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Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

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Strengthen the reach and interaction with the Ukrainian community

Strengthen the reach and interaction with the U...

How might we work together across the six counties to build on services and provisions / work with departments to expand childcare / increase childcare opportunities? How might we help Ukrainian families feel better connected to other places and people? How might we bring volunteering support to ease a challenge that they are facing? What do they need to improve access to childcare (is it space, transport, resources etc.?) This set of workshops will be delivered to SICAP staff across the six partner counties to work together to strengthen the SICAP interaction with the Ukrainian community. These workshops will take place online with possibility to meet in person - days and times to be discussed and scheduled to accommodate as many interested persons as possible. The participants will follow the Design Thinking process to bring different people and perspectives together, sharing and learning from ideas and issues faced. Design Thinking is creative problem solving and our Design Thinking training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities. Innovating Communities workshops are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these.

Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

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Strengthen the reach and interaction with the Travelling Community

Strengthen the reach and interaction with the T...

How might we help the travelling community feel better connected to other places and people? How might we support the travelling community to gain employment opportunities regionally? This set of workshops will be delivered to SICAP staff across the six partner counties to work together to strengthen the SICAP interaction with the travelling community. These workshops will take place online with possibility to meet in person - days and times to be discussed and scheduled to accommodate as many interested persons as possible. The participants will follow the Design Thinking process to bring different people and perspectives together, sharing and learning from ideas and issues faced. Design Thinking is creative problem solving and our Design Thinking training teaches valuable skills that can be used to create people-centred, innovative plans in response to challenges or opportunities. Innovating Communities workshops are led by Design Thinking experts and community volunteer 'co-trainers' to help training teams tackle projects like these.

Monaghan

Recruiting

Develop a plan for a roller skate rink in Monaghan

Develop a plan for a roller skate rink in Monaghan

A set of workshops will be delivered to a group of individuals interested in developing a plan for a roller-skating rink in County Monaghan. Please register for the workshops – days and times to be discussed and scheduled to accommodate as many interested persons as possible. The participants will follow the Design Thinking process to work toward the development of a plan. Design Thinking is creative problem solving and 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 roller skate rink. Roller-skating is an intergenerational physical activity. It is an indoor activity that ticks a lot of boxes. It provides a physical and mental health boost, and is an activity for youth who are at a loose end because they do not fit in with other sports.

Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

Recruiting

Co-Trainer Training

Co-Trainer Training

We invite all of our co-trainers to come along to this Co-Trainer training short course to assist in the delivery of our design thinking training courses. The aim of the session is to explain what design thinking is and what to expect as part of the programme. We will share examples from current trainers and co-trainers on how their courses are going, be reminded of why Design Thinking can help communities, and get an outline of the expectations placed upon the roles of co-trainer and trainer. There will be four, 2 hour Co-Trainer Training sessions, taking place on Wednesday the 25th May, 1st, 8th and 15th June, 2.30 - 4.30pm.

Leitrim

Completed

Ballinamore Community School

Ballinamore Community School

Students will undertake the design thinking process to develop an innovative project that solves a local challenge.

Monaghan

Training

Beech Hill College

Beech Hill College

Students will undertake the design thinking process to develop an innovative project that solves a local challenge.

Donegal

Training

AVS - Creating Youth Spaces in Donegal Town

AVS - Creating Youth Spaces in Donegal Town

In this course, we will use the Design Thinking process to develop a solution to our chosen challenge: Rejuvenating our local community. We will use the 5 key stages to first better understand the Challenge context, who is involved, and how we might best consider them as we generate and develop ideas before landing on a solution.

Louth

Completed and review submitted

Upgrading Energy Efficiency Measures with Save Our Homeless Dundalk

Upgrading Energy Efficiency Measures with Save ...

This course will work with 4th-year Dundalk Institute of Technology students and their challenge to upgrade energy efficiency methods to an existing building for the charity organisation Save Our Homeless Dundalk. This is a condensed course over four weeks: the structure of this course will provide an overview of the six stages in design thinking and apply the same methodologies to the students' local challenges. The students will follow the design thinking process to ask how an assessment can be best accomplished through the design thinking process. The students will be supported by Barbara McGowen, coordinator on Save Our Homeless Dundalk, Enda Fields, lecturer in the Department of the Built Environment, and our innovating trainer. 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 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 on Tuesdays, March 22nd and 29th and April 5th and 26th from 2 - 4 pm.

Cavan

Recruiting

Creating Smart Communities in County Cavan

Creating Smart Communities in County Cavan

Centralised around the Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) in County Cavan, we would like to bring together forward-thinking ideas of how we might create smart communities to live and work in. BCPs provide onsite use of high-speed broadband by the public and support a range of digitally enabled services, such as remote work and study. There are now 12 BCPs live and operational in County Cavan – details can be found at myconnectedcommunity.ie Areas of development could overlap across digital, environmental, economical and social aspects of how our local communities can thrive.

Donegal

Training

Tackling littering in the local area - Magh Ene College 11.25am - 12.45pm

Tackling littering in the local area - Magh Ene...

This course will focus on tackling littering in County Donegal. 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 11.25 - 12.45pm

Donegal

Training

Tackling Food Waste at a Local Level - Magh Ene College 2.05pm - 3.25pm

Tackling Food Waste at a Local Level - Magh Ene...

This course will focus on tackling food waste in County Donegal. 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 between 2.05 and 3.25pm.

Leitrim

Training

Beware with what you share - St Clares

Beware with what you share - St Clares

This course will focus on the impact of social media on the lives of young people in County Leitrim. 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 Monday afternoon between 2.20pm and 3.40pm.

Louth

Training

Ecological Survey of Ardee Bog

Ecological Survey of Ardee Bog

This course starts on Thursday, 17th of February and will run on Thursdays 4 pm - 6 pm. This Innovating Communities Course will raise awareness of Ardee Bog, within the locality of Ardee, as an essential landscape for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and (potentially) recreation and tourism. 'Friends of Ardee Bog' is a grassroots, environmental community group who aim to protect, preserve, and promote Ardee Bog. Friends of Ardee Bog would like to carry out an ecological assessment of a sample area of Ardee Bog alongside community members who share the same interests in the bog. The ecological assessment would investigate which plant and animal species are supported by the sample area of the bog (orchids, bees, dragonflies etc). It would also evaluate the rewetting and rewilding potential of the sample area. The findings of this assessment would be communicated with the local community through engagement activities, outreach, and other initiatives. By using the design-thinking process, the group can work out how to undertake this research, and what methods should be used to communicate the results with the public. This challenge would equip Friends of Ardee Bog with valuable knowledge and experience which would help us to carry out similar and potentially more extensive projects in the future. If you are interested in Ardee's bog and biodiversity, register now. 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 the 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 team availability and the weight of the Challenge. You and your team are expected to commit to weekly training sessions, typically 2 hours in length. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various course stages between sessions.

Louth

Training

Scoil Ui Mhuire - Tackling a Social Issue - Monday Afternoon

Scoil Ui Mhuire - Tackling a Social Issue - Mon...

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 Monday afternoon.

Leitrim

Training

Creating a Community Garden at Lough Allen College

Creating a Community Garden at Lough Allen College

This course will focus on a social challenge in County Leitrim. 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 Tuesday morning between 9.45am and 11.15am.

Donegal

Training

Ardara: a Sustainable Environment

Ardara: a Sustainable Environment

This course starts on Monday, 7th of February and will run on Mondays 7-9 pm. This Innovating Communities Course will maximise and harness Ardara's potential to build sustainable wealth and create a sustainable environment for the local community. By training participants in Design Thinking, a creative problem-solving process, and bringing like-minded people together, we can examine Ardara's challenges and come up with solutions. Ardara is a town located in Donegal. In 2012, The Irish Times named it the best village to live in Ireland, and with a close community, this town has great potential to tackle sustainable and social issues. This course focuses on the challenge of bringing together several different focuses within the community's shared desire to make Ardara more sustainable. 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 the 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 team availability and the weight of the Challenge. You and your team are expected to commit to weekly training sessions, typically 2 hours in length. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various course stages between sessions.

Leitrim

Completed and review submitted

Tackling a Litter Issue in Drumshanbo

Tackling a Litter Issue in Drumshanbo

This course will focus on a social challenge in County Leitrim with reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 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 Monday morning between 9am and 11am.

Monaghan

Recruiting

Establishing a Monaghan Wetland Network

Establishing a Monaghan Wetland Network

This course is for people who are interested in establishing a Monaghan Wetland Network. The Innovating Communities project delivers free training and mentoring in a creative problem solving process known as Design Thinking. By using this method of problem solving, Innovating Communities can assist the interested parties in setting up a Monaghan Wetlands Network. 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 1.5 hours in length. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

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