Are you interested in sustainability and community energy?

Are you interested in sustainability and community energy?

The way we use energy has some of the biggest impacts on our homes, our communities and our environments. We know we need to move to a greener, more sustainable future and the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme can help with that. Visit

Community energy projects mean warmer, healthier homes and community buildings. They reduce energy bills, increase the quality of life, and help to protect the environment.

Join us for a one-hour Zoom webinar and learn more about what a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is, and how the SEC journey can work for your community.

When? Wednesday, October 27th at 7.30pm

Book your place: To book your place or for further information, please email Lorraine Power at  or phone 087 798 0347

What’s involved? This one-hour Zoom session is open to everyone with an interest in sustainability and community energy. It will introduce the SEC journey and how it can benefit your community.

Topics covered will include:

  • Joining the Network (or reactivating your SEC group)
  • What’s involved
  • Supports Available
  • Sample Projects
  • Q&As

Seeking Homework Support Tutor

Seeking Homework Support Tutor

Clare Local Development Company wishes to recruit a  Homework Support Tutor (Term Time only)

8 hours per week in Kilrush Mon-Wed afternoons

The role of the Homework Support Tutor is to help and encourage children/young people with homework and other educational and social activities.

The support tutor will work as part of a team reporting to the Homework Club Coordinator.

For full job description and person specification, please email

Completed applications to include CV and cover letter to be forwarded to Iyabo Matthew, HR Dept., CLDC, Unit 1 Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Rd, Ennis, Co. Clare or

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 15th September 2021

Clare Local Development Company is an equal opportunities employer.

Training Support to Employment Fund

Training Support to Employment Fund

CLDC under it’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) have a Training Support to Employment (TSE) fund that may help people who are unemployed to complete a training course that will lead to employment.

Applicants must;

  • be a minimum of 9 months unemployed
  • have Leaving Certificate, QQI Level 5 or less
  • be experiencing disadvantage

Training Support to Employment (TSE) Fund Criteria

  • All applications are subject to eligibility and funding constraints.
  • Training courses must lead directly to employment/self-employment.
  • The focus is on short-term courses, maximum length is 12 months.
  • Only courses up to and including QQI level 5 will be considered under this fund.
  • Industry related training can be considered.
  • Applications can only be made towards the cost of course and exam fees, no other costs are eligible.
  • Only one successful application is allowed per year.
  • If in receipt of a Social Welfare payment, evidence is required if unsuccessful in accessing funding from DEASP
  • The maximum amount of funding anyone can apply for is €500.
  • If the course cost exceeds €500, they will have to show that they are able to pay the additional costs.
  • If the course cost is under €500, if successful with the application, SICAP will aim to cover up to 90% of course costs with the remaining 10% covered by the person, subject to availability of funding.

For Further Information Contact: Helen Derham 087 9328168,

Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is delighted to announce that a collaborative application to the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Pilot Project Community Development Fund has been successful. This application was made on behalf of four organisations in Clare which include CLDC, Clare Women’s Network, Clare Public Participation Network and the HSE’s Mid-West Traveller Health Unit and endorsed by many other community and voluntary organisations around the county.

More than 120 projects around the country applied for this funding and the Clare collaborative group are delighted to have been one of only 7 successful applications to the one million euro fund.  Doirin Graham, CEO of Clare Local Development Company welcomed the news saying that this much needed funding would secure a Traveller specific initiative. ‘We want to ensure that Travellers are involved at every level of this project and are front and centre in the decision making roles. With our organisations’ support we can lend the institutional and governance guidance to help to get the project up and running and to support it until it is on a solid footing’.

The application itself highlighted the urgent need for a Traveller specific organisation in Clare and where effective methods of participation by the Traveller community in the decisions that affect their lives have not been established. One of the issues for the Traveller community in Clare is accessing funding available for training, mentorships, social enterprises, educational and political advocacy. Without a dedicated organisation there is no entity working with the community to support them to identify these needs and to apply for funding to respond to them.

It is this gap in targeted support that prompted the four collaborating organisations to apply for this fund. It is their explicit aim that over the proposed three years of the scheme the Traveller Community Development Organisation will become fully independent and Traveller –led and develop a strong grassroots voice to address social exclusion, poverty, and to advocate for Traveller’s Human Rights.

On hearing the news, Sarah Clancy of Clare PPN, noted that in recent years “Ireland has seen members of the Traveller community making huge strides in fields of education, literature, sports, music, politics, law and the art and she hopes that this fund will be a stepping stone towards equality for the Traveller community and that it will be able to build on previous work done by Ennis Community Development Project, the Traveller community themselves and other such organisations in Clare”.

It is hoped that the final details of the project will be finalised over the coming weeks and CLDC and their collaborating partners welcome people who would like more information to contact Darina Greene on 0879086561 or


Clare Local Development Company through its SICAP program aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Clare through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s policy formation structures.

Clare Women’s Network supports and encourages the coming together of women’s groups and individual women in Clare. Its work is guided by women’s equality, inclusion, community development and feminist principles.

The Traveller Health Unit (THU) is underpinned by the social determinants of health that are at the root of Traveller health inequalities. This approach enables a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.