Sustainability Training Course in Clare in May

A full day workshop was held in Ennis on the 10th of April that explored how we might nurture our communities to be healthier and more sustainable. Over 30 people from different community initiatives from across the county attended the session, which was organised by Clare County Council and held at the Áras Contae an Chláir. Councilor Pat Daly, the Mayor of Clare, opened the workshop.

The day focused on how people and groups can work with and learn from each other to sustain the economic, environmental and social well being of our local areas.  Davie Philip and Chris Chapman from Cultivate Living and Learning, a community training organisation based in Cloughjordan, Tipperary, facilitated the workshop.

“This was a great opportunity for participants to network with people and groups working for the betterment of our communities and to share knowledge and learn new skills.  There was a wonderful energy in the room.  A follow-up field trip will take place on Thursday, 18 April at Cloughjordan and all are encouraged to attend what will be an educational and inspiring few hours”  said Joan Tarmey, Environmental Awareness Officer for Clare. Picture shows participants discussing how to cultivate a liveable community at the workshop (click to enlarge).

Next month Cultivate Living and Learning will be delivering a course supported by the Clare Local Development Company that will introduce the principles of sustainable development and new approaches to setting up community scale enterprises around food, energy and tourism. This course will also explore strategies to strengthen the local economy, and regenerate the environment.

The overall objective of the training is to build the capacity of community catalysts to have an impact on the social, economic and environmental aspects of community life in Clare. If you are involved in sustainability, community development or local business in any way this course will be of interest.

Starting on the 7th May in Ennis the course includes 4 two-hour evening classes, a field trip to Cloughjordan Ecovillage and a full day workshop.

Places are limited on this course and, as it is LEADER supported, participants must have an address in Clare outside of Ennis. The evening classes will take place in the Clare Education Centre, Kilrush Road, Ennis and although the training is free there is a €10 fee to register.

For further information click here.

To book a place e- mail Davie Philip at