Connecting Clare Communities - An ongoing collaborative initiative

Our next community event is coming up January 26th!

Our theme for this event is “Moving from aspiration to activation – goal setting for your group/organisation in 2024.”

Start the year afresh with inspiring speakers, breakout workshop sessions, meeting other like-minded people in the community, and a yummy full lunch to boot! This event promises to be nourishing and supportive for anyone who is a part of, or leading, community change.

REGISTER HERE: Connecting Clare Communities: Registration 

CLDC is thrilled to be collaborating with the Clare Volunteer Centre, and the Clare PPN, in an effort to support the communities around us. Our aim is to bring resources, inspiration, support, skills, and knowledge-sharing to the hard-working volunteers, activists, members of community groups, community leaders, and charity trustees.

A series of free events and workshops is underway, covering a range of topics that are relevant to the needs of the communities. These workshops are being designed directly from the feedback we have collaboratively received from our communities. All three organisations (CLDC, ClarePPN, and Clare Volunteer Centre,) work closely with communities on the ground, and we all work to respond quickly to the needs of the community.

This page is updated regularly; please come back to see what we have planned!

Photos from our first event in Ennis, October 6th. Over 50 people came together! The keynote speaker was Anna Swisher, who spoke about “Active Hope.” At the roundtable discussions, participants shared ideas on how to tackle shared challenges and create positive change, where everyone contributes their skills and resources to benefit the community as a whole.

Join us on Sept 29th, from 3pm – 6 pm, in the Templegate Hotel in Ennis!

Clare Local Development Company, Clare Volunteer Centre and Clare Public Participation Network invite you to join us at ‘Connecting Communities in Clare’, an afternoon of networking and workshops for volunteers, activists, community leaders, charity trustees and members of community groups. 

Why you should come?

* To be inspired, revitalised, and connected
* For practical skills around collaboration, participation, advocacy, communication, inclusion, resilience building, telling your story and more.
* Meet other people in the community who are making a difference
* Meet the agencies and networks that can give you the support you need
* For the craic, the chats, and the free snacks!

After a tumultuous few years resulting in burn out for many, it is time to rebuild, celebrate our successes to date and to share our suggestions for the future of Clare communities.

“So many people who are involved in their communities are burnt out, exhausted, overwhelmed, or fed up,” says Anna Swisher, the keynote speaker for this event. “It’s very easy to feel like you’re going at it alone. But you’re not. We’re all in it together. And we’re part of a much bigger story, and each of us is playing a significant role. It’s really important to take a moment to step back, reconnect, and remember why we’re doing this in the first place.”

Anna Swisher facilitates “Active Hope” programs for community groups and organisations that restore, revitalise and inspire people to meet the adversities they face with more creativity and resilience. Following the keynote speech, round table workshops will be facilitated by staff of the partner organisations, to share knowledge and practical skills for building community impact.

Places are limited so please reserve a FREE ticket!