What Clients Are Saying

Staff Development Workshop

Community Planning – Ballydribeen, Killarney

In 2022 Ballydribeen Residents Association decided to develop an area development plan. As this is a diverse area with many challenges the residents committee felt it required professional expertise to develop a cohesive, workable plan. Paul and his team brought an organised and professional approach which created a space where all participants were able to have a voice and share their thoughts. The finished plan was well received and has already led to positive progress on the recommendations . Liam Grimes, Chairperson, Ballydribeen Resident’s Association, Killarney.


Staff Development Workshop

Green Transition Programme – Listowel Family Resource Centre, Kerry

“Listowel Family Resource Centre had the opportunity to participate in the Green Transition Programme for the past 18 months. It was a fantastic opportunity to assess where we were in terms of our Sustainability and Environmental position throughout the centre. Through the programme we best learned how to move this forward and encouraged us as a team to highlight and improve on areas within the building that can/could make a difference. It was also fabulous to get to meet, work and share ideas with the other Community & Voluntary Organisations involved with the programme and to meet up a few times over the duration (we had a few laughs along the way !! ) Thank You to Paul & Mary for all your support throughout and for guiding us through. We would highly recommend getting involved with the Green Transition Programme“. Yvonne Dillon & Sylvia Hughes Listowel Family Resource Centre.


Staff Development Workshop

Community Planning Moyvane, North Kerry

”We are very grateful for the help and guidance received from Mr Paul O’Raw and Dr Brendan O’Keeffe. Their professionalism, patience, kindness and approachable manner made this process a reality and furthermore, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We look forward to working with Paul and Brendan again in the future”. Kieran Kennelly, Project Coordinator, Moyvane Development Association, 087 411 5116, Email: MDA@outlook.ie


Staff Development Workshop

Collaborative Planning Southill

Paul and his team worked with us and 3 local community organisations to undertake an extensive community consultation process.  Paul was a pleasure to work with.  He was very professional and methodical as he brought his significant experience and insight to the process. Covid restrictions impacted the initial consultation plans, but Paul showed great adaptability to ensure the process continued in a timely fashion, resulting in a very comprehensive planning report for the local organisations.  We would be very happy to work with Paul and his team again.’’ Helen Fitzgerald, Social Programmes Co-ordinator, PAUL Partnership Limerick

My thanks to Paul, Niall and Marie. For the uninitiated like myself you made the process easy and clear, it was a pleasure working with you. Many thanks. Mary Blennerhassett, Chairperson Southill Family Resource Centre.

Staff Development Workshop

Staff Development Workshop

”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 …’’ Read more ->

– Childcare Team, Killorglin Family Resource Centre

Community planning Asdee

Preparing a Strategic Development Plan for Asdee, North Kerry

”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

Askeaton Community Planning

Community Planning, Askeaton (Limerick)

”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.” Read more -> 

– Joe Whelan, Chairman Askeaton Community Council, Summer 2020

Milford Community Planning
The facilitation, workshop design and data collected has provided considerable understanding of community need and action focus into the next 5-10 year period. Ballyhoura Development are very satisfied that this will lead to positive change for all the communities involved and commend Paul and his team for their commitment and understanding of the process, challenges and outputs.”
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– Amanda Slattery,  Development Manager, Ballyhoura Development CLG.

HSE Mental Health Services, Mullingar
“Excellent and well run workshop. Very concise and user-friendly language. Nice and calm, lots of learning points in a great manner. Very effective, not rushed, made sure everyone was included. Very good interaction with the group.”
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– Committee Effectiveness Training, HSE Mental Health Services, Mullingar

Committee Effectiveness Training, HSE Mental Health Services, Mullingar
“Paul was a pleasure to work with. He brought great clarity and focus to the group. With Paul facilitating we achieved more in one day than we had previously done in two months. I would highly recommend Paul.”
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– Louth Next Chapter Women’s Project, Review and Planning Day

Niche review and planning
“Excellent, very well lead workshop. Excellent handouts and challenges…the methodology was focussed and provoked thought. The exercises allowed staff to think and have focussed input.”
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Niche Community Health Project, Cork City, Staff Review & Planning Workshop.

Laois Partnership Company
“Paul consistently maintained a culture of respectful communication and facilitated many healthy debates.” Read more -> 

– Community Leadership programme for New Communities, Salena Grace, Development Officer, Laois Partnership Company

Cromane community planning

Preparation of Strategic Community Development Plan

“His professionalism, kindness and genuine interest in the community of Cromane and the success of the plan was always at the fore.” Read more -> 

– Tracey Healy, Secretary, Cromane Community Council

Ballyduff Community planning

Community Planning Workshops

“…This allowed everyone in the community to have input into what happens in our area. Paul ensured that everyone had a say and as a result good energy and a positive attitude was achieved. The committee was formed and since then we have been successful in working with the Kerry County Council to date.” Read more -> 

– Frankie Byrne, Chairperson

SJOG Staff meeting skills training

Effective Meeting Skills Workshop

“I’d recommend Paul as a facilitator/trainer to organisations irrespective of size and type, what he assisted us to learn is relevant to all.” Read more -> 

– Niall Turner, Occupational Therapy Manager, St John of God, Dublin

Kerry County Council

Information Sessions for Community & Voluntary Organisations

“Paul has strong group communication and facilitation skills and understands what techniques work best with different groups. “ Read more -> 

– Siobhan Griffin, Municipal Officer, Kerry County Council

UCD School of Nursery, Midwifery and Health Systems

Effective Committee Skills training for HSE Community Mental Health Fora.

“Paul was very easy to work with – in fact, he brought a real energy, commitment and enthusiasm to our work and dealt most professionally with any challenges. “ Read more -> 

– Dr Timmy Frawley, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

Knockaderry Co Limerick, Community Planning

Community Planning Workshops

Consequently the entire team had total ownership of the outcomes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul to other similar associations or community groupings for this type of work. Read more ->

Vincent Hanley, Secretary Knockaderry Community Council

Chester Beatty Library facilitation training

“… informative, structured, inclusive, great opportunity to reflect with colleagues, …reflective – almost therapeutic, allowed time and space.” Read more ->

– Tutor feedback, facilitation training. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

Listowel Community Centre Director’s responsibilities workshop

Director’s Responsibilities Training Workshops.

“Paul was a pleasure to work with, he offers great insight and I would recommend him to any group or organisation wishing to develop the skills and attributes of their board.”

– Tony Duggan, Manager Listowel Community Centre


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