Following significant investment Deerpark Community Centre in Tallaght has reopened.. A jointly funded project, in excess of €35K investment, by Circle VHA and South Dublin County Council and in partnership with Foróige, to deliver an upgraded community centre for the residents of Deerpark Estate. The project looked beyond bricks and mortar and into the rich and diverse heart of the Deerpark community as it was brought to life through this unique partnership, working together to adapt and change on the delivery of housing and services. It’s completion evidences Circle VHA’s commitment and willingness to evolve so that the changing needs of Circle tenants, their families and the wider community are met.
South Dublin County Council Mayor Peter Kavanagh, alongside John Hannigan CEO of Circle VHA, representatives from youth group Foróige and South Dublin County Council were today on-site for the cutting of the ribbon event to officially open the centre to its community members.
“The community centre at Deerpark wasn’t being utilised to its potential and it needed significant investment to upgrade its facilitates and amenities and to deliver a space that is welcoming for the whole community. The upgraded centre now plays host to a communal space that can be used to host projects, groups and activities, alongside offices for our team at Circle VHA and Foróige to have a base in the community where we can better integrate with residents. The re-opening of the community centre is the first steeping stone as a focal point for our planned upgrades to Deerpark and our investment cements our commitment to delivering ‘More than Housing’ to Circle VHA residents.” Says, John Hannigan, CEO, Circle VHA
“South Dublin County Council work in partnership with Circle Housing to improve the physical and social environment for the residents of Deerpark estate. With the co funded refurbishment of the Community Centre we believe this will enable improved communication between residents and the service providers as well as providing a more efficient and speedy response to issues raised. We look forward to the establishment of this new facility and working with Circle and Foróige into the future for the benefit of the whole community.” Says, Ciaran Crowe, Estate Management Officer, South Dublin County Council
Andy Leeson, Area Manager of Foróige “welcomes the official opening of Deerpark Community Centre, which provides a welcoming, accessible space for youth activities and young people from the Deerpark, Kiltipper & Killinarden areas. The renovation and relaunch of this space is the result of an excellent partnership between Foróige, Circle Housing and South Dublin County Council and offers residents in the area a superb community resource”.
Pictured: Circle Voluntary Housing Association CEO John Hannigan is pictured with Area Manager of Foróige Andy Leeson and South Dublin County Council Mayor Peter Kavanagh, at the reopening of the refurbished Deerpark Community Centre
Picture credit: Andres Poveda