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Hi All,

I have just recently become a member of the ACE's in Ireland group here online. I hope you will be patient with me as I navigate my way around the site as I am not very technical. I am delighted to have found this community and I look forward to learning from you all. 

I have recently taken up the role of community development officer in my community. The community has many social issues such as crime, poverty, high unemployment and a high rate of early school leavers and very low levels of third level education participation. We also have a high level of young single Mothers and recently we have lost some of our young people to suicide and murder. A lot of our young people are taking drugs and selling drugs and this is costing lives in our community.

I think we may need to start a discussion around an ACE's/Trauma approach to community development. The local community center has only recently included community development to it's remit and currently I am the only person working in this area. I would be delighted to hear from anyone here who has implemented this approach to community development and share their story of how they started and how it is working out for them. 

Thank you for allowing me be part of this community.


Ann Hayden

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Hi Ann,

A big welcome to the page. You need not worry about anyone to be patient with you - you are perfect just where you are - although the situation could not be more serious : we ARE in the middle of a crisis and emergency, the house IS on fire and our boat is very shaky. Just trust that your heart and enthusiasm will get us through. There may be people here or there who can advise you on how they " implemented this approach to community development " - but I say : follow your instinct, look for resources, ask questions, and we'll help you best we can. It's not rocket science, and if you can model and display your ACEs qualities, that'll be half the battle and the rest won't be so hard. You're in Dublin so that's a bonus as I'm here too. You're welcome to my email < > and phone number < 085 104 96 46 >


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