RAPID Mayfield, The Glen, Blackpool

RAPID is a Government Programme that aims to improve the quality of life for people living in the local area. It involves agencies working together, listening and responding to what the local people who use their services have to say.

Throughout the RAPID Programme there is a specific focus on addressing issues of Social Exclusion. Following consultation with local people, a RAPID Plan for Mayfield/the Glen/Blackpool was drawn up. The plan was comprised of a wide range of projects and ideas that local people, community organisations, politicians and agency personnel had been working on for many years.

The plan aims to address the priority issues for local communities through building on work and relationships that have evolved over many years.

Progress has now been made on many of these projects and much credit is due to the people who work so hard on the ground to ensure that their communities become a better place in which to work and live.

Projects cover many topics including

  • Youth
  • Childcare
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Community Facilities

Various projects under the above themes have been included in the RAPID plan for the area and funded through the RAPID process. Some of the successful RAPID Projects to date include

Sports Capital Programme Funding

  • Blackpool Youth & Sports Club
  • Mayfield GAA Club
  • Mayfield United Soccer Club

Dormant Accounts Fund

Seven projects funded from our area to date including:

  • St. Brendans Senior Citizens (the Glen)
  • Mayfield Community Arts Centre
  • Dillons Cross Project
  • St. Joseph’s Community Centre
  • Glen Resource & Sports Centre pitch development

Local Authority Housing Enhancement Scheme

A number of small scale projects in estates include

  • Enhancement of Plaza area in Blackpool
  • Erection of Perimeter Fence behind Ardbhaile (Mayfield)
  • Landscaping in various estates
  • Public Lighting Enhancement

RAPID Playground Scheme

  • Playgrounds being developed locally

Equality for Women – RAPID Strand

  • Seven projects across the 4 RAPID areas

Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme

  • Little Hands Creche- Blackpool
  • MAGNET Creche (The Glen)
  • Mayfield CDP Creche

Leveraged Fund

Funding for small scale community facility works in:

  • Kerrigan Tyrell Youth Centre
  • Mayfield Community Arts Centre

Other Projects

  • Mayfield/the Glen Health Action Zone
  • Blackpool Streetscape
  • Glenamoy Park

Many of these funding streams are expected to continue over the next few years.

Within RAPID, working together, integration & co-ordination of services in the area is a priority. Agencies provide regular updates on service delivery at each AIT meeting. The AIT endeavours to act as a centre for the co-ordination of public services in the area. In addition, a number of inter-agency task groups have been set up to work on specific issues.

For example:

  • Environment
  • Blackpool Community Development
  • Childcare

Current Membership of the Mayfield/the Glen/Blackpool AIT includes:

  • Health Service Executive
  • Department of Social & Family Affairs
  • Cork City Partnership
  • City of Cork VEC
  • Cork Local Drugs Task Force
  • Gardaí
  • Cork City Council
  • FÁS
  • Elected Representatives
  • Community Representatives

For Further Information on RAPID in the Mayfield/the Glen/Blackpool Area Contact: Paul Mc Guirk

City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork.

T - 021 4924596
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