About


Governance
Our Vision:

“An ambitious and committed Cherry Orchard community where children are given every chance in life”
Our Mission Statement:
“To create and sustain a unique, community led, equine centred, learning environment dedicated to the needs of young people through the provision of state recognised qualifications and recreational activities.”
The values statement of the centre contains four cornerstones of our approach for dealing with young people:

• That young people freely choose to participate in our project;
• That the strength of the relationship between the young person and the staff member is fundamental to our work;
• That we treat young people with respect, equality and dignity; and
• That we actively promote a society that treats young people fairly and equally.

The centre’s philosophy approach is based on concepts of justice and equality and acknowledges that society does not treat all young people equally.

Structure

Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre operate a number of services and programmes. Whilst the Centre operates as an integrated project, to fulfil funder requirements there are two separate limited companies in place with two separate boards of directors.

Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre CLG.
Our Community Training Centre, funded by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), is overseen by the Board of Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre Ltd. It is a requirement of the funding received from the CDETB that the Training Centre has its own autonomous Board. The General Manager of the Training Centre reports to this Board directly. The Training Centre, whilst governed by a separate Board, is very much part of the integrated service delivery philosophy in place at the Centre. The General Manager works closely alongside the CEO of Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre to ensure services are delivered in a seamless and integrated manner.

Cherry Orchard Equine Centre CLG.
All other services and programmes are governed by the Board of Cherry Orchard Equine Centre Ltd. This includes the Integrated Youth Services, Equestrian Centre, CODY Garda Youth Diversion Project, Cherry Orchard Pony Club and the Community Services Programme. The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of the Equine Centre on all of these services and programmes. The Chairpersons of both companies and the managers work closely together to ensure that all of the services, regardless of what company they are governed by, are delivered by way of an integrated model and are seamless to the young people and their families in Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot. The trading name of the company is Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre which encompasses all services together.

Cherry Orchard Equine Education and Training Centre

Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre CLG.

Cherry Orchard Equine Centre CLG.

General Manager
Community Training Centre

Chief Executive Officer

Youth Services

Equestrian Centre

CODY Garda Youth Diversion Project

Pony Club

Community Services Programme

board

Cherry Orchard Equine Centre CLG. is managed and governed by a voluntary board of management.  The Board is strategically comprised of persons from a range of backgrounds including local residents, local elected representatives, officials from the Local Authority as well as experts with considerable experience in areas including accounting, governance, local development, education and training, youth services and strategic management.

Company details are as follows:

Registered Name:  Cherry Orchard Equine Centre CLG.
Registered Address:  Cherry Orchard Green, Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10
Eircode: D10 XW08

Company Number: 306237
CHY Number: 12986
Registered Charity Number: 20039264

Board Members

Name

Patricia Williams

Brian Kenny

Yvonne Tyndell

Angus Sinclair

Patrick Cullen

Dave O Donavan

Jane Tegerdine

Sean Moloney

Elaine Hatton

Cllr. Vincent Jackson

John Mooney

Sector

Community Representative

Independent Industry Representative

Independent Industry Representative

Independent Industry Representative

Community Representative

Local Authority Representative

Independent Industry Representative

Independent Statutory Representative

Chair for the Equine Centre Board

Independent Youth Sector Representative

Community Representative

Company Officers

Elaine Hatton

Angus Sinclair

Jennifer Courtney

Chairperson

Treasurer

Company Secretary


Funding
Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre is mostly reliant on funding from state agencies and organisations. The Centre earns a small amount of income from horse riding programmes and rental charges.

CDETB

The City of Dublin Education and Training Board funds our Community Training Centre. This funding includes not only the running of the Training Centre but also payment of a training allowance to all 45 of the trainees enrolled on courses.

CDYSB

The City of Dublin Youth Service Board funds our Integrated Youth Service. The funding is for staffing, programme activities and overhead contributions to running costs.

Pobal

Pobal fund the Community Services Programme which provides a payroll grant for 11 full time equivalent positions at the minimum wage. There are 15 people employed under this programme, some of whom are part time.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice funds our Garda Youth Diversion Project. This funding is used for employing two youth justice workers as well as programme activities and contributions to running costs.

Department of Environment

The Department of Environment used to provide funding to the Centre under the Local and Community Development Programme. This programme was discontinued in March 2015. The Department of Environment agreed a new funding structure for the Centre to continue on from the old programme under a new arrangement. This income is used to fund the Centre Manager, Accountant/Administrator and a contribution towards overheads for the Centre as well as provide Accounting and Administration support.

Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council provided capital funding to build our Centre in 1999 and has continued to support the Centre at varying levels over the past twelve years. The City Council has played a crucial role in ensuring that the facility has been able to withstand all of the funding cuts in recent years in acknowledgement of the critical role it plays in Cherry Orchard. The Centre is owned by Dublin City Council and leased to Cherry Orchard Equine Centre Ltd.

Earned Income
The Centre earns a small amount of income from horse riding programmes, rental charges, sponsorship and donations from the public.

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Sponsors
We are very fortunate to receive sponsorship and donations from a range of sources each year.

The local business community has been very generous to us in the past supporting the work that we do.

In 2014 we decided to erect acknowledgement signage around our indoor horse marking the sponsorship and donations that we receive.

Local businesses like this approach as it gives them exposure and advertising for their kind donations.

At present we have spaces available around our indoor arena for any businesses in the local community who would like to support our Centre and also advertise their business.

Further details can be obtained by contacting mark@cherryorchard.ie.

2018 Sponsors
Avenir

Eugene Smartt solicitors

ABL

Silversands

BHP Insurance

Thortons Recycling

Cawley’s Furniture

Complete Pest control

Sheridan Developments

Enclave Technologies

Centra Claddagh Green

Phloor Ltd

Parkwest

Woodpecker Shavings

Conor Mc Carthy Motors

Goodwins Saddlers

Facilities
Cherry Orchard Equine Centre CLG is a state of the art, purpose built equestrian training centre featuring a range of services and programmes to support young people through the challenges of growing up and going on to adulthood.

The facility includes a large indoor horse riding arena which can take up to 14 riders in classes at the one time. We have 24 modern horse indoor stables adjoining the arena.

Arena

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One-of-a-kind youth-focused training centre state of the art and one of a kind equestrian centre in all of Ireland.

Dublin City Council and the Department of Agriculture collaborated through the provision of capital funding to develop the centre which opened in January 2003. The centre was built on a twelve acre site at a cost of €5.7m. The purpose built facility currently includes 24 stables (24 horses – 4 stables currently used for alternate purposes), an indoor and outdoor arena, an outdoor gallop, tutorial rooms, meeting rooms, offices and administrative rooms, a fully equipped computer suite and a canteen. The centre provides a range of education training and youth supports to the local community with a particular focus on targeting early school leavers or those at risk of early school leaving (aged 15-25). This is achieved very effectively and efficiently through the integrated service model approach in operation at the centre which essentially involves a number of different services provided to the community in a seamless wrap-around way under the one roof. The centre’s mission is to retain young people in mainstream education and provide an education and training link that enables them to progress into worthwhile further education, training and employment.

History

The idea for Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre came from residents of the local community who wanted to give their children more than they had growing up.

Over a period of years, the local community set about fund raising and lobbying Dublin City Council and Government to provide a facility for the youth of Cherry Orchard which would address the endemic low education attainment levels and also recognise the high level of interest in horses.

After much hard work, Dublin City Council, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, made funding available to build Cherry Orchard Equine Centre. Construction started on the Centre in 1999 and took two years to complete. The struggle did not end here however as when the Centre was built, there was a challenge to secure funding to operate the Centre.

Over the space of a few years, the Centre had identified the programmes and services it wanted to deliver from the Centre and had secured funding to deliver them. By 2003, the centre was almost fully operational delivering a range of programmes and services to the young people of Cherry Orchard.

The Centre has been fortunate to have had such strong support from the local community and has employed a lot of hard working and dedicated staff from the surrounding area.

Even though the Centre operates a number of services and programmes funded by various schemes, all services are delivered to the young person in an integrated and wrap around way. Students who access the Community Training Centre may also be engaged in the Youth Service and or the Equestrian Centre. all of the staff work very closely to ensure that every young person has the best opportunity possible to achieve their best outcomes in life.

Staff
Cherry Orchard Equine, Education and Training Centre, incorporating the CTC and Equine Centre, employs more than 40 staff across a range of disciplines and departments.

Chief Executive Officer
Mark Mellotte

Deputy CEO – Head of Operations & New Programmes
Jennifer Courtney

Head of Accounts
Ciaran Keogh

Training Centre Manager
Jonathan Hussey

Integrated Youth Services Manager
Amanda McCoy

Stable & Yard Manager
Michelle Leonard

Training Centre

Rory McEvitt

Marina Cirillo

Ciara Murphy

Jenny White

Audrey Miley

Youth Services

Paula Mulligan

Judith Kerins

Paul O’ Shaughnessy

Niamh Rafferty

Kim O Connell

Pat O Connor

Facilities / Admin

Bernadette Sheehan

Amanda Maher

Ellen Tully

Annemaire Caffrey

Declan Fox

Kathleen Kearney

Greg McDermott

Colin McDermott

Jimmy Gallagher

Stable & Yard

George Wisely

Elaine Finnegan

Jim Goodall

Edel Maher

Jenna Richards

Fiona Cloke

Vivienne Kschinka

Nico Kirwan