Comhairle Cathrach Chorcai. (Cork City Council)

 

Cork City Council is a public service organisation that operates within a local democratic mandate. It is responsible for providing a diverse range of services to the citizens of Cork City. 

 

Crucial to the Atlantic Social Lab project, Cork City Council is skilled at working closely with and facilitating the coordination of stakeholders.  They also have strong experience in social inclusion, social regeneration and social enterprise projects.

 

As members of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, Cork City Council staff have previous EU project experience in the Interreg Europe, Interreg Atlantic Area and FP7 programmes. Currently they are partners in Interreg Europe projects, Interreg Atlantic Area projects (Atlantic Food Export, Atlantic Digital Academy and MMIAH - a maritime project) and two H2020 Projects (GrowSmarter and SmartRes). 

 

Cork City Council will be leading the WP 5 Atlantic Action Plan in Social Innovation, building on its sound experience in supporting and facilitating several initiatives promoting social innovation in Cork.

 

As WP5 coordinators, they will be the driving force to achieve the main activity outputs: creation of the 4 working groups, coordination of the pilot actions across the partner’s territories and the study visits. Cork City Council will facilitate the collaboration of stakeholders locally to engage in a common vision of enhancing the social innovation capacity of Cork. They will carry out the Social analysis mapping to identify and implement the pilot actions to support new and existing social enterprises and civil participation. In cooperation with the partnership, they will produce the social innovation trend reports and they will finally involve the policy makers, stakeholders and practitioners in project communication and capitalization. They will work closely with the Irish National Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Southern Regional Assembly leading to the long-term sustainability of the project outputs.