Doonbeg Community Development Ltd began its involvement with FAS in 1989 as sponsors of Community Employment Projects. The objective of the sponsors was to improve the quality of life for all people living in Doonbeg by:
In the first two years the “Social Employment Scheme”, as it was known then, had only two participants but as Doonbeg Community Development became more established, the number of participants increased to fifteen to meet the needs of the sponsors. In July 2004 the CE Project in Mullagh was amalgamated with Doonbeg and then in July 2008 the project at Raidio Corca Baiscinn in Kilkee came under the umbrella of Doonbeg Community Development. Presently, there is a total of nineteen participants from the three different areas employed on the project, with seven of these based in Doonbeg.
Doonbeg Community Development applies to FÁS each year for the scheme to roll-over each July.
As vacancies arise, the positions are advertised on the FÁS website (www.fas.ie), in the parish newsletter, and in the Clare Champion, as well as on this site.
Doonbeg Community Development is also the sponsor of the Rural Social Scheme and currently there are three participants on this scheme.
The support provided by the CE Project and the RSS through the work done by the participants on numerous projects has helped Doonbeg Community Development make considerable advances in improving the local quality of life. Tidy Towns, the Annual Christmas lighting, the GAA Grounds and the Drama Festival, to mention but a few, have all been supported by the efforts of participants on the CE Project and we appreciate their hard work.
Doonbeg Community Development established an office in the village in May 1994 and this has been staffed by CE participants, right to the present day. The office provides a vital service to the local community, be it internet access, secretarial services, computer access or simply an information point for local activities and events. It is also the administrative centre for the Doonbeg Community Development company and the CE project.
The FAS CE Project and the Rural Social Scheme, with all of its aspects, such as environmental conservation, upkeep of parish property, community hall, graveyards, parks, amenity areas, football grounds, children’s playground and the office, are an integral part of Doonbeg, In short, Doonbeg could not function without these supports. In return, participants have training opportunities and gain work experience to prepare them for future employment. The CE Project offers a local, friendly environment for unemployed men and women to gain that experience.