Strategic plan for Templemore

Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd has produced a strategic plan for the next 5 years taking the organisation through to 2018.

Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd has produced a strategic plan for the next 5 years taking the organisation through to 2018.

The Strategic Plan was launched by Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Most Reverend Dermot Clifford, at an impressive ceremony held at the recently re-furbished McAuley Centre in the town on Wednesday 22 May 2013. The Strategic Plan is the result of many meetings with interested stakeholders culminating in a public consultation meeting on 19 March which was attended by over 57 people from the community.

The wonderful achievements during the lifespan of the previous strategic plan, 2006 – 2011, were celebrated, most notably the completion of a purpose built pre-school facility and the purchase of a new minibus to bring service users to and from the centre (this was funded by a donation from the Civil Service Staff). In addition, new services were instigated e.g. Citizens’ Information Outreach Service; Physiotherapy and Reflexology.

The 3 main services of Services for Older Persons, Social Work and Childcare, form the core of the strategic plan together with plans to enhance the work of the Management Committee given the imminent introduction of the Charities Act 2009. Other areas are Services for Adults in the Community and Youth Services – in these areas it is planned to partner with other service providers in North Tipperary, both professional and voluntary. Each of these areas is divided into themes and actions which will inform and direct the work of Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd over the coming years. The total estimate to implement all aspects of the plan is €3.73m spanning all 5 years up to and including 2018.

A firm of consultants, Derek Bell & Associates Limited were commissioned to produce this plan and it is the result of an 8 month consultation process.

The economic climate in which Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd. operates has changed dramatically since the death of the Celtic Tiger. As a result, the need for services detailed in the plan is greater than ever, yet obtaining funding is a bigger issue than ever before. The strategic plan recognises this fact and is therefore framed so as to be both practical and achievable over the years 2013 to 2018.