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Donegal

Towards 2025: Community Groups Connecting

Towards 2025: Community Groups Connecting

What does the future hold for your community group? This course will focus on how Donegal has grown and changed over the past number of years, and how it's community groups engage and interact with one another is also changing. The needs, wants and ambitions of people who live in the local area and how we connect is becoming more diverse too. Do feel like it's time to take a fresh approach to engaging your communities’ greatest asset, IT’S PEOPLE? Some of the challenges the course might focus on; > How can you better understand your community, it’s people, who they are, their wealth of skills, talents and diversity? > Are there untapped skills in your community which could bring a new energy to your community organisation? > How can you connect with them and engage them moving forward? > How can you empower your community group and its residents? > How can you support your community grow and deliver in these ever changing times? Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 course will start in the last week of January, on the evening of Thursday 27th Jan 2022 from 7.00 to 9.00pm. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions. Enrol in this course to start the journey today to re-focus and re-energise your community group.

Monaghan

Attracting People to Live and Work in County Monaghan

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

Starting Friday 26th November 9.30-11.30am Are you an employer, company, agency and or individual interested in attracting people to live and work in Monaghan? This Course will focus on generating ideas to attract people to County Monaghan. By teaching Design Thinking, participants will learn valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities such as attracting people to live and work in Monaghan. The schedule will be determined once an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. You will also have access to 1-on-1 mentoring from your trainer. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Louth

Universal Design Community Gardens and Allotments in North County Louth

Universal Design Community Gardens and Allotmen...

'Developing and establishing a Dundalk Community Garden and Allotment, based on a Universal Design would be all inclusive, accessible as well as supporting a wide range of needs. It would be a place where all ages and backgrounds could find respite and experience nature, supporting sensory, therapeutic and mental health. Its aim is to engage all levels of ability and backgrounds, children with additional needs, families, young people, single individuals, general population, dementia sufferers, it would support those who feel lonely and isolated no matter the age or gender in gardening, horticultural therapy or just enjoying the change of seasons or to learn something new or inspire connection to nature. Help bridging the gap in town centre activities and bringing the community together.' Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 course will start in the last week of January, on the evening of Thursday 27th Jan 2022 from 7.00 to 9.00pm. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions. Register now to enrol!

Cavan

Tackling a Social Issue in the Kingscourt area 2

Tackling a Social Issue in the Kingscourt area 2

This course will focus on a social challenge. To define the challenge it will focus on, we will start by exploring the challenges in your local area. Can you think of a social challenge you want to tackle? Is it a new challenge facing your community, or maybe an old issue that you feel needs a fresh approach. Our Design Thinking 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.
 Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these.  Group sessions will take place every Wednesday morning between 9am and 11am.

Cavan

Tackling a Social Issue in the Kingscourt area 1

Tackling a Social Issue in the Kingscourt area 1

This course will focus on a social challenge. To define the challenge it will focus on, we will start by exploring the challenges in your local area. Can you think of a social challenge you want to tackle? Is it a new challenge facing your community, or maybe an old issue that you feel needs a fresh approach. Our Design Thinking 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.
 Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these.  Group sessions will take place every Wednesday morning between 9am and 11am.

Monaghan

Developing and Enhancing Monaghan’s Recreation Ways

Developing and Enhancing Monaghan’s Recreation ...

This Course will train and mentor interested parties to use Design Thinking to develop a plan for the enhancement and establishment of new and existing recreation ways in Monaghan. What is a 'recreation way'? A recreation way is a route that connects lots of amenities for locals and visitors to enjoy, such as beauty spots, historical or cultural places, and businesses. These activity spots are often linked by cycle and walkways, or roads. There are many benefits to investing in recreational ways, from boosting the local economy and tourism, to encouraging healthy travel and biodiversity measures. The people of Monaghan have already submitted many ideas to our Challenge Bank that could be developed to help enhance the county's existing recreational ways, such as: - a Greenway from Ballybay to Castleblayney - Biking in Monaghan - Arts on Wheels - Living Arts Trail in Monaghan - Create New Community Woodlands If you are interested in becoming a part of the re-imagining & implementation of these recreational ways, register for this course. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions. Image courtesy of Fáilte Ireland.

Louth

Developing and Enhancing Louth’s Recreation Ways

Developing and Enhancing Louth’s Recreation Ways

This Course will train and mentor interested parties to use Design Thinking to develop a plan for the enhancement and establishment of new and existing recreation ways in Louth. What is a 'recreation way'? A recreation way is a route that connects lots of amenities for locals and visitors to enjoy, such as beauty spots, historical or cultural places, and businesses. These activity spots are often linked by cycle and walkways, or roads. There are many benefits to investing in recreational ways, from boosting the local economy and tourism, to encouraging healthy travel and biodiversity measures. The people of Louth have already submitted many ideas to our Challenge Bank that could be developed to help enhance Louth's existing recreational ways, such as: - the development of a Camino Walk in the Cooley Peninsula - the restoration of King John’s Castle Gardens in Carlingford - the enhancement of the Carlingford - Omeath green-way with historical references. If you are interested in becoming a part of the re-imagining & implementation of these recreational ways, register for this course. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Cavan

River and Lakeshore Amenity Development in Co Cavan

River and Lakeshore Amenity Development in Co C...

This Course focuses on community action focused on the Challenge of creating a strong action plan for the development of walkways around river and lakeshore areas - while incorporating biodiversity and water protection measures. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Leitrim

Biodiversity Promotion and Awareness in Co Leitrim

Biodiversity Promotion and Awareness in Co Leitrim

This course is for those with a passion for and interest in the biodiversity and natural heritage in County Leitrim. It will examine the challenges impacting the biodiversity and natural heritage of Co. Leitrim (wildlife - flora and fauna, habitats ecosystems, etc.) and look at innovative ways and means to develop, publicise and promote biodiversity to and for the wider public - a draft Biodiversity Plan is currently being prepared for the county and promoting awareness and engagement is one of the actions of the plan. The use of Design Thinking skills throughout the course will help participants to generate creative, people-focused ideas and methods of promotion/implementation. This will lead to long term benefits for biodiversity in Leitrim in its conservation and sustainability. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Monaghan

Designing Ballybay’s Future

Designing Ballybay’s Future

This Innovating Communities Course will maximise and harness Ballybay’s potential by training participants in Design Thinking, which is a creative problem solving process, and bringing likeminded people together to examine the Ballybay and the surrounding areas’ challenges and come up with solutions. New challengers are welcome to join at any point, request to join and the Trainer will get in touch to make sure you are up to speed. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

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. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

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. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Cavan

Rejuvenating Killeshandra

Rejuvenating Killeshandra

Rejuvenating Killeshandra is working collaboratively to develop a shared vision for the town we want to be in ten years time, and a sustainable long-term plan to work to. To get to this end goal, we are following the Design Thinking process and working on key tasks that bring the whole community into the process. New challengers are welcome to join at any point, request to join and the trainer (Neil Fergusson) will get in touch to make sure you are up to speed. Group sessions take place every Thursday evening between 7:30pm and 9pm. As this is a Marathon course the course is scheduled to last into 2022. 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. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. Our Design Thinking 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

Monaghan

Attracting Tourists to Sliabh Beagh (Mondays 7pm - 9pm)

Attracting Tourists to Sliabh Beagh (Mondays 7p...

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. From working with the Masterplan, and what has been achieved so far, we have defined our challenge to be "Attracting Tourists to the Sliabh Beagh" 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. This course takes place on Mondays 7pm-9pm.

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

Be a Welcoming Community

Be a Welcoming Community

Moving house is considered one of the most stressful life events, and settling into a new neighbourhood during a global pandemic and national lockdown isn't easy. COVID 19 has highlighted many of the inequalities that existed pre-COVID 19 - for example, the digital divide that is acutely felt by those who experience social isolation. This course will focus on combatting loneliness, social isolation, and the digital divide for marginalised communities as we move towards recovery from the impact of COVID on our economic and social life. The benefits will enhance education, health and wellbeing and other opportunities for marginalised individuals / communities. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between 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. Innovating Communities courses are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these. 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 an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. The Course length can vary between 21 and 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

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