LIMERICK’s Community Development Projects (CDPs) have come together to produce a colourful newsletter.
The Word on the Street, which was launched by Mayor Michael Sheahan at City Hall, is a bright 12 page newsletter focusing on the many good things communities across Limerick are involved in.
The first edition of the quarterly magazine features news of the Men’s Shed project in St Mary’s Park, information on the Study Club, and a true or false quiz on the dangers of smoking.
As well as this, there is a profile of new wellbeing worker Lisa Mulvihill, and the northside drug prevention team.
Around 2,000 copies have been produced, and they will be placed in community centres across the city.
CDPs in Moyross, St Mary’s, Southill and Our Lady of Lourdes have come together to produce the magazine.
Launching it, Mayor Sheahan said: “The strength here is working together. We can all be brilliant in our own little pieces of the jigsaw. But when we put all the pieces of the jigsaw together, and we all colour the canvass together, the end result is so much better. It is great to see community groups coming together.”
However, he stressed the importance of empowering communities, and not just putting agencies in place.
Juan-Carlos Azzopardi, the manager of Limerick City CDP said community newsletters are vitally important.
“We believe community newsletters play a role in informing people of the activities and services in their area, they highlight the positive work and many achievements of local residents and help provide some balance to the often negative coverage people have to consume about themselves,” he said.
Mr Azzopardi says The Word on the Street “gives a better sense of the breadth and depth of the work being done by people across the city and how the specific initiative happening in one part feeds into a larger effort”.
Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, community director at Limerick City and County Council, added: “The Word on the Street rightly gives due recognition to the instrumental role played by the Limerick City CDP in the day to day lives of people living in Limerick and its local communities.”
She added: “When one reads through this new publication, it is notable how intrinsically linked the CDP and its workers are with the positive progress that is being made on a daily basis across the city”.
Around 100 members of the community were also in attendance at the launch, including Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan, Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler and Independent councillor John Gilligan - himself a community worker at St Mary’s AID.