2002

Origins

SCCUL Enterprises CLG was established by St. Columba’s Credit Union in 2002. Operating independently of the credit union, and as a registered charity, we are based in Ballybane, Galway, with operations in Ballinfoile (Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre) and in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway (The SCCUL Sanctuary). As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to champion socio-economic development in communities in Galway by facilitating community development, accessible service provision, employment creation and community wellbeing.

2007

SCCUL Enterprise Centre

In 2007, we developed the SCCUL Enterprise Centre in Ballybane, with the goal of contributing Ballybane’s community, economic and social development. Consisting of 20 business units, a co-working hub, therapy rooms, training rooms and multi-function café, the Enterprise Centre houses several vital community organisations which deliver essential services and supports locally. It also facilitates the creation of sustainable employment by providing enterprise space and supports to start-up and small businesses.

2008

SCCUL Sanctuary

SCCUL Sanctuary began in Killeen House, Bushypark in 2008. In 2012, SCCUL founded in SCCUL Sanctuary as a therapeutic support centre set on the ground of the Brothers of Charity’s 100 acres of woodland in Kilcoman Estate, Clarinbridge. The Sanctuary offers a range of therapies and services to support people’s emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. This includes tailored therapeutic retreat days for people experiencing life challenges, as well as online supports such as mindfulness, journaling, yoga, and digital detox. The Sanctuary also offers space for private and corporate events, meetings, and activities. In 2021, through the department of Social Protection, Pobal awarded SCCUL funding under the Community Services Programme to help further the phenomenal work of the Sanctuary.

2012

Bizmentors

In 2012, SCCUL established Bizmentors, a mentoring programme for start-ups, emerging businesses, social enterprises, and community groups. Bizmentors’ structured mentoring programme offers pro-bono access to advice and expertise relating to business and organisational development. Bizmentors was also part of a European project which aims to create a transnational business mentoring solution. Co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery and Artic Programme (NPA), participating partners were from Finland, Iceland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland between 2018-2022. In 2022 we partnered with Western Development Commission and Iceland to further explore the possibilities of the mentoring platform.

2018

Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre

Since 2018, SCCUL has functioned as managing agent of Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre (BCNC), a state-of-the-art community centre operated in partnership with Galway City Council and Croí na Túath, a local community organisation. The Centre provides our local community with the opportunity to develop and grow through the provision of facilities and the facilitation of essential services. Facilities include number of meeting, sporting, and health & fitness spaces, through these facilities various groups and organisations provide essential services to the local community of Ballinfoile, Castlegar & environs.

Other Activities

Over the years SCCUL has also been involved in many other successful projects. Our first initiative in 2002 was the construction of the Ballybane Neighbourhood Village which helped bring structure and essential services to our local community. Other projects included the SCCUL Awards which supported and showcased the best of Galway based entrepreneurs from 2011-2016. We also ran the popular “MeetWest” initiative, the largest networking event in the West of Ireland, in 2014 and 2015 for Galway City Council and Roscommon County Council respectively.
The Choir Factor was successful fundraiser which ran for the SCCUL Sanctuary for several years. This initiative seen various choirs formed by multi nationals and community groups which battle it out in an X factor style competition, something we hope will return again in the near feature. The “Friendliest Business in Ireland” award winning Saol Café, a social inclusion café based in NUIG which employed people with barrier to employment. SCCUL has also supported various local community groups since its inception. This year SCCUL Enterprises CLG were awarded the All-Ireland Business Foundation’s Social Enterprise of the Year Award to recognise our work over the past twenty years.