Irish Local Development Network

Promoting and supporting the work of Local Development Companies in Ireland

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LDCs & Social Inclusion

Local development companies specifically target disadvantaged and marginalised groups in their communities such as older people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, men experiencing disadvantage and lone parents.

The supports they provide can range from

  • The provision of information on statutory and other voluntary services
  • Referrals to statutory and other voluntary services
  • Outreach programmes to connect with isolated groups
  • Encouraging marginalised groups to become involved and have a say in decision making that affects their community

Information Provision and Raising Awareness of Services

Local Development Companies often act as a bridge between local communities and statutory services linking people from disadvantaged communities or groups with services which they may not previously have been aware of or may have had difficulty in accessing.

In 2011, 217,578 adults received some form of information, referral and access to non-LCDP services under Goal 1. Typical methods through which LDCs promote access to services include:

  • Drop-in information services
  • Information dissemination
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters
  • Outreach programmes
  • Websites
  • Advocacy services

Programmes for Marginalised Groups

LDCs offer a range of services to connect with and improve the quality of life for marginalised groups. Some examples of these include:

  • Rural transport schemes to facilitate access by older people in rural areas to attend hospital appointments and other engagements.
  • Men's Shed Projects to reach out to marginalised / isolated men
  • Women's Groups
  • Disability awareness workshops
  • Active Retirement Groups
  • Care and Repair programmes to assist older people with routine household maintenance
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Lone parent networks
  • Women's Forums
  • Traveller Health Projects
  • Older Persons Forums
  • Warmer Homes Scheme for Older People
  • English language classes for migrants
  • Multi-cultural awareness raising events
  • Support for victims of domestic violence
  • Advocacy work on behalf of disadvantaged groups

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