Meath Partnership is a well-established Local Development Company with a strong track record and has been in operation since 1995. As a not-for-profit entity with Charitable Status, Meath Partnership maintains a primary focus on applying the entirety of its resources to the specific needs of its target groups and in meeting the requirements of contracting authorities with whom the company engages.
Specialising in the fields of social inclusion, rural development and training & education, Meath Partnership is also an accredited QQI Training Provider and complies with all recently upgraded requirements in this respect. Through the application of resources at its disposal Meath Partnership strives to support, assist and engage in social progression, the facilitation of rural and urban regeneration, the promotion of wellbeing across local communities and to support actions to address the causes and consequences of social and economic deprivation and poverty.
Meath Partnership is governed by a board of 19 Directors nominated and elected through a renewal process involving the implementation of an inclusive nomination and election process agreed in advance with the Department of Community and Rural Development. The board consists of four directors representing the community and voluntary sector, including the environmental pillar; one director representing Gaeltacht communities; four directors representing state agencies; three directors representing social partners; four directors representing small to medium enterprise and three directors representing organisations with a social inclusion remit.
The Board of Directors extends its governance reach through sub-committees of the board with responsibility for five key areas of operation namely; Social Inclusion; Rural Development; Finance, Audit & Compliance; Procurement and Tender Management; and Human Resources Management. All matters requiring decision must come before the Board of Directors whose decision is final.
In the management and delivery of the core operations of the company, Meath Partnership employs 34 permanent members of staff and a further 284 part-time employees linked to the Rural Social Scheme and Tús Programme. The company’s head office is based in Kells Business Park, Kells with outreach facilities in Laytown and Navan. Meath Partnership embraces the concept of diversity and recognises the value that diversity brings to an organisation, the core staff pool is drawn from five nationalities fluent in nine relevant languages in respect of clients presenting for support. This valuable resource supports Meath Partnership’s open door policy and accessibility ethos.
In international terms, Meath Partnership has extensive experience of EU Programmes gained through such initiatives as the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, the EQUAL Community Initiative, DG Asylum and Migrant Integration Programme, Interreg, DG Justice, the Norway Fund and the Erasmus+ Programme. In this respect, not only is Meath Partnership cognisant of current EU policy across its field of operations, the company is at the cutting edge of EU policy making for the future in respect of training and education, social inclusion, integration policy and strategic employment policies. Meath Partnership, given its history of achievement, depth of experience and available resources, is well placed to continue to support local development to good effect in Co. Meath.