Upcoming Workshops and Training

Upcoming Workshops and Training

CLDC is delighted to offer a suite of online workshops and training courses, designed to support businesses in dealing with the impact of the pandemic.

The training is funded under the LEADER programme. #LEADERforEnterprise and will be rolled out by Evelyn Cormican, Blueprint Coaching & Training.

The training includes:

  • – Rebuilding your Business after Covid-19
  • – Marketing Tools for Tourism Businesses
  • – Financial Skills for Micro and Small Business owners
  • – Create your own e-commerce store using Shopify

Click here for full details with the schedule of delivery dates and times where you can register to attend.

Build Your Own Website and Sell Your Products Online Using Shopify

Build Your Own Website and Sell Your Products Online Using Shopify

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows you to set up an online store and sell your products to an International audience.  It is widely loved by small businesses because it is easy to use and manage.

Together in this (approximately) 25-hour course on Building Your Website, you’ll learn how to set up your very own website using Shopify with a minimum 5 products for sale.

By the time your 14 day trial is complete, you’ll be selling your products to the world! The training will be delivered through a combination of pre-loaded instructional videos showing the steps involved in setting up the online shop, and live webinars with Q&A and discussion on progress throughout the 10 day course.

Course schedule

Sept 21st at 2pm 

This pre-course webinar will provide you with an overview of the training, whether the programme is right of you, marketing considerations for your business, and demonstration of tools. This session is an opportunity to explain the programme and ensure that participants are clear on objectives and level of commitment.

An invitation to register for the 10 day course will be issued.

It is essential that you attend the Pre-Course Webinar to establish if this course is right for you and your business.

Oct 5th – 2pm – 3.30pm

Day 1 – Module 1 – Live Session, course introduction, and qualities of an effective website, with collaborative discussion: The group will review the skills, abilities and what is required to build their own website, key considerations when creating a website. Questions and concerns about technology, costs, product considerations, and platforms will be addressed.

Day 2 – Module 2 – Instructional Video – What is Shopify? Shopify vs other platforms? Setting up your 14 day free trial on Shopify

Oct 8th – 2pm – 3.30pm

Day 4 – Module 3 – Live Session, Review progress, Address any questions, collaborative discussion on content. Creating content, images and text for your website

Day 5 & 6 – Module 4 – Instructional Video – Choosing a free theme. Creating ‘About’ & ‘Contact’ pages. Creating Collections and adding your first products.

Oct 12th – 2pm – 3.30pm

Day 7 – Module 5 – Live Session, Review progress, address any questions, collaborative discussion on content. Creating content, images and text for your website

Day 8 – Module 6 – Instructional Video – Set up shipping methods, set up payment methods, stripe/paypal account, styling your theme, integrating with Facebook, Go live!

Oct 16th – 2pm – 3.30pm 

Day 10- Module 7 – Live Session, Review progress to date, review websites and provide practical suggestions on next steps.

Click here to register for the course

This is a Clare Local Development Company programme.  It is funded by the LEADER Programme


Collective Action in an Era of Social Distancing- CWI Report

Collective Action in an Era of Social Distancing- CWI Report

The COVID-19 crisis and the challenges it has posed has been unprecedented. The restrictions imposed on communities and society as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for communities already marginalised by poverty, inequality and social exclusion.

The response to COVID has starkly highlighted the importance of the community development, local development and voluntary sectors. The Community Call has resulted in a much-needed and widely lauded response from people working on a voluntary basis to provide supports to people and communities made vulnerable by the pandemic. Starting where people are at, a universally acknowledged principle of community work, community workers have been to the forefront of dealing with complex needs within the most marginalised communities. While these are receiving less attention, they are essential and underpinning of the most impactful local responses.In order to gather some of these responses, Community Work Ireland invited community workers and community development and local development organisations to contribute to a process of collating and highlighting some of the work that is being undertaken all around the country. It is important to note that this collation is not definitive but rather reflective of responses.

View a copy of the report here

10 Week Network Development Training Programme


Monday 17th August – Monday 19th October, 2020

This is a 10 week online programme delivered by Tina O’Dwyer, The Tourism Space to support the development of 3 Tourism and Business networks and to support the members with business recovery.

Members of the following CLDC supported networks are invited and warmly encouraged to take part:

  • Tourism East Clare
  • Creative Clare
  • Clare Food & Drink Network (New)

Network members can participate online in weekly business recovery training as well as a weekly Network building workshop.  The sessions are delivered by expert trainers and facilitators who are experienced in working with networks and delivering supports online.

Purpose of the CLDC Networks Development Training Programme

  • Connect businesses who are members of the same network together online
  • Enable peer collaboration
  • Allow businesses to share experience, insights and learnings during a challenging period
  • Provide training and mentoring that helps strengthen both the Network and its members
  • Ensure members feel supported and connected throughout this period of uncertainty.
  • Enable access for members to expert advice and resources as they need them.
  • Reduce feelings of isolation in difficult times.

You can find out more about the programme and register at https://www.thetourismspace.com/cldcnetworks for free and join in!

Implications of COVID-19 for Traveller & Roma transfer to and progression within Higher Education

Implications of COVID-19 for Traveller & Roma transfer to and progression within Higher Education

The Forum was organised by Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and the National Traveller Women’s
Forum, in response to urgent COVID-19 concerns being expressed by Traveller and Roma students and parents and adult learners hoping to continue or commence third level education in Sept 2020. It consisted of opening and closing plenaries and six facilitated breakout sessions which provided opportunities for all to express their views. Read the full report here

Roma & access to social protection supports

Roma & access to social protection supports

The  EU Teixeira ruling means that the right of access to education also applies to the children of former migrant workers even if the parents cease to be workers at the start of the education of the child and that this right necessarily entails the Right of Residence within a member state for the children and the parents.  In addition, the Right of Residence is not subject to the condition of self sufficiency i.e. that the family have sufficient resources so as not to be a burden on the social welfare system in a country. 

This ruling is an important way of supporting Roma parents who have children attending school to access Social Protection payments