“Working Together to Make Clones Work”
Clones Community Forum CLG aims to work in consultation with individuals and groups in an inclusive manner in order to develop common goals which will lead to an enhanced quality of life in Clones and its surrounding area
Clones Community Forum CLG is an umbrella organisation, which represents community and voluntary groups in Clones and the surrounding areas. CCF was formed in 1998 in response to an identified need to have a coordinated approach to community development.
To date CCF has successfully delivered a wide range of projects from supporting groups, accredited training, youth work, festivals, art workshops, to the renovation of the Cassandra Hand heritage building and submitting a successful application for €7.8 million under Peace III to deliver an iconic sports project on behalf of Clones Erne East Sports Partnership – now the Peace Link Sports Centre
Initially funding received from ADM/CPA EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation enabled the Management Committee to employ Project Co-ordinator Josephine Treanor and Development Worker Angela Graham as well as many others along the way. Their focus covered the entire spectrum from youth, women, community facilities, heritage, communication and information. Further Peace II funding was secured; this enabled the forum to continue its “Building Bridges” project. The Project provided space to bring people together and contributed locally to peace building by promoting an appreciation of diversity and difference. In 2006 CCF received an award from SEUPB acknowledging the successful implementation of “The Building Bridges Project”.
Sadly 2008 brought to an end the funding available under the Peace II programme and the great work being carried out by our staff and management. The Forum office that we had come to know was gone and all business was transferred to the newly restored Cassandra Hand Centre.
In 2009 the Forum submitted a successful application to Monaghan Peace III Partnership under measure ‘Building Positive Relations at Local Level’ for their ‘One Year To Heal Four Hundred’ project. The project included events using Music, Culture and Heritage as a mechanism to build relationships affected by years of conflict.
In 2010/11 CCF implemented its ‘Looking Back to Move Forward’ project, kindly funded by the International Fund For Ireland, using facilitation, training and visual-media to build relationships and acknowledge the past.
Fortunately the ethos of the Forum remains strong in our Community. One full-time and two part-time staff, along with a voluntary Management Committee, are committed to further build on the foundations laid by Peace I, Peace II and Peace III programmes.