Finglas Area Office Report

Barry Shops
A registered letter was sent to the owners requesting them to make a presentation to the NWAC. We proposed dates Feb-April. The letter was “not called for” and has been returned unopened to the Area Office.

Update on Prospect Hill
In-house cross departmental meetings are planned to discuss progress on the vacant block.

Update on Kildonan Lands Project
Ed Flanagan’s interim report on the public consultation process is being examined. No decision has been taken yet on whether any additional surveys are required to capture the views of a greater representative number of residents in the streets adjoining the lands.

Due to the lengthy period required by the consultation process the timetable for completion of the Brady Shipman Martin (BSM) masterplan report has been extended.

Arising from a recent incident WFTRA decided to withdraw from all engagement with Dublin City Council, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and the various statutory agencies and service providers in the Abigail Centre. Pending resolution of this hiatus no date has been fixed yet for the next meeting of the Development Group. However, WFTRA representatives met the Deputy Chief Executive and the Assistant Area Manager on the evening of the 18th November. The meeting was chaired by Rita Burtenshaw, Independent Facilitator. There was an open Agenda and a full discussion on many of the issues and options. It was agreed that DCC responsibility for the site and liaison with WFTRA will now change to the local Area Office. Formal authority for the transfer of community responsibility for the Abigail Centre to the Area Office will be among the matters to be discussed at a meeting on the 22nd December which will be attended by Rita Burtenshaw, the Deputy Chief Executive and myself.
Apprenticeship Fair 30th November
The Area Office provided support for the recent Fair, which was held in the FYRC. The event was organised by the Dublin North West Area Partnership. It was a tremendous success, with over 600 attendees. Relevant feedback from both Clients and Exhibitors included how invaluable it was, and the welcome opportunity it presented to network. This was an excellent start to what will hopefully be an Annual event.

COMMUNITY & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Dublin City Council Community& Social Development Grants Scheme.
The Grants Scheme has now closed for 2017. The Finglas Area received 81 applications from a wide range of community groups. The processing of these grants is now been completed. The Community & Social Development staff will present a draft list of recommendations to the area Councillors for their consideration in early 2017 (details to be confirmed, but possibly in the Palace Street Office on Dame Street before the City Council meeting on the 9th January).

Positive Wellness lighting up your community event
The Finglas Positive Wellness group had a tree lighting ceremony on the 5th December at the tree circle beside the remembrance area at the Finglas leisure centre.
Members of the public were invited to place their loved ones name on a remembrance ribbon provided: the ribbons were then placed on the Christmas tree. The night also included a blessing ceremony.

The Finglas Wellness Group is a group of diverse organisations and members of the Finglas Community, who work together to deliver services to help encourage positive mental health and also to educate the wider community with suicide awareness and training in suicide prevention.

The Finglas Positive Wellness Group is made up of representative from the following: Finglas Suicide Network, Mental Health Ireland, St. Helena’s Resource Centre, Finglas Safety Forum, Home School Community Liaison Teachers, Finglas Youth Resource Centre, The Den, Pavee Point, Local Drug’s Task Force, Dublin City Council and Community Gardaí.

Finglas Fright Night:
The Finglas Halloween Festival “Finglas Fright Night,” took place in the Finglas Civic Centre on Monday 31st October. Our events management company reported that approximately 9,500 people attended the event site. Many more watched the fireworks display from the surrounding areas.
Dublin City Council will evaluate the Halloween Festival to ensure that it continues to grow and meet the need of the Community.

Comhairle na nÓg
The Annual General meeting of Comhairle na nÓg took place on Friday 18th November in Croke Park. There were four new members elected onto the Dublin City Committee from the North West Area. The topic that was voted to be worked on for 2017 is homelessness.

Age Friendly City
Dublin City North West Area Older Person’s Council met on Wednesday 23rd November in Finglas Civic Centre.

The Older Person’s Council discussed recent conferences they attended in Malahide and Cavan.
The group also discussed plans for 2017.

Better Finglas Programme:
The Better Finglas Programme is fully operational. Better Finglas continues to support parents, pre-schools and primary schools through its programme. The programme has 95 volunteers working in primary schools in the Finglas supporting a literacy programme.
The Better Finglas Steering Committee recently met with Pobal and the Centre for Effective Services, both organisations have said that they see Better Finglas as a model of interagency work.

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