Camcas – who we are and what we do
We are a not-for-profit, Pobal funded organisation. We currently have three employees and the company is overseen by a voluntary board of directors.Our main project at Camcas is our Community Enterprise Project, producing chemical-free fruit and vegetables for the community. We also facilitate horticultural training, and the students, under the watchful eye of Bloom’s Multi-award winning Horticulturalist, Barry Kavanagh, play a vital role in our production. Barry and his team , in conjunction with CMETB, are instrumental in developing the site to its full production potential. As part of this project we also provide 21 raised bed allotments available to the public on an annual rental basis. Allotment holders have use of a communal greenhouse, potting shed, tool shed and canteen area as well as access to lots of advice and counselling on growing matters from Barry Kavanagh and all the staff. Camcas also hosts GIY West Cavan for the majority of their monthly meetings and we are happy to nurture this symbiotic relationship. We also host vital community services – Citizen’s Information, Breffni Integrated, Employability (Cavan/Monaghan Supported Employment), Community Welfare Officer – Dept. of Social Protection. These services provide support and guidance to the community, in particular to those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society. We have a therapy room, which facilitates a number of practitioners to provide services that benefit the health and wellbeing of the community. At Camcas we aim to promote health and well-being on a holistic level. We believe a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy environment are the key to personal fulfillment. We are advocates for a greener environment and like to practise what we preach. We have many systems and policies in place to show others how easy it is to implement positive changes to our behaviours and attitudes towards the environment. We operate an open door policy. The public are invited in to use our site for their own enjoyment. We have a 1/4 mile walking track around the site and encourage the community to come in and avail of the track, whilst exploring the site and looking at all the produce and gaining some growing knowledge from the staff.