Social & Cultural Regeneration

The regeneration of St. Teresa’s Gardens encompasses physical, social economic and cultural redevelopment of the area. The physical dimension of the Regeneration is underway, with the demolition of all blocks except the two consolidated apartment blocks complete, the enabling works for the new social housing units on the adjacent site nearly complete, the precinct improvement works have begun and the development of the 54 new units accommodation due to begin late 2018 / early 2019.

Supporting the residents in the remaining two blocks through the final stages of the transition, with a particular focus on sustainability, is a key goal at this stage of the Regeneration. The majority of residents living in the two remaining blocks will make up the community in the 54 new units. Many have remained living in St Teresa’s Gardens through a significant detenanting programme and they have shown time and time again that they are committed to this community and looking forward to their move into their new homes.

The purpose of social, economic and cultural regeneration at this point is to create and sustain a strong community in St. Teresa’s so that community resilience and strength is supported throughout this phase and into the next phase. The co-ordinator compiles an annual funding proposal which is brought to the St Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board for approval. In 2018 the key element of the funding proposal is to research and develop a Strategic Plan for St Teresa’s Gardens for the period 2018 – 2021.

In 2018 the annual funding proposal aimed to:

• Develop the progress made through the measures undertaken in previous years.
• Address the current phase of Regeneration and its impact on the community,
particularly the demolition of blocks and the consolidation.
• Break some new ground on core social issues in the community.

The Social, Economic & Cultural regeneration plan includes the following:

Strategic Plan: Tendering and Commissioning a three year Strategic Plan for the Social, Economic and Cultural Regeneration of St Teresa’s Gardens
Sustainability: Targeted Responses at Youth
Community Health and Well Being: Exercise and physical activities, community garden, women’s group, men’s group. Funding DCDAT holistic therapies
Community Development: St Teresa’s Gardens Residents Development Group
Communication Strategy: Website, Newsletters, Facebook Page
Employment and Education: Negotiating and Implementing Community Benefit Clauses in the Construction Contracts for the 54 new units and in the New Children’s Hospital
Children and Young People: Providing funding the Donore Education Network
Arts and Culture: Developing a strategy for the Oral History Project ‘Remembering St Teresa’s Gardens’

The annual funding proposals contain a number of proposed or indicative actions, however, it is also important to recognise the fact that other actions may emerge throughout the year that cannot be predicted and/or identified in advance. It is anticipated that these unforeseen actions will be funded through the Social Regeneration Fund, provided that they fall within one of the eight strands set out in the proposal.Strategic Plan Launch