Over €744 million distributed by Pobal to local and national community organisations in 2019.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, jointly launched the Pobal 2019 Annual Report (Thursday, 10th December 2020) alongside Professor Deiric Ó Broin, Chairperson of the Board of Pobal and Pobal CEO, Ms Anna Shakespeare.

The 2019 Annual Report shows that Pobal provided management and support services to approximately 28 programmes on behalf of four government departments and administered and distributed over €744 million in funding to a range of national and local community-based organisations and early learning and care services.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to join my colleague, Minister Joe O’Brien, to launch Pobal’s Annual Report for 2019. This report outlines the role Pobal plays, in partnership with Government, to support communities. The programmes they administer make a real difference to many people’s lives and their positive impact is felt by families and communities everywhere. I look forward to continuing to work with Pobal as they provide quality supports for social inclusion and community development initiatives throughout the country.”

The report demonstratesboth an increase in the amount of funding administered annually and in the numbers of communities, families, individuals and children supported under the various programmes administered by Pobal.

Highlights and findings from the report include:

  • 30,280 individuals and 2,636 local community groups received support through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).
  • 1,315 young people with disabilities were supported through the Ability Programme.
  • The Seniors Alert Scheme supported 19,384 participants through 669 community organisations across the country.
  • Pobal’s appointment as scheme administrator for the National Childcare Scheme, a landmark new Scheme for Ireland launched in 2019.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Joe O’Brien TDsaid, “The Annual Report shows the importance of Pobal’s role in supporting work for a range of State Agencies and Government Departments, including the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Pobal shares the Government’s ambition to promote equality and tackle disadvantage, and the report shows how they do this across the country. Two examples from my own Department include helping over 30,000 individuals through SICAP and over 19,000 people through the Seniors Alert Scheme, and there are many more throughout the report.”

Since it was established, Pobal has continued to evolve in response to government priorities while maintaining its commitment to improving social inclusion and equality through work with and on behalf of local and national community organisations, agencies and early learning and care providers.

Professor Deiric Ó Broin, Chairperson of Pobal said, “Throughout 2019, Pobal continued in its commitment to providing an efficient and effective service for managing and administering Government funding and programmes to communities across Ireland.

“This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of these programmes and our work on behalf of Government. The projects and the case studies contained in the report give a snapshot of the end results and the outcomes of these programmes and funding schemes as they impact on disadvantaged communities and individuals at a local level.” added Professor Ó Broin.

Anna Shakespeare, Pobal CEO said: “Since joining Pobal as CEO in August 2019, I have continued to be impressed by the experience, expertise and dedication of my colleagues throughout the organisation. I believe that this 2019 Annual Report clearly illustrates our work as a multi-faceted intermediary organisation and demonstrates our commitment to our mission of working with government, and local and national community organisations, to address and combat social exclusion and to improve outcomes for individuals, communities, families and children.”

Pobal’s 2019 Annual Report can be downloaded here.

(From left to right) Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, Pobal CEO, Ms Anna Shakespeare, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD and Professor Deiric Ó Broin, Chairperson of the Board of Pobal, pictured at the launch of the Pobal 2019 Annual Report