After a year of intensive hard work by its voluntary management Committee, Sligo County Community Forum is proud to confirm that there are now over 580 community and voluntary sector groups affiliated, making it the largest representative body for community and voluntary sector groups in the county.
It is estimated that at least 6000 community activists in the county are now linked into the County Community Forum.
The 22 elected/nominated members of the management group have met on a monthly basis throughout 2006, and several subgroups have committed time to ancillary activities including the production of newsletters, production of an updated community directory, continued development of the five area Fora, organising conferences and seminars, recruitment subgroup, as well as participating in:
Two members of Sligo Community Forum were elected to the executive of the National Forum in 2005 and in 2006 were elected to Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the National Forum and they bring regular updates to the local Fora on activities at National level.
Nominations from all community and voluntary groups in County Sligo were sought in November 2006 and elections subsequently took place throughout the county to form a new committee.
In May 2006 Sligo County Community Forum employed a Support and Development Worker to work with the Forum and its members. The salary and programme costs are funded from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s annual community forum budget, with office facility support from the County Development Board and the Offices of Community, Enterprise and the Arts.
The work includes:
The work of the Support and Development worker is assisted through the LEADER CE Programme with the employment of a part time administrator. Sligo County Community Forum has a joined up partnership approach with support from the Community, Enterprise and the Arts Office and the Sligo LEADER Partnership Co ensuring the needs and issues of the community and voluntary sector in County Sligo are highlighted
and acted on.
Area Fora meetings were held in each of the 5 electoral areas in the county in June 2006. Elections took place in each of the Area Foras in November 2005 and meetings will be held again in January 2007.
A strong Area Fora base is being established which will in turn ensure a strong Community Forum structure in County Sligo.