I moved to limerick to take up the position as Manager of the Learning Hub in late 2005 and I can say that I haven’t experienced a dull moment since! From day one I received a great welcome from local young people, families and partner organisations and have found their support crucial to the development of the Hub. Acting as a “hub” has a number of advantages, the main one being that many of our partners can provide resources which add enormous value to our activities. The links we have now forged with third level institutions and other key Limerick stakeholders allow us to develop high quality and customised responses to the needs of young people who access the hub.
My hope for the future of the Learning Hub in Limerick is that it will continue to act as a catalyst for partnership in education and social inclusion. A sustainable Learning Hub will ensure that the energy and enthusiasm of partners is not lost and that those young people who need it most get the support they need to reach their potential.
After more than a decade of working in large multinational organisations I was very excited when I learned that I was going to be working at the Learning Hub. I was presented with an exhilarating and innovative challenge – to co-ordinate the Learning Buddies Project team and act as IT advisor for the Hub. As Learning Buddies Co-ordinator I work to bring together young people with specially matched mentors from Limerick’s third level institutions to work together on project teams. Learning Buddies has already produced incredible results with over 65 projects in 2010 alone. I have been delighted with the dedication, quality of the work and outputs from the initial project teams of young people.
Learning Buddies now underpins all the activity at the Hub and without the commitment of our volunteer mentors we could not achieve the great results we do!
The Learning Hub also prides itself on creatively embedding technology into all our projects. By introducing open source technology and the Digihub facilities to the wider community we aim to make technology accessible to all while creating an informal and dynamnic learning environment.
For many years I have enjoyed working with young people and communities, as a result, I was thrilled to join the Learning Hub as a Learning Buddies Project Worker in late 2008. I have a background in art and design, mainly photography and art education. However my main interest has always been in community development and community arts. My role is to help Learning Buddies project teams fulfill innovative project outcomes and so far so great!
I joined the Learning Hub as part of the Learning Buddies team. I have previously worked in education as well as the private sector. I’m interested in music and drama and I have found good use for these interests in my work here in the Hub. The first phase of the Learning Buddies programme has proved very successful and I am looking forward to the next stage as it grows and develops.
Paul O’ Brien
I teach kickboxing to both adults and children here at the Learning Hub and run lots of sports related activities in collaboration with local schools and organiations. I have a black belt in Kickboxing and I have represented Ireland at International competitions. I’m also responsible for general maintainence and security on site.
I am responsible for administrating and monitoring of financial processes and procedures. Managing funding in a non-profit organisation is quite challenging but the outcomes are worth it! All my previous experience is in the private sector and this is a total change of environment but is proving to be more exciting.
Caroline Power is one of the 1st members of the Learning Hub administration team and is here since 2008.She provides great support to all the different project teams in NLH and administrative support on all matters financial. Caroline is from the local area and deals with a lot of the community developments within Kileely, she manages to keep all the different schedules on track with the Hub minibus.
I am the caretaker here at the Learning Hub. I maintain the grounds and I’m also responsible for lock-up and security. I know lots of the local young people and enjoy keeping them updated on all the great activities going here at the Hub.