2021 marked another milestone for Bundoran Community Development CLG.
Since its formation in 2009, the group has been involved in a series of community development initiatives leading to the opening of the community center in 2016. Over the following years, the group has gone through a long process to secure financial support from Pobal.
Pobal works on behalf of the government to help communities and local agencies achieve social inclusion and development. In late summer 2020, they were successful in receiving funding to support the employment of a manager and administrator under the Pobal Community Service Program.
Bundoran Community Development CLG welcomed the hiring of Martin Mc Devitt as director and Teresa O Neill as administrator of the Bundoran Community Center. The emphasis then shifted to planning events, services, activities and programs to achieve the goals of the community service program. “There have been many challenges over the past 12 months, but there were also opportunities for new initiatives,” said Martin. “For example, Buddy Buggies was created out of the need for a group of parents and babies indoors in the area, but only outdoor activities were allowed. Fortunately, we were able to start our indoor groups in the fall, ”he added.
BUNDORAN COMMUNITY CENTER
The community center provides a facility for 30 community, social and voluntary groups during the year, but also a base for private entities.
The Cowork Plus installation is a big plus for remote workers with daily rates for hot desk use. The center also houses the Bundoran Community Museum in partnership with the Magh Ene Historical Society. This unique attraction is open daily all year round.
There are a variety of counseling and therapy options available at the center, as well as workshops and activity and craft classes.
The popular Wild Atlantic Women’s Group meets every Wednesday morning. The Seafront Strollers started this year and meet on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings.
Martin further explained:
“We have been delighted to receive grants and funding from a variety of sources including Age and Opportunity, Donegal Local Development CLG, HSE National Lottery, Donegal Sports Partnership and more. This helped us organize and deliver a range of activities during the year.
During the year, internal work took place on the wooden sash windows and stained glass with successful funding from the Heritage Council and the Built Heritage Investment Fund of Donegal County Council. Other work has been done by Donegal County Council under the Development Fund Initiative, Community Improvement Program and the Hub’s Outreach Fund.
2022 promises to be very promising again with the launch of the Befriend Bundoran phone service, the return of Men on the Move, Chat and Cuppa and additional craft markets throughout the seasons.
Information on what’s going on and upcoming at the center is available on their website www.bundorancommunitycentre.com or on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.
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If you are on the go, why not call the center where the staff are ready to help.
The center will reopen on Tuesday January 4, 2022.