The Exchange is a social enterprise, community and cultural centre in Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland. Exchange Inishowen CLG. is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and became a Registered Charity in the Republic of Ireland in 2016.
RCN 20107857 / CHY 21790. Registered Company No 524171.
The organisation was founded by a group of like minded individuals, social entrepreneurs and community groups in 2012. A lack of community and cultural space and a similar lack of support for the development of start up companies and small businesses led to the formation of the partnership.
In 2013, Exchange Inishowen decided to lease the old social welfare offices at Castle Avenue, Buncrana and convert them into a community and cultural hub for the area that also acts as a support centre for social enterprises, established small businesses, and as an incubator centre for start-up companies. Thanks to a grant from the LEADER programme, administered by Inishowen Development Partnership, we were able to begin work on equipping the building to meet the needs of 21st century businesses and community organisations. Financial support was also provided by Buncrana Town Council, Donegal County Council, and the local community through fundraising events. The Exchange is now up and running. It is a hive of social activity, with many businesses and community groups using it for work, outreach, meetings, events, and various other activities.
The next stage of development will see the opening of our state of the art shared office space, which can be rented on a flexible basis at very competitive rates. We will also hold an official launch in 2014 and ensure that The Exchange continues in its mission to become an ingrained part of the community in Inishowen.
As a not for profit organisation, we require continued funding and support from as many sources as possible. If you would like to help us reach our goals, by donating funds or anything that might be useful, or simply by supporting us in any way possible please get in contact by any of the means below.
In person: Call at The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana, Co. Donegal (Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 1.30pm)
Phone: Landline coming soon. Contact Adrian Grant (Chairman) on +353860885193
Donate: Click on the PayPal button on the right. Watch out for one of our fundraisers, or simply call in to The Exchange.