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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

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. 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

Designing Killeshandra's Future

Designing Killeshandra's Future

The focus of the Designing Killeshandra’s Future challenge is to work with our community 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 7pm 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

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

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. 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.

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.

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

Attracting People to Live and Work in County Monaghan

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. This course is a sprint. It was started in the early summer of 2021 but was paused to allow more challengers to join it. It will restart in autumn, with 1-to-1 chats with new challengers to catch up on existing discussions, then weekly groups sessions.

Donegal

Youth Services in Bundoran

Youth Services in Bundoran

This Course is for Challengers from in and around Bundoran who want to generate impactful, innovative and sustainable solutions to the lack of amenities and facilities for young people in the area. 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 exact schedule will be determined once an interested Team have registered their interest and are ready to begin. 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. The team will also conduct community research and outreach during various stages of the course, between sessions.

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