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Age Friendly

 Mayo signed up to the Age Friendly Counties programme in 2013.

The aim of the project, which was developed by the World Health Organisation, is to help communities across the globe to put in place the necessary supports and structure to respond to the challenges posed by their ageing populations.

Mayo County Council co-ordinates The Age Friendly Programme for the County. There are 3 key elements to the programme:  The Age Friendly Alliance, The Older Peoples Council and a 5 year Age Friendly Strategy.

 

The Age Friendly Alliance brings together older people, service providers and businesses that can take the lead on changing thinking about aging and how services to older people are planned and delivered. 

The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council is the Chair of the Alliance.

Other members include the Gardai, HSE, MSLETB, GMIT, Representatives from the Older Peoples Council, Representatives from the Business Forum and the Service Providers Forum,

Mayo Community Transport, Mayo Sports Partnership, South West Mayo Development Company and Mayo North East, Mayo Volunteer Centre, Mayo PPN,

 

The Alliance’s key function is to oversee the implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy and it must work to overcome barriers that prevent delivery of it.

 

Mayo’s Age Friendly Strategy, a 5 year plan, launched in 2016, sets out a wide range of actions, that provides a vision for a  county where everybody as they age are supported, connected and valued for their contribution to community and family life.

 

This plan was developed by the Alliance, in consultation with older people in the County, and with reference to the HaPAI (Healthy and Positive AGEING Initiative) research project.

 

One of the key structures of Mayo’s Age Friendly Programme, is the Older Peoples Council.

This is up and running in Mayo since 2016.

It’s a group of volunteers who represent older people in the County and it promotes the inclusion of older people in all areas of community life. It works as a partner with the Age Friendly Alliance and will generate new ideas for new and creative age friendly projects, tackling a range of issues from isolation and loneliness to fitness and active ageing.

For further details about the programme contact any of the following Age Friendly Team:

 

Contact:

Community Engagement Section

Mayo County Council, Mayo House Moneen, Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

mblowick@mayococo.ie

0949064348

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Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019


Mayo County Council invites towns and villages within the county to submit Expressions of Interest for inclusion in the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019.

The Town & Village Renewal Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is a key part of the Action Plan for Rural Development and is one of a range of measures designed to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

The main focus of the Scheme will be on public-realm type activities and the enhancement of town centre amenities. Measures to encourage town centre living will also be welcome.

Only one application for any individual town or village can be submitted.

Applicants are encouraged to read the scheme outline prior to completing the Expression of Interest Form.

The Expression of Interest Form and scheme outline is available on www.mayococo.ie and on www.mayo.ie  or by contacting the Community Engagement Section.

Completed Expression of Interest Forms should be submitted to Community Engagement, Mayo County Council, Mayo House Moneen, Moneen Rd., Castlebar Co. Mayo or by email to community@mayococo.ie.

This scheme is currently closed.

If you have any queries, please contact Community Engagement by email community@mayococo.ie or by phone 094-9064341.

Please find outline and expression of interest forms below:

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Outline

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Expression of Interest

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Outline_Gaeilge

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Expression of Interest_Gaeilge

 

Community Enhancement Programme 2019

 

Community Enhancement Programme 2019

Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development invites applications for inclusion in the Community Enhancement Programme 2019.

The programme is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic Community Plan. Funding is for capital projects only and projects should demonstrate added value.

The programme will offer grants under the following two categories;

Category 1

Small scale capital projects up to a maximum of €1,000

Category 2

A limited number of medium scale capital projects will be considered for funding up to a maximum of €20,000

Application forms and guidelines are available on mayococo.ie and mayo.ie or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064397.  Applicants are encouraged to read the application guidelines prior to completing the application form.

Completed Applications should be returned by email to community@mayococo.ie or by post to Community Engagement, Mayo County Council, Áras on Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

This scheme is currently closed.

Please see Application Guidelines and Application Form links below:

CEP 2019 Application Guidelines

CEP 2019 Application Form

http://www.mayococo.ie/en/media/Media,29142,en.pdf

CLÁR 2019


The CLÁR funding scheme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage.

Funding is available for the following measures:

Measure 1    Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures such as:

Measure 2    Schools/ Community Play Areas (including MUGAs)

Measure 3   Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising:

  • First Response Support
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
  • Sensory Gardens

Expressions of Interest for Measures 1, 2 and 3c must be submitted to Community & Integrated Development, Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo or by email to community@mayococo.ie.

Measure 3a and 3b applications must be submitted directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Please note only 15 projects under Measure 1 and 2 will be shortlisted by Mayo County Council. Please refer any queries to the Community & Integrated Development Section, Mayo County Council on 094 9064397 or community@mayococo.ie.

The following are the minimum criteria for qualification:

  1. Match funding is available and ringfenced for the project.
  2. All necessary permissions are in place.
  3. Evidence of ownership/lease is available (if applicable).
  4. The facility is/will be open to the public without appointment.
  5. The project conforms to the LECP and/or other local or regional plans.
  6. No funding has been allocated for the same project from any other sources.

 

Full scheme details available here:

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This scheme is currently closed.

Celebrating our communities on Mayo Day

National Community Weekend 4th – 6th May 2019

Mayo Day, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities and unquenchable spirit of Co Mayo, returns for its fifth year on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Mayo Day, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s National Community Weekend initiative have funding available for community events taking place from May 4th – 6th 2019.

We’re inviting communities to get involved by organising a local event under the theme of Mayo Day

Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are about connecting with neighbours and friends, strengthening relationships that are already established, opening new lines of communication to one another and fostering inclusivity for everyone.

There are many types of events that you can arrange from a Mayo Day ‘Street-feast’ to a coffee morning in the local Community Centre, a story-telling night, a sing-song or poetry reading, a performance or workshop.  The ways you can get involved in the name of Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are endless.

Typical grants will be in the €100 – €400 range per event.  If a community group has a larger initiative in mind, please contact us at community@mayococo.ie or at 094 9064397 to explore your idea further.  Applications for Irish language events are particularly welcome.

This scheme is currently closed.

Pride of Place Awards 2018

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.

Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’

A big congratulations to all!‌

Pride of Place 2018 Balla

Pride of Place 2018 Erris

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