Workshops announced for Clare Tidy Towns and community groups

Workshops announced for Clare Tidy Towns and community groups

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tidytownsThe Environment Section of Clare County Council has organised a series of workshops in Ennis, Scarriff and Miltown Malbay to assist community groups with the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management category of the national SuperValu TidyTowns competition.

While the workshops have been developed to assist Tidy Towns groups, Clare County Council is also encouraging individuals, business, schools and community groups to attend and learn how to become involved in local environmental awareness projects or initiatives within their community.

The upcoming workshops, which are supported through the Department of Environment’s Local Agenda 21 Fund, the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network and the Southern Region Waste Management Office, are free of charge.

The first themed workshops – entitled ‘Tidy Towns: Promoting a more Sustainable Community’ – will take place at McNamaras Bar & Restaurant in Scariff from 11.00am to 12.30pm on January 26th, Whitestrand Lifesaving Training Centre in Miltown Malbay from 11.00am to 12.30pm on January 27th, and Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on January 28th.

Lorraine Power, Environmental Scientist and Tidy Towns Adjudicator will deliver a workshop on the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management category of the tidy towns competition which increased by 30 points in 2014. Tidy Towns groups will get the opportunity to explore how marks can be improved in the category.

Advice also will be provided to Tidy Towns groups on making the most of their Tidy Towns application form, including the promotion of work undertaken in terms of increasing environmental awareness as well as improving the environment. Tidy Towns groups are invited to bring along their tidy towns application to the workshop to explore where improvements can be made.

Meanwhile, Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council will provide the opportunity to explore different types of environmental awareness campaigns and initiatives that can be initiated or developed within a community. Supports available from Clare County Council, the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network and Southern Region Waste Management Office to assist with such environmental awareness campaigns and initiatives will be discussed.

The second workshop, which will focus on the theme of volunteers, will take place at McNamaras Bar & Restaurant in Scariff from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on January 26th, Whitestrand Lifesaving Training Centre in Miltown Malbay from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on January 27th, and Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis from 4.00pm to 6.00pm on January 28th.

This workshop will investigate ways to encourage and promote recruitment and volunteering by addressing the issues from a creative and positive perspective. It will be hosted by Mike Holden, a freelance teacher, trainer and facilitator specialising in environmental and sustainability issues.

To book a place at any of the upcoming workshops please email envawareness@clarecoco.ie or contact Mairead Griffin at 065 6846386 on or before the 22nd January 2016.

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