South Kilkenny groups urged to join Kilkenny Leader Partnership

Gerri Hickey and Stephen O’Brien at the opening of the renovated Piltown Creamery, the redevelopment of which was backed by Kilkenny Leader Partnership.

Gerri Hickey and Stephen O’Brien at the opening of the renovated Piltown Creamery, the redevelopment of which was backed by Kilkenny Leader Partnership.


Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) distributed in excess of €11m in grant aid between 2009 and 2013 in the LEADER programme alone, funding almost 300 separate projects of all sizes, helping create 570 jobs and enhancing communities throughout Kilkenny, including the south of the county.
In its work on social inclusion programmes and employment supports work, it has assisted thousands of individuals- and has been active in supporting projects and sectors as wide as renewable energy, tourism, broadband and heritage.
KLP is seeking new members to join the not-for-profit organisation to help shape and drive future projects and initiatives across the city and county.
Membership is open and KLP wants to hear now from community and voluntary groups, registered businesses and interested individuals in both the city and county of Kilkenny who support their ethos.
New community and business members can participate in the election of directors to the board and other company structures. All members are invited to participate in future planning, research and consultations and they will get regular updates on KLP projects, initiatives, opportunities, news and activities.
KLP Chairman, Denis Drennan said the partnership has made a massive difference in assist communities and small business to help themselves, right across Kilkenny and urged anyone who shares their ethos and wants to make a difference to life in the city and county to get in touch.
He added: “KLP has been the driver for some of Kilkenny’s most innovative and dynamic projects and initiatives and among these have been the Trail Kilkenny, the new Piltown Enterprise Centre, the Town of Food project in Thomastown, U-Casadh prisoner rehabilitation training project in Ferrybank, The Mooncoin Youth Vision Centre, KickStart Placement to Employment initiative, Driving Ambitions youth training, Vulcan Wood Energy Cooperative, major community facility development in Mullinavat and Kilmacow- and much more.”
Said Mr Drennan: “Between 2009 and 2014 we helped create 570 jobs, supported 73 communities, assisted 61 tourism and trail projects as well as 57 youth projects. We’ve supported 16 heritage projects, 10 renewable energy initiatives and 2,872 individuals. Across this region we also supported 686 enterprises of all shapes and sizes.
“As well as promoting innovation, KLP has never been slow to embrace positive change itself. Now is a time for such change- and our corporate and ownership structures need to evolve to better reflect our ethos of ‘bottom up’ development and represent our rural community.
“We want to hear from the community and voluntary sector- and the small business community as well as individuals who support our ethos and want to help us to continue the good work we have been doing well into the future.”
Prior to submitting its application this autumn to deliver the new LEADER programme, KLP will be conducting its final rounds of themed consultation meetings of its Kilkenny 2020 Vision process in a number of venues in early September. These include: Stoneyford Hall (Broadband/Rural Towns/Economic Development – Tuesday, September 1st); Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny City (Rural Environment – Thursday, September 3rd); Dunmore Hall (Youth/Basic Services/Social Inclusion - Tuesday, September 8th) and Bennettsbridge Hall (Tourism – Thursday, September 10th).
Anyone interested should log on to www.cklp.ie, email membership@cklp.ie or call 056- 7752111

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