The Origins of the VECP

The VECP has its origins in a local success story: the Villierstown Montessori School.  In 2008 the Government began offering funding to childcare centres so they could offer free childcare to the communities they served.  To qualify for the funding, however, the centres had to be an Incorporated Limited Company.

The Montessori School was thriving at the time, but it was unable to access this funding because of its organisational and legal structure.  The school promptly gathered a group of community enthusiasts to discuss ways in which the Montessori’s restructuring could be tackled.

The group soon realised that their passion for Villierstown’s welfare extended beyond the Montessori School.  What evolved, quite quickly, were the foundations for an organisation that would work to protect Villierstown’s traditions and safeguard its future.  The VECP was born.

Our strength is our structure

We have been awarded Charitable Status by the Revenue Commissioners which we’re really delighted with.  By incorporating the Montessori School into the VECP, we’ve enabled the school to offer the Government’s free childcare to the children of Villierstown, in Villierstown!

These are two small, but significant victories.  And we’re hoping it will be the first of many, because our structure means that we can apply to State and Semi-state bodies to fund all manner of projects for our community.

What are the long term goals?

We want to really develop education, arts and culture in Villierstown, in a way that reflects who we are as a village.  We also want to help grow and sustain employment levels and become an example to communities across Ireland of what can be achieved when a rural community takes ownership of
its future.

So what’s our purpose?

Our mission statement will give you a pretty good idea of our intentions:

“To preserve our local traditions, promote education and enhance community spirit.”

It’s all about building an even better village for future generations and working to make sure Villierstown remains the kind of positive, forward looking community that many of us love.  To do that we need to harness the power and ideas of our residents.  And that means you!

So if you would like to get involved in any of the projects that are currently underway, or if you have an idea that you think will help enhance our village – then we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email or give us a call.