Laois IFA will host an Information Seminar this Thursday, April 27, from 6-9pm in the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix.
Aimed at all members of the community, this seminar will bring statutory and voluntary groups together at a local level to pass on relevant information/advice, increase awareness of entitlements and opportunities and enable people to meet others with that crucial information in an informal setting.
Among those present will be representatives from the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine, Department of Social Protection, Laois County Council, HSE, Garda Siochana, Road Safety Authority, Citizens Information, Laois Partnership, Public Participation Network, Skills for Work, Money Advice & Budgeting (MABS), Waters & Communities, Laois Farm Forestry Group, Diabetes Ireland, Teagasc and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
A wide range of topics will be covered including Fire Prevention, Grants for Home Improvements/Insulation, Farm Grants, Crime Prevention, Community Groups/New Partnership Funding, Legal Matters and Social Entitlements. Free Health Screening will be available. Admission is free .
Each group participating will have an information stand for people to visit in order to gather the latest information/advice available. Private consultation rooms will be available if required.
According to Laois IFA Vice-Chairman John Fitzpatrick, “We are delighted that so many statutory and voluntary organisations have agreed to be part of this event.
“Seldom does such an opportunity arise that people can get so much information in the one place”.
Mr Fitzpatrick also stated that refreshments will be available during the evening and “people get answers to their questions in an informal chat over a cuppa. Our inaugural Information Seminar in October 2015 proved very successful and our members have asked us to organise such an event again which will provide up to date information.
“The information will also be of relevance to the non-farming community and all members of the community are welcome to attend”.