Ltd 
38. Knockatallon Development CommitteeMonaghan
39. Truagh Development Association 
40. Ballintrillick Environmental Group LtdSligo
41. Easkey Community Council Ltd 
42. Sligo Northside Community Partnership Limited 

For more details see the CLP website cataloguing the activity and resources built up over the Programme -


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