Bord Forbartha Chontae Dún Laoghaire Ráth an Dúin
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Social Inclusion Unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown RAPID Programme
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Community and Voluntary Forum
- BRAND Project
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Joint Policing Committee - FAQs
The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Board was formed in conjunction with thirty-three other county and city development boards throughout Ireland in April 2000.
The Board was tasked with preparing a ‘shared vision’ in the form of a 10-year Strategy relating to the economic, social, and cultural development of the County.
A Strategy Action Implementation Plan supporting the implementation of the Strategy for the period 2006-2008 was adopted by the Board following completion of its first Review of Strategy in 2005.
The final Strategy Action Implementation Plan 2009-2012 has now been adopted. For more information go to http://www.dlrcdb.ie/
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Social Development and Inclusion Measures Committee (SDIC)
A Social Development and Inclusion Measures (SDIC) sub-committee has been established as an arm of the County Development Board with a brief to monitor the extent of social exclusion in the County, and to ensure that all social inclusion measures are coordinated in such a way that their effectiveness is maximized. For more information go to http://www.dlrcdb.ie
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Social Inclusion Unit is part of the local authority’s Human Resources and County Development Board Department, and was one of eight pilot Units established by the Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government in January 2002 to mainstream social inclusion throughout local authorities in Ireland.
The Unit is responsible for conducting research into local social exclusion issues that will inform the Local Authority as well as the County Development Board in their efforts to create sustainable and inclusive Communities.
The Unit is also responsible for promoting and mainstreaming social inclusion within the County Council by proofing programmes, policies, and activities; and ensuring that no group is excluded or disadvantaged from accessing public services.
Where feasible the Unit promotes active participation by vulnerable groups in all aspects of public service delivery. The Unit is staffed by a Social Inclusion Officer.
The Unit is involved in a wide range of different activities both within the local authority and in partnership with other organisations and statutory bodies in the County. For more information go to http://www.dlrcdb.ie/siu.htm
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The RAPID programme is a Government Initiative supported by the County Development Boards to target investment into 51 areas of need in Ireland.
There is only one RAPID programme in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and this programme focuses on the geographical areas of Loughlinstown and Shanganagh / Rathsallagh.
The aim of the RAPID programme is to improve quality of life for the residents of these communities. RAPID will do this through targeting government investment and improving the co ordination of existing services mainly among County Development Board Members.
The RAPID programme is managed by a local Area Implementation Team (AIT) which is made up of representatives from statutory agencies and local development companies and community representatives.
The first local RAPID plan (2001 - 2006) was produced that contained 114 actions to support issues such as Youth, Education & Training, Estate Enhancement, Childcare, Family Support and Community Development. The RAPID Programme is currently in the process of implementing a new local plan (2007-2013), under eight thematic objectives including:
- Community Development & Social Inclusion
- Family Support
- Community Safety
- Physical Environment
- Enterprise & Employment.
Membership consists of over 400 organisations representing a wide range of interests such as local community groups, environmental and heritage groups, social services and enterprise groups, sports groups and many others.
The main purpose of the Forum is to articulate and express the Voice of the Community, Voluntary and Disadvantaged Sector and to promote Social Inclusion, Active Citizenship and Volunteerism in the County.
The Forum is represented on a number of bodies such as the County Development Board, the County Childcare Committee, the County Education and Training Forum, the Healthy County Forum, Strategic Policy Committees and other committees that impact on the interests of the community and voluntary sector.
BRAND is a three year project running until September 2012, it is an European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project partly funded through the EU's Ireland-Wales Interreg IVA programme. This programme is an EU community initiative that aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by promoting international and cross-border cooperation. The project involves four towns Dún Laoghaire and Athy in Ireland and Rhyl and Holyhead in Wales.
The project came about as Dún Laoghaire Town, and the other three towns, have undergone physical/capital scheme regeneration works, but have difficulties with the way in which they are perceived by residents, businesses, tourism & the hospitality sector and external opinion formers.The project aims to develop and test a method of place re-branding by re-engaging communities, and create a toolkit of the methodology developed and make this available to other areas.
The mandate of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee is to ensure that a range of affordable and accessible childcare options are available and provided within the County, that are of a high quality and standard, are child centred and are appropriate to the individual needs of the child.
In 2003 the Government decided that County Childcare Committees throughout the Country would become Working Groups of their local County Development Boards. In effect this means that the Committee submits annual and other Strategic Plans to the CDB for endorsement so as to bring about greater cohesion across local and community development programmes. This strategic relationship has no implications for the decision making process or day to day operations which remain under the full control of the Committee.
The Chairperson of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee and Manager are members of the County Development Board and Social Inclusion Measures Committee respectively. An Economic Development and Community Department staff member is a member of the County Childcare Committee.
Each County in Ireland has such a committee, for which the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; and Pobal, provide funding.
The committee consists of nearly twenty members, representing statutory agencies, local enterprise representatives and the community and voluntary sector thus ensuring that a range of perspectives will be contributing to the process. The committee meets monthly and is supported by a fulltime and supporting staff. Its work is guided by a three-year plan that is supplementary to the County Development Board Strategy.
For more information on the County Childcare Committee www.dlrcountychildcare.ie
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, an initiative of the Irish Sports Council, was established in April 2008 under the national programme designed to increase participation in sports and physical activity at county level. The National Strategy for Participation gives all Local Sports Partnerships 3 key functions: Information Collection, Education & Training, and Strategy Implementation.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership is a sub-structure of the County Development Board and works closely with its partners to promote participation, inclusion and coordination in sport at a local level. All those statutory bodies, organisations and groups operating in the county with a responsibility for or interest in sports development and participation are involved in its operation and programmes.
The key tasks of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership are:
Building on work already being carried out by partner agencies
Establishing a sustainable structure to assist all those involved in local sports development (e.g. quality training)
Rolling out Irish Sports Council participation programmes
Increasing the usage of existing local resources
Creating implementing a strategic plan for long-term local sports development.
A Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) also works Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership. Funded through the Irish Sports Council, with support from dlr County Council, the role of the SIDO is to promote greater sport and physical activity participation for people with a disability and to encourage inclusion into mainstream sports clubs.