Offaly Local Development Company is open for business and continuing to support Communities, Individuals and Businesses throughout the County.
While the offices may be currently closed to the public; in keeping with Government directives; the team of Offaly Local Development Company are still fully operational.
The Company is continuing to work with individuals, communities; our enterprise clients and in partnership with our stakeholders (community based; statutory and departmental) to develop practical responses at this time and to develop a sense of stability that will help to aid the recovery of our rural economy and communities on the other side of this crisis.
Brendan O’Loughlin, CEO of Offaly Local Development Company, explained that “the Company’s staff are busily adapting its services to meet the changing needs of Offaly’s communities during this challenging time.
We operate a comprehensive range of social inclusion, business and employment support services; community and rural development programmes and one to one support and training programmes for those vulnerable in our society. We know that many of the people we work with are struggling with the isolation, employment, operation of their business or other issues associated with the current restrictions.
Some of our practical supports at this time include: check in service with our clients; home deliveries, providing vouchers, arts and crafts supplies for children who would in normal circumstances be part of our after-school clubs; compiling and delivering craft supply packs to learners who are continuing to upskill remotely; supporting businesses and individuals with filling of Covid-19 claim forms; job match services in rapidly changing labour market; providing remote training,learning and social contact forums via technology; linking with employers who need staff at this time. Some of these would not be possible without the support of our many partners.
Like everyone we have had to adapt how our work gets done; so that we continue to deliver and implement the programmes we have been contracted to do across the Company”
About Offaly Local Development Company
Offaly Local Development Company (OLDC) is a partnership of agencies and groups representing the community, statutory and private sectors. It is funded by a number of government departments and agencies to deliver a variety of programmes and supports to individuals, communities and businesses in Co. Offaly.
OLDC utilises a mix of in-house expertise and external funding to enable it to deliver these supports in the county.
The company was established in 2008 following the amalgamation of the following organisations: Offaly LEADER, Tullamore Wider Options, West Offaly Partnership and the Co. Offaly based section of OAK Partnership.