Empower communities in circular opportunities

RWN hosts open day in Athleague

Roscommon Women’s Network recently hosted an open day in Athleague to highlight the opportunities on offer within the local circular economy.

The ‘Empowering Communities in Circular Opportunities’ (ECCO) event featured a number of presentations and talks by leading stakeholders in the circular economy as well as textile demonstrations by RWN’s social enterprise, CycleUp.

“This is a project that is being run by four regional partners: The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin; EDI in Longford; Tait House Community Enterprises in Limerick; and Roscommon Women’s Network,” RWN CycleUp Coordinator Martina Hourigan explained.

“The project is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and is part of the Community Climate Action Fund. The project tries to engage with communities and individuals in communities in finding out what they want to do in terms of climate actions at a local level”.

ECCO partners will play their part in these efforts by providing workshops and mentoring for individuals in the local community.

“It’s all about empowering those people and those communities and helping to bring to fruition whatever climate action they are interested in,” Martina added.

There was a good turnout for the event in Athleague which featured a number of informative talks and was attended by community groups and other social enterprises including Bounce Back Recycling from Galway, who upcycle old mattresses; Rediscover Cycling, an enterprise which refurbishes old bikes; Ballygar Men’s Shed; and The Melting Pot Roscommon.