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Support Opportunity For Social Enterprise

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Community Services Programme (CSP) 2017 Wexford Local Development have been requested by POBAL to nominate one Social Enterprise project from Co. Wexford who will submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for inclusion in the CSP programme in 2017. (CSP Strand 3 only – see more details below) This is the first call for […]

Woodcarvings Presentation, Tintern Abbey

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Tús is a Community Work Placement initiative providing 340 quality work placement opportunities annually across the county of Wexford. As part of the experience, participants are given the opportunity to take part in additional training and up-skilling through courses and special projects. The Woodworking Course carried out in conjunction with Tommy Kelly, Bevel Furniture is […]

Traveller Women Complete Mini Marathon

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The June Bank Holiday, 5th June 2017, saw 33 women from Wexford Local Development’s Traveller Community Health Programmes complete the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. The event was supported by the HSE Traveller Health Unit who provided funding for specific Cardiovascular Health initiatives with additional funding from WLD’s Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP). […]

New Beginnings: Young Mothers/Young Women’s Programme

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We are recruiting for a free part-time course in Wexford designed for young mothers and young women aged 18-25 years. The course will offer QQI Modules in Customer Service and Communications and will also include crafting and sewing classes Beginning June 2017 – Tuesday & Thursday mornings in Wexford Town. For more information please contact: […]

Energising Communities – Information Event

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A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of the community.   WLD are hosting the first information session for interested communities here in Co. Wexford. This event will take place in the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy on the 31st of May at […]

Meitheal Awards 2017

Meitheal Leaders from all over County Wexford were presented with their Certificates of Achievement at a ceremony in the County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford on 25.04.17. Minister Paul Kehoe was in attendance and congratulated the Leaders on their huge and committed role in creating a safe and secure environment for in-coming first years. Jacinta Kitt, author […]

Deadline For Applications Extended

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Wexford Local Development is currently recruiting for the following: Project Officer (LEADER Programme) – Please Note: Application deadline extended to 5pm on Tuesday, 18th of April. The successful candidate will be part of a team responsible for implementing the LEADER  Programme 2014-2020 in Co. Wexford. The Project Officer will support businesses and communities to access […]

Making A Difference Together

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  Wexford Local Development was delighted to be joined by community representatives from throughout Co. Wexford for their annual Community Conference in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on Saturday last, April 8th.   The theme of the event, “Who’s Listening?”, focused on how to increase participation at all levels in communities around the county and workshops […]

Book Your Place At Our Annual Community Conference

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We look forward to welcoming community activists and volunteers from throughout Co. Wexford who will attend Wexford Local Development’s Community Conference on Saturday next, the 8th of April. The event will take place in the Riverbank House Hotel in Wexford town and speakers include Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs […]

Vacancy – Traveller & Roma Primary Health and Social Care Project Officer

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Wexford Local Development is recruiting for the following: Pilot Traveller & Roma Primary Health and Social Care Project Officer (Pre-Development Phase) The HSE Social Inclusion Office, CHO Area 5, Wexford Waterford Education and Training Board (WWETB) and Wexford/Waterford Department of Social Protection (DSP) have formed an Interagency Steering Committee to develop a Pilot Primary Health […]

Social Farming South East – Regional Seminar – 5th April 2017

Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social service. The farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather the farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities in a nonclinical environment. It also creates the opportunity to […]

LEADER Vacancy

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Wexford Local Development is currently recruiting for the following:   Project Officer (LEADER Programme) The successful candidate will be part of a team responsible for implementing the LEADER  Programme 2014-2020 in Co. Wexford. The Project Officer will support businesses and communities to access funding under the Programme.   Applicants for the position should have; A […]

Community Development Team Vacancy

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Wexford Local Development is currently recruiting for the following:   Community Development Project Officer   This position holder will be responsible for implementing a range of programmes and actions under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.  The project officer position is a full time position and the officer will work as a member of […]

LEADER Expressions of Interest Sought for Community Activities

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €300,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available for community activities throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at three separate categories – the development of walking trails, community arts and culture projects and youth facilities; each of which will […]

€500,000 LEADER grant aid for Wexford Tourism in 2017

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €500,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available to niche tourism projects throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at existing businesses as well as new business start-ups and offers a great opportunity for projects that display innovation, job creation […]

Children & Young People Services Provider Panel

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Wexford Local Development is developing a panel of suitably qualified and experienced service providers to supplement existing community based activities with children and young people in the following areas: Literacy/Numeracy Support Homework Support Physical Activities; including Fitness, Dance & Drama Learning through Creativity After-schools Group Leaders   Specific Geographical Communities: Enniscorthy Town, Bunclody, Ferns/Camolin, Courtown/Riverchapel, […]

Networking Women’s Groups

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Building on the solidarity demonstrated at the first Women’s Groups Networking event in March 2016, 57 representatives from 14 Women’s groups across Co. Wexford came together in Templeshannon Community Centre on November 9th to discuss women’s leadership in their communities, hosted by Wexford Local Development.The networking event consisted of workshops where participants reflected on the […]

Raising Awareness of Traveller Suicide

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Suicide is a huge issue in the Travelling Community in Co. Wexford. The All Ireland Traveller Health Study co-ordinated by UCD in 2010 reported that a Traveller man is six times more likely than his settled counterpart to die by suicide. As a result of large family networks, for each Traveller who dies by suicide, […]

Social Farming Development Role for the South East

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social support service. It provides  a  pathway  for  people  who  need  support  to  contribute  to  the  positive  social  fabric  required  for  society  to  be  truly  inclusive.  Social (or care farming) is widely practiced by farmers in other parts of Europe […]

WLD Enterprise Stand (32) at Wexford Expo 2016

Are you are in the process of starting or expanding your business? Visit Wexford Local Development’s Enterprise Stand No. 32 at the Wexford Business Expo 2016 for advice on the supports available. WLD focuses on supporting new and existing entrepreneurs and will assist you develop your ideas into a business. Enterprise Supports Include: The LEADER Programme […]

LEADER Expression of Interest request for Artisan Food & Community Centre Developments/Upgrades

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is now seeking applications for LEADER grant supports from community groups and private enterprises in the following categories: Artisan Food & Drinks Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Community Centre Development / Upgrades Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Applicants must complete a two stage application process: Stage1: Complete an “expression of interest” form to […]

Professional Services Provider Panel – Register of Interest

Prior to the commencement of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020, Wexford Local Development is seeking to develop a panel of Professional Service Providers. These providers will provide supports to applicants seeking grant aid, including research and development/feasibility supports, in the following sectors: Community Development Enterprise Development Social Enterprise Urban & Village Renewal Artisan Food Tourism Built […]

“A Better Life in Rural Areas” – The Cork 2.0 EU Declaration on Rural Development

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The need to update the European Union’s vision for rural areas was to the fore at the recent European Conference on Rural Development hosted in Cork by EU Agriculture & Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan. Tom Bermingham from Wexford Local Development’s LEADER programme was among three hundred rural development stakeholders from throughout Europe who participated […]

€8M LEADER PROGRAMME TO BENEFIT CO WEXFORD

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Joint Press Release on behalf of Wexford Local Development and Wexford Local Community Development Committee – 23 September 2016. At a series of meetings throughout the county during the past two weeks attended by in excess of 400 people, Brian Kehoe, CEO of Wexford Local Development outlined that LEADER grant aid of almost €8million would […]

Annual Report for 2015 Published

Wexford Local Development is delighted to publish its Annual Report for 2015, which gives us the opportunity to report to our stakeholders in relation to the full range of activities and services delivered during the year.       In line with WLD’s commitment to attaining the highest standards of governance and transparency, the annual […]

LEADER 2014-2020 Information Meetings Announced

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LEADER grant aid of almost €8million will be invested in innovative community and enterprise projects throughout the county between now and 2020. The LEADER Programme is 63% funded by the EU & 37% by the Irish Exchequer and focuses on “promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas”. Wexford Local Community Development […]

IRISH TV’s ‘Wexford Matters’ features East Region Enterprise Award Event

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Irish TV attended the East Region Enterprise Awards hosted by Wexford Local Development where the three finalists were chosen to represent the East Region at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin in September 2016. This event recently featured on the Irish TV television programme ‘Wexford Matters’ and can be accessed via the attached link. http://www.irishtv.ie/wexford-matters-90 Well […]

Wexford Walking Trails Festival details announced

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Details have just been announced for the 3rd annual Wexford Walking Trails Festival to be held on the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016.   The details are as follows: Friday 23rd September 5.30pm ‘1916 Songs and Stories Ramble in Enniscorthy’ Led by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, the ramble will be […]

National Enterprise Awards 2016

Wexford Local Development is the lead organisation in the East Region for the Local Development Companies (LDC) Enterprise Awards 2016. This National Enterprise Awards are being organised by the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) which is the representative body of the Local Development Companies Nationally. This is a new National Award which is being established to […]

Funding Agreements issue for €250m LEADER 2020 programme – Minister Humphreys

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Tuesday 21st June 2016) issuing the first Funding Agreements for the delivery of the LEADER 2020 programme in 18 counties, including Wexford. LEADER 2020 is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It will provide funding of €250 million to […]

Rebuilding the Helen Blake

On Friday, February 20th 1914, a Norwegian boat called the Mexico was shipwrecked in a storm on the Keeragh Islands, close to Bannow. Despite the gale force storms, a lifeboat called the Helen Blake from the Fethard on Sea RNLI Lifeboat station set out with 14 crew members to rescue the crew of the Mexico. As […]

Wexford Town Tourism Ambassadors Required

Would you like to be a Wexford Ambassador during the Summer season in Wexford Town? Do you want to be a part of this exciting tourism initiative in Wexford Town? Wexford will be alive with festive atmosphere during the Summer weekends and we want you to help us give visitors a warm welcome. Welcome Ambassadors […]

Hub for Artistic Activities opens in Gorey

The official opening of the WLD funded new Gorey School of Art (GSA) building took place on Friday June 3rd. The cutting of the ribbon performed by local Artist Conor McDonald coincided with the highly impressive End of Year Exhibition by present students. The new centre of creative excellence developed by Gorey Educational Trust Ltd […]

National Local Development Enterprise Awards 2016

  What is the National Local Development Enterprise Awards 2016? The National LDC Enterprise Award 2016 is a new initiative to recognise people who have successfully set up their own businesses and have since identified sustainability and growth potential.   Who can apply? Wexford based businesses who received support through Wexford Local Development under either […]

Morriscastle Strand Ltd & Kia Ora Mini Farm Micro-Enterprise Award Winners 2016

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is proud to have played a part in the business development of each of the nominees in the WLD sponsored Micro-Enterprise Category of the Wexford Business Awards 2016. Those shortlisted in recognition of their achievements in the Micro Enterprise Sector in County Wexford included Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants, Shane Tubrid Furniture by […]

“Wexford well positioned to build sustainable jobs” – Duncan Stewart

Architect, environmentalist and TV presenter, Duncan Stewart, visited Wexford recently to speak on ‘Creating New Local Sustainable Enterprises’. The talk at Wexford Library, presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford, attracted a large and, as Duncan himself acknowledged, very savy audience. In the course of a wide-ranging talk, he said that Wexford is well placed to […]

A Review of LEADER in Wexford 2009-2015

  Wexford Local Development is very proud of the significant achievements of the 2009-2015 LEADER Programme in Co. Wexford. We supported 396 individual projects and paid out over €9.2 million in grant aid over a 5 year period. This grant aid was distributed to community groups and small businesses in all parts of Co. Wexford […]

Funding for local projects in North Wexford

  An important part of our work in marginalised and isolated communities under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP), is to assist and empower communities to develop local projects, source funding for their activities and to develop sustainable local facilities that respond to the needs of the area.     In the North […]

Presentations on Community Financing

  Thanks once again to everyone who attended our seminar on Community Financing last Thursday night in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Wexford Local Development were delighted with the large turnout of community representatives and hope that the evening will support them in their work within their local communities. Many of the attendees asked us […]

Successful Seminar on Community Financing

  Over 100 representatives of community, voluntary, non profit and sporting organisations attended a seminar held by Wexford Local Development (WLD) last night (Thursday 28th April) in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The large attendance included community representatives from all parts of Co. Wexford, ranging from recently established groups to those who have been successfully […]

Financing Your Community

  Wexford Local Development is hosting a seminar on Thursday 28th April on the topic of Financing Your Community Organisation. The seminar will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.   This seminar will be of interest to all community organisations including local development groups, sports clubs and social enterprises. The seminar will examine […]