Meet the Communities at Work

Oldcastle is situated in the far northwest corner of County Meath, bounded to the north east by County Cavan, to the west by Westmeath and to the south by the natural boundary of the Loughcrew Hills.  Oldcastle has a rural population of 1,830 adults located within the town. There was a need identified during the consultation to provide a training service to the residents of Oldcastle to tackle issues of unemployment.  With adequate supports and resources in place, this project can potentially be fundamental in stimulating some undeveloped industries in Oldcastle, like the tourism industry for example.  The nature of NetBox means that an open and strong community spirit was needed in order for the resources of the knowledge sharing zone and the Skills Market to be fully exploited.  In this regard Oldcastle is the ideal village for which to pilot NetBox.

Wiveliscombe is a town in Somerset, 9 miles from Taunton.  With a population of 1,319 it acts as a centre for the surrounding parishes and has a strong independent character.  It is a very active community used to taking things into their own hands, and as such it was a very good candidate as a pilot town.  For example, 16 bungalows for the elderly and a new children’s centre have been created over the past couple of years.  The Community Office is open six mornings a week, acting as a focal information point, and for over 12 years residents have produced their own free paper, the Messenger, which is hand-delivered by volunteers.  There is also a community radio station, 10Radio, as well as a cinema club and every night of the week groups meet for a host of activities.  In the community centre, volunteers run a weekly day centre for the elderly and housebound. 

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Map of the Netbox Communities

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Online Twinning Agreements

As part of our exploitation activities within the project, we are actively encouraging the online twinning of NetBox communities across Europe to raise cultural understanding and achieve positive learning outcomes through collaboration and exchange. This activities have been formalised in the context of the NetBox Online Twinning Agreements, please click here to download and access, book openView Online (Flipbook).