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CWI Newsflash
April 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the CWI Newsflash. In this edition:

  • The special edition of IACD Practice Insights featuring the World Community Development Conference 2018
  • National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland - call for submissions by May 14th
  • Review of the Community Services Programme
  • Social Inclusion Forum 2019
  • Join or renew your CWI membership
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Practice Insights

A special edition of the International Asociation for Community Development Newsletter, Practice insights, based on the contributions from the World Community Development Conference 2018 has been published.

Practice Insights contains many of the contributions from Irish and International delegates. It can be downloaded below

IACD Practice Insights WCDC2018

National Social Enterprise Policy

The Department of Rural and Community Development is developing a new Social Enterprise Strategy – see below to download and for more -

It is one of the suite of policies currently coming from DRCD that also includes Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: A 10-Year Strategy to Support the Community and Voluntary Sectors in Ireland and the National Volunteering Strategy.

DRCD believe there is huge potential in this area and want to bring clarity and coordination to the area. To date, CWI has focused on the critical need not to displace community development funding and on the definition of social enterprise

The deadline for submissions is May 14th

Draft Social Enterprise Strategy
Review of the Community Enterprise Programme

The Department of Rural and Community Development is also reviewing the Community Services Programme – CWI has been appointed to the Review Advisory Committee. Please see attached the terms of reference for the Advisory Group. The review is being undertaken by Indecon Consultants.

Social Inclusion Forum 2019
In 2019, the theme of the SIF is Collaborative Working at Local and National Level. It will explore issues such as:  Social Inclusion at Community Level – enhancing collaboration; Getting more from data; Social inclusion and people living with disabilities; Housing and social inclusion; The role of employers in social inclusion. Please, note an additional workshop on Traveller Health and Wellbeing has been included. It will also be an important opportunity to discuss the new Social Inclusion: An Integrated Strategy 2019-2025

SIF Preparatory Workshops
Community Work Ireland and EAPN Ireland, are organising a number of pre-SIF workshops to discuss the issues that you would like to see represented at the Social Inclusion Forum.
  • Wednesday May 8th 10am-1pm in the St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick St, Waterford
  • Friday 10th May 10am-1pm in Áras an Phobail, Croílár na Mistéalach, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Friday 10th May 12pm-2.30pm in association with Louth LEADER Partnership, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk
  • Monday 13th May 10am-1pm in the Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2
  • Monday 13th May in association with the Roscommon Women's Network, The Old Mill, Castlerea

Questions or queries - email in relation to Louth or Rosommon and in relation to Waterford, Kerry or Dublin
Register for the SIF Prep Workshops
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