Leitrim County Council is pleased to have been shortlisted for two projects in the 19th annual Chambers Ireland “Excellence in Local Government Awards 2022”. The awards are sponsored by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and showcase best practise in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, and innovation within county councils that can often go unrecognised.
The BFireSafe@School project, coordinated by Leitrim County Council, has been shortlisted for the LA Innovation award. The project developed a new Europe-wide fire safety education programme for young people aged 12-18. It was developed by an Irish Project Working Group consisting of post primary teachers from Mayo, Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fire Officers, education consultants and ICT experts. It has been pilot tested in schools all over Ireland and is now being implemented in post primary schools all over Europe.
Leitrim County Council has also been shortlisted for the Sense-Ability project in the Library Service, which is a collaborative project between Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo Local Authorities.
Sense-Ability is an innovative Library Service which aims to offer positive library experiences for people with sensory needs including those on the Autism Spectrum, those with Developmental Coordination Issues/Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia and others with additional needs. It strives to develop sensory friendly, accessible library services for the people of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. It aims to provide a sense of belonging, a sense of space, a sense of welcome and a sense of support to individuals of all abilities, their families and caregivers.
In welcoming the shortlisting of Leitrim County Council for the awards, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Councillor Ita Reynolds Flynn said: “I am delighted that Leitrim County Council has been shortlisted for these two projects. It is a great achievement to be short-listed for national awards, as it recognises the excellent work that is being carried out by the local authority in delivering projects for our communities in Leitrim and I congratulate all involved in their delivery.”
An awards function will be held in November in Dublin when the winners will be announced.