Roscommon County Council has organised a Social Reuse Enterprise Workshop facilitated by Dr. Sarah Miller, Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun in order to determine the potential for developing a Reuse Social Enterprise in the county.
A Reuse Social Enterprise could be in a wide range of areas such as Bicycle Repair, Paint Reuse Scheme, Fashion, Creative Reuse Centre, Furniture Upcycling or Mattress Recycling, etc. there are numerous possibilities.
A number of agencies were invited to attend by Galway- Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB), Roscommon Integrated Development Board (RIDC), Leader, SICAP, Department of Social Protection, Roscommon county Council Staff from Environment and Community and Enterprise.
The workshop comprised of two parts:
Part A: Informational Workshop – An introduction to the Rediscovery Centre and some insights into their development journey. An analysis of this venture and other social enterprise models and a Q & A.
B: Exploratory Session – Following on from this, a brainstorming session designed to encourage participants to discuss ideas, business interests & map local resources including materials, skills, community groups, facilities, networks, champions and access to finance. The key aim of this is to get an idea of the interest and skill set within the group and hopefully come up with a few project ideas for development
The purpose of the feasibility study is to identify and highlight key considerations for Roscommon County Council in operating a Reuse Social Enterprise. In preparing the study the Rediscovery Centre worked with nominated Roscommon County Council staff, stakeholders and support agencies to provide guidance and assistance based on experiences and lessons learned in the Rediscovery Centre.
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