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Longford Community Resources Ltd. Longford Community Enterprise Centre, Longford, Ireland. A Development Company Covering County Longford. AIM : “To Promote Positive Change in Social, Economic and Environmental Development in Co. Longford”

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longford community resources ltd

Longford Community Resources Ltd

Longford Community Enterprise Centre, Longford, Ireland

a development company covering county longford
A Development Company Covering County Longford

AIM: “To Promote Positive Change in Social,

Economic and Environmental

Development in Co. Longford”

Key focus:Tackling social exclusion and social & economic disadvantage

membership of longford community resources ltd
Membership of Longford Community Resources Ltd.

Company Status:

  • Limited by Guarantee, with Charitable Status
  • 19 Board Members from 4 sectors
  • Community/Voluntary and State Agencies
  • Social Partners/Elected Representatives
  • Relevant Substructures that support the numerous programmes
key statistics on county longford
Key Statistics on County Longford
  • Area Size 257,970 acres
  • Population 31,066
  • 29 Persons per square kilometre
  • 36.2% of population are age dependent (32.3% nationally)
  • 41% of population left school by 15 years (35% nationally)
main barriers to development in co longford
Main Barriers to Development in Co. Longford
  • Low population density and imbalanced age structure
  • Significant educational disadvantage and early school leaving
  • Over reliance on agriculture and lack of indigenous industry
  • No third level institution or vocational training facilities in the County
  • Infrastructural weakness and concerns around the sustainability of the environment
  • Inadequate tourism development (.6% of international arrivals)
strategic aims
Strategic Aims
  • To support and encourage rural and community development in Co. Longford
  • To actively promote social inclusion in Co. Longford
  • To influence policy and lobby for change and social justice at all levels
  • To strengthen LCRL as a company and maximise its resources
to support encourage rural community development
  • 2-pronged approach develop a capacity building programme:
  • To address lack of local community development capacity throughout the county.
  • To raise the capacity of very socially excluded people to help themselves
to support encourage rural community development1
  • Promote awareness of the need for better utilization of natural resources leading to new and sustainable employment opportunities both on and off farms.
  • Develop a coherent local rural development strategy
groups issues supported
Groups & Issues Supported
  • Youth & Early School Leaving & its Prevention
  • Older People & Rural Transport
  • Travellers
  • Long Term Unemployed
  • Rural & Community Development Groups
  • Disadvantaged Women & Lone Parents
  • Low Income Farmers
  • Refugees & Asylum Seekers
  • Tourism Development
programmes funds secured managed by longford community resources
Programmes/Funds Secured & Managed by Longford Community Resources
  • 1995 - 2000 LEADER II Programme
  • 1996 - 2000 Local Development Programme (to tackle long term unemployment & social exclusion)
  • 1997- 2000 Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (to improve quantity & quality of community & private childcare in our region)
programmes funds secured managed
Programmes/Funds Secured & Managed
  • 2000-2006 LEADER + Programme
  • 2001-2006 National Rural Development Programme (Tourism funding)
  • 2001 -2003 CAIT Initiative (provide information technology training to socially excluded groups)
  • 2002 -2006 Millennium Fund for Disadvantaged Students in 3rd level
programmes funds secured managed1
Programmes/Funds Secured & Managed
  • 2002- 2006- Rural Transport Initiative (provision of rural transport services in North Longford)
  • 2000-2008- Longford Traveller Project (build the capacity & skills of the Traveller community enabling the development of a group that is Traveller led to tackle issues eg accommodation, health, education, unemployment & discrimination)
programmes funds secured managed2
Programmes/Funds Secured & Managed
  • 2005-2007 Co. Longford Youth Service from Dormant Accounts & the Dept of Education (provision of youth service in region to support youth & communities)
  • 2005-2007 - Community Development Work- Dormant Accounts Fund (providing 2 workers as community development support to specific disadvantaged areas)
programmes funds continued
Programmes/Funds - continued
  • 2005-2007 Rural Social Scheme (provide p/t employment to low income farmers by providing them with pay for community work eg caretaking of halls, village enhancement, social care, developing walks & amenities
  • 2006 Co Longford Youth Service-Dept

of Health

  • 2006- 2008 Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme – 4 After School Services (for disadvantaged children identified by the schools as requiring extra support)
total funding to date
Total Funding to Date
  • Also involved in 2 EQUAL Programmes to support women into enterprise with Longford EQUAL Partnership and an Equality for Women Programme for a Skills Agency
  • Funding secured by Longford Community Resources since its establishment in late1995


lcrl staff team
LCRL Staff Team
  • 1 Manager
  • 2 Administrators
  • 2 Social Inclusion Co-ordinators
  • 2 LEADER Project Workers
  • 2 Traveller Development Workers
  • 2 Community Development Workers
  • 1 Rural Transport Co-ordinator
  • 1 Enterprise Worker
  • 1 Employment Mediator
  • 1 Farm Family Development Worker
lcrl staff team1
LCRL Staff Team
  • 1 Youth Service Co-ordinate & 3 Youth workers
  • 1 Rural Social Scheme & 2 Supervisors
  • 54 workers on Rural Social Scheme in region
  • 1 After School Co-ordinator & 13 p/t childcare workers
  • 1 Education Co-ordinator
  • 1 Secretary & 1 p/t Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • LCRL contract 1 Womens Development Worker & 1 p/t Refugee Support Worker to Womens Centre

Benefits of Management of Multiple Programmes

  • Reduced Administration costs - shared Manager, Administrators & Secretary
  • Shared Buildings and Office Equipment
  • Greater collaboration and integration between the staff and resources of the different programmes
  • Greater ability to respond more effectively to the issues and difficulties facing the region
benefits of management of multiple programmes
Benefits of Management of Multiple Programmes
  • Greater integration between the programmes administered as they are all contained within one company
  • Multiple responses to the problems of the region eg to tackle early school leaving of Traveller children in a no. of ways
  • More holistic support to the people and communities of the region.
benefits of management of multiple programmes1
Benefits of Management of Multiple Programmes
  • 1 Local Contact Point for Government Depts.
  • One company administering all so less confusing to our customers
  • Greater awareness by the agencies of the individuals circumstances
  • Familiarity with the other supports provided by Longford Community Resources for communities, families and individuals.
difficulties in multiple programme management
Difficulties in Multiple Programme Management
  • Less Time to spend on the programmes planning & delivery due to all under 1 roof
  • Needs Co-ordinators for all Programmes to support staff and integrate our work
  • Need wide expertise at Board level
  • More demanding on Board & Manager & Administrators
  • Need a Human Resources Manager at this point !!

Longford Community Resources Ltd.

Longford Community Enterprise Centre

Ballinalee Road


Tel: 043-45555 Fax: 043-44093

Email: enquiries@lcrl.ie

Web: www.lcrl.ie