Community Survey To Be Launched In Donabate

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On Saturday 9th of May, at 2pm in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre (DPCC), a new local needs analysis of the communities of Donabate, Portrane and Corballis will be launched by County Mayor, Mags Murray.
Funded by the County Council and guided by a local, community research steering group, the survey is the result of work completed in the local community by Community Works, a Galway based independent research team specialising in community development research.
Commissioned in August 2014, Community Works conducted surveys and interviews with focus groups, residents and community groups to create a detailed profile of the Peninsula community. It was done to list the changes it has undergone and to suggest the directions the community might take in the future.
Chairperson of the Steering Group, and local resident Ray O’Rourke said: “This analysis originally began with the idea of researching the local community’s perception of the Donabate Portrane Community and Leisure Centre.”
“Amongst other findings, ‘Forming the Future’ identifies specific deficits within the areas of youth facilities, especially of a non-sporting nature; sports facilities, with reference to the All Weather Pitch; and cultural and entertainment facilities to include a dedicated space for art and drama. Residents also felt that a security strategy for the area needs to be devised and implemented. It was felt issues of isolation and transport for local senior citizens need to recognised and addressed,” he explained.
“To help implement the recommendations of Forming the Future, the County Council have graciously agreed to fund a small grants scheme open to all local groups, details of which will be announced at the launch day. I would encourage one or two representatives from all local groups, no matter how small, to attend the launch and obtain application details for this grant scheme,” he added.
“On behalf of the Steering Group, I would like to thank Fingal County Council especially local Community Officers Sinead Wiley and Ann Mulligan for their tireless efforts, Jacinta Lowndes, General Manager, DPCC and of course, residents of the local community.”