Smart Villages Training Programme for Rural Dublin: Project Launch Events
The “Smart Villages Training Programme for Rural Dublin” is an initiative led by Fingal LEADER Partnership in association with KPMG Future Analytics. The project addresses the unique challenges facing Ireland’s rural regions today. With support under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020, this project aims to further strengthen the capacity of local communities to unlock innovative new solutions for the sustainable growth and development of rural areas across Dublin.
The term ‘Smart Villages’ refers to rural communities that build on and enhance existing strengths and assets through creative solutions; embracing innovation to create attractive and sustainable places in which to live and work. A Smart Village approach will see individuals and community groups come together to overcome local challenges by exploring new ways of doing things and implementing practical and tangible solutions.
The ultimate aim of the Smart Villages Training Programme for Rural Dublin is to assist local communities across rural Dublin in developing the knowledge and skills needed to produce local Smart Village Action Plans. These will outline a community vision for the future sustainable development of their local area.
The Smart Villages Training Programme for Rural Dublin will launch in April 2023 and run until June 2023. A series of in-person and online training workshops will be held during this period, where attendees will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work together to produce their own local Smart Village Action Plans. The programme will kick off with three in-person launch events. These events will explore what the concept of ‘smart villages’ means in practice; its growing relevance within a “post-COVID” context; and how it can apply within rural Ireland and specifically within the context of rural Dublin.
Communities are invited to attended one of the three launch events:
- Fingal Launch Event: Balbriggan Bracken Court Hotel: 13th April, 18.30-20.30
- South Dublin Launch Event: Rathcoole Community Centre: 13th April, 18.30-20.30
- Dún Laoghaire -Rathdown Launch Event: Glencullen Community Hall: 17th April, 18.30-20.30