Statement on the Merger of MY PLACE and Midleton Community Centre

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Midleton MY PLACE, Mill Road and Midleton Community Centre, Bailick are pleased to announce their recent merger. The merger is an exciting step as it has afforded both Centres access to funding for staff and better facilities which, in turn, will enhance their sustainability. The merged entity, Midleton My Place CLG (reg. no. 520799) and a Registered Charity (reg. no. 20083663), will submit annual audited accounts to the Companies Registration Office (CRO) and the Office of the Charities Regulator as did the separate bodies prior to the merger.

 

Midleton Community Centre was formed in 1974. A small group of volunteers, with Fr. Liam Kelleher providing vision and leadership, inspired a remarkable community effort from the people of the greater Midleton area.  Over the years, through good times and bad the Centre has been further developed by a small but dedicated group of people who have given of their time and energies freely to keep it going.  Today it offers one of the largest sports halls in East Cork with a newly laid state of the art floor and facilities which accommodate music, art and education projects.

 

My Place opened its doors as a Youth and Community Centre in 2015. The Youth Centre which is run by qualified Youth Workers under the auspices of Youth Work Ireland, includes a Youth Café, music room, an indoor games/relaxing lounge and an outdoor recreation area.  Activities are varied, catering in particular for teens.  There is an emphasis on physical and psychological health and education with a free counselling service offered to young people and adults. The community part of the Centre has a weekly footfall of 1,000 + with upwards of forty groups offering a wide variety of services for the benefit of all age groups. These include recreational and educational events as well as a venue for services of benefit to the wider community e.g. Citizens Information weekly sessions.

 

Staff of the combined Centres is comprised of a fulltime manager, two fulltime employees and five CE/Tus personnel. Both Centres also rely on a committed group of volunteers without whom we could not offer the range of services we do.

 

We would like to thank the very many people and organisations who have supported both Centres in countless ways. We hope for and look forward to your continuing support. We would especially welcome new people to help us develop these much-needed facilities for the greater Midleton a

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