Challenge Bank

Do you have a Challenge in your area that you think could be solved through Design Thinking? Take the next step in your Challenger journey by adding it to the bank!

Courses will be based on the Challenges that people like you, across the region, feel need fresh and innovative thinking. To do this, we’re asking everyone to submit the Challenges that they’d like to tackle collaboratively.

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Dedicated Cancer Centre

Dedicated Cancer Centre

To acquire a dedicated cancer centre in Ardee town, which will support those in our community who are living with cancer.

Develop a physical regeneration for the villiage

Develop a physical regeneration for the villiage

Regenerate the vacant and derelict fabric of the once thriving historic market village. Enticing new life and young families to the area and make our village vibrant once again. Regenerating these buildings would drive greater economic activity and footfall as well as acting as a catalyst for improvements to the wider area.

Implementation of Migrants Integration Strategy

Implementation of Migrants Integration Strategy

Each county has developed Migrant Integration Strategy following the publication of the National Migrant Integration Strategy. Implementation of any strategy is always the hardest bit, it is even more challenging when different languages, cultures come into play. Integration is a 2-way process that involves action by migrants as well as by Irish society, and for a successful strategy implementation, migrants themselves should take an active part in the strategy implementation. It will create a real sense of belonging, it will empower and create a lot of opportunities.

Littering on Rural Roadsides

Littering on Rural Roadsides

Littering in ditches and illegal dumping has spoiled many countryside roads and walks in Leitrim. At a glance, the Lough Allen loop (the roads through Ballinaglera, Drumshanbo, Drumkeering and Dowra) is noticeably bad. Much of this rubbish has been expelled from passing vehicles. This issue threatens the natural biodiversity, local tourism and the environment. This challenge may well transcend county borders. Hopefully a collective discussion will follow with all those interested.

Beside the Seaside

Beside the Seaside

I would like Louth Co Co to provide beach huts for rental along the beach fronts in areas like Port, to get people to have more contact with the beach, it would bring a bit of colour to the areas and help people take a bit more pride in the area.

Community project to improve Drumkeeran Village

Community project to improve Drumkeeran Village

Small park/green area with seating and planted flower beds for residents and visitors to enjoy. The village has an elderly residential housing and day care facility on the back lane but very little green space near or in the village. A small park in the village would both enhance it and improve the biodiversity in the area. It would also be a communal area where people could meet and enjoy the outdoor space.

Better community integration

Better community integration

Moving to a different country is not an easy task. Once you arrive to your new country you can be faced with different barriers. One of the most common problem faced by families arriving to Ireland presently is that of language barrier and Culture shock. Culture shock can be experienced from difficulties of making new friends, worries of fitting in and finding job. You suddenly feels like the outsider. Your life has changed and your previous life seems so distant away. You become uncomfortable as you grow in different direction than what you have been used to. Life becomes stressful and tense. And you begin to look for clusters that reminds you of home in silo groups. Integrating becomes difficult. But remember you will not always feel this way. Our challenge is to use our unique skill set to bring together women from all the different nationalities living in Co Louth to work together with people they would normally not work with for better integration in our communities.

Using the Masterplan to Develop the Sliabh Beagh Area

Using the Masterplan to Develop the Sliabh Beag...

Funding is needed to develop the area. The Sliabh Beagh area is a beautiful amenity in North Monaghan that has been underdeveloped and underfunded. The Sliabh Beagh Masterplan has been created with ideas to develop and enhance the area. These ideas need funding to be progressed.

Long covid.

Long covid.

The fallout from covid-19 is not fully understood in terms of mental health. Prior to covid services were struggling. What resources will be available? How will they be rolled out? What practical support will be available?

Jobs

Jobs

High end jobs presently are in the cities. Could some of these be distributed throughout the island?

Public transportation

Public transportation

As collective community's a discussion needs to be had around the idea of an all Ireland railway system.

Digital Divide

Digital Divide

increase in eServices leaving people behind

Climate Change Initiative

Climate Change Initiative

A programme set out to work with 12 young people from the mid Louth area that will focus on Climate Change and Climate Action. This programme could aim to highlight and focus on not only this generations awareness but also future generations solutions.

Integration of residents from Direct Provision Centre Ardee

Integration of residents from Direct Provision ...

A present around 60 residents with little or no English language skills reside in Setanta House Ardee. Currently plans are underway to establish a buddy volunteer programme to match local residents with the same interests with a resident from the DP centre. Plans are also under way to establish a Fáilte Isteach hub which will enable the residents to practice their English conversation. The challenge will be to engage interpreters, volunteers and carry out social events within the current climate and Covid restrictions. Plans are already in motion with Louth Volunteer Centre, Louth LEADER and the hosts DEEhub.

Reuse of unused buildings for dedicated community hubs

Reuse of unused buildings for dedicated communi...

Many groups are desperately in need of dedicated meeting spaces. Men's Sheds, Hen's Sheds, Baby and Toddler Groups, Youth groups are struggling to secure cost effective meeting spaces - even in pre-covid times. Alongside that many public buildings remain due to closures eg. HSE, Post Offices, Council Buildings. This would apply to all counties although at present I am particularly interested in finding premises for Dunleer Men's Shed. Could there be a scheme that matches groups to suitable premises?

Cycle and Pedestrian lanes for Ballybofey-Stranorlar

Cycle and Pedestrian lanes for Ballybofey-Stran...

Ballybofey-Stranorlar has a population of approx 2000 children in schools and creches. We also have many people involved outdoor activities including walking, running and cycling in the community. The towns need to be developed to make it easier for school children and our community to move around safety without cars. Our town centres are walkable and easily accessible, but the pre-dominance of cars in the main streets, inadequate pavement width and lack of cycle lanes make it unsafe for non-car road users in most areas. Establishing proper cycle and pedestrian lanes would - link the heart of the towns with areas of recreation on the town boundaries - support the development of wellbeing activities for people of all ages and abilities - reduce the number of cars on the road, and congestion, especially at the start and end of the school day.

Greenway from Donegal's heartland to the Coast

Greenway from Donegal's heartland to the Coast

Establish a greenway through the area of scenic beauty from Ballybofey-Stranorlar to Donegal Town, in Co. Donegal. Creating an environmentally friendly route between these two key towns in Donegal would - provide a resource for tourists and residents, encouraging year round wellbeing and outdoor activities - stimulate small communities and craft businesses along the route - create a pathway for visitors along the wild atlantic way into the heart of Donegal drawing them further north on their journeys The Wild Atlantic Way has been brilliant for bringing visitors to the West Coast of Ireland, but areas without the attractions of beaches are losing out as visitors congregate along signature points. Failte Ireland also recognise that the WAW north of Galway is underperforming and attracting fewer visitors than the southern route. this project would increase economic and tourism sustainability for the North West of Ireland.

Keeping towns and villages viable

Keeping towns and villages viable

Finding new uses for closed up buildings attracting more people to live work and spend time locally

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