Weekly Blog, Thursday 11th February

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council plans a new Community Development Strategy 2016-2019 – Have your say!

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is currently developing a new Community Development Strategy. The strategy will consider how the Council delivers community development support to groups and promotes Good Relations across the district.

Fermanagh-and-Omagh-council-logo-460x167Community development strengthens local community groups and helps them to address social, economic and environmental issues in their area. It aims to increase the confidence of local people, assisting them to do things for themselves and have a stronger voice at the decision making table through which they have a greater ability to shape and determine change in their areas. It strengthens people’s ability to be more active locally in their communities, building a greater sense of belonging. It helps community groups to work in partnership with other groups and with other government bodies with a view to creating positive change locally. It helps to build strong communities with strong voices.

The Council currently provides support through its development officers, small grants and networking activities. If you are interested in influencing how this plan is delivered in future then you should attend one of the following public meetings. If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, you can complete an online survey which is available on the Council’s website www.fermanaghomagh.com (hard copies available on request from the Community Services Department).

Thursday 11th February 2016:

Omagh (Omagh DEA) Public meeting in Strule Arts Centre, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Gortin (Mid Tyrone DEA) Public meeting in Owenkillew Community Centre, 7.00 – 8.00 pm

Monday 15th February 2016:

Enniskillen (Enniskillen DEA) Public meeting in INTEC Centre, 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Irvinestown (Erne North DEA) Public meeting in Bawnacre Centre, 7.00 – 8.00 pm

Belcoo (Erne West DEA) Public meeting in Belcoo Community Centre, 7.00 – 8.00 pm

If you have any queries in relation to any of the events, please contact Louise McLaughlin (Enniskillen Office) or Gary Mortland (Omagh Office) on 0300 303 1777 or Consultant Blu Zebra on 028 9066 7772 or 07786 514504.

Fermanagh Autism Social Group for Young Adults

Do you have Asperger’s or high-functioning autism (HFA)? Are you interested in meeting other young adults who are similar to you?

young adults social groupA monthly social group is being set up to provide independent young adults (16yrs-25yrs) with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals, share experiences and build-up a social network.

The group will offer:…
• a social focus
• opportunities to meet other young adults with similar experiences
• a supportive environment to form new friendships and to participate in a wide-range of leisure activities

An information evening for parents and young adults is being held on Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm at The Hangout, Quay Lane, Enniskillen -for further information please contact Caroline Bogue 07917 266487 or Janice Ferguson 07762441189 


Accessible sports & activity programme – Golf

Young people (aged 11 to 18) with a disability will have the opportunity to develop their golfing skills with a free six week golf programme.

Fermanagh-and-Omagh-council-logo-460x167The programme at Lough Erne Resort Golf Academy, Enniskillen, starts on Saturday 20 February 2016 at 10.00 am. Lessons last for one hour and will be delivered by fully qualified instructors. All equipment will be provided.

Participation on the programme is free, however places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Participants on the programme must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer for the duration of each one hour coaching session.

Registration forms are available to download here. For further information and enquiries please contact Chris Elliott by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or emailing chris.elliott@fermanaghomagh.com.


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Monster Bingo, Sunday 14th February, Community Centre

bingoBingo is on again on Sunday 14th Feb at 3pm. Everyone welcome! Go to the Community Centre’s facebook page and like and share their post for a chance to win a book to two lucky winners! £1000 jackpot plus extra prizes to be won.



Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership Monthly Meeting, Monday 14th March, Venue tbc


Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership hold a meeting every second Monday of the month at 8pm in the various venues in Derrygonnelly. Here we meet up to discuss how we would like our area to develop, funding opportunities, current issues and upcoming projects and events.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone in our community to come along to the meetings and have a say in the future of our village.


Gerry Guthrie, Easter Monday 28th March, Derrygonnelly Community Centregerry guthrie

Gerry Guthrie plays in the Derrygonnelly Community Centre on Easter Monday 28th March.

Proceeds in aid of Botha Parish Renovation Fund.




Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday 14th March 2016. All welcome.