Community Services Programme an invaluable support to new Croom Civic Centre
28 August 2015
Croom Civic Centre and Town Park in County Limerick, recently celebrated its official opening with a weekend of festivities, entitled ‘Croom Party in the Park’. A highlight of the weekend was the official opening ceremony, conducted by Minister Jimmy Deenehan TD, on Saturday 15 August.
The official opening of the Civic Centre and Park marks the culmination of eight years of work by the Croom Development Association. The Association coordinated local fundraising to build the facility which also received financial support from the JP McManus charitable foundation and a number of statutory agencies. The Association now oversee and run the Centre with help from the Community Services Programme which Pobal administers and manages.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister Deenehan said, “As a politician, I have been involved in community developments over the last 30 years and, I must say, this is one of the finest developments I have seen. You should all be very proud of yourselves for the effort and commitment that you have put into what is something very special.”
The new facility is indeed impressive, featuring function room facilities for 300 people, a new restaurant, library and internet café as well as the open-air amenities of the town park and adventure playground.
CEO Elaine Butler said; Both the Department of Social Protection and Pobal’s staff have been extremely helpful and supportive both throughout the CSP funding application process and as we developed our business plan. The grant we get from the Community Services Programme has enabled us to recruit a manager and four full-time equivalent staff who ensure that both facilities are run efficiently and are made available as much as possible for use by the local community.
Pobal Executive Director Paul Skinnader said: “I would like to congratulate Croom Development Association on the official opening of their state-of-the-art center and park, the result of many years of hard work and fundraising. Pobal is pleased to have played a crucial part in bringing those plans to fruition by assisting the organisation through the supports we provided under the Community Services Programme. Currently Pobal supports close to 400 of these community services through the country, who between them employ approximately 289 managers, 1,765 full-time and 1,458 part-time staff.
The Community Services Programme is funded by the Department of Social Protection and provides grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. It also aims to ensure that the benefits from public investment in community amenities or facilities, such as Croom Civic Centre and Town Park, are fully realised.
Find out more about Croom Civic Centre’s facilities on their website.