As life begins again and the world rebuilds, working together has never been more important

The Innovating Communities project offers free training in Design Thinking, aka Problem Solving, to empower and bring likeminded people together in Monaghan, and across our 5 neighbour counties, to tackle challenges in their area.

Check out the video to learn more about the project ⬇️ and be the change you want to see 🌱

Design your future with us through the Innovating Communities project! Visit and register your interest to get involved and keep up to date with Monaghan's activity at

And feel free to contact Collette at  / 087 1761732

Meet Collette and Jacqueline! 🎊 They will help deliver the Design Thinking training courses as part of the Innovating Communities project which we are part of. You can view and register your interest to participate in these courses at 


⭐️ Collette is the Innovating Communities Network Admin Coordinator liaising between the six participating counties Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan. She has an interest in environmental, economic and social sustainability and inclusivity. Collette is an active member of Transition Monaghan, an Advocacy Champion for the Irish Cancer Society in the Cavan-Monaghan area and a founding member of the newly formed Monaghan Toastmasters Club.

⭐️ Jacqueline is a community development worker supporting refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Roma and Travellers. Previously she was involved in youth work in Martinique, USA, France and London before coming back home to Monaghan. She's about to complete Creativity and Change at Crawford College of Art and Design and is currently a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for 2021.

They, along with their fellow Monaghan cotrainers Mila, Jonathan, Karen, Gerard and Shauna, will be helping to lead the Design Thinking training for community activists across Monaghan.

Sign up for a course today over on!

We are hosting our first webinar on the 20th of May 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

About this event

Cutting energy costs in your home

We will be running our first webinar on Thursday 20th May 2021 aimed at residential householders in County Monaghan.
Our speakers will cover a range of topics including:
  • Reducing household energy costs
  • Improving the energy efficiency of your home
  • Grants available to homeowners
We encourage attendees to submit questions for our speakers in advance of the event. This will ensure our speakers presentations cover all of the topics homeowners want to know more about.
Questions can be submitted via the SEC contact email address:
We want to challenge how we currently think about energy with the aim of becoming a more energy efficient, resilient, and sustainable community in the future. We hope to see you there!

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Innovating Communities (IC) is a new major training programme aimed at enhancing innovation and creativity among Monaghan communities. IC, a LEADER Cooperation project, offers free facilitated training and mentoring in Design Thinking (DT), aka Problem Solving, to tackle local issues and ideas. Led by Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) across our neighbour counties Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Louth, IC will bring exciting benefits to our local towns and villages.

Since IC began, community individuals, groups and businesses have been invited to submit Challenges on the project website at Using submitted Monaghan Challenges, MID have formed their first batch of free Training Courses and invite community and business individuals and groups, who want to learn the DT process and or have an interest in the particular topic, to register to participate.

Courses that are open for registration are; Reimagining Community Spaces as Digital Hubs - Register before Mon 10th May which aims to generate innovative ideas for creating and sustaining digital hubs through collaboration between community centres, groups and interested individuals, and Attracting People to Work and Live in County Monaghan - Register before Mon 17th May which focuses on generating community action that will attract people to live and work in the county’s rural communities, such as providing high quality jobs, rejuvenating our town centres, and repurposing general infrastructure. ‘Climate Action, Biodiversity and Sustainability’ is another course which is now closed for registrations. Missed this opportunity? Submit a Challenge or round up a group to participate in another Course similar or inspired by this existing Course.

The training will employ a ‘person centred design’ approach where groups and individuals are helped to identify topics important to their community or business and the training support will be provided to work with people to help them explore ideas and best possible solutions. The process will provide a high level of support to help community groups and would-be innovators move more confidently and creates a process for the discovery of community needs, idea generation and the testing of solutions.

To register your interest for the training and for more information, please visit / contact Collette  087 176 1732.

As part of An Garda Síochána Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021, they have launched a funded Internship Programme for school-leavers and graduates. This Internship Programme aims to provide schoolleavers from communities that have been traditionally under-represented within An Garda Síochána, with an opportunity to work with us for a period of and between 9 - 11 months commencing September 2021. Interns will be based in a number of locations across the country, including Garda Headquarters.
Completed applications should be sent to  by Monday 17th May 2021.
School Leaver Garda Diversity Internship
Graduate Garda Diversity Internship

📣 These community champions will help deliver the Design Thinking training courses as part of the Innovating Communities project which we are part of

🖌️ You can view and register your interest to participate in these courses at


⭐️ Jonathan is a Tus supervisor at Monaghan Integrated Development. He helps unemployed people find short-term working opportunities in a community work placement Scheme. Over the years he has closely worked with community groups in County Monaghan. He looks forward to working with community leaders through Innovating Communities.

⭐️ Karen is a peacebuilder, human rights advocate and grassroots educator living just outside Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. She's mother to a three year old girl. She loves working with people and is passionate about social justice, care for the environment, and personal development and wellbeing. She believes in taking a positive approach to social change and in supporting people on that journey. She works as Coordinator of Síolta Chroí an environmental education and retreat centre in South Monaghan, teaches yoga part-time, and freelances as a facilitator in Global Citizenship Education with school children and adults.

⭐️ Shauna has always been involved with grass roots community efforts. Along with other volunteers she set up the first Irish school in Clones, Co. Monaghan. She holds a diploma in cross border relations. She has a degree in business and community. She currently sits on the Aghabog development committee as company secretary. She looks forward to working alongside this new and exciting concept that is innovating communities.

Register to add Challenges and sign up for Courses at
Or contact Collette  / 087 176 1732.

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Registration for the first batch of Monaghan Innovating Communities Training Courses are now open!

Innovating Communities is a LEADER project that offers free facilitated training and mentoring to tackle local issues and ideas. Using submitted Monaghan Challenges, we've formed Courses that will help you develop impactful solutions using Design Thinking aka Problem Solving. These courses are open to individuals and or groups who want to learn the design thinking process and or have an interest in the particular topic. View and or register your interest for the courses below;
All Courses are subject to availability. Please share with any groups and individuals you think would have an interest and benefit.
Feel free to contact Collette  / 0871761732.

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Free training designed to solve local challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great change across the globe and has highlighted many challenges, old and new, that our country is facing. More than anything, it has demonstrated the resilience and determination of our communities, who came together in a multitude of ways to support, inspire, and overcome.

The importance of community-led action has never been more obvious, and with it the need to empower and facilitate such vital work. Innovating Communities is a two year project that aims to train and mentor over 900 participants (known as Challengers) from six counties (Monaghan, Cavan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal) by teaching them valuable Design Thinking skills in order to create and enact solutions to local issues.

Anyone can sign up to be a Challenger. Maybe you want to be more involved in your local community but don't know where to start. Perhaps you're a member of a group/council/club who want help tackling a specific Challenge. Or you could be a community veteran who just wants to learn a new way of thinking. Whoever you are, Innovating Communities is free and accessible to all.
The Challenger's Journey
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  1. Challengers start by registering on the Innovating Communities website to meet like-minded learners and stay up-to-date on all the action.
  2. Challenges (any issues or opportunities that you have identified in your area) should be submitted to the Challenge Bank. To keep your community are the heart of the project, these Challenges will be collated and used to form the basis of our training Courses.
  3. Groups can be clubs, councils, and associations - any kind of group at all. If you're a member of a pre-existing Group, why not add it to the site so others can learn about it. Alternatively, you can join a Group already on the site, or start your own!
  4. Courses will be available on the website very soon. Challengers can sign up for Courses that relate to a Challenge they have encountered or simply have a passion for.
  5. Design Thinking is a process that puts people at the heart of solving Challenges. Every Challenger will learn these skills, which have been used by some of the world's biggest companies to achieve success.
  6. By the completion of the project we believe every Challenger will have the confidence and ability to find solutions for current and future Challenges; helping to sustain long-term community-led action.
Ready to begin your journey? Sign up now and start to innovate your community.

⭐️ Ireland has been Mila's home for over 18 years. Monaghan, its amazing people, and Ireland have been incredibly good to her and she wants to give back. She is a business owner, Interpreter and recently a co- founder of a Social Enterprise MATIC - Migrants Advocacy, Training and Integration Centre. She hopes to be of assistance to Monaghan Community and play a part in making Monaghan even a better place to live.
⭐️ Gerard works as an Education Officer with Monaghan Integrated Development. He helps clients in the County to access relevant supports to improve their lives including training courses and a variety of other interventions. He works closely with a range of individuals in County Monaghan, including unemployed people, members of the travelling community, and disadvantaged young people. Outside his work, he's Chairperson of his local Community Development Association and Coaching Officer with his local GAA club.
Innovating Communities offers free training Courses for people who want to find solutions to Challenges facing their community.
These brilliant co-trainers will help facilitate Courses in Monaghan.
📖 Register here to add Challenges and sign up for Courses:
Or contact Collette / 087 176 1732.




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