Two significant appointments in relation to the delivery of the Tipperary Town Revitalisation Strategy and Action Plan have been made over the past week.
Maria Minguella will join Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force as Social Inclusion Coordinator on November 14 . The Task Forces Social Inclusion Programme aims to work with existing service providers to enhance resources and tackle the high rates of deprivation and disadvantage that have long affected the town.
The position is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), Tipperary County Council (TCC) and South Tipperary Development Company (STDC), with the appointment seen as an important first step in driving the Task Forces Social Inclusion Programme forward.
Separately, Leisa Gray has been appointed by Youthwork Ireland Tipperary as Creative Places Tipperary Town Coordinator and will take up her role, today, November 7th.
Leisa is a creative facilitator and socially engaged arts practitioner
Tipperary Town was awarded € 371,000 from the Arts Council under the Creative Places Programme in May 2022 following a competitive application process. The opportunity was open to places that had not benefited from sustained arts investment in the past. The programme is a partnership between Youth Work Ireland Tipperary, Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force, Tipperary Excel, Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Co-Op and numerous other local community and voluntary groups.
Tipperary Town Task Force believes that having dedicated coordinators on board to work with the local community and leverage more resources is a huge step forward in addressing the challenges faced by Tipperary town.