About Us

Established in 1981, the Community Workers’ Co-operative (CWC) is a national organization that promotes and supports community work as a means of addressing poverty, social exclusion and inequality and ultimately as a means of achieving social change that will contribute to the creation of a more just, sustainable and equal society.

In December 2015, the Community Workers’ Co-operative changed its name to Community Work Ireland (CWI), continuing to work collectively to support and promote community work as a means of addressing poverty, social exclusion and inequality and advancing human rights.

The CWI is a membership organisation. There are currently over 800 individual and organisational members of the CWI.

WHAT WE DO

The aim of Community Work Ireland is to promote and support community work as a means of addressing poverty, social exclusion and inequality and ultimately as a means of achieving social change that will contribute to the creation of a more just, sustainable and equal society

The CWI currently has four strategic priorities:

  1. To work to embed quality community work in practice and policy
  2. To resource community work through the provision of analysis on existing, new and emerging issues
  3. To contribute to the development of structures that support and enable quality community work
  4. To ensure the sustainability and further development of the CWI

WHO WE ARE

CWI Staff Team

Rachel Doyle and Ann Irwin are the joint CWC National Co-ordinators

CWI Central Group

The CWI is governed by the Central Group. The CWI Central Group for 2016 is:

  • Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson
  • Helen Lowry
  • Áine Deeley
  • Juan Carlos Azzopardi
  • Siobhán O’Donoghue
  • Mick Mooney
  • Joe Donohue
  • Mary O’Donoghue
  • Patricia Brennan
  • Obert Makaza
  • Sinéad Smith
  • Oonagh McArdle
  • Siobhán McLoughlin

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

CWI Aim

The aim of the Community Work Ireland is to promote and support community work as a means of addressing poverty, social exclusion and inequality and ultimately as a means of achieving social change that will contribute to the creation of a more just, sustainable and equal society.

The objectives of the CWI are:

  • To ensure the inclusion of, and to bring about equality of outcome for, those currently experiencing social exclusion and inequality.
  • To promote anti-oppressive, anti-sexist and anti-racist community work, with a particular emphasis on the inclusion of women.
  • To develop partnership and co-operation within the community sector.
  • To seek to positively influence the economic and social development policies of the State and its agencies
  • To seek to promote community work and influence policies at EU level.
  • To support the development of models and institutions of participatory democracy which will enable the participation of marginalised communities in planning, decision making, implementation and evaluation at local, regional and national levels.
  • To support the recognition and inclusion of the community sector as a social partner in order to articulate the interests of those who experience social exclusion and inequality.
  • To promote a global perspective on justice issues and seek to make constructive links with the sector and development issues in the ‘Third World’

The CWI does this by:

  • Providing information and opportunities for capacity building.
  • Promoting standards for quality community work.
  • Engaging with the community sector on important issues & themes.
  • Producing relevant publications & materials
  • Representing the community sector on various forums
  • Engaging with the social partnership process, primarily through engagement with the Community Platform

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