Supporting communities is at the very heart of SKDP’s activities. South Kerry Developments Partnership Ltd’s community development work encompasses a very broad range of activity. At a glance SKDP supports communities in South Kerry by:
Overview of SKDP’s Community Development Activities
- Providing grant aid through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme to support investment in critical community infrastructure – to include construction of new facilities and refurbishment & renovation existing facilities – See Rural Development (LEADER) Programme Section
- Providing grant aid through the Rural Development (LEADER) programme to support community tourism initiatives – See Rural Development (LEADER) Programme Section
- Providing grant aid through the Rural Development (LEADER) programme to support community groups to enhance the attractiveness of their villages, towns and surrounding countryside – See Rural Development (LEADER) Programme Section
- Providing grant aid through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme to support community groups to protect the local heritage (natural, built or cultural) of their areas – See Rural Development (LEADER) Programme Section
- Supporting Community & Voluntary groups in providing new and maintaining existing community services, in carrying out a broad range of community projects, by providing a labour resource through the Rural Social Scheme and Tus – See Rural Social Scheme & Tus Sections
- Providing training opportunities through both the Local & Community Development Programme & the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.
- Putting structures and processes in place through the work of the Local & Community Development programme to ensure effective dialogue between marginalised & disadvantaged communities and policy makers & funding providers, facilitating greater engagement in priority policy and decision making processes by members of identified disadvantaged communities. – See Local & Community Development Programme Section
- Providing networking opportunities and disseminating information on SKDP activities through the SKDP Community Fora Advisory councils.
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd’s core community development objective is to:
Community Development – SKDP Ltd – Core Objective
To provide local rural and urban development through initiatives which empower local communities, enhances quality of life and promotes social inclusion in our area.
Key Strategies and actions to achieve our core objective
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd’s key strategies, to support our core Community Development objective, and their related actions are outlined below:
a) Identify, provide and maintain general community and recreational infrastructure.
b) Identify and improve the visual appearance of villages, towns and rural countryside in South Kerry.
c) Support conservation and the upgrading of rural heritage.
d) Support community environmental initiatives for sustainable energy and waste reduction.
e) Provide Social & cultural supports
a) Provide a labour resource to community initiatives through the Rural Social Scheme.
b) Support community groups in undertaking needs analysis.
c) Source and disseminate examples of good practice to community services.
d) Support the development of partnership arrangements between community groups and other agencies.
e) Support and develop new and existing childcare services in conjunction with Kerry County Childcare Committee.
f) Support and develop new and existing transport services in conjunction with Kerry Community Transport.
a) Provide technical assistance to new and established community projects and groups.
b) Provide financial assistance to community groups, both directly and indirectly.
c) Provide networking opportunities to community groups.
d) Provide training opportunities to community groups
e) Support marginalised individuals to participate in group structures.
Support the participation of marginalised and disadvantaged groups in local and county decision making bodies
a) Encourage existing decision making bodies to become more inclusive.
b) Promote an understanding of local government and decision making bodies to members of marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
c) Facilitate and support the participation of marginalised and disadvantaged groups on decision making bodies.
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd accesses a number of state & EU funded rural development programmes in order to implement the actions listed above.
Local & Community Development Programme also provides support and information to low income families and farmers in targeted areas of South Kerry, through Rural Development Officers.
Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support for farmers and fisherpersons who are currently in receipt of specified social welfare payments, to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities. It allows low-income farmers/fisherpersons who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding/fishing to earn a supplementary income. South Kerry Development Partnership has 130 participants throughout south Kerry on the scheme along with 7 supervisors. The Rural Social Scheme participants provide an invaluable labour resource to local communities and it enables rural communities undertake a range of projects. Projects undertaken by communities utilising Rural Social Scheme participants labour will generally fall into the following categories:
- Maintaining and enhancing way-marked ways, agreed walks and bog roads
- Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off
- Village and countryside enhancement projects
- Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups
- Environmental maintenance work, maintenance and care-taking of community and sporting facilities
- Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres
- Community administration/clerical duties
- Any other appropriate community project identified during the course of the scheme.
TÚS is a community based labour market activation scheme that provides short-term work placement opportunities for unemployed people to the benefit of both urban and rural communities. This programme commenced in 2011. South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd currently has 80 participants on the TÚS programme along with 4 supervisors. TÚS provides community and voluntary groups with an invaluable labour resource. Projects undertaken by TÚS participants will fall in to the following categories:
- Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
- Social care of all age groups and persons with a disability or with limited mobility
- Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
- Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
- Work in support of the promotion of the Irish language, other cultural and hertiage activities
- Community administration, research and community event management
- Coaching for sporting activity (where operated by designated sporting organisations)
- Repair of equipment for developing world.