LAOIS Partnership Company is the local development company for Co. Laois. A State and EU funded organisation, it delivers a range of programmes and supports to people, communities and businesses in the county. These programmes aim to make Laois a better place to live in by enhancing community life, combating disadvantage and social exclusion and supporting enterprise development.
Initiatives include: The Rural Development Programme; Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme ( SICAP) DSP Job Club; Community Employment Schemes; Tus Programme; Rural Social Scheme; Services to the Elderly Programme(LSTEP); National Childcare Schemes; Back to Education initiative. The Company’s catchment area is the whole of Laois, However it delivers the Walks Scheme for Laois & Offaly.
Project Officer for the Leader Rural Development Programme
Tel 057 8661900
|Mark is the Project Officer for the LEADER Rural Development Programme. If you are thinking of setting up a business or a community development group you can contact Mark for details of eligibility for Leader grants.|
Rural Recreation Officer
Tel 085 1742217
|Peter manages the engagement with private landowners whom make up the Walks scheme on both the Offaly Way and the Slieve Bloom way. Also participates in a number of integrated tasks that cover the development and maintenance of physical trails-, advising maintenance crews; to administration and financial reporting elements and include project planning, stakeholder networking.|
Community Development Officer
Tel 087 1775729
|Storm supports the development of residents groups, disability groups, men’s sheds groups, lone parents groups and new communities. She also provides support to six Failte Isteach groups in Laois and is responsible for the development of Befriending Laois, a visiting service for older people and people with disabilites.|
Employment & Training Officer
Tel 087 3107777
|Michelle provides one-to-one supports for unemployed people who are interested in employment. Support is given through an individual tailored mentoring programme by providing access to education, training and employment.|
Enterprise & Employment Advisor
Tel 087 7385965
|Karen provides one-to-one supports to unemployed people who are interested in becoming self-employed. We offer advice & guidance on all aspects of setting up or developing a business, including applying for Back to Work Allowance (BTWEA & STEA), applying for grant aid, registering with revenue, completing business plans & projected financials. We process Microfinance Ireland (MFI) applications for loans of up to €5K.We also provide a suite of enterprise workshops covering marketing, finance, and book-keeping.|
Enterprise & Employment Advisor
Tel 087 2235573
|Ann provides one-to-one supports to unemployed people who are interested in becoming self-employed. We offer advice & guidance on all aspects of setting up or developing a business, including applying for Back to Work Allowance (BTWEA & STEA), applying for grant aid, registering with revenue, completing business plans & projected financials. We process Microfinance Ireland (MFI) applications for loans of up to €5K.We also provide a suite of enterprise workshops covering marketing, finance, and book-keeping.|
Manager of Laois Services to Elderly People (LSTEP)
Tel 057 8682779 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Laois Services to Elderly People (LSTEP) Est 2008 provide a subsidised service for the older person, by maintaining gardens, undertaking internal and external painting of homes, also general maintenance work, LSTEP is registered with POBAL to facilitates grant applications for Personal Alarms for the over 65 age group. These services are provided to enhance and support independent living for older people in Laois, by offering Safety, Security & Comfort in the homes of the Older Person.|
|Fiona is the Childcare Manager for Laois Partnership Company who manages a pre-school and three afterschool programmes, based in three community facilities in Portlaoise. Each facility has a co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinator. As Childcare Manager, Fiona oversees and co-ordinates the efficient operation of these services to the highest standards in line with Tusla and Department of Children and Youth requirements.|
Training & Employment Officer
Tel 087 2230710
|Mary Kelly is the Training and Employment Officer with SICAP. Her role entails assisting and supporting unemployed people to access suitable training opportunities to improve employment prospects. Under the BTEI initiative Mary offers certified training in the following areas: Computer Training, Retail Skills, Healthcare, Horticulture, Building Skills, Catering Skills and HACCP training.|
Phone: 057 8663241
The job club provides a four week programme which covers job seeking skills, practical career advice, support and guidance, one to one coaching, CV Preparation, Confidence building, Interview Preparation, Assessment, Aptitude, & Psychometric Testing
Peter O’Neill (Chair), Teresa McEvoy (Vice Chair), Pat Culleton, Josephine Sutton, Michael Cobbe, Paul Lynch, Vivienne Graham, Ann Marie Maher, William Aird, Catherine Fitzgerald, Noel Gavigan, Michael Murphy, Trevor Stanley and John Fitzpatrick.
Laois Partnership work to develop communities across Laois
Laois Partnership are actively involved in the creation and promotion of the business community in Laois
Laois Partnership make a real impact to the lives of marginalised people in our county.