A community programme focus on the social needs of the Kilcock area is to start in the coming weeks under the EU funded LEADER programme, writes Henry Bauress.
The Integrated Services Programme (ISP), a Kildare County Development Board project, is starting in Kilcock shortly. It was launched in Kildare town last year.
Honor Griffin, the ISP co-ordiantor for north Kildare, said the key achievement of the ISP has been to bring together multiple interests such as the business, public and community sectors along with facilitating a high degree of local area solidarity.
To launch it in Kilcock, research must be undertaken to identify social, cultural, economic, recreational, educational, tourism and any other needs appropriate to Kilcock.
What is known as a Community Participation Strategy, run by Elevate Project Management & Consultancy, will also run at the same time.
The process is being funded by the County Kildare LEADER partnership and involves a couple of contractors. Burtenshaw Kenny & Associates have been contracted to do research.
Following this an action plan will be drawn up in conjuntion with a team including senior staff from HSE, FAS, Garda Siochana, Kildare VEC, the Department of Social & Family Affairs, Kildare County Council, county Kildare LEADER Partnership, South Western Regional Drugs Task Force and the business and community sectors in the town
They will be in contact with people in the Kilcock area in the coming weeks, said Ms. Griffin, who will over see research and community participation strategy.
She said a schedule of consultations is currently being agreed and will be advertised in the local area.