Neighbourhood Hall Team and sponsor, Mock Lawlor who was making a donation on behalf of their many sponsors to the new kitchen enterprise – L- R – John O Donnell (Chief Fundraiser), Cristina Vanni (C.E. Support Worker), Lorraine O Shea (CSP Hall Supervisor), Mock Lawlor, David Barry (SCCA Board Director and Treasurer), Pat Brennan (SCCA Chairperson), Mary Colclough (Kilkenny/Carlow Contact Development Officer), Anne Marie Clifford (SCCA Board Director), Lisa Oyewole (CE support worker) – Back Row – Chris Proctor (CSP Hall Worker), Diane Brennan (Fr. McGrath, Admin Officer), Martin Hanrahan (SCCA Director and Treasurer), Fr. Jim Murphy (Parish Priest – St. Canice’s)
Bobby Kerr to Launch Butts Social Enterprise Project.
Kilkenny native Bobby Kerr returns to his home City this week to official launch a new community social enterprise in St. Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall on the Butts Green.
Bobby will officially open a state of the art industrial kitchen that will be used to help train people to FETAC award levels and develop social enterprise catering opportunities in Kilkenny’s first ‘Age Friendly’ Centre.
Bobby will then assist guest Chef, Rodney Doyle, with a cookery demonstration followed by a social meet and greet where refreshments will be served to those attending this open to all event on Thursday afternoon at 3.00pm.
The Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre have spent nearly five years redeveloping what was an almost derelict building and one of the last of the old parish Halls in the City for future use as an age friendly multi-faceted Neighbourhood Hall project.
They have received some financial support in their efforts from the County Council’s ‘Age Friendly Initiative’ and the HSE Older Peoples Services but much of the work such as the kitchen received very generous support from local business sponsors. Nearly 80% of the total €32,000 cost of the new kitchen came from local sponsorship in Kilkenny or their own fundraising.
The Community Social Programme (CSP) helps fund some support and part time maintenance workers to encourage and support local programmes and community initiatives and enterprises get started.
Chairperson of the Centre, Pat Brennan said:
‘We hope that the development of our industrial kitchen, will open considerable future social, enterprise and training opportunities to us and will greatly assist our long term strategy to make this community building economically sustainable.
The old parish hall served families of the parish for nearly fifty years in the last century and we hope that the work we have carried out will help us serve those families for another fifty years in this century.’ he added.
Sponsors to the kitchen project include Mock Lawlor of ML Windows, DID Electrical, Aldi, Kilkenny Enviroclad, Dunnes Stores, Kilkenny Communications, Sherwood’s, Campions Framing, David Barry Acountancy Services, David Murphy Electrical Contractors, Michael Gaul Butchers,Nolan Floors, Nesbit’s and many other business people in the City.