Contracts worth €3.2m for community services announced


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The Minister of State at Department of Social Protection with Special Responsibility for Activation, Kevin Humphreys T.D., today, (Thursday, 24 September 2015) announced that contracts worth over €3.2 million per year to support the operation of community centres and facilities have been offered to 91 not-for-profit companies nationally.

The contracts will enable the provision of a broad range of services to improve the well-being of children, older people and families in disadvantaged areas or where essential services are lacking.  The contracts represent the renewal of 91 existing contracts, for periods of up to three years, from January 2016.

Announcing the award of contracts, the Minister of State said: "Nationally, we have an extensive infrastructure of community centres and facilities.  These have been built with significant financial contributions from their communities, local authorities and State supports over the years.

"In the week of the National Ploughing Championships, it should be noted that these contracts support community services across rural Ireland and play a critical role in fostering social enterprise countrywide."

The Community Services Programme, together with other programmes delivered by the Department of Social Protection, has played a strategic role in ensuring that these community owned facilities have the staffing resources to operate and deliver quality services.  This year, the Department and Pobal examined 91 proposals for renewal of funding for the period 2016 to 2018. The community centres and services they provide derive from locally identified needs and are delivered under local ownership and voluntary endeavour.

Minister Humphreys added: "The contracts I am announcing today will directly support 170 full-time positions over the coming years.  Indirectly, over 50 more people will be provided with full-time employment from resources generated from the services delivered.

"These companies will work with the Department in providing some 200 opportunities for jobseekers under other programmes.  Through the delivery of quality services to our communities, rural and urban, across the country, these contracts ensure community assets are fully utilised to the benefit of all, but in particular those most in need of support.

"I have personally seen the countless benefits that these contracts provide to people across Ireland. Supporting communities is central to my work as a Minister and I am delighted that so many local groups will continue to prosper from these contracts."

The Community Services Programme supports the provision of employment opportunities for people from disadvantaged groups by working with community organisations that operate on a community business or social enterprise basis.  Employment is targeted at people with disabilities, long-term unemployed people, travellers, lone parents and rehabilitated drug users.  The programme directly supports approximately 2,700 people in employment and a further 500 employees indirectly.

Dorothy Campbell, Manager of the Cúram Family Centre, Claremorris, Co Mayo explained what the funding means to their community: "This Centre simply could not operate without the financial support we receive from the Community Services Programme. We offer a range of family and community supports from nine in the morning until 10.30 in the evening.  The CSP has enabled us to keep the centre open and operating to support our other work with families and neighbours in need of support."

Lorna, a staff member at Avoca Community Centre, Avoca, Co Wicklow outlines the benefits of this support: "Avoca Community Centre works at the heart of our community.  CSP support allows us to keep the centre open through the week.  On an average week, we can have 150 people in the centre ranging from pre-school children in the morning and a very active retirement club in the afternoon and bingo in the evening.  We have to fundraise as well but the CSP allows us to operate professionally and to support quality services to everyone in the area."

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Details of contract awarded in 2015 are set out in the attached table.  A full listing of all contracts in operation is available from the Department (cspinfo@welfare.ie).

 

Note for Editors

The Community Service Programme (CSP)
The Community Services Programme (CSP) is designed to address locally identified gaps in the provision of services to communities and to get best use from the potential of community assets and resources already in place in support of the delivery of services to improve community well-being. The Programme can play an important role in addressing disadvantage and long term unemployment.

The Programme focuses on communities where public and private sector services are lacking, either through geographical or social isolation or because demand levels are not sufficient.  It also enables the benefit of other public investment to be realised as in the case of investment in community centres and resources.

A core requirement of the Programme is that service providers generate non-public revenue from their operations by charging fees for services delivered or by fundraising.  Companies in contract with CSP must be not-for-profit, social enterprise or community business in nature.

At least 70% of employment in CSP-supported worker posts must be recruited from:

  • Unemployed people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit, Assistance or One Parent Family Payment
  • People in receipt of Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Blind Pension
  • Travellers in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit, Assistance or One Parent Family Payment
  • Stabilised and recovering drug users
  • People employed from CE and JI schemes
  • Ex-prisoners

The 91 contracts examined as part of the 2015 re-contracting process indicated the following key metrics

  • Combined turnover, including CSP contribution was of the order of €20 million for 2013.
  • The CSP contributed roughly €3.2 million of this.
  • Some €7.7 million is accounted for earned/traded income indicated that for every €1 contribution from the Programme another €2.40 was generated in earned income.
  • Contractors received some €9.1 million in additional public funding from State agencies such as Tusla and the HSE for the delivery of other services.
  • 22 service providers employed 53 additional people from earned income
  • These 91 contractors also provided 202 part-time opportunities under CE, Tús and the RSS, provided 9 internships under JobsBridge and used JobsPlus to create 1 full-time position, in addition to employing 9 people using the Job Initiative.
  • Reported footfall was 2.35 million people over the calendar year 2013 with facilities being provided to circa 3,000 other community groups and bodies for social and leisure activities.
  • The average number of hours facilities were open per week was 69 hours across seven days but concentrated on Monday to Saturday.
  • The 91 contractors reported support from 2,161 volunteers generated some 3,385 voluntary hours annually.

All contracts have been examined with respect to quality of governance, financial management capacity and sustainability and quality of service delivery and staff management.

Funding
The Department of Social Protection provides approx. €45 million annually to support these services.  In addition, the service providers generate between €80 million and €90 million of additional resources from sale of goods and services, service charges, fundraising and other public and philanthropic sources.

List of approved grantees follows:

Grantee Name   County Annual Value of Contract 2016-2018

Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Limited

Bagenalstown

Carlow

€19,033.00

Gowna District Council Limited

Gowna

Cavan

€19,033.00

Lisdoonvarna Fáilte Limited

Lisdoonvarna

Clare

€38,066.00

Little Island Community Association Limited (LICA)

Little Island

Cork

€38,066.00

Carrigtwohill Community Council Limited

Carrigtwohill

Cork

€38,066.00

St. Josephs Community Association Limited

Mayfield

Cork

€19,033.00

Goleen & District Community Council Limited

Goleen

Cork

€38,066.00

Knocknamanagh Limited

Knocknamanagh

Cork

€38,066.00

Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Limited

Cloyne

Cork

€38,066.00

Allihies Parish Co-operative Society Limited

Allihies

Cork

€38,066.00

National Council for the Blind of Ireland

 

Cork

€38,066.00

Bere Island Old School Heritage Complex Ltd

Bere Island

Cork

€38,066.00

Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project Limited

Mayfield

Cork

€38,066.00

The Forge Family Resource Centre Pettigo Limited

Pettigo

Donegal

€19,033.00

Inver Community Development Co-op Society Limited

Inver

Donegal

€38,066.00

Carrowmenagh Community Centre Ltd

Carrowmenagh

Donegal

€28,549.50

Tógra Fiontar & Cultúr Uladh Teoranta

Leitir Ceanainn

Donegal

€38,066.00

Colgan Community & Resource Centre Limited

Colgan

Donegal

€38,066.00

Greencastle Community Development Company Ltd

Greencastle

Donegal

€38,066.00

Glengad Community Association Limited

Glengad

Donegal

€38,066.00

Dominic’s Community Centre Limited

Tallaght

Dublin

€38,066.00

Quarryvale Community and Leisure Centre Limited

Quarryvale

Dublin

€38,066.00

Rialto Development Association Limited

Rialto

Dublin

€51,033.00

Whitechurch Community & Youth Centre Limited

Whitechurch

Dublin

€38,066.00

The Mid Sutton Community Building Group Limited

Sutton

Dublin

€38,066.00

Ballyroan Community and Youth Centre Limited

Ballyroan

Dublin

€57,099.00

The Ballyfermot Community Association

Ballyfermot

Dublin

€19,033.00

Mountview Fortlawn Community Campus Limited

Mountview Fortlawn

Dublin

€38,066.00

Hill Street Family Resource Centre Limited

Hill Street

Dublin

€19,033.00

Outhouse Limited

Capel Street

Dublin

€38,066.00

St Benedicts Resource Centre Limited

Kilbarrack

Dublin

€19,033.00

Bawnogue Youth and Community Centre Limited

Bawnogue

Dublin

€38,066.00

Knockmitten Youth & Community Association Limited

Knockmitten

Dublin

€38,066.00

Ballyfermot Centre For Children Young People And Families Limited

Ballyfermot

Dublin

€38,066.00

Rathcoole Community Council Ltd

Rathcoole

Dublin

€19,033.00

Inishturk Community Club Limited

Inishturk

Galway

€38,066.00

Area Renewal Company Clifden Limited

Clifden

Galway

€38,066.00

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre Limited.

Ballyspillane

Kerry

€38,066.00

North and East Kerry Leader Partnership Teoranta

Tralee

Kerry

€38,066.00

Valentia Community Health & Welfare Association Limited

Valentia

Kerry

€38,066.00

North and East Kerry Leader Partnership Teoranta

Tralee

Kerry

€38,066.00

Leixlip Youth Premises Group Limited

Leixlip

Kildare

€38,066.00

Nás na Ríogh Housing Association Ltd

Naas

Kildare

€38,066.00

St. Canices Community Action Ltd

Kilkenny City

Kilkenny

€38,066.00

Danesfort Community Care Centre Ltd

Danesfort

Kilkenny

€19,033.00

Mountmellick Community Sports Complex Ltd

Mountmellick

Laois

€38,066.00

Portarlington Community Centre Limited

Portarlington

Laois

€38,066.00

Mohill Family Support Centre Limited

Mohill

Leitrim

€47,582.50

Fenagh Development Company Ltd

Fenagh

Leitrim

€38,066.00

Drumkeerin Handball Sports & Leisure Limited

Drumkeerin

Leitrim

€38,066.00

Patrickswell Community Council Limited

Patrickswell

Limerick

€38,066.00

Caherconlish/Caherline Community Council Limited

Caherconlish/Caherline

Limerick

€38,066.00

Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society Limited

Patrickswell

Limerick

€38,066.00

Learning Hub Limerick Ltd

Kileely

Limerick

€38,066.00

Newcastle West & District Community Centre Limited

Newcastle West

Limerick

€38,066.00

Southill Area Centre Limited

Southill

Limerick

€57,099.00

Knockaderry Cloncagh Resource Centre Limerick Limited

Knockaderry

Limerick

€38,066.00

Edgeworthstown & District Development Association Ltd

Edgeworthstown

Longford

€38,066.00

Templemichael Parish Resources Limited

Templemichael

Longford

€38,066.00

Granard Area Action Group Ltd

Granard

Longford

€38,066.00

Muirhevnamor Community Council Limited

Dundalk

Louth

€38,066.00

Cooley Complex Limited

Cooley

Louth

€38,066.00

Ballyheane Community Sports Club Limited

Ballyheane

Mayo

€38,066.00

Claremorris Social & Family Centre Limited

Claremorris

Mayo

€38,066.00

Ballycastle Community Hall Company Ltd

Ballycastle

Mayo

€38,066.00

Seán Duffy Community Centre Limited

Ballina

Mayo

€28,549.50

Lacken Sports & Recreation Association Limited

Lacken

Mayo

€38,066.00

Cormeen Community Development Ltd

Cormeen

Meath

€38,066.00

St James Hall Community Group Limited

Athboy

Meath

€38,066.00

Latton Social Services & Development Limited

Latton

Monaghan

€19,033.00

Phoenix Centre Carrickmacross Limited

Carrickmacross

Monaghan

€19,033.00

BLC Developments Ltd

Ballycumber

Offaly

€38,066.00

Crinkle Sports and Recreation Centre Limited

Crinkle

Offaly

€38,066.00

Edenderry Swimming Pool Limited

Edenderry

Offaly

€38,066.00

Elphin Community Centre Limited

Elphin

Roscommon

€38,066.00

Roscommon Retail Therapy Society

Roscommon

Roscommon

€57,099.00

St Brigids Hall Tubbercurry Limited

Tubbercurry

Sligo

€19,033.00

Skreen Dromard Development Limited

Skreen Dromard

Sligo

€38,066.00

NIPARC Limited

Nenagh

Tipperary

€19,033.00

Development Association (Newport ) Limited

Newport

Tipperary

€28,549.50

Elm Tree Communities Limited

Clonmel

Tipperary

€38,066.00

Sliabh Ardagh Rural Development Limited

Sliabh Ardagh

Tipperary

€38,066.00

Children’s Group Link Ltd

Military Road

Waterford

€38,066.00

Waterford Local Economic Development Co.

Waterford City

Waterford

€38,066.00

Manor St. John Special Youth Project Ltd.

Barrack Street

Waterford

€38,066.00

Ballyduff Muintir Na Tire Community Services Limited

Ballyduff

Waterford

€38,066.00

St. Kierans Community Centre and Combined Residents Association

Athlone

Westmeath

€19,033.00

St Josephs Community Centre Ltd

Bishopswater

Wexford

€38,066.00

Kilmuckridge Community & Family Resource Enterprise Ltd

Kilmuckridged

Wexford

€28,549.50

Avoca Community Hall Company Ltd

Avoca

Wicklow

€38,066.00

Glenealy Village Hall Limited

Glenealy Village

Wicklow

€38,066.00

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