Latton Social Services & Development CLG is here to support the Latton community in all there endeavors.
Founding and Establishment
Established in 1994 as Latton Development Association was initially se up to address road surfacing issues and services in the area. In 1997 the first pre-school was established, firstly as as a private identity and in 1998 a community group, called Fingers and Toes Childcare & Education Centre, took over the pre-school while Latton Development Association changed to Latton Social Services & Development LTD. The pre-school was housed in St. Mary’s Hall.
Building a Resource Centre
In 1998, LSS & Dev Ltd applied to Peace I for funding to build a Resource Centre which was officially opened on 12th May 1999 by President McAleese. LSS & Dev Ltd secured a 55 year lease from O’Raghallaigh GAA, for ground to build on the Centre on. Fingers & Toes moved into the Centre with 18 children as an anchor tenant in 2001 and an afterschool facility was opened to facilitate children from Scoil Mhuire, Rockcorry Cofi and Scoil Lorgan.
In 2004 LSS & Dev Ltd secured the Rural Transport Initiative named Balti bus for the County. In 2006 and extension for a Creche was Constructed to accommodate babies & toddlers.
In 2013 under a Leader Project a major extension was added to Resource Centre when the roof was taken off and a second floor added. This currently caters for office space, canteen space for Bawn Latton Community Employment Conference room for training which since 2021 has been a Broadband Connection Point.
Projects and Community Contributions
During 2012-2014 a major project was secured by LSS & Dev Ltd to secure 450K to document all the closed border roads that were closed to Northern Troubles. This was titled “Border Roads to Memories” that was a 3 year project which was followed by an extension project, that delivered a cross border cross community secondary school initiative.
Over the years several groups have sprung up e.g. Latton Bawn Historical Group, Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens groups, Dancing groups, Wednesday Senior Club, I.T. Training, and currently the group has drawn down funding and a lease on Aughnamullen Parish Church to create a memorial space in memory of late T.D. and senator Billy fox, a native of this area, who was a fore runner for Peace & Reconciliation on this island. This project will be completed this year. Currently we are doing a fund-raiser to raise money by the 28th November on our GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/installation-of-interpretative-centre. All donation are most welcome.