Over the past three years, we have learned so much about community development that will support future projects across the region and beyond. Local people from across the six border counties have developed innovative solutions to many local challenges while forging new connections and learning new skills to accomplish exciting projects.
Browse the Case Studies below to learn about the various achievements of community groups from agricultural initiatives to regeneration and much more!
River and Lakeshore Amenity Development in Co Cavan - Tuesdays 7-9pm
This group of local residents explored the viability of developing a recreational walkway along the rivers and lakeshores of Virginia, Co. Cavan. Some group members were more familiar than others, with many living on land adjacent to the river. The group surveyed this feasibility and engaged the wider community to assess the appetite and support for this initiative. Through this engagement, many other ideas for projects emerged that could be developed alongside the rivers and lakeshore walkways, including picnic facilities, play areas for children, and carpool services with parking facilities for children and families.
This group of transition year students split into two groups to explore menta health awareness in schools and develop solutions for student resource access. One group specifically examined men's mental health in schools and the stigma surrounding this topic. Through their research, they found that many students felt self-conscious about seeking support for mental health. They came up with the idea of an online, virtual chat room with mental health specialists who could provide anonymous support via a chat room facility, providing a safe space for students to feel safe and supported.