CDYS to open new centre at Gouldshill
CORK County Council has given the green light to a proposal to lease out a purpose built community building on the Gouldshill estate in Mallow to the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (CDYS) for the princely sum of €10 per year in rent.
Details of the proposal were contained in a report drawn up by the council's housing director Mary Ryan, which was given to councillors at this week's meeting of the Northern Area committee.
She pointed out that the CDYS had a "successful and tangible" record of managing its existing community facility in Mallow town and that the intention was to replicate that success at the Gouldshill facility.
Ms Ryan said that local involvement and ownership would form an important part of the running at the proposed youth and community resource centre.
"At present CDYS has a solid relationship with a number of residents, parents and young people in the estate and surrounding area and operated a successful summer programme at the centre in 2012," she said.
"The utilisation of this facility by the local community will maximise community engagement and participation, while creating access to social, educational and recreational activities," she added.
In addition to becoming a hub for local youth activity, the centre will also host development and training initiatives for adults and parents as well as renting out space to other local interest groups.
"All CDYS policies, procedures and health and safety standards will be in place for the running of the facility and all volunteers will be appropriately recruited, trained and vetted by the CDYS," said Ms Ryan.
CDYS regional director Brian Williams admitted to The Corkman that they had been initially reluctant to take out a lease on the building due to financial constraints.
"There was no way we would have been in a position to run the centre from our own finances and the council was in the same position. It made sense to come to some form of arrangement that would satisfy both parties and thankfully we were able to do that," said Mr Williams.
"This arrangement demonstrates the strong partnership between us and Cork County Council and goes to show what can be achieved when organisations are willing to pool their resources for the common good," he added.