Empower was originally established in November 1995, as Blanchardstown Area Partnership, and we are one of 52 Local Development Companies operating throughout Ireland. Our Board of Directors includes a wide range of community, statutory and social partner representatives, together with three local elected representatives and nominees of Fingal County Council and the Fingal Enterprise Board.
EMPOWER has offices based in Clonsilla, Mulhuddart and Balbriggan and we are responsible for a range of Government funded programmes to meet the needs of individuals, families and community groups. These include the
· Ability Programme
· Care and Repair
· Healthy Fingal
· Local Employment Services Network/Joblink (LESN)
· TÚS in Dublin 15
· Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
· We Can Quit
Our Vision is “to ensure that all who live in Fingal are valued equally. To live and work within a culture of raised expectations and equal opportunities for all. Where social inclusion and financial security is a lived experience for children, families, individuals and communities in Fingal”
Our Mission is “to enable positive change by offering leadership, partnership and innovation to individuals and communities across Fingal. To respond to unemployment and social exclusion through relevant and appropriate programmes and services. To empower the voices and actions of marginalised people and groups by co-ordinating and delivery innovative social inclusion initiatives. To improve the quality of life of those we serve through brave advocacy and anti-poverty measures. To lead, facilitate and co-ordinate the anti-poverty and social inclusion strategy across Fingal”.
In order to achieve our vision our approach is to consistently bring relevant stakeholders together, identify the most appropriate response to an identified need and in turn pilot new ideas and programmes. Our vast experience working in collaborative ways with all stakeholders is particularly important in an ever-changing environment.