The Three Drives Family Resource Centre in Tipperary Town played host to the judging panel for the prestigious IPB ‘Pride of Place’ competition.
Pride of Place, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work which is carried out in order to make local communities a better place to live.
This year Tipperary County Council was represented by The Three Drives Family Resource Centre in the Housing Estates category. Judging took place on 18th July.
During their two and a half hour visit of each group, the judges had an opportunity to talk to many local people and were given a visual presentation outlining the work carried out in the Three Drives Family Resource Centre.
Though the project opted to highlight activities central to its work including their Art Therapy, Family support, Independent Living, Bio- Diversity and After- schools programmes, it was very evident that the centre punches above its weight in the amount, variety and quality of its service delivery.
A number of local organisations were represented on the day and spoke enthusiastically of their working partnerships and admiration for the difference the centre has made not only in their local community but also in the wider environs of Tipperary.
A number of groups who operate in the centre were present on the day and an exquisite chocolate presentation created specifically for the occasion of the “Pride of Place” competition was made to the judges by Vera Miklas, chocolatier.
The sewing group with their tutor Mary O’Connell also made a presentation of a beautiful patchwork cushion.
The morning’s activities rounded off with a presentation of medals by the judges to the children who had taken part in the Three Drives 1916 Sports day.
The judges were very impressed with the standard of work being carried out in the area.
They admired the enthusiasm, vibrancy and civic pride of the residents of The Three Drives. They also thanked Tipperary County Council who nominated the Three Drives for the competition.
Deirdre Cox, Pride of Place co-ordinator, said - “The Three Drives showcased all that is good and positive in their community. Drawing on all the resources of the community and the wider Tipperary Town region, everyone who participated gave their all on a wonderful morning and the future is looking bright for this community”.
The winners will be announced at the Pride of Place Gala Awards Night in Belfast in November.