LWL is a Community organisation and Social Enterprise based in Longford Town. We believe strongly in supporting the development of collective approaches to achieving equality, working in solidarity and making relevant the connections between the local and the national levels. We work passionately to directly address inequality and associated disadvantage. LWL is a significant contributor to the economy of Longford. With the recent appointment as Lead Sponsor for all DSP CE Childcare schemes in the county, LWL now employs 110 staff and by the end of 2015 will have a turnover in the region of €2.2m much of which is spent in the local economy.
LWL’s vision is that
‘Women in Longford can achieve their full potential in a safe and equal society’
From our experience of supporting women on the ground we have concluded that there are three key issues that many women in Longford face that contribute to and maintain poverty and disadvantage for them and their families:
1. Lack of Economic Independence
2. Specific needs of Women from New Communities
3. Domestic Violence (DV)
We attempt to address these issues through our ‘Integrated Model of Service Delivery’ which is driven by the recognition that disadvantage is complex and that generally, no one single intervention is enough to address the problem.