What do we do at CLDC?
To answer this, we’d like to share some stories about the people, projects, and communities that we are proud to support, and the impacts that our work has had in our local communities.
Thanks for being here!
I am writing this…with a great sense of gratitude and appreciation for all the help, preparation and assistance that was given to me by Monei and Sean [CLDC Staff].
I have great career aspirations and I am so glad that I got to encounter people who helped me realise that they are indeed attainable. During my meeting with Sean I remember us brainstorming very thoroughly and openly about the direction that I would like my career to take. We edited and fixed my curriculum vitae and he prepped me with industry questions and answers for when the opportunity of a job comes, I should then find myself ready.
A lot work was put into assisting me and for that I am eternally grateful. I can proudly say that I secured a very good job with a very reputable telecommunications company through all the work and dedication that was poured into me. I really wish people could take advantage of the resource basin that is found within CLDC for their own betterment, because I am a living testament of this.
I really hope this short testimonial does serve as proof of the fact that the work that you do is indeed valuable and that it may reach others who might find themselves at need.
“Can I formally acknowledge and Sincerely Thank you all in Clare Local Development Company. Freshtoday has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. This would not have been possible without your massive help. A massive thank you from The Mulcahy Family in Shannon and all in the Freshtoday Team.”
Fresh Today are an established market leader in the preparation and delivery of healthy school lunches throughout the country. For over 10 years we have been preparing food for the children of the Irish Deis Schools. An integral part of the Irish education system, our lunches help ensure school children throughout the country are well-fed and focused on the day ahead.
Our state-of-the-art facilities serve to reassure parents, principals and children, that their lunch is made to an exceptional standard.
It takes a village to raise a child – We are proud to be part of that.
FRESH TODAY - Participants in the CLDC Social Enterprise Network
The greatest gift we can have in our life, is to be able to give life to somebody. Days like today [the North Clare Jobs Fair]….a hub like this, a fair like this, a get-together like this, you can’t really put a price on it. It’s to bring people in, together. … It gives an opportunity to put an importance into people, and to put importance to what they’re doing.
iScoil is a program for young people, for whom the formal education system just doesn’t work. CLDC — in conjunction with Tulsa Education Support Service and Shannon/North-West Clare Family Resource Centres — support the iScoil in Shannon and Ennistymon. CLDC provides financial backing and guidance for this project, and the FRCs deliver the wrap-around support for these young people and their families who are referred by TESS. The aim is that when they are finished, we can integrate them in to Youthreach, Community Training Centres or other suitable education or training providers.
“With the low milk prices at the moment, the vending machines are saving us.”
A family-run dairy farm in north Clare is able to stay in business by selling directly to local people through milk vending machines located in a local car parks.
“We knew that we’d never be able to get this off the ground ourselves, so we approached [the LEADER team at CLDC] and told them about the plan,” says John.
In addition to bringing people local, fresh, healthy, high-quality milk, Moo’ghna milk also has a positive environmental impact.
The use of glass bottles, or bottles brought by the customers themselves, results in a significant local reduction of the amount of plastic packaging being used.
“We are eight months in now and we think we have the guts of 100,000 containers saved from the landfill,” says John.
Although there are many definitions, the bottom line is...A social enterprise is an enterprise [or business] whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather that maximising profits for its owners or stakeholders. Social enterprises...
CLDC Circular Economy Project Repurposing Windfarm Blades Wins International “Best New Initiative” Award
The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) announced on Friday that the Irish pilot project “Repurposing Windfarm Blades,” by Clare Local Development Company, has been named as the Best New Initiative (BNI), in the prestigious UIAA 2023 Mountain...
This year, CLDC contributed a case study for our Rural Social Scheme (RSS) program, as part of a national review process. We were proud and happy to showcase the good work that has happened through the RSS program, by showcasing the benefits of one project for the...
Clare Local Development Company was delighted to host 5 summer camp programs in Clare this year. These camps focused on improving children’s English through a variety of activities, making new friends, staying active and having loads of fun. Each camp we got to meet...
"When you think that life is over, in this moment you find people who will show you that NO, you are ALIVE, you must live. You must start. You must live your life." We are very proud of our staff who spoke on ClareFM this morning! Have a listen here (11min) to hear...
Sanctuary Runners came together to run in solidarity at Lee's Road last Sunday for the very first Refugee Week Fun Run-Midwest. With over 70 attendees of all ages and abilities from across Clare, the midwest, and the world, it was a gathering of warmth, welcomes and...
On International Children's Day, a holiday was held for Ukrainian children living in County Clare. On June 1, about fifty Ukrainian children came to a holiday organized by Clare Local Development Company at a children's entertainment center in Ennis. Rides, pizza, ice...
Tus & RSS (Rural Social Scheme) are the types of programs that tend to tip away on their own without much press or hoopla. But the people employed through the Tus & RSS schemes are often the people who do the physical labour in a community that keeps it functional and...
"True community development is about trusting communities to develop their own solutions and pathways."The above words were spoken by Minister Joe O’Brien, as the Clare Traveller Community Development Project (CDP) launched their Strategic Plan yesterday. At CLDC, we...
CLDC rolled out a very successful LEADER program from 2016 - 2023. Have a look at the impact, in numbers! LEADER is an EU wide rural development programme supporting the growth and development of rural communities and businesses, and protecting the rural environment....
“Rejoice in small things and they will continue to grow.”
Launch of the Clare Social Enterprise Network