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16 Aug 2018

CAIRDE Teo in partnership with Trademark Belfast is offering a free, half day introductory course for aspiring community leaders and volunteers entitled ‘Community Empowerment and Economic Development’.

The short introductory course will be delivered in Armagh City Hotel from 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturday 8th September 2018. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Early registration is advised.

Those participating on the course will be presented with the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, advice clinics and bespoke support meetings, culminating in the production of business plans and the procurement of additional supports towards the establishment of new enterprises.

The course will be of particular benefit to existing and emerging community leaders who will be supported in rolling out cooperative development programmes. Participants will also receive further mentoring and support to ensure that prospective enterprises are developed on a sustainable footing. Individuals or groups with enterprising ideas for new cooperatives that have a cultural or a community dimension are particularly welcome.

Both Trademark and CAIRDE Teo possess unique experience and expertise in bringing together local community interests to work together for mutual benefit. Aonach Mhacha is a community cooperative that is currently erecting a new £2 million cultural enterprise hub in Armagh City that will open to the public in 2019 providing employment, office and social space for community enterprises.

A further ‘Strategic Planning Workshop’ will be offered for cultural enterprises planning to locate in the new Aonach Mhacha Cultúrlann in 2019.

This workshop will be delivered in the offices of Cleamairí Ard Mhacha (Armagh Rhymers), Abbey Street, Armagh from 10:00 to 13:00 on Friday 7th September 2018. Please advise asap if you wish to attend this workshop, as places are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This project is being delivered with financial support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All Programme.

For more information or to reserve a place on the course or workshop, please contact Gearóid by telephone on 028 37515229 or by email .