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Paula joined Co-operation Ireland in 2003 working as a Project Co-ordinator with the Artslink Education Programme & Local Authority Forum and a Development Officer with the Local Authority Programme and Visions Programme
Her main areas of responsibility are in programme development and design, and training and support:
A. Programme development/Project Management
- To provided support for the Local Authority’s All-Island steering forum, which comprises County Managers from the Republic of Ireland and Chief Executives from Northern Ireland to undertake mutually beneficial cross-border projects that will deliver real improvements in services.
- To explore opportunities to exchange best practice or develop new ways to tackle common issues and problems.
- Identifying new projects and initiatives appropriate to the Local Authority Programme.
- Developing and implementing new projects and initiatives.
- Providing support to the Director of Operations as required.
- Providing a secretariat and facilitation service for the Local Authority Steering Forum.
- Adapting programmes to suit the needs of the environment.
- Liaising with monitoring and advisory committees.
B. Training and Support
- Recruiting schools and youth groups to engage in Co-operation Ireland’s education programmes.
- Planning and delivery of in-service training programmes to teachers and youth leaders in the use of drama and film-making as a community relations tool.
- Providing support to participating schools and youth groups through on-going liaison and field visits.
- Manage and support a panel of arts facilitators and film-makers to assist in the delivery of Co-operation Ireland’s arts programme.
- Established links with artists and arts venues along the border region that work with youth theatre groups.
- Designing programme resource materials and teaching guidelines.
- Working with Trinity College to design suitable methodologies for the delivery of our cross-border arts education programme.
- Worked with Carr Communications on a number of their training and information campaigns for the European Commission.
Before joining Co-operation Ireland, Paula was a Secondary School Teacher, a Television Researcher with Tyrone Productions and an intern with the European Commission.
Paula has a Bachelor of Arts from National University of Ireland Galway and a Masters of Arts In International Relations from Dublin City University.