Maureen has lived in Sheepmoor in Blanchardstown for the past 35 years, working as a Project Worker with Mountview/Blakestown Community Drugs Team for the past 14 years. Maureen works with people who have problems with their own use of drugs or alcohol. She also works with family members who have a concern about someone close. Maureen was involved, over the years, with the Education Working Group of Blanchardstown Area Partnership, the board of the Neighbourhood Youth Project, the Education Prevention sub-group of Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force, the Frontline Workers Forum, the board of Blanchardstown Community Training Centre, the Parents Association of Blakestown Community School, Blakestown Blazers Foroige club and also Word on the Street peer drug education group.
Maureen is keenly aware of the lack of opportunities for young people in Blanchardstown at this time, particularly early school leavers. She is delighted to have played some small part in the coming of Blanchardstown Community Training Centre. It is very welcome and much needed. We could fill a few more centres!
A motor mechanic by trade and a teacher by profession, Guss set up a small training unit for unqualified unemployed persons in central Dublin in 1977 in what was to become the first Community Training Centre (CTC). Later, working with the then Youth Employment Agency, where his chief responsibility was early school leavers, he helped set up a network of some 67 CTC across Ireland. In 1988, Guss and Dr Dermot Stokes were given the task, by the Ministries of Labour and Education, of designing and installing a response to the needs of early school leavers that could be provided within both the Labour and Education systems. And so YOUTHREACH, of which CTCs is part, was born.
Guss has been a part of Blanchardstown CTC from the beginning and is also a member of the Board of the Irish Association of Community Training Organisations (IACTO), the umbrella body for CTCs.
Miriam Ryan has been involved with the Board of the CTC since early 2008. She is the Manager of Blanchardstown Youth Service and the associated projects which Foróige have managed and provided throughout Blanchardstown in partnership with County Dublin VEC since 1982. A strong relationship and a sense of collaboration and cooperation exist between the CTC and Foróige staff in Blanchardstown, particularly the Garda Youth Diversion Projects and the Early School Leavers Projects where there are frequent referrals of young people who are out of the school system to the CTC.
Michael joined the Board of BCTC in 2013. He is originally from New Ross but has worked for the past 36 years as secondary school teacher in Patrician College, Finglas. He was Principal there for 11 years until his retirement in 2012. Michael has served on Boards of Management in Primary and Second Level schools and on the management committee of the Schools Completion Programme in Finglas for many years.
Presently Michael is Child Safeguarding Representative in his parish in Porterstown. Michael has a strong empathy with young people who wish to have a second chance at training/education and welcomes the opportunity to offer his experience to furthering the aims of Blanchardstown Community Training Centre.
Gerry is the Co-ordinator of the Blanchardstown Local Employment Services. He is responsible for the day to day management of the delivery of services as well as the overall strategic planning, review and development. Gerry has served on many national, regional and local committees and working groups as well as European ERF Projects.
Gerry is a recently appointed member of the Board of Management having come on in 2014.