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WAP Waterford Food Bank
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Waterford Area Partnership was established in November 1995. It is one of 49 Local Development Companies operating throughout Ireland.

Local Development Companies (LDCs) are governed by partnerships between the state and community & voluntary sector with a mission to deliver programmes and services that meet the needs of local communities and improve the quality of life for our citizens. Our programmes and services cover areas such as; rural development & community development, addressing food poverty, employment training & access, education & personal development opportunities, start your own business / social enterprise and climate action.

Waterford Area Partnership is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation that takes a bottom up approach to the development of local services and programmes and welcomes engagement from all groups and individuals who align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.

employment support services

Employment Support Services

We support unemployed people and individuals from disadvantaged communities to access employment, training, and placement opportunities.

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enterprise and social enterprise support

Enterprise & Social Enterprise

We support people to start their own business or social enterprise and provide free start your own business training & mentoring to eligible individuals.

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support to access education

Support to Access Education

We support unemployed people and individuals from disadvantaged communities to access education and lifelong learning opportunities.

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Supporting Communities

Supporting Communities

We empower local community groups to enhance local participation, increase sustainability, access opportunities and comply with governance requirements.

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personal development

Personal Development

We support individuals and groups to enhance their quality of life and reduce isolation by accessing programmes and services that meet their changing needs.

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supports to children and families

Supports to Children & Families

We support families and Deis schools to access programmes that assist in addressing early school leaving and support children and their families to access equal opportunities.

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Latest News!

The People’s Transition – Larchville & Lisduggan

Launch of The People's Transition - Larchville & Lisduggan proposes local measures to improve climate justice towards a green transition.
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Her Excellency Nancy Smyth, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland opens new Waterford Area Partnership offices on Canada Street

“Although many will associate the famine as a time of mass emigration from Ireland, the fact is tens of thousands were fleeing the country for many years prior to the catastrophic events of the 1840s. Canada Street owes its name to this era … Canada Street – the Emigration Connection. From Tides & Tales Maritime Community Project by Andrew Doherty. Andrew Doherty’s blog, which documents the origin of the naming of Canada Street in Waterford City, a site where many Irish people left to make a new life in Newfoundland, was the catalyst for an invitation from Waterford Area Partnership’s (WAP) CEO Liam Quinn to the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Nancy Smyth, to open WAP’s new Head Office at Unit 1, Neptune House, Canada Street, Waterford on Friday 24th May 2024.
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Foodbank Award

Congratulations to our Foodbank and many thanks to Tesco Ireland for their generous donation  

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Invitation To Join Board of Directors

Waterford Area Partnership is seeking nominations from community organisations or applications from individuals who are…

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