The South Tipperary Development Company recently held an information EXPO in Tipperary Town. The focus of the EXPO was to provide information to the general public and in particular, to people who are unemployed, on the range of services and supports that exist in South Tipperary around Employment, Education, Recreation and Training.
Positive Health and Wellbeing has been identified as a key issue during 2012 and the Expo included a range of support services to sustain wellbeing and positive mental health.
Now more than ever there is a need for people who are out of work to be connected into and fully engaged with services to maximise their opportunities to take up training, further education, self employment and engage more fully in all aspects of community life.
The Information EXPO was held in the Excel Centre recently.This was a first time event of this nature in Tipperary Town by South Tipperary Development Company and was brought about through the Local and Community Development Programme in recognition of the levels of unemployment in the town and the interest by both the service providers and members of the public in an information exchange of this type.
In excess of 160 individuals attended the EXPO throughout the day.
Twenty six service providers were represented at the EXPO including: Department of Social Protection, FAS, South Tipperary VEC, MABS, TRYS (Tipperary Regional Youth Service), Three Drives Family Resource Centre, Knockanrawley Resource Centre, South Tipperary County Childcare Committee, South Tipperary Volunteer Centre, Citizens Information Centre, Tipperary Library , Muintir na Tire, South Tipperary Supported Employment Project, Co. Tipperary SkillsNet , Limerick Institute of Technology – Clonmel and Thurles Campus, Family History Research Project, Glen of Aherlow Failte Society, Tipperary Peace Convention, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre and Barnardos Family Support.
All of the Programmes of the South Tipperary Development Company were exhibited on the day – the Local and Community Development Programme which hosted the EXPO and targets resources towards specific individuals, groups and communities, the Rural Development Programme which has a significant budget to invest in improving the quality of life in rural areas and to encourage diversification of the rural economy, the new and exciting Tús Programme which currently supports 120 Community Work Placements across South Tipperary, the Rural Social Scheme which is a support for farm families and last but not least, the Countryside Recreation Strategy.
Martin Quinn, Chairperson of the South Tipperary Development Company, formally launched the EXPO and affirmed the commitment of the Company to making a significant contribution to economic and social development for all communities of South Tipperary through the various different programmes that it delivers. Martin thanked the Service Providers for their commitment to the EXPO and for their on-going collaboration with the South Tipperary Development Company.
The Mayor of Tipperary – Jacqui Finnan welcomed this initiative and acknowledged the value of the EXPO in providing the people of Tipperary Town with information, access and opportunities and encouraged more events of a similar nature that would provide much needed support to individuals and communities.
The South Tipperary Development Company can be contacted at 052-7442652
Unit 2 C Carrigeen Commercial Park, Clogheen Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.