eTownz provides clearly formatted community development programs ranging from 1 – 6 months in duration. The programs bring together the audit tools and community website in tandem with hands-on workshops, training and project support. We provide workshops on a wide range of subjects related to community development and communities can select the components which are most relevant to them. The programs are delivered under the concept of “helping communities help themselves” thereby equiping the participants with the know-how and skills to develop their own community projects.
Community Workshops Help:
- Develop local action teams
- Define community issues and best-fit solutions
- Agree on strategies, milestones and roles & responsibilities.
eTownz supports existing programs by the LCDC (Local Community Development Committee), the LECP (Local Economic and Community Plan) and REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) by offering a holistic approach including Technical and Analytical skills, Consultancy and Facilitation and Project Management at an individual community level.
Our workshops are designed to allow community groups to assess there own needs, identify the issues of most concern and implement a program or series of projects which will help improve the community as a whole.
Our experts provide both half-day and full-day training modules. All programs are backed by online training videos which community members can access at any time. The training process is tailored for the specific needs of each individual community.
Our programs allow people involved in community development projects to tap into the knowledge and experience of our experts in a fluid and meaningful way through both online and offline means.
eTownz provides an online project management tool with preloaded task list templates to seamlessly guide groups through the projects they wish to realise.
- 4x Business development half day workshops
- 4x Community Development workshops including local website development
- 4x Sectors from list of Experts (Community elect their preferred lectures to deliver training and audit style workshop)
- Ongoing online support backed up by a host of personal training videos
- We input all project details on a community task management tool to help keep projects on track
- Development of end of programme appraisal & review
- Help organise finale which consists of a community showcase, awards evening and “What Next” community forum
1. Business Development Programme
- Business Networking & Motivation (Gary O’Keeffe)
- Using the etown Tools (Mark O’Leary)
2. Community Development Programme
- eTownz Audit and Report & Digital Communities Planning (Pat Kennedy)
- Community Facilitation (Chris Chapman)
- Community Content: Video, Creative Writing, Photography (Aileen O’Meara)
- Managing a community online (Robbie Quinn)
Other Optional Programmes:
- Digital Marketing (Lorcan Kinsella)
- Cycling Capacity Workshop (Damien O’Tuama)
- Environment & Habitat Workshop (Chris Uys)
- Local Food Market Development Workshop (Conor Hyde)
- Build Heritage & Infrastructure Workshop (Brian Maher)
- Development of Community Energy Schemes Workshops (Gerard Fitzgibbon)
- Education and Skills Workshop (Celia Deverell)
Programme Co-ordinators / Sectoral Experts
Digital Communities Co-ordinator
Pat Kennedy will act as project co-ordinator and liaise directly with various groups and council members. Pat will also co-ordinate the digital workshops.
Ger Fitzgibbon provides advice and help to initiate a community energy plan. Ger is a community development worker working in both Limerick and overseas in Palestine. He has successfully guided the Ballyhoura Community Energy Programme.
Mark O´Leary will provide website training to cross sections of the community. 3 half days locally and 6 x 2hrs sessions online.
Program Documentary & Video
Media producer & journalist Aileen O’Meara brings her award-winning storytelling skills to help local communities find local voices and stories that convert into visitor-friendly trails, and into online multi-media content.
Engaging Communities through Social Media
Robbie Quinn will provide 2 x half days training in using social media for community development. Robbie manages the community social media profiles in Abbeyleix. He studied community development in UCD and specialises in the use of social media for community communication and participation.
Community Built Environment & Liveability
Brian Maher will provide research and report on the local built environment and present his findings to council and community development group.
Chris Chapman has over 25 years experience in Community Development, working in local government, the voluntary sector and as a consultant / trainer. A leading practitioner in a global Community of Practice called ‘The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter’, Chris has helped many communities come together, identify and work on the topics that matter most to them.
Restaurant & Food Service Expert
Blathnaid Bergin has assisted and enhanced a wide variety of hospitality businesses from caterers to cafes. Her in-depth knowledge of food and food operations combined with her training skills ensures that all clients benefit from her advice and support.
Skills Development & Coder Dojo
Celia has over 20 years experience in the education field studying in the US and Ireland. Celia’s focus on education is based around the area of community led education projects and has succeeded in setting up a vibrant Coder Dojo with colleagues in Portarlington, Co. Laois. Celia will assist communities in understanding their skills and training needs and identifying and implementing strategy.
Dr. Damien O’Tuama
Cycling in the community & tourism
Damien Ó Tuama is a Transport and Mobilities Consultant with a specialism in developing everyday bicycle use over the last 20 years. He has drafted policy and conducted audits for community groups, Local Authorities and government departments / agencies. He has also run workshops and a wide variety of events for a range of stakeholders.