Meet Collette and Jacqueline! 🎊 They will help deliver the Design Thinking training courses as part of the Innovating Communities project which we are part of. You can view and register your interest to participate in these courses at 


⭐️ Collette is the Innovating Communities Network Admin Coordinator liaising between the six participating counties Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan. She has an interest in environmental, economic and social sustainability and inclusivity. Collette is an active member of Transition Monaghan, an Advocacy Champion for the Irish Cancer Society in the Cavan-Monaghan area and a founding member of the newly formed Monaghan Toastmasters Club.

⭐️ Jacqueline is a community development worker supporting refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Roma and Travellers. Previously she was involved in youth work in Martinique, USA, France and London before coming back home to Monaghan. She's about to complete Creativity and Change at Crawford College of Art and Design and is currently a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for 2021.

They, along with their fellow Monaghan cotrainers Mila, Jonathan, Karen, Gerard and Shauna, will be helping to lead the Design Thinking training for community activists across Monaghan.

Sign up for a course today over on!

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Innovating Communities (IC) is a new major training programme aimed at enhancing innovation and creativity among Monaghan communities. IC, a LEADER Cooperation project, offers free facilitated training and mentoring in Design Thinking (DT), aka Problem Solving, to tackle local issues and ideas. Led by Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) across our neighbour counties Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Louth, IC will bring exciting benefits to our local towns and villages.

Since IC began, community individuals, groups and businesses have been invited to submit Challenges on the project website at Using submitted Monaghan Challenges, MID have formed their first batch of free Training Courses and invite community and business individuals and groups, who want to learn the DT process and or have an interest in the particular topic, to register to participate.

Courses that are open for registration are; Reimagining Community Spaces as Digital Hubs - Register before Mon 10th May which aims to generate innovative ideas for creating and sustaining digital hubs through collaboration between community centres, groups and interested individuals, and Attracting People to Work and Live in County Monaghan - Register before Mon 17th May which focuses on generating community action that will attract people to live and work in the county’s rural communities, such as providing high quality jobs, rejuvenating our town centres, and repurposing general infrastructure. ‘Climate Action, Biodiversity and Sustainability’ is another course which is now closed for registrations. Missed this opportunity? Submit a Challenge or round up a group to participate in another Course similar or inspired by this existing Course.

The training will employ a ‘person centred design’ approach where groups and individuals are helped to identify topics important to their community or business and the training support will be provided to work with people to help them explore ideas and best possible solutions. The process will provide a high level of support to help community groups and would-be innovators move more confidently and creates a process for the discovery of community needs, idea generation and the testing of solutions.

To register your interest for the training and for more information, please visit / contact Collette  087 176 1732.

As part of An Garda Síochána Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021, they have launched a funded Internship Programme for school-leavers and graduates. This Internship Programme aims to provide schoolleavers from communities that have been traditionally under-represented within An Garda Síochána, with an opportunity to work with us for a period of and between 9 - 11 months commencing September 2021. Interns will be based in a number of locations across the country, including Garda Headquarters.
Completed applications should be sent to  by Monday 17th May 2021.
School Leaver Garda Diversity Internship
Graduate Garda Diversity Internship

📣 These community champions will help deliver the Design Thinking training courses as part of the Innovating Communities project which we are part of

🖌️ You can view and register your interest to participate in these courses at


⭐️ Jonathan is a Tus supervisor at Monaghan Integrated Development. He helps unemployed people find short-term working opportunities in a community work placement Scheme. Over the years he has closely worked with community groups in County Monaghan. He looks forward to working with community leaders through Innovating Communities.

⭐️ Karen is a peacebuilder, human rights advocate and grassroots educator living just outside Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. She's mother to a three year old girl. She loves working with people and is passionate about social justice, care for the environment, and personal development and wellbeing. She believes in taking a positive approach to social change and in supporting people on that journey. She works as Coordinator of Síolta Chroí an environmental education and retreat centre in South Monaghan, teaches yoga part-time, and freelances as a facilitator in Global Citizenship Education with school children and adults.

⭐️ Shauna has always been involved with grass roots community efforts. Along with other volunteers she set up the first Irish school in Clones, Co. Monaghan. She holds a diploma in cross border relations. She has a degree in business and community. She currently sits on the Aghabog development committee as company secretary. She looks forward to working alongside this new and exciting concept that is innovating communities.

Register to add Challenges and sign up for Courses at
Or contact Collette  / 087 176 1732.

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Registration for the first batch of Monaghan Innovating Communities Training Courses are now open!

Innovating Communities is a LEADER project that offers free facilitated training and mentoring to tackle local issues and ideas. Using submitted Monaghan Challenges, we've formed Courses that will help you develop impactful solutions using Design Thinking aka Problem Solving. These courses are open to individuals and or groups who want to learn the design thinking process and or have an interest in the particular topic. View and or register your interest for the courses below;
All Courses are subject to availability. Please share with any groups and individuals you think would have an interest and benefit.
Feel free to contact Collette  / 0871761732.

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Free training designed to solve local challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great change across the globe and has highlighted many challenges, old and new, that our country is facing. More than anything, it has demonstrated the resilience and determination of our communities, who came together in a multitude of ways to support, inspire, and overcome.

The importance of community-led action has never been more obvious, and with it the need to empower and facilitate such vital work. Innovating Communities is a two year project that aims to train and mentor over 900 participants (known as Challengers) from six counties (Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal) by teaching them valuable Design Thinking skills in order to create and enact solutions to local issues.

Anyone can sign up to be a Challenger. Maybe you want to be more involved in your local community but don't know where to start. Perhaps you're a member of a group/council/club who want help tackling a specific Challenge. Or you could be a community veteran who just wants to learn a new way of thinking. Whoever you are, Innovating Communities is free and accessible to all.
The Challenger's Journey
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  1. Challengers start by registering on the Innovating Communities website to meet like-minded learners and stay up-to-date on all the action.
  2. Challenges (any issues or opportunities that you have identified in your area) should be submitted to the Challenge Bank. To keep your community are the heart of the project, these Challenges will be collated and used to form the basis of our training Courses.
  3. Groups can be clubs, councils, and associations - any kind of group at all. If you're a member of a pre-existing Group, why not add it to the site so others can learn about it. Alternatively, you can join a Group already on the site, or start your own!
  4. Courses will be available on the website very soon. Challengers can sign up for Courses that relate to a Challenge they have encountered or simply have a passion for.
  5. Design Thinking is a process that puts people at the heart of solving Challenges. Every Challenger will learn these skills, which have been used by some of the world's biggest companies to achieve success.
  6. By the completion of the project we believe every Challenger will have the confidence and ability to find solutions for current and future Challenges; helping to sustain long-term community-led action.
Ready to begin your journey? Sign up now and start to innovate your community.

⭐️ Ireland has been Mila's home for over 18 years. Monaghan, its amazing people, and Ireland have been incredibly good to her and she wants to give back. She is a business owner, Interpreter and recently a co- founder of a Social Enterprise MATIC - Migrants Advocacy, Training and Integration Centre. She hopes to be of assistance to Monaghan Community and play a part in making Monaghan even a better place to live.
⭐️ Gerard works as an Education Officer with Monaghan Integrated Development. He helps clients in the County to access relevant supports to improve their lives including training courses and a variety of other interventions. He works closely with a range of individuals in County Monaghan, including unemployed people, members of the travelling community, and disadvantaged young people. Outside his work, he's Chairperson of his local Community Development Association and Coaching Officer with his local GAA club.
Innovating Communities offers free training Courses for people who want to find solutions to Challenges facing their community.
These brilliant co-trainers will help facilitate Courses in Monaghan.
📖 Register here to add Challenges and sign up for Courses:
Or contact Collette / 087 176 1732.



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We, Monaghan Integrated Development, are part of the Innovating Communities project which offers free training and mentoring in Problem Solving aka Design Thinking.
We're forming our first Innovating Communities training Courses now! Sign up to be notified when they open for registration at
More and more Courses will be made available in the coming months and we want to know what kind of topics YOU want to see in them.
By submitting a Challenge that your community is facing, you can increase the chances of it being addressed via Problem Solving aka Design Thinking in one of our Courses.
Go to the Challenge Bank to submit yours - or if someone beat you to it, like and comment on that Challenge to show support 👍
Interested? Questions? Contact Collette:  / 087 1761732

The Government has launched a public consultation process for the next Climate Action Plan. Everyone has the opportunity to engage with the online Climate Conversations platform, which will seek people’s opinions on various elements of Climate Action and particularly perspectives on actions at a local level.

You don’t need to be a climate expert for your opinion to be valued, Government want to hear from as many people as possible in order to ensure that a diverse range of perspectives and experiences inform the development of the next Climate Action Plan.

Click on the link for further information and to have your say. 

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We are pleased to announce the roll out of the new Transitional LEADER Programme for County Monaghan commencing 1st April 2021 that will bridge the gap between the wind-up of the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme and the start of the next EU Programme in 2023.

A key focus of the Transitional LEADER Programme is on building capacity within communities that have not received LEADER funding to-date. It will also continue to support and encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in the county, and support projects that address the climate agenda and digital transformation, as well as encourage rural communities across the county to build on their existing strengths and assets.
The Transitional LEADER Programme seeks to address the challenges facing rural Ireland and places emphases on the following priorities:
  • Supports to rural businesses seeking to reach new markets, expand, innovate and/or diversify in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or Brexit, with a particular emphasis on providing support to businesses in the food sector.
  • Community-based projects that seek to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Supports and capacity building for communities that have not previously received assistance under LEADER or other rural programmes, engage directly with new applicants to develop projects and enhance collaboration within communities.
  • Support for new and innovative projects in the areas of climate change, environmental protection and the green economy.
  • Maximise the potential of broadband and the digital economy in communities, including through skills development and building awareness and usage of available remote working facilities.
  • Encouragement of projects that utilise the Smart Village approach to local area development.
If you have a project idea and would like to find out more about the opportunities available through LEADER for your community or business, phone us on 042 9749 500 or complete an Expression of Interest form here and email it to .
All Expressions of Interest received will be assessed for eligibility for funding in line with the LEADER Operating Rules, Monaghan Local Development Strategy and the priorities for Transitional Funding. If your proposed project is eligible, you will be invited to submit a project application. 
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