Community Leadership Programme celebrates Year Two

20 May 2011     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

NICVA, in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), recently celebrated the end of year two of the £2.1 million Community Leadership Programme (CLP) with a final roundtable, including a reflection and evaluation of learning and presen

The event took place recently in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. 

All 27 groups successfully participated in year two of the programme, completing ten action learning sessions. Each group received £2,500 (€2,750) for an action learning project which they also completed. 

The final year event is an excellent opportunity for all our CLP groups from Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties to network, feedback on their learning and share their experiences. 

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

“The CLP allows the Fund to identify, nurture and train potential community leaders, particularly in areas of weak community infrastructure. To this end we have been delighted to support the CLP since its inception in 1993. The aim of this £2.1 million three year investment Programme is to empower communities to develop their leadership skills enabling them to build more effective communities and improve the conditions in which they live. I am delighted that the hard work of NICVA in designing and delivering this training, along with their partners from Stellar and University of Ulster, has gained such excellent results in both years one and two”

She continued:

“I would also like to thank our international donors for their generous support – the USA, the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We appreciate their continued assistance to make Programmes such as this possible”.

Una McKernan from NICVA commented: “NICVA is delighted that the participants on the second year of this Community Leadership Programme have demonstrated how beneficial it can be.  To date 54 groups from years one and two of the programme have gone through CLP and already are exhibiting evidence of improved leadership skills, which can only benefit how their organisations are run and the local communities in which they operate”.

Groups that have completed the Community Leadership Programme in year 2:

Bushmills Ulster Scots Heritage


Croi Eanna


Dunclug Youth Forum


Rasharkin Womens Group


Corcrain & Redmanville Community Association


Crossfire Trust


Laurelvale & District Development Group


Braniel Community Association


CARR Cavehill Antrim Road Regeneration


Centre for Health and Wellbeing (Ballymurphy)


The Hubb resources Centre


Lower Castlereagh Community Group


Newlodge Schools Cluster


Seaview Primary School PTA


St Matthews Parents Forum


Womens Common Path Network


Greater Cloughreagh Community Association


West End Partnership


Coolessan Community Association


Lisanelly Regeneration Group


Cavan Community Forum


Drumavaddy Social and Development Association


The Bluestack Centre Drimarone


Dunfanaghy Resource Association


Eivers Lane Childcare Ltd


Dundalk Media Centre


Dochas for Women Ltd


This event marks the end of the second year of a three year programme.  Year three of the Community Leadership Programme is already underway with 44 groups participating from Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.

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