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Monaghan

Developing a Multipurpose Community, Arts and Cultural Centre in Ballybay

Developing a Multipurpose Community, Arts and C...

This Course focuses on generating community action around the Challenge of creating a strong action plan for developing a Multipurpose Community, Arts and Cultural Centre in Ballybay, for the area and its surrounds. Design Thinking processes will be used throughout the training to generate actionable ideas for the Centre and develop them into effective implementations. You will also have access to 1-on-1 sessions with your trainer or co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county who have specialist knowledge and/or experience in their community. The schedule will be determined once an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between a Sprint (21 hours) and Marathon (42 hours) of training based on the availability of the Team and the weight of the Challenge. You and your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions, typically 2 hours in length.

Cavan

Cavan Sustainability Solutions Network

Cavan Sustainability Solutions Network

Cavan Sustainability Solutions Network will promote integrated approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation. If you're environmentally-minded or passionate about building a strong future for the next generation, register now. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long.

Sligo

Tackling Environmental Change at Local Level

Tackling Environmental Change at Local Level

This course is for people who are passionate about protecting local environments and biodiversity in a changing climate. It will encourage the development of sustainable practices and regeneration through the cross-pollination of ideas from individuals and networks, and groups. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long.

Cavan

Designing Killeshandra's Future

Designing Killeshandra's Future

This course focuses on generating community action that will rejuvenate Killeshandra, repurposing general infrastructure such as the library, old bank, railway station and other empty units, bringing services back to the town centre and making it a desirable place to visit, live and work. Design Thinking skills will be taught throughout this Course to help produce people-focused solutions that you can apply to any future challenges or opportunities. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long. Photo © Christopher Kirk (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Leitrim

Designing Kiltyclogher’s Future

Designing Kiltyclogher’s Future

Kiltyclogher has been making positive steps in recent years, particularly with the development and maintenance of the Sean Mc Diarmada homestead, Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre, Community Centre, Hostel Holiday Accommodation and more. The successful Kilty Live campaign (2017) showcased the community drive and spirit in the area. This Innovating Communities Course will maximise and harness Kiltyclogher’s potential by training participants in Design Thinking, bringing likeminded people together to examine the area’s challenges and come up with solutions. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Monaghan

Using the Sliabh Beagh Masterplan to Develop the Area

Using the Sliabh Beagh Masterplan to Develop th...

The Sliabh Beagh Masterplan was created around 2017 with ideas to develop and enhance the area. The Sliabh Beagh area is a beautiful amenity in North Monaghan that has been underdeveloped and underfunded. These ideas need funding to be progressed. Fiona Connolly (Sliabh Beagh Adventures) & Cathy Bennett (Local Area Representative) are two main contacts for this training course. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like this one. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. Your Team will be expected to commit to weekly sessions, starting in September.

Louth

Social Enterprise: An Answer to the Digital Divide

Social Enterprise: An Answer to the Digital Div...

This Course will explore the relationship between technological response and the social care response in order to develop a social enterprise solution to the Digital Divide in Louth. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. Due to the complex and widespread nature of this project, this is a Marathon course; 42 hours of in-depth training designed to support the development of responses to significant opportunities. Your team will be expected to commit to weekly sessions of around 2 hours.

Louth

Establishing Independent Artist Studios in Drogheda

This Course is fully Enrolled
Establishing Independent Artist Studios in Drog...

There is a vital need for designated studio spaces for artists in Drogheda. This Course aims to train and mentor a team to develop a strong plan for establishing artist studios in the area. The team intends to set up an independent artist’s space, which will allow them to work, and develop their professional practice, and ultimately this space will contribute to the vibrant Art scene in Drogheda. This will be the first independent artist studios in Drogheda. Droichead Arts Centre will continue to provide support in kind and in funding on the establishment of the studio space. Design Thinking skills will be acquired throughout, allowing the team to use their creativity to generate viable, sustainable ideas and solutions.

Cavan

The Local Green Box Cavan - Awareness Campaign

This Course is fully Enrolled
The Local Green Box Cavan - Awareness Campaign

The Cottage Market West Cavan runs a weekly, local food initiative in Cavan Town and Ballyconnell. This Course aims to create an awareness campaign that highlights the importance and benefits of supporting this initiative, both from an individual and community perspective. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. You and your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions, 2 hours in length.

Louth

Bia Welcome Community

Bia Welcome Community

This Course aims to empower and mentor those involved in the Bia Welcome Community project that aims to reduce isolation, build relationships, and connect new community members with local services. Challengers will be facilitated in generating ideas, developing people-focused plans, and testing solutions that can support residents across Louth in a variety of ways. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. You and your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions.

Donegal

Creating a Services/Outreach Centre for Ray, Rathmullan, Surrounding Areas

Creating a Services/Outreach Centre for Ray, Ra...

The Ray and Rathmullan area is large in both population and community spirit. This Course will train and mentor interested parties to create a centre that will provide various facilities and services for everyone, from young people to the elderly. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long.

Donegal

Reducing Costs and Generating Income for Social Enterprises

Reducing Costs and Generating Income for Social...

This Course will support and mentor social enterprises throughout Donegal to plan and develop for sustainability in the wake of the COVID pandemic. It is vital but challenging for social enterprises to generate income while doing the most with what they have available. The restrictions potentially offer time to plan and strategise methods and new routes for operating, generating income, focussing resources and planning for the future. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges like this one. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge/experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions.

Sligo

Developing Sligo as a Tourist Destination

This Course is fully Enrolled
Developing Sligo as a Tourist Destination

This Course will facilitate the training and mentoring of people and organisations from across Sligo's tourism industry. Working collaboratively and creatively using Design Thinking, we will examine the challenges facing the tourism industry and develop solutions. The team will be facilitated in producing people-focused plans to boost the region's image as an appealing destination for travellers. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. Your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions.

Louth

Breaking Down Barriers: Community Integration for All

This Course is fully Enrolled
Breaking Down Barriers: Community Integration f...

This Course is designed to generate ideas and solutions that bring together people of any age or gender, of all backgrounds and nationalities living in Louth, to promote unity and collaboration between these communities. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience working in the community. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. You and your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions, typically 2 hours in length.

Donegal

A recreation corridor from Donegal's heartland to the coast

A recreation corridor from Donegal's heartland ...

This Course will train and mentor interested parties to use Design Thinking to start developing a plan for a new recreational corridor in Donegal for locals and visitors to enjoy. Creating this scenic route between Donegal Town and Ballybofey-Stranorlar could provide a boost for tourism and the environment, and stimulate small businesses and communities along the way. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. Due to the complex and widespread nature of this project, this is a Marathon course; 42 hours of in-depth training designed to support the development of responses to significant opportunities. Your team will be expected to commit to 2 hour weekly sessions.

Monaghan

Reimagining Community Spaces as Digital Hubs - Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm

Reimagining Community Spaces as Digital Hubs - ...

This Course aims to generate innovative ideas for creating digital hubs through collaboration between community centres, groups, and interested individuals. As connectivity becomes increasingly important across society in all aspects of work and play, it's time to produce plans for open access, inclusive spaces that can continue to advance alongside it. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. This 21-hour Sprint Course consists of high-impact learning and practical activities that will boost the Team's confidence in using these skills and taking action together. You and your Team will be expected to commit to weekly training sessions, typically 2 hours in length.

Monaghan

Climate Action, Biodiversity and Sustainability

This Course is fully Enrolled
Climate Action, Biodiversity and Sustainability

This course is for people who are passionate about tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity and increasing rural attractiveness. It will encourage the development of sustainable practices and environmental regeneration through the cross-pollination of ideas from individuals and groups in the County. Once sufficient interested individuals have registered interest, the exact focus of the Challenge will be determined. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long.

Monaghan

Attracting People to Live and Work in County Monaghan (paused)

Attracting People to Live and Work in County Mo...

This course focuses on generating community action that will attract people to live and work in rural communities around Monaghan, such as providing high quality jobs, rejuvenating our town centres, and repurposing general infrastructure. Our Design Thinking-led training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities like the one above. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer and co-trainer. Co-trainers are volunteers from your county with knowledge and/or experience in community action. The schedule will be determined once interested individuals have registered and are ready to begin. Your team will choose between a Sprint Course (21 hours) or Marathon Course(42 hours) and are asked to commit to weekly sessions. Weekly sessions are typically 2 hours long.

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