Celbridge Community Council was a significant stakeholder in the Kildare County Council supported Integrated Services Programme (ISP) Celbridge Plan 2016-2020 that was launched in January 2016. You can view the plan and executive summary at the following links:
- Integrated Services Programme Celbridge Plan 2016-2020
- Integrated Services Programme Celbridge Plan Executive Summary 2016-2020
The following two collaborative implementation teams progressed some of the goals, objectives, and actions of the plan:
- Tourism Development Implementation Team
- Children, Young People & Health Implementation Team
Work of the “Tourism Development” Implementation Team
The Integrated Services Programme Celbridge Tourism and Heritage Forum comprised representatives from Celbridge Community Council, Celbridge Business Association, Celbridge Tidy Towns, Celbridge Historical Society, The Castletown Foundation, Celbridge Guided Tours, and Christ Church, Church of Ireland.
The Tourism and Heritage Forum was instrumental in the following initiatives:
- Celbridge, Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East: Tourism and Heritage Strategy 2016 – 2020, a framework to enable Celbridge to benefit economically from the rich and diverse heritage of the locality and to guide the work of the forum – launched in 2016
- The Celbridge Heritage Trail (Brochure, Map and Audio Guide) – launched in 2016
- Discover Celbridge website – launched in 2017
Additionally, the Tourism and Heritage Forum liaised on with tourism stakeholders such as Failte Ireland, Kildare Failte, Kildare County Council, and the Office of Public Works (OPW) to promote Celbridge as an area for tourism development.
The Tourism and Heritage Forum has also been consulted by Kildare County Council planners for its views whilst drafting the Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017-2023.
Work of the “Children, Young People & Health” Implementation Team
The Children, Young People and Health Implementation Group was a collaboration of agencies that work with families and young people in the Celbridge area. The implementation group was made up of representatives from Celbridge Community Council / Celbridge Youth Café, The Bridge Garda Youth Diversion Project, Kildare Library Services, Foróige, Tusla Child and Family Agency, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), and South Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (SWRDATF).
The group worked to maintain communication and cooperation between agencies to provide valuable and worthwhile services to residents of Celbridge and the surrounding areas. Some of the key areas of development through the ISP Implementation group were:
- Parenting Skills programmes (Tusla, Foróige)
- PAKT – Parents and Kids Together (YMCA)
- Community Addiction Studies Course (SWRDATF)
- Drug Education & Active Citizenship (Foróige)
- Youth Facilities and Summer Camp (Celbridge Youth Café)
- Late Nite League (Gardaí, FAI, Bridge GYDP)
- Men’s Mojo (Mental Health) Programme (National Office for Suicide Prevention, Mojo, Celbridge Community Council)