Straide Community Development Group (SCDG) was formed in 2009, following in the footsteps of many Community Councils active in the Straide Community over many years.
Our vision in our early years was to host activities that brought our Community together and saw the start of a number of events which continue to this day, including our Christmas Gathering, Spraoi na Sráide – Family Fun Day, Children’s Halloween Party, Communion & Confirmation parties and the Annual Bardic Quiz.
In 2013 we undertook the Mayo Community Futures Programme, which brought together representatives from all of our local Clubs, Groups & Organisations and resulted in 240 community views surveys returned from 213 households and today our remit is to interpret and deliver the Priorities and Objectives set out in the Straide Community Action Plan 2014 -2019 in as many and varied ways as possible.
We have continued the focus on “coming together”, providing opportunities for people to meet, to socialise and interact or to play sport. We place particular importance on inclusive, cross-generational events wherever possible. Our most recent Community initiative, Straide Sunday Strolls have been very well attended and building on this, our An Taisce National Spring Clean series of Walk, Talk & Pick Events were a huge success.
Together with all our other local stakeholders, we have a shared Community vision for Straide to be an inclusive, friendly, vibrant, active, welcoming Community with widespread participation from both volunteers and the wider community in life in Straide.
SCDG have focussed over the last two years on a major €220,000 Community Hall Refurbishment Project. Today, the building is complete and is now a fit for purpose, warm, inviting, multi-use facility in the heart of our Community and we are excited to explore all the positive ways it will enhance community involvement and participation for all age groups and all abilities for many years to come.
“The essence of Community, its heart and soul, is the non-monetary exchange of value; things we do and share because we care for others and for the good of the place” D. Hock