Welcome to the Ballybane Taskforce

The Ballybane Taskforce is a newly established group of stakeholders working together to promote and support the area of Ballybane. The Taskforce is currently made up of members from the following organisations: SCCUL Enterprises, Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Sports Partnership, St Brigid’s Pastoral Team, An Garda Síochána, Foróige, GRETB, Galway Traveller Movement, Ballybane Library, Túsla, Youthwork Ireland Galway, the Local Employment Service, Ballybrit Mosque, the Western Region Drug & Alcohol Taskforce and Ballybane Community Resource Centre. We have just begun a process of building the membership of the Taskforce and we are doing this by inviting new membership from two additional strands:

  1. Representatives from thematic groups
  2. Community representatives from geographic areas

Two representatives will be appointed to the Taskforce from the following thematic groups:

a) Young people,
b) Older people,
c) New communities,
d)Traveller community,
e)Disability groups,
f)LGBT+ groups,
g)Sports groups.

Current stakeholders from within the Taskforce will oversee the thematic appointments.

 

At a public meeting in the Ballybane Community Resource Centre on Wednesday night last we appointed two community representatives from four geographic areas across Ballybane. We had a great turnout and those that attended were delighted that they now have a structured group to feed their ideas and concerns into. The key role of the community representatives is to bring forward issues and ideas from their geographic area to the Taskforce meetings. In turn the community representatives will feed information back to the areas they represent. Over the next few weeks Imelda Gormally, the community development worker in the area will work with the community representatives to set up a structure in each area which will help make their representative role easier.

Based on results which have emerged from a survey carried out in the community in early 2017, the Taskforce proposes to focus on five thematic areas in its first year of operation. These are youth, environment, communications, adult engagement and community facilities. Working groups will be set up under each of these themes, and will develop a strategy to guide their work.  

We are currently building our website and it will be available shortly. For further information please contact Imelda Gormally, Galway City Partnership on 091-768305 / 086-0227821 or imelda@gcp.ie.