Communities Creating Jobs – a learning and networking event to inspire community enterprise

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership is inviting volunteers, entrepreneurs, and the general public to a learning and networking event to inspire community enterprise.

The event will be an opportunity to meet community entrepreneurs from Drombane Community Insulation Scheme, Loughmore Co-operative Shop and Tearooms, Templederry Community Owned Windfarm, and Cloughjordan Community Farm – the first businesses of their kind in Ireland. There will also be a speaker from the new national Communities Creating Jobs Network.

This showcase of successful community enterprises will feature:
– short case studies and discussion,
– highlight opportunities for local job creation, and
– help kickstart new ideas through networking and information sharing.

The keynote address will be by former GAA president and Munster MEP Sean Kelly on the topic “EU Supporting Communities.” According to Sean Kelly: “I’m looking forward to attending this event – the projects showcased demonstrate the potential of local voluntary groups to act as dynamic drivers of the local economy. With the proper support, such groups can coordinate and stimulate investment in their communities.“

Massive benefits can accrue to rural communities, by establishing local sustainable co-operatives to supply their own food and energy needs,” says popular broadcaster Duncan Stewart who will open this event.

Participants at this event will have a chance to apply for a Community Enterprise START Programme. This is to be offered by LIT Tipperary in Autumn 2013 over 6 sessions and will assist community entrepreneurs develop their ideas, and offer guidance on ethos, structures, financing etc.

Volunteers with community organisations, social entrepreneurs and local business people are invited to attend.

Book online or call 085-7409023.

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