Secretary’s Address to KCDA AGM – June 2018

AGM – KCDA – 14th June 2018 – Secretary’s Report

The current board members of the KCDA are Tom Fortune (Chairperson), John Byrne (Treasurer), John Kinsella (vice-treasurer), Mary Keddy (secretary), Mark Blake (Health and Safety officer), Colette Hunt, Sarah Donnelly, Kathy Hoctor, Declan Greene, Ger Bateman, Mike O Brien. New members to join the board more recently are James Scott (2017) and Cliona Dodd (2018) as a representative from the scouts.

The board meet approximately every six weeks and ensuring the smooth running of activities in the centre, promotion of the community centre for use by the community, and ongoing maintenance of the centre are general items of discussion. Our most recent project in maintenance was the completion of the boundary wall last July.  We have 3 part-time staff members employed via the Tús scheme.    Brian Byrne has been employed since May of this year as a part-time administrator, and his contract will finish at the end of November.  Brian currently works Tuesday-Thursday 9.30 am -3.50 pm and he looks after the administration work, bookings for the community centre. John has been employed since August 2017 as a part-time caretaker. John works 19.5 hours per week and his contract will finish at the end of July.  Caroline works 3 mornings a week cleaning the centre. We are very fortunate to have committed, reliable and hardworking staff working in the centre daily.

In general, current activities being run in the community centre are pilates, children’s pilates, yoga, zumba, yoduko, art classes, women’s craft club, speech and drama classes, Irish dancing.  Fáilte Isteach – English language classes have been run in the community centre but are now finished due to a lack of funding.  Our second Expo took place in September 2017 providing a platform for local businesses to network and raise an awareness of local products and services available. Birthday parties are booked regularly for the centre.  During the earlier part of the year the community centre has also accommodated some of the classes from Luisne.  Luisne classes returned to the convent more recently. The centre is being used on average for 3-4 hours per day Monday – Saturday for the various activities.

The community centre is also a forum for local organisations to meet.   The AA, First Responders, Kilcoole Athletic Club (KAC), Kilcoole Camogie Club, St. Vincent de Paul hold meetings here.  A local community Garda (Molly) uses the centre on Wednesday evenings to facilitate residents of the locality.   Bray Area Partnership run SAFE Pass courses from the centre; and Tús hold interviews and run Manual Handling classes in the centre.   We are very grateful to a group of volunteers in the community who assist with managing the opening and closing of the community centre for many activities.  The volunteers are, Máire Ní Shiodhail, David Keddy, Martin Devitt, Donie Cullen. The community centre could not run as smoothly as it does without their invaluable assistance.

Le meas,

Mary Keddy (secretary)

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