The Integrated Services Programme (ISP) is an interagency initiative of Kildare County Development Board. It involves state agencies, voluntary organisations, local businesses and local community representatives working together. The ISP aims to make a real difference to the infrastructure, services, supports and lifes of people in the towns that the ISP is targeting.
In 2012 Kilcock was launched as an ISP town following months of preparation and work to engage with the community, and all interests. A Research and Action Plan 2012-2016 mapped out the key priorities for the coming years. It was initially agreed to focus the work of the ISP on the following three priorities:
- Community Facilities
- Enterprise & Employment
The plan is overseen and implemented by a Project Implementation Team (PIT). This involves local community interests alongside state agencies and voluntary sector organisations. A full time Co-ordinator is in place to support the work for two years. Elected representatives receive regular updates and input into the process through the Clane Area Committee. Significant progress has taken place since the plan was launched. A small sample is outlined below:
· Kilcock was announced as one of the priority locations for the establishment of a primary health care facility.
· A SafeTalk Suicide Alertness training programme was completed last October. 25 participants attended.
· The Creative Well an arts and well being workshop is due to commence in April. This is facilitated through Kildare County Council Arts Office
· A Stress Control Programme is also due to take place in April
· Kilcock Community Network was supported by the ISP to complete a Feasibility Study to recommend the location of a multi purpose community facility
· Plans are progressing to co-locate a community facility with the primary health care facility on the Bawnogues
· This innovative model could provide a way to provide services and supports in other areas across the country.
Enterprise & Employment
· 82 people attended an Employment and Education fair run in conjunction with County Kildare LEADER Partnership.
· The Kilcock Business Association is currently linking with the County Enterprise Board to run one to one mentoring clinics for members in Financial Marketing and Business Development.
· A Career Skills programme with County Kildare LEADER Partnership is commencing in the coming months. This will support people to be become more equipped for the labour market.
The ISP has worked with over 30 community groups and agencies to achieve its main aims and objectives including:
- Kilcock Community Network (representing 45+ local organisations)
- Kilcock Business Association
- Kildare County Council (Community & Culture, Clane Area Committee, Clane Area Office, Parks & Leisure)
- County Kildare LEADER Partnership (LEADER funding and supports)
- HSE (Primary Health Care, Health Promotion Unit, Children & Family services)
- An Garda Siochana
- South West Regional Drugs Task Force