There are 25 seats on the Sligo County Community Forum executive committee. Members of the executive hold seats on the following committees to advocate for the community and voluntary sector in the County:
County Development Board (CDB): The role of Sligo CDB is to co-ordinate and integrate the activities of all public sector activity in the County. This is undertaken by implementing a strategy for economic, social and cultural development which is the framework within which all agencies operating at local level agree to work together for more effective delivery of public services. The County Development Board is made up of representatives from a wide range of public agencies and organisations and County and City Councillors . The County Development Board meets on a monthly basis in Sligo.
Social Inclusion Measures Group (SIM): The Sligo Social Inclusion Measures (SIM) group is a sub committee of the County Development Board set up to coordinate social inclusion activity in the county. This Committee is facilitated by the Office of Community and Enterprise and aims to ensure that all local plans to address education, employment, welfare, accommodation, personal & community development, crime and health are co-ordinated in order to ensure positive outcomes for both individuals and the communities they live
Strategic Policy Committees (SPC) : were introduced as part of local government reform (2000) to broaden the involvement of community and sectoral interests in decision making within local government. The role of Strategic Policy Committees are to formulate policy proposals and report and evaluate on policy implementation. They do not deal with day to day matters in the delivery of services. Each strategic policy committee has a minimum of nine members and consists of elected members of Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council and other nominated persons drawn from sectoral interests.
Sligo County Childcare Committee: Sligo County Childcare Committee was established to assist in the development and coordination of childcare services in Sligo. In is strategic plan 2006-2010 it names four specific aims: To improve the quality of childcare; to maintain and increase childcare facilities and places; to support families to break the cycle of poverty and to support a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of childcare.
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership: was established in 2000. Their vision is to make Sport and Recreation a Way of Life in Sligo. This is to be achieved by leading the development of sport in Sligo; increasing levels of physical activity amongst targeted groups and communities and ensuring the Partnership remains strong and effective. In 2007 they launched their new Strategic Plan 2007-2012: Making Sport and Recreation a Way of Life in Sligo (available on www.sligosportandrecreation.ie)
North West Regional Drugs Task Force: Established in 2003, the North West Regional Drugs Task Force has a remit for the North West region including all of Counties Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, and the North Western portion of County Cavan. The aim of the group is ‘to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on supply reduction, prevention, treatment and research’
Sligo Joint Policing Committee: The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters to provide a forum where the local authority and senior Garda officers, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interest groups, can consult, discuss, and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of Sligo. Joint Policing Committee guidelines can be downloaded from: http://www.dublin.ie/uploadedFiles/Neighbourhoods/Joint%20Policing%20Committees%20Guidelines.pdf
Sligo Heritage Forum – The County Sligo Heritage Forum was established in April 2001 by Sligo County Council as an advisory body to oversee and advise on the preparation and implementation of the County Sligo Heritage Plan. The Sligo Heritage Forum has 16 members. The aim of the Heritage Forum is: ‘Working with the community to know, value and care for Sligo’s heritage and to increase awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of our heritage for all’.
Sligo Play Advisory Forum: In 2004, Sligo County Council, in conjunction with Sligo Borough Council established a Play Advisory Forum, made up of the various sections within the local authority in addition to representation from the County Childcare Committee, Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership, Health Promotion Unit, Health Services Executive and Sligo Community Forum. In line with the recommendations in the National Play Policy, the Play Forum are developed guidelines in relation to play provision in the county, details regarding joint management arrangements with community groups, insurance, litigation, safety, design and cultural perspectives on play and play promotion.
The Sligo Volunteer Centre provides information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. We advertise vacancies, advise people on their options and help organisations support their volunteers. The Sligo Volunteer Centre is registered as a company limited by guarantee and is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors made up from representatives from: Sligo County Council, The Health Service Executive North West Region, County Sligo LEADER Partnership Company Ltd., Sligo Social services, St. Michaels Family Life Centre, Sligo Community Forum and The Voluntary Youth Council.
West on Track was established in May 2003. It is a community-based campaign in the towns, villages and cities of the West of Ireland aimed at re-opening the Western Rail Corridor, a passenger and freight railway line which runs from Sligo to Limerick, and one of the single most valuable pieces of infrastructure in the whole island of Ireland. There are currently West=On=Track affiliated groups or committees in over 30 towns and cities in the west of Ireland.
HSE Regional Suicide Working Group – This group was set up to support and strengthen community based suicide prevention activities. (see Gerald O connor)
The Western River Basin District Advisory Council was established by the Local Authorities in the Western River Basin District under the European Communities (Water Policy) (Amendment) Regulations 2005. The objective of the Advisory Council is to consider matters relating to the preparation of river basin management plans and other matters relevant to the protection and use of the aquatic environment and water resources in the river basin district and advise and make recommendations on these matters to the relevant public authorities.
County Sligo VEC manages a range of education services in county Sligo. This includes The range of services provided by the Committee include: Seven Post Primary Schools/Colleges; Post Leaving Certificate Colleges; Adult and Community Education; VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme); Youthreach; Adult Guidance; Youthwork Services; Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership and Arts Education. The board made up of county and city councillors and other sectoral interests meets on a montly basis.
Western Alliance Forum is an alliance of county community fora from the Western Region. Set up to strengthen the work of the county forum in the Western region, the Western alliance provides a networking and support forum between groups and works to forward policy issues relevant to the Western region.
Border Area Forum is an alliance of county community fora in the border region. As well as working to strengthen the impact of County Fora in the border areas, the group works to build ties with other networks in Northern Ireland and build cross border coordination. It also works to address policy issues affecting groups in the border region. Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum: is the National Representative body of County and City Forums.
The Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum were established in November 2003. Its main role and functions are to act as a representative voice for Fora and to support the needs of community fora nationwide.
Comhairle na nÓg ShligighSligo Youth Council: is made up of young people aged between 12 and 18 years. Council members are elected at the annual Comhairle event which usually takes place in Sligo Town in November. They meet once a month, as the voice of young people in County Sligo, to discuss issues which are relevent and to explore possible actions and projects which could improve life for young people in the area.