Career & Influences
I have over 25 years’ experience in community work, working with organisations, supporting them to identify their needs and implemented their plans. Prior to going freelance I was employed as a community development officer with a number of organisations. As an independent community consultant, I develop training programmes and facilitate workshops on behalf of local development companies, local authorities, agencies and independent organisations involved in the community and voluntary sector.
I work closely with a client group to understand their training and facilitation requirements and I develop a programme to meet their needs.
I was the Community Development Coordinator with South Kerry Development Partnership for 14 years. This role focussed on building community organisations and networks, through close cooperation with various agencies.
I supported the development of community projects in Local Authority Housing Estates in Dublin for over 10 years (Loughlinstown and North Clondalkin). I coordinated schemes and projects that assisted the long-term unemployed develop skills and confidence, while also providing valuable services to the local communities.
Ecuador, South America
As an Overseas Development Volunteer I supported the establishment and development of a rural credit union in an isolated community in Ecuador, South America. This enabled local people to avail of affordable loans for agriculture, small business, health and education.
Training & Development
- NUI Maynooth; Diploma in Continuing Education and BA (Hons 1st) in Community Studies
- Facilitation skills training with Partners Training for Transformation.
- Facilitation skills training with Meitheal Training
- FETAC 6 Train The Trainer
- Certificate in Mediation Skills and member of Mediators Institute of Ireland
- Orientation progamme in overseas development work – Viatores Christi
- Certificate in Development Studies – Development Studies Centre
- Facilitating teams, groups and communities to learn, to reflect, to grow and to plan
- Creative methods to ensure training is enjoyable and effective
- Experiential learning; drawing on the experience of the group
- Group work that facilitates the participation and contribution of all
- Facilitating consensus and ownership of outcomes
- Training is designed around the specific needs of organisations