Sligo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) adopts its 2018 Annual Report

Sligo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) adopts its 2018 Annual Report Members of Sligo LCDC pictured after their April meeting on the occasion of the adoption of their 2018 Annual Report which sets out in detail the activities of the committee.

The Sligo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is an active collaborative committee under the auspices of Sligo County Council and today it has adopted its 2018 ANNUAL REPORT.

Guided by a participative, ‘bottom-up’ approach, with a clear focus on social inclusion, each LCDC brings together both councillors & council staff, alongside senior key personnel in state agencies and departments such as the HSE, the ETB’s (formerly known as VEC’s) & the Department of Social Protection. Other key partners are the local development companies delivering the various EU LEADER funded programmes

The Annual Report is a strategic look back on the activity of the Committee for the previous year and is full of facts and figures on its priorities and programmes. Essentially the committee is focused on participation, development and well-being of the Sligo community, and the above statutory agencies are joined on the LCDC committee by people representative of community interests via the Public Participation Network. Now in its fifth year, Sligo LCDC is well bedded in and has carved an indispensible role for itself in line with its ambitious work programme facilitated by the introduction of a number of new funding schemes specifically under the control of the Sligo LCDC. 

  • The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP Scheme) resulted in over €260,000 in small scale capital grant aid been made available to over 120 local committees and voluntary organisations across County Sligo. Examples of projects supported were assistance with renovations  of community centres and other local facilities as well as projects targeting social inclusion
  • The Healthy Ireland Fund provided over €95,000 in supports for the roll out of programmes aimed at improving overall health and wellbeing. Examples were the support and development of walking groups and other physical activity based programmes alongside the roll out of  health promotion information evenings
Content with Image Members of Sligo LCDC along with Cllrs Dara Mulvey & Keith Henrys, & Noreen Cremin of Ballymote Tidy Towns Associations pictured at the CEP grant recipients acknowledgement event in Teach Laighne

Sligo LCDC continues to manage the 2014-2020 LEADER/Rural Development Programme in partnership it with Sligo leader Partnership Co. This programme is committed to delivering over 7 ½ million euros in investment across the county. 

Speaking at today’s adoption (Thursday 18th April) , the chairperson of the Sligo LCDC, Cllr Sinéad Maguire said ‘Fortunately in Sligo there has always been a strong tradition of mutual co-operation between the local government and local development sectors both at an informal and formal level and the formal establishment of the LCDC has helped cement this relationship. I am optimistic that the LCDC will continue to work in partnership with local stakeholders and the local community to ensure that Sligo continues to benefit from national and EU resources targeting social inclusion, community and rural development’