Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Community Development Project Showcase Event

On Thursday 30th April the Staff and VBoM of the Community Development Project held a Showcase of the history, development, work, events and activities carried out since it began 10 years ago. The event was held in a vacant unit at Edenmore Shopping Centre, where it was transformed into a display space, containing audio & visual equipment for our recently made Short Film, a Sticky Wall for peoples ideas and suggestions and somewhere to sit and enjoy a cup of tea.

The event was open to people all day wandering in to take a look at what the project had achieved over those 10 years. There was a steady stream of people from all over the community, from Young Mums & Dads with their kids to older memmbers - some of the first people to move here over 35 years ago! Over 150 people came through our doors on the day.

This was later followed by an Invited Guests section, during which people and organisations working within the field of Social & Community Development in the local area were invited. During this time light refreshments were served (thanks to the sterling work, committment and pragmatism of the Ladies Club!) and people were able to enjoy the displays of the CDP in an informal and encouraging manner.

Local elected representatives were also invited and the VBoM is grateful to Kilian Forde (SF) and Sean Kenny (LB) of Dublin City Council for taking the time to attend and demonstrate an interest in the work of the local CDP. We we're also pleased to see those who have benefitted from the work of the Project coming along as 'living examples' of our activities.

There were also some key local community activists, Statutory Agencies and Health Service Professionals enjoying our displays and their encouaraging comments were greatly appreciated by the Staff, Volunteers and VBoM.

The information we gathered from our Sticky Wall was incredible, with little space left at the end for further ideas and suggestions. Young people appeared particularly keen to get their ideas across. Click on the link to see what people thought Edenmore needed.

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