Wexford Community Development Project ACCESS 2000 celebrates 20 years of educating the community

By Amy Lewis

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

To coincide with anniversary celebrations, ACCESS 2000 presented ECDL certicates to 30 women.
To coincide with anniversary celebrations, ACCESS 2000 presented ECDL certicates to 30 women.
The attendance at the 20th anniversary celebrations of Access 2000 in Green Street.
Ellie Hughes, Frances Roche and Maria Brennan cut the cake to mark 20 years of Access 2000 in Wexford.

ACCESS 2000 celebrated 20 years of educating the community with a large gathering at their HQ in Wexford's Green Street.

Over 60 people came together to mark the anniversary of the Community Development Project, which has gone from strength to strength since it was established in 1995. Project co-ordinator Marian Donegan said that their ongoing success was a 'great achievement' especially considering the economic downturn.

'Because of the huge personal commitments and dedication of past and present members of staff throughout the years, ACCESS 2000 continues to remain autonomous, self-directed, vibrant, successful and focused on the marginalised and disadvantaged in our communities,' she said.

First established as an organisation for women, ACCESS 2000 now also runs education programmes for young people aged 13-25. The project traditionally provides opportunities to people with low levels of initial educational attainment and those most marginalised in the community. They provide both accredited and non-accredited educational programmes to address the needs of their target groups.

ACCESS always celebrates the achievements of its learners and, as part of their 20th anniversary celebration, 30 women were presented with ECDL certificates following their training under the Equality for Women Measure Programme.

In October, they will celebrate the success of 18 young people who will be presented with a FETAC Level 4 Major Award in Employment Skills Training and ECDL.

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