ABOUT LEARNING HUB LIMERICK
Learning Hub Limerick was founded as a charitable company limited by guarantee in October 2007.
While many local families access the Learning Hub we also recognise and acknowledge the city wide links forged with multiple stakeholders over recent years and the considerable number of young people accessing our facilities from all over the city.
Learning Hub Limerick was formed with an overall aim of working in partnership with local education providers, families and young people to develop and implement practical and solution focused responses to the high levels of educational disadvantage and early school leaving experienced by local communities on the Northside of Limerick City. For a number of years prior to the inception of the Learning Hub local partners worked together to establish how the facilities donated to the Hub* (and held in educational trust) could be developed to make a real impact on the educational landscape. A Steering Group was established to scope out the overall mission of the project and proceeded to engage the consultants 80:20 to carry out a consultative process with local communities, schools and young people to establish the main aim of any new project to be based on this site. Very quickly, a consensus formed.
The Learning Hub should concentrate on working to address the high levels of educational disadvantage and the early school leaving experienced locally.
*The Learning Hub buildings and grounds have been generously donated by the St Martin’s Centre Trust and Salesian Order and are held in educational trust.
Each year over 1200 children access the Learning Hub on a weekly basis or with their schools. In 2015 we had a footfall of over 13000 visits! We are also incredibly proud of the 16000 hours of volunteering donated by third level students attending the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College. We cannot function without their support and spend a good deal of our staff resources on ensuring we provide the necessary support, training and professional experience to our volunteers.
To find out more about the Learning Hub and to get a sense of who we are are and what we do take a look at this video from a few years ago where Richard from ilovelimerick.com interviews Learning Hub Manager Jennifer Moroney Ward.