Social Enterprise Work Shop in Tipperary Town 10th March during Local Enterprise Week

Social Enterprise Work Shop, 
Tipperary Community Centre, Tipperary Town, 
Thursday 10 March 7-9.00pm
FREE – Booking Essential
Forfás, in a recently published report on Social Enterprise in Ireland as part of the Action Plan for Jobs highlighted that the social enterprise sector in Ireland currently employs between 25,000 and 33,000 people in approximately 1,400 social enterprises with a total income of approx. €1.4 billion and has the potential to double by 2020. Social enterprises have been recognised both nationally and at EU level as having an important role in our economic recovery in relation to their ability to create local employment opportunities, fill gaps in services, get people back to work/into work and to build both social capital and This event will offer information and advice to anyone interested in establishing a Social Enterprise. If you would like to learn about the key steps involved, the likely challenges and how to overcome them, then avail of the opportunity to hear from three successful case studies.
This event is being organised by Tipperary County Council / Local Enterprise Office who are about to commence work on the development of a county-wide strategy to maximize the job creation potential of Social Enterprise in Tipperary in addition to stimulating investment in services in pockets of the County that have suffered decline in recent years. The workshop will feature presentations by:-
Sunflower Recycling Ltd: A project established in Inner City Dublin in 1995 to collect recyclable material from inner city offices and community groups.
Annacarty Community Shop: In 2015, Annacarty Community Co-Operative opened a community shop and tea rooms in the village of Annacarty in West Tipperary. The village shop plays a vital economic and social role in the rural area.
U-Casadh: The U-Casadh Project was established in 2008 by former prison officer, Stephen Plunkett. They provide supports to people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system and provide rehabilitation, training, development and work experience for people who have been referred through the Probation Service or the Substance Misuse services through their Community Employment Scheme, funded by the Department of Social Protection.
Workshop Schedule
7pm Registration & refreshments
7.10pm Welcome & introduction – Tipperary County Council
7.15pm Bernie Walsh – Sunflower Recycling Ltd
7.40pm Liam O’Brien – Annacarty Community Shop
8.05pm Stephen Plunkett – U-Casadh
8.30pm Open Forum / Shaping future supports for the sector – Kathleen Prendergast
9pm Close
Email: Phone: 076 106 5000
For further information and online booking go to:
Full calendar of events for Local Enterprise Week available through and by searching #localenterprise on social media

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