25 October 2018: Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. today launched the Pobal 2017 Annual Report and Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021.

In 2017, Pobal provided management and support services to 23 programmes on behalf of four government departments, overseeing the administration and distribution of €615 million in funding to a range of local and national community organisations, and childcare providers. The 2017 Annual Report details both an increase in the amount of funding administered and the numbers of communities, families, individuals and children supported under the various programmes managed by Pobal.

Key findings from the Pobal 2017 Annual Report include:

10,168 alarms installed in the homes of older people under the Seniors Alert Scheme.
31,016 people received employment supports under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).
Approximately 60,700 disadvantaged families availed of reduced childcare fees through the Community Childcare Subvention Programme.
191,984 children were registered in child-centred programmes.
9,980 participants supported under the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection employment activation initiatives (Tús, RSS & Gateway).
Circa 400 community businesses and social enterprises that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups were supported through the Community Services Programme (CSP)
Pobal’s new Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 details the vision and mission of the organisation for the years ahead, and the strategic goals and objectives it aims to achieve to ensure that Pobal is lean, fit for purpose and responsive to the future needs of communities and stakeholders.

Speaking at today’s launch Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D. said, “This 2017 Pobal Annual Report demonstrates how Pobal works in partnership with Government, including my own Department, to support inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland. I am delighted to also launch today, Pobal’s Strategic Plan for the future. My Department and Pobal are committed to working together to enhance quality supports for social inclusion initiatives, working with local stakeholders and focusing on delivering practical results for local communities in the services that we manage”.

Pobal has experienced significant growth since its establishment over 25 years ago, evolving in response to government priorities while remaining committed to the principles of social inclusion and community development.

Pobal’s vision is one in which Pobal, Government and communities work effectively together to create a cohesive and inclusive society. Pobal works to ensure that resources and supports are targeted to meet community needs.

Dr. Deiric O’ Broin, Chairperson of Pobal said, “At the core of this new Strategic Plan 2018- 2021 and the organisation’s vision is our commitment to providing a highly effective service for managing Irish Government funding  to communities that is underpinned by high standards in accountability of allocations and financial management, and ongoing support to all those we work with”.

“While there have been improvements in Ireland’s social and economic landscape, there are still a number of areas that require targeting of funding supports and collaborative solutions to build inclusive communities. This new Pobal Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 sets out clearly Pobal’s commitment to working alongside Government to achieve positive change for communities, families, individuals and children over the coming years”, added Dr. O’Broin.

Pobal’s Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 can be downloaded here and the 2017 Annual Report from here.