AN innovative project being run by Milford Care Centre in Limerick has awarded seed funding to 12 community projects in the Mid West.
Milford’s Compassionate Communities Project, set up a number of years ago to discuss issues around death, dying and loss, made its third round of funding awards last Friday.
The awards invited application for bright ideas to attempt to make a difference to how communities engage with those themes of loss.
Project co-ordinator Dr Kathleen McLoughlin said she was “delighted” with the response to the call for projects, grants for which will be in turn matched with direct funding, or funding in kind, from community groups.
“It is wonderful how communities can get an idea off of the ground with just a small amount of funding that can make such a difference to other people,” she explained.
Some of the Limerick projects funded include Le Chéile, to support young people and families with bereavement and loss issues, the Bedford Row Family Project, to provide therapy sessions for women using the prison and probation services specific to grief and loss, a refurbishment of the family room and garden on the walkway to the mortuary in University Hospital Limerick and funding for ‘themed discussions’ by community ambassadors at the Northside Family Resource Centre in Ballynanty.
Mayor of the Metropolitan Area, Cllr Michael Sheahan, reflected on the importance of communities joining together to support people during difficult times, when people can be “at their most vulnerable”.
“Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities project is re-igniting the old concept of ‘Meitheal’ bringing people together to help each other through the difficult issues of death, dying, loss and care,” he said.
In addition to the awarding of seed grant funding, the Compassionate Communities Project also launched two new short films.
“We wish the best of luck to the seed grant recipients and look forward to seeing the projects up and running later this year,” said Pat Quinlan, Milford CEO.