The report “from Patchwork to Network” was launched on Thursday 30th March in Larkin Community College by the Chief Executive of CDETB, Carol Hanney.
David Treacy, Education Officer CDETB welcomed the 60 attendees and set the context for the report. From Patchwork to Network is the culmination of twelve months engagement with local community based and managed services and projects funded by and through CDETB in the north inner city along with directly managed CDETB services in the area.
The fieldwork for “from Patchwork to Network” was undertaken by CDETB Development Officer, John Farrelly working to a broad representative Steering Group chaired by Blake Hodkinson, Principal Marino College.
The report develops a population profile of the area and sets out to outline future trends and to identify area social issues and their impact on young people and adults. It also outlines and reviews the range of CDETB funded further education, training and youth services/facilities in the area and sets out to identify gaps in existing CDETB funded provision and to create a fit for purpose integrated service.
As John Farrelly noted at the launch of the report: “This piece of work had three parts to it, firstly it was a piece of research, secondly it was a review and thirdly and possibly most importantly it was a process involving many of the key providers in the north inner city who are in receipt of funding through CDETB”
The CE of CDETB, Carol Hanney welcomed the report and its findings warmly. She particularly noted the importance of collaboration and networking. She said: “We are all living in changing times in the area of education and training with the establishment of ETBs, QQI and SOLAS. It was important therefore that we all work together.” She concluded her words with “Ní neart go cur le chéile – There is no strength without unity”.
Click on this link for a copy of the report. North Inner City Report