LAOIS Partnership Company is the local development company for Co. Laois. A State and EU funded organisation, it delivers a range of programmes and supports to people, communities and businesses in the county. These programmes aim to make Laois a better place to live in by enhancing community life, combating disadvantage and social exclusion and supporting enterprise development.
The company is committed to undertaking its day to day activities in a manner which will ensure and promote equality of opportunity and access for employees, Board Members, clients, business contacts, service providers and the wider community.
Laois Partnership Company was formed as part of a cohesion process. This was part of government policy to streamline the delivery of services to communities and groups throughout the country. A limited company it has 24 director positions, filled from prescribed sectors or pillars. These include state agencies; local government; community and voluntary; and the national social partners.
The overall mission is to contribute towards the improvement of the social and economic circumstances of targeted individuals, groups and communities in Laois by implementing rural development and social inclusion programmes.
Initiatives include: the rural Development Programme; Local & Community Development Programme; DSP Job Club; CE Scheme; Tus Programme; Rural Social Scheme; Services to the Elderly Programme; two FAS local training initiatives; national childcare schemes; the Back to Education initiative. The Company’s catchment area is the whole of Laois, However it delivers the Walks Scheme for Laois & Offaly.