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Galway Rural Development Company Ltd is organising a short course for members of Community & Voluntary organisations in the Gaeltacht area of East County Galway.

The course will take place over four weeks, one night per week from Monday 16th September (venue to be confirmed).

The course will be provided free to members of community and voluntary committees.

Groups and individuals interested in participating should contact
Mairéad O’Reilly,
Galway Rural Development Co. Ltd.,
091 844335 / 087 7635209
[email protected]

before Friday 30th August to secure a place on the course.

Brief outline of the course

From Ideas to Action—Keeping your group going and getting things done

Session 1—Keeping your community group going

How is your group working? Are your meetings effective? Is it difficult to keep your group going and keep members involved?

Explore how groups work and develop. Learn how to improve your meetings and generate ideas to sustain an energized group.

This session will cover:

  • How groups develop
  • Needs in a group
  • Effective meetings
  • Keeping your group going

Session 2—Ensuring good communication

How to ensure everyone knows who is doing what and is kept in the loop to avoid any problems.

How to identify the changes needed in your group/community and communicate your message for effective outcomes.

This session will cover:

  • Ensuring clear communication
  • Identifying issues
  • How to advocate on behalf of your group/community
  • How to lobby and campaign

Sessions 3 & 4—Planning & making things happen

Has your group got a project in mind? Is there an event you want to plan?

Learn how to develop and carry through a plan and check if it is working. Bring your ideas or issues to the session.

These sessions will cover:

  • The planning cycle
  • How to develop a plan
  • How to know if it is working
  • Course evaluation

Participants on this course will learn by doing through interactive group exercises, practical examples and through sharing experiences and exchanging information.

For more information contact Mairéad O’Reilly on 091 844335 / 087 7635209 or email [email protected].

You can also download an application form here.