As the figures above indicated 2014 was another exceptionally busy year for Dublin North West Area Partnership and its staff. The actual number of clients that availed of our services in 2014 was down slightly by 0.2% however outcomes for individuals were particularly strong. We are delighted to report that during 2014 we supported 265 people in finding work; an increase of 16% on 2013. The number of people supported into further education and training also saw a significant increase up by 33% on last year’s figure.
Our home care and repair service, which helps older and vulnerable people, undertook 246 jobs in 2014, an increase of 66% on last year. We also saw continued growth in the number of individuals seeking Enterprise Development supports and the number of Local Community Groups assisted.
In many ways 2014 was one of the most challenging years in the Partnership’s history. The government decisions to move toward competitive tendering for the delivery of local development programmes has had a significant impact upon the operational landscape and in many instances former allies in tackling poverty have found themselves competing against each other to secure funding. The outcome of this tender process will be known in mid February.
Despite these challenges TAP staff continues to focus on the needs of clients and target groups and deliver exceptional service and value for money. Year on year we have reduced the costs of administering programmes and are a full 6% lower than the level recommended by Pobal. In part this is due to the quality of our administrative processes but also our investment in information management systems and rationalisations.
As we look forward into 2015 we will continue to develop and enhance our supports to ensure that individuals and groups with whom we work are at the centre of our services thus co-creating value and delivering better outcomes for all.