On the 23rd of June the judges visited St. Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely, Co.Limerick.
They were greeted by members and staff of the Community Centre. One of the staff members said:
“St. Munchin’s Community Centre has had an active role in promoting and developing community involvement within the Parish since its establishment in 2005.The community centre has developed a broad representative base from within the community centre.”
Serving The Local Community
The Judges learned about the aims of the centre. The centre provide a central hub accommodating local service providers, they provide a meeting place for local voluntary groups and they help address and overcome social isolation and exclusion. On top of this St Munchin’s Community Centre identifies and responds to the local needs of its community.
There’s Something For Everyone
All of the board of management are voluntary. They met and spoke with the judges and discussed how they regularly meet to ensure ongoing projects are carried out and all the local needs are being addressed.
The centre hosts several services such as providing a community café that is used by all, young and old, catering services and a breakfast service. They deliver quality meals to the local community through their Meals on Wheels service, host a number of classes and provide gardening and weekly bingo. On top of all this the centre is home to a number of youth clubs and a dance company.
After witnessing the local clubs and the enthusiasm shown by it’s members, the judges left Kileely with a heartwarming send off from the locals.
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