We design and deliver tailored training and local facilitation programs to meet project needs including
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    Community Planning:

    We guide communities through the local planning process, facilitating group workshops, running surveys and compiling final reports

    Thematic Training:

    Leveraging in-house expertise and through an extensive network of partners we provide tailored training solutions

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    Ongoing Support:

    We provide long term support programs to communities and organisations in the community sector to help them monitor and achieve their goals

    Automated System:

    We developed custom digital tools to assist and amplify project outputs

    Features

    Town Planning

    eTownz and partners assist communities in the co-creation of their long term community plans

    • Facilitate community planning workshops
    • Interview key stakeholders
    • Undertake town assessments
    • Provide guidance and idea generation support
    • Compile final plans
    • Manage administration, logistics & awareness campaigns

    Town Support Programs

    Annual programs where we provide;

    • Admin support
    • Manage community Newsletter
    • Manage community events calendar & news curation
    • Targeted training
    • Light touch community management support
    • Funding application supports

    Trainers

    eTown are proud to work with a variety of different experts who can provide standardised or tailored training supports

    Thematic Training

    • Smart Village Concepts
    • Town Management & Admin
    • Social Media Management
    • Local Video creation skills
    • Theme based trained using the partner network and following eTownz principals

    CWELL Project

    Together with Cwell, we are co-creating step by step digital tools and resources – for students involved in community engaged learning and for community partners – to design, deliver and evaluate community-university projects.  We value the opportunity to evaluate these in real communities. During the two years of this project, Cwell students will collaborate with a number of community towns to co-design and deliver: community consultations, profiling, project planning, management and collaboration.

    Limerick City Mayor Project, Citizen Engagement

    The Limerick—Let’s Talk About our Mayor! The project provided a public consulta on process in response to the result of a county-wide plebiscite in favour of establishing a Directly Elected Mayor (DEM) with executive powers for Limerick City and County. The process was designed to raise public awareness about the creation of a new kind of Mayor for Limerick, and to provide an opportunity for any associated challenges to be surfaced in advance of its establishment. The project aim was to provide a well-designed, crea ve and inclusive consulta ve process that could contribute added-value to existing developmental strategies in Limerick by creating a positive momentum for change. It was envisaged that a genuinely consulta ve process could help to build consensus about the potential and possibilities for the new role. 

    Clare Smart Community Plans x10

    The aim of the project was to undertake a community led audit of 10 communities across Co.Clare over a 12 month period. In partnership with each community we prepared bespoke plans to identify the needs of the community, particularly the needs of the vulnerable within that community, whose voice is sometimes not heard. The program included a range of training workshops, focus groups, mentoring, surveys and audits of businesses; community groups and residents; and sought to incorporate existing plans, such as the county development plan, into the end product. The project covered a wide range of community development themes under the core pillars of social, economic, cultural and environmental.

    Castletown Smart Community Development Plan

    This project involved working with the community to develop a locally led community plan, help develop ideas, through local training and mentoring, and encourage participation in the newly refurbished community hall and encourage greater cooperation among local community groups.

    Community Engagement Program: Clarecastle & Inagh

    In partnership with Clarecastle & Inagh, we are to prepare a tailor made plan to identify the needs of everyone in the community, especially those at the margins of the community whose voice is sometime not heard. The program is to include a range of workshops, focus groups, surveys and audits of community groups. and should seek to incorporate existing plans such as the county development plan into the end product. The project should cover a wide range of community development themes under the core pillars of social, economic, cultural and environment.

    Shannon Community Arts Project

    This project was a 12 month project which involved the delivery of training workshops, local capacity building exercises and support, in animating greater activity in the community, with particular focus on the creative arts and the arts economy. Funding for the project was provided through the REDZ programme and the project was included as an exemplary case study at a recent conference in Amsterdam of the ‘European Rural Development Network.

    Carlow Local Communications Project

    Working with Carlow PPN, Council and Carlow Volunteer Centre we developed and delivered a tailored training programme related to local online communications, storytelling and smartphone video filing. We’ve developed a county digital communications plan and associated template for a community communications plan and worked with community volunteers to help deliver the programme locally.

    Laios Smart Video and Communications Training Project

    Title: Laios Smart Video and Communications Training Project
    Partners: Laois Partnership 
    About: We developed innovative Smart Video Training Program and associated marketing training for community groups and small businesses in County Laois.

    Laios eGrants PlatformLaios eGrants Platform

    Laois Partnership worked with a digital development company called eConcepts over a 5 month period to develop a system from first principles. The system was developed with 5 key goals namely:

    To significantly reduce the time our staff spend writing the standard documentation by automating the preparation of such documents.
    To improve the accuracy of data as grant applications move through the various stages of the process.
    To build a tool which could digest, and interpret the cohort of applications and help the organisation see trends.
    To develop a robust and secure system which we can add additional tools onto in the future.
    To have a smooth mobile option so our staff can log key information while onsite instead of writing notes, and typing them later.

    Testimonials

    Mark Clancy

    “Laois Partnership has hired the services of eTownz for a variety of different projects over the past 8 years. We have found eTownz to be professional, knowledgeable, and provide an innovative approach to local development.

    I would foresee the significant potential for eTownz and the eTownz community development tools in the coming year. The relatively new concept of “Smart Towns and Villages” is a concept which seeks to provide a more data and evidence-based approach to local development and is being heavily championed at EU level by the EU commissioners and relevant departments most especially ENRD which is related to the leader development funding mechanism used across Europe.

    The Irish government, local councils, and local development companies such as Laois Partnership company are also embracing the concepts behind Smart Villages and eTownz are developing tools that could greatly support the roll-out of smart communities in Ireland and across Europe.”

    Dr Maura Farrell

    Community rejuvenation, development and sustainability are increasingly key issues of concern within both a community and policy context, not only from an Irish perspective, but also on an international basis. Having carried out extensive work within the context of community and rural development, the issues that lie ahead are not, should communities initiate change for survival, but how do they go about doing this? eTownz are developing a holistic online platform that will allow communities, not only to explore the advantage and disadvantages of their community, but also to provide a clear direction of progression into the future. eTownz is both innovative and novel, has an identifiable market within Ireland and beyond and can assist in bringing local, small or large communities into an age where the internet can play a key role in igniting community development and sustainability.

    Derek Barrett

    “In early 2016, working with Clare County Council and leveraging funding from the initial REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) program we hired eTownz to help us with a community development initiative. The aim of the project was to help provide direction and build community capacity with respect to community and arts sectors.

    We were very happy with the work provided by eTownz. The team provided a package of complimentary services to help us meet our aims.

    We found eTownz to provide a professional level of service, adaptable to the needs of our community and creative in the approach and support of our actions. We would certainly recommend eTownz to other communities around Ireland and wish them the very best for the future.”

    Hugh O'Reilly

    “The Wheel has worked with eConcepts / eTownz for the past number of years on website projects such as National Rural Network, Spark Change, and a variety of research projects in the community development sector. eTownz provides a unique style of services that combines a deep understanding of the community development sector and digital processes automation tools. The team provides extremely valuable services to our organisation and I highly recommend a similar eTownz. 

    Gloria Callinan

    “I work with Clare Local Development company which is an organisation that supports communities and community organisations in county Clare. We’ve been working with eTownz for over four years where they have assisted in the development of community plans for a number of towns in our area. We found their approach to be innovative, professional and personable. We would recommend eTownz and look forward to seeing the development of their services in the years to come.” 

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