City Council confirm continuation of €1.7million Ballymun Social Regeneration Fund

Ballymun Councillior Paul McAuliffe has welcomed Dublin City Council’s confirmation today that a number of important social programmes in the area will continue to receive €1.7m of funding until 2018. The news was confirmed by the Deputy City Manager at a meeting of the council’s Corporate Policy Group. It was also confirmed that the Social Regeneration fund will continue to be funded by the Department of Housing, Planning Community and Local Government

Speaking after the meeting Cllr McAuliffe said “I welcome the decision to continue funding social projects in the area. The rehousing project has been completed but we still have many social and economic issues which need to be addressed. A key objective of our confidence and supply agreement with Fine Gael was to increase funding to disadvantaged areas through the Local Authorities.“ Extending the social regeneration fund will achieve that objective in the Ballymun area.

“I particularly welcome Minister Simon Coveney’s engagement in the Ballymun area and I hope that his department will continue to work with us to fulfil the promise made to the people of Ballymun to create a vibrant and prosperous village,” concluded Cllr McAuliffe.

The Deputy City Manager also confirmed that the Department of Housing had agreed to repay several million euro of outstanding money owed to the Council as part of the Ballymun rehousing programme.

Issued by
Paul McAuliffe 087 672 70 60

Note for Editors.

Details of the Social Programmes currently in receipt of funding

Aisling provides programmes to meet the needs of the most marginalised children in Ballymun. The social regeneration budget funds two specific programmes, a teen transition programme, which is aimed at ensuring that the most vulnerable children successfully make the transition from Primary to Secondary education, and an after schools programme for 100 vulnerable children, along with a four week summer project for these children and 50 of their siblings.

Axis is an arts centre and a resource for the community and its city. It identifies artistic excellence in, and provides opportunity for, artistic experience of an international standard in Ballymun, and responds to and facilitates the pivotal role of culture and the arts in the community. Its work with many community, national & international partners has facilitated the development of the quality of arts engagement and practice locally while placing Ballymun as a cultural and artistic destination city wide and nationally. Axis holds the community at the heart of all that it does and is a change agent for communities, where art makes a difference to people’s lives. In 2015 over 22,000 people attended theatre events alone. Axis hosted over 6 exhibitions, is deeply committed to the Irish language, provides access to participation, education and development in all areas of the arts and is a key cultural partner to the LiFT Youth Arts Festival and the Otherworld Festival. In 2015 Axis offered mentorships to over 20 emerging artists and has given residencies to at least 12 artists/organisations, programmed events citywide on behalf of Dublin City Council’s arts office for the Bealtaine festival and piloted several other projects. It is a major local employer with 35 – 40 staff. The building hosts a range of community development organisations, GAP, DePaul Ireland, Ballymun Welfare Rights, Local Drugs Task Force, Ballymun Communications, Young Ballymun, Rehab Integration Services all hold office space in Axis, all offering a range of services to the wider community. The café is open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm and by special arrangement for Dinner Theatre and other events. Axis also runs the café in the Ballymun civic centre and has a crèche with 43 places between full and part time care. The conference centre facilitates a broad range of meeting and training requirements in addition to special events such as community gatherings, artist gatherings, storytelling sessions, film screenings, seminars and workshops. The arts spaces (Dance Studio, Art Room, Underground Studios) facilitate a wide range of individual and group classes run by Axis and other teachers as well as rehearsals and artist studio development time. Public funding accounts for approximately 50% of turnover.

Ballymun Alcohol Community Outreach provides quality systemic treatment for problem drinkers and their families within a community setting in Ballymun. Their services include Community Awareness, Education and Harm Reduction Programmes, Counselling /Treatment and Rehabilitation/Prevention, Concerned Person’s and Family Programmes.

Ballymun Community Law Centre supports the people of Ballymun to realise the human right of access to justice, through responding to the unmet legal needs of Ballymun residents through the provision of information, advice, advocacy, representation and mediation, providing opportunities to participate in legal education and training, working closely with partners to maximise impact and Influencing policy and bringing about reform. Three programmes are funded, legal services, legal education and mediation.

Ballymun Regional Youth Resource – Easy Street – target group are young people aged 10 – 25 deemed at risk. The programme offers a variety of interventions using a variety of approaches which range from street based informal work, street education, street based community projects, and centre based group work, one to one mentor work/support, crisis drop in slots, and sports as a tool. The model is flexible and under constant review to ensure its ongoing effectiveness with the specific target group.

BRYTE : the BRYTE programme, which is provided in Trinity Comprehensive, the only second level school in Ballymun, offers a range of therapeutic interventions to the whole school. We provide staff support, staff training, organisational consultancy, student counselling, group work and clinical psychological interventions to students. The programme is fully funded through the Social Regeneration Fund.

DCU in the Community: provides flexible educational opportunities to local residents in order to increase participation and promote equality in third level education. The university outreach centre promotes sustainable community development and serves as a bridge to the resources of Dublin City University. DCU in the Community acts as a volunteering hub for DCU staff and students wishing to get involved with work in the local community of Ballymun, but also in wider North Dublin, nationally and internationally. DCU in the Community, through NORDUBCO also offers services in Silloge Neighbourhood Centre, including the Neighbourhood engagement programme (based in Silloge Neighbourhood Centre) which consists of Community Outreach. This programme engages with residents in positive actions in their area, informing them of all the facilities available. Community Programmes actively involve residents in events within the centre, linking them into DCC community events, deliver courses within the Sillogue Neighbourhood Centre and liaising with other agencies to deliver programmes within the centre. They also organise a number of key community events throughout the year.

DePaul Ireland: Ballymun Case Management Team. This team, which is now located in the Social Innovation Hub, provides a case management service to the homeless families in the Travelodge Hotel, apartments and more recently to the families in the Rapid Build Housing in Poppintree. They provide a range of services including visiting support, information and referral to other services, such as keyworking, advocacy, crisis intervention, move on support to other housing, referrals to GP, Librium detox and residential detox and problem drinker outreach programme referral service. They participate in the Community Alcohol Strategy implementation.

Global Action Plan: GAP provides three programmes within Ballymun. The Education Programme aims to empower young people to become active citizens in their locality, whilst caring for the social and environmental landscape of their community. It is comprised of various programmes and workshops. The Community Garden Programme provides support to the Muck and Magic and Virgin Mary Community Gardens, Green Fingers Youth Garden Club and Greening Your Neighbourhood Workshops. The Community Environmental Programme consists of the Green Living and Community Action Programme, support for Tidy Towns, and participation in public events.

Rediscovery Centre Ballymun: The Rediscovery Centre is a social enterprise dedicated to providing community employment and training via innovative reuse enterprises which use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design. Programmes include Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Cycling and Rediscover Paint. The company was set up to support the sustainability objectives (social, economic and environmental) of the Ballymun Masterplan and in direct response to identified local needs. Built upon the three principles of sustainability, the main objects of the company are (i) the protection of the natural environment, particularly through the promotion of re-use of materials, recycling, resource recovery and efficient means of waste disposal; (ii) the advancement of public education about environmental matters related to reuse of materials, recycling, resource recovery and efficient means of waste disposal; (iii) the promotion of research to further the science of waste management; (iv) the advancement of community development including urban regeneration; and (v) the promotion of civic responsibility in the community. In 2014 the Rediscovery Centre signed a partnership agreement with the DOECLG and Dublin City Council with respect to a European LIFE+ project which seeks to create a centre for excellence in education for sustainability, establishing Ballymun as a national eco-destination and an exemplar in Europe. The project is a key object of the current (2016) Service Level Agreement with Dublin City Council which seeks to encourage capacity building, inspire sustainable living and generate jobs thereby aiding the development of a more equitable and sustainable community.

St Margaret’s Traveller’s Association: Three services are funded. A Community Development Worker, who builds the capacity of the on-site residents group, assists residents to resolve day to day issues, advocating on their behalf, assists in the development and maintenance of a Traveller Men’s Group, and promotes the inclusion of Travellers in the Ballymun community. There are also Homework Clubs and Women’s Development, which provides opportunities for Traveller Women to participate in a range of training modules, special events and cultural activities.

Sports Across Ireland: Funding for sports camps.

DIT Music Programme: Delivers a music programme in association with all the primary schools in Ballymun and three second level schools, Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun, Scoil Mobhi and St. Aidans. This programme runs from Junior Infants to Leaving Certificate and its various strands are; choir, violin, pre instrumental music, recorder, wind and brass tuition. The programme is free of charge to all its participants, and has 500 participants annually. Instrumental lessons are delivered on a weekly basis with daily pre-school ensemble rehearsals.

Dublin County Board: Contribution towards employment costs of GAA Sports Development Officer.

Innovate Dublin: Incubate for Growth Programme, will provide 10 entrepreneurs/social entrepreneurs with a dedicated desk space and a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities, all designed to accelerate their business offering, for the period June – December 2016. It builds on the supports provided by the DSP, the LEO and the DNWAP and creates a pipeline of support from unemployment to self employment and from the Hub to Enterprise Centres and beyond.

Internal Budget: This budget is used to pay contributions towards new initiatives and needs such as funding for the assessment of the STRIVE programme, an interagency programme aimed at prolific offenders.

Safer Ballymun: This budget is used to fund actions arising from issues raised at Safer Ballymun fora, it also contributes to the cost of the Otherworld Festival at Halloween, which has proven very effective in reducing anti-social behaviour at this time.

Sports Internal Programme: This budget funds major community sports events in Ballymun such as the Mun Fun Run, sports days and events.

Share Button