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Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2017 to take place November 18th

The Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2017 will be taking place on November 18 in Croom Community Enterprise Centre.

Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2017 to take place November 18th

On Saturday November 18th in Croom Community Enterprise Centre, Ballyhoura Development will be providing two excellent networking and learning workshops and an opportunity for community groups to give their views on Community Development and Community Enterprise as part of the Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2017. Both workshops are three hours’ duration and lunch will be provided. The event will commence at 9:30 am, with a networking lunch at 1 pm. Attendance at the events is free of charge. The workshops will form part of the Ballyhoura Networking Forum, an annual event that provides communities groups from across the Ballyhoura Development area a space to meet and learn from each other.

Ballyhoura Development, for workshop one, will team up with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in a community focused workshop entitled “Valuing Community Development through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme”. 




Ballyhoura Development and the ESRI are inviting people involved in local community group activities across the Ballyhoura area to participate in the workshop and share their views on the value of local community development. The workshop will involve a discussion of how best to capture the value of community development activities and whether community development and community well-being can or should be measured. 

In preparing for the workshop, the ESRI has undertaken a review of international evidence and experience across a range of countries on the measurement and evaluation of the value of local community development. From this research, a number of key themes and challenges have emerged. Representatives from the ESRI will be in attendance throughout the workshop to outline the purpose of the research and to present details of the research findings to date.

The purpose of the Ballyhoura workshop is to help the ESRI understand if the challenges identified in their international research apply in the Irish context and to listen to the views of local community volunteers. One of the outcomes of the workshop is to propose credible strategies and solutions to address community development measurement.

The workshop, which lasts for three hours, presents a very good important opportunity for local community group members, particularly those that have benefitted from supports under the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme, to take part in national research and enable the work of the ESRI to reflect real local community group views.

Facilitating the parallel workshop two, is Hugh O’Reilly, Business Development Director of “The Wheel”, who will explore the topic of ‘Financing Your Community & Social Enterprise’. Pertinent to community groups involved in developing community or delivering services to the local area, achieving sustainability for non-profit groups can often be a challenge. Indeed, the challenge can often be in thinking of new and innovative ways to finance a socially responsible organisation.

This workshop will offer financial advice and guidance to communities on establishing, developing and building community and social enterprise. Ideal for anyone involved in financing non-profit ventures and who are seeking a new approach to solving financial stability problems while trying to secure the long-term steadiness of service provision to the wider community.

The session will encourage groups to take stock of the organisation’s current funding needs and to analyse their ability to achieve their mission based on projected annual income for the foreseeable future. It will also look at some of the more innovative and effective approaches to income generation available to non-profits these days and how to adapt positively to the changing Irish funding landscape.

Both workshops are a wonderful opportunity for community groups and members of local voluntary organisations to network, learn and have their say, to book your place today, please log onto for further information and to register for the Ballyhoura Networking Forum 2017 or contact the Ballyhoura Development Office in Coote Hall, Kilmallock on 06320517

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