Longford Community Resources (LCRL) are delighted with the announcement this morning by Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, that LCRL were awarded funding for their application to the Community Development Pilot Programme. The call for applications was a competitive process and LCRL were one of 7 out of 120 applications to be successful.
LCRL Chairman, Pat O’Rourke, said ‘We were delighted to welcome Minister O’Brien to the LCRL offices this morning to make his announcement on the award of funding to projects under the Community Development Pilot Programme, we particularly welcome the announcement that the LCRL application has been successful.’
The project, to work with members of the Roma and other new communities, aims to support these groups move on from accessing basic services to become active communities working collaboratively with each other and with statutory and other community organisations.
This initiative which will work towards the establishment of an autonomous community development project, managed and run by members of the Roma and New Communities, will support these communities with greater participation in local decision making structures, to continue developing relationships with local service providers, raising awareness of the importance and value of the inclusion of all ethnicities and of Longford becoming an intercultural, inclusive county.
LCRL CEO, Adrian Greene said ‘We look forward to expanding our work with these communities, and with other organisations in the county supporting them, to make Longford a county where all cultures and ethnicities are respected and valued’.