County Wicklow Partnership
County Wicklow Partnership is charged with delivering a range of national programmes on a county wide level including the current SICAP, LEADER, Tús and a range of other initiatives. It is contracted to deliver SICAP and the LEADER on behalf of the Wicklow LCDC.
County Wicklow Partnership is overseen by a Board of Directors drawn from the community, local government and key NGO stakeholders. Board membership includes representatives from the statutory, Local Authority, community & voluntary pillar along with the social partners.
The majority of Avril’s professional life has been in senior management roles in the community and voluntary sector. Avril has experienced working in community development, education, leadership, supporting volunteers and advocacy in communities for over 30 years. Her work in this area is underpinned by the principles of social inclusion, equality and social justice. Avril has worked with a number of organisations including An Cosán, Age Action Ireland, Merchants Quay Ireland, NALA and Carlow Institute Technology. Her work has involved working collaboratively with a diverse range of public, private and non-profit organisations. She has worked on both national and local committees, networks and Education Programme Boards.
Avril is passionate about lifelong learning and believes that learning, knowledge and understanding can be transformative and that with the right supports individuals, families and communities can overcome challenges and setbacks to identify and achieve their goals.
Avril is a founding director of the Lacken Community Development Association and has recently stepped down as Chairperson. She has really enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer on this committee and work with members of the local community to work on a number of projects to build a vibrant community centre and explore the potential for local social enterprise.
Avril was also the community representative for many years on the Board of Tallaght Community Arts.
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