Waterford Area Partnership was originally established in November 1995, and we are one of 49 Local Development Companies operating throughout Ireland. We are responsible for identifying, and responding to local needs through consultation and by working with community groups, and individuals.
A Message from our Chairman; As current Chairman of Waterford Area Partnership I am honestly delighted to be associated with the progress of Waterford Area Partnership in promoting social inclusion in Waterford City since 1996. During this period we, the Board, the staff and all the communities have been deeply involved in seeking solutions. I am sure you will agree that WAP has certainly identified gaps in service provision and has come up with innovative ways to plug those gaps!
We have always tried to work in true partnership and I would sincerely like to thank all those women and men who have assisted in that work in any way. I believe you have all contributed to making Waterford a better place to live, work, learn, grow-up and play.
To Minister Eamonn O’Cuiv T.D., the Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Pobal on behalf of all of us who have benefited, we thank you for your support.
To the four pillars represented on our Board and Sub-Committees; Voluntary & Community Sector; Social Partners; Statutory Sector and Waterford City Council members, past and present I say a big ‘thanks a million’. Without buy-in from you most of the projects would not have gotten off the ground.
To Manager Joe Stokes and all our current, dedicated, loyal and hard-working staff and all those who have been with us along the way I say ‘your work – and you – are appreciated greatly. You make a difference’.
To the communities with whom we work to invest in a better present and a better future I say ‘you didn’t have to do this work and because of that, it is all the more valuable’.
I hope you have time to browse our website, you will get a glimpse of the type of work that Waterford Area Partnership is involved in.
Waterford Area Partnership has a significant role to play in the life of Waterford City – a City which is working hard to invest more in an equal society for everyone who lives here. We hope that together we can continue that work as we grow towards a better life for all of us and for our children.
Cllr. Mary Roche