About Paul O’Raw
Community Development Work – Career & Influences
I have over 25 years’ experience in community development: working with organisations, supporting them to identify their key challenges and to prepare strategic plans. As an independent trainer and facilitator, I develop training programmes and facilitate workshops on behalf of local development companies, local authorities, agencies and independent organisations involved in the community and voluntary sector.
Prior to working freelance I was employed as a community development officer with a number of organisations.
I was the Community Development Coordinator with South Kerry Development Partnership for 14 years. This role focussed on addressing social exclusion through building community organisations and networks, in close cooperation with various agencies.
I supported the development of community projects in Local Authority Housing Estates in Dublin for over 10 years (Loughlinstown and North Clondalkin). I developed and coordinated schemes and projects that assisted the long-term unemployed develop skills and confidence, while also providing valuable services to the local communities.
As an Overseas Development Volunteer I supported the establishment and development of a rural credit union in an isolated community in Ecuador, South America. This enabled local people to avail of affordable loans for agriculture, small business, health and education.
Training & Development
- Facilitation skills training with Partners Training for Transformation
- Facilitation skills training with Meitheal Training,
- FETAC 6 Train The Trainer
- NUI Maynooth; Diploma in Continuing Education and BA (Hons 1st) in Community Studies
- Certificate in Mediation Skills and member of Mediators Institute of Ireland
- Orientation progamme in overseas development work – Viatores Christi
- Certificate in Development Studies – Development Studies Centre
- Lego Serious Play Certified Facilitator
- Member International Association of Facilitators.
- Facilitating teams, groups and communities to learn, to reflect, to plan, and to grow,
- Use of creative methods to ensure training is enjoyable and effective,
- Experiential learning; drawing on the experience of the group,
- Group work that facilitates the participation and contribution of all,
- Facilitating consensus and ownership of outcomes,
- Promoting inclusive and sustainable communities.
Feasibility study for recreation area development with Pinewood Residents Association, Killarney
The four pillars underpinning this approach
Task and Process
Groups and Organisations under the Surface
The Learning Cycle
A Creative Space
”Paul is a terrific host. He gets the team working together and thinking not only as individuals but as a group also … He has opened up the dialogue for the team…’’
- Childcare Team, Killorglin Family Resource Centre.
"A huge thank you to Mr Paul O’Raw and Dr Brendan O’Keeffe for their immense contribution, professionalism, patience, and approachable manner, which made this process a thoroughly enjoyable experience (chairman Asdee Community Development Association).’’"
- Preparing a Strategic Development Plan for Asdee, North Kerry
"At times this was a difficult project and required perseverance and going the extra mile, and Paul always put the shoulder to the wheel to see the plan the through. The plan is now completed and published in the community, and now forms the foundations of a new Community Forum formed in conjunction with semi-states bodies to address local issues.
I would highly recommend Paul O Raw to you as person who has experience and the talents to take similar projects from inception to completion."
- Joe Whelan, Chairman Askeaton Community Council, Summer 2020
- Amanda Slattery, Development Manager, Ballyhoura Development CLG
- Committee Effectiveness Training, HSE Mental Health Services, Mullingar
- Louth Next Chapter Women’s Project, Review and Planning Day