Library allocated €45k to tackle social exclusion
County Wexford Library Service is to be allocated funding of €45,450 to provide library supports to communities and individuals at risk of being socially excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged.
The funding is made up of €37,502.50 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, while a contribution of €7,947.50 will be made by the local authority.
The funding aims to provide access to educational, lifelong learning, social inclusion and community participation supports available through the public library service. It also aims to support digital literacy and access for disadvantaged and marginalised communities, providing literacy supports in tandem with the national Right-to-Read Programme.
In Wexford, a total of ten projects will receive funding. €4,850 will be spent on Autism friendly library services including events and workshops for children and young people. A literacy project with the travelling community - 'Travelling Tales' - aims to create a children's book representing traveller culture and has been allocated €9,600.
A total of €5,000 is to be allocated to the recording of oral histories with men's shed groups, while the 'Tell Me A Story' programme involving teenage girls from New Ross will receive €3,000. Young members of the LGBT+ community are to be allocated €1,400 for podcasting workshops to help with making their voices heard.
€2,000 will be given to Youth Train for a six week digital photo editing course, while an eight week programme for over 55s to learn digital skills will receive €7,200. Meanwhile workshops for young people on researching pictures will be handed €1,100, while literacy activities for families in disadvantaged communities will receive €5,000 and a video promotion for young people to create short animations will receive €6,300.
Launching the plan Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development Seán Carney said:
'Our public library system has an important role to play in delivering additional educational services to comply with our Sustainable Development Goals. I am delighted to approve this funding which will help meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities and facilitate inclusion and participation by all.'