SECAD Noticeboard December 2013
Ryan Howard CEO of SECAD
“SECAD has had another successful and busy year in 2013. We achieved 100% allocation of the EU co-funded Rural Development Programme (RDP). This involved investment in over 300 local enterprise (Crafts, Food and Tourism) employment and community projects. A total of over €7.2m has been awarded by SECAD to these projects through the RDP. We also increased our support services to disadvantaged groups in particular providing a ‘First Step’ to over 500 unemployed people across South and East Cork. Additionally, we increased by nearly 25% the number of unemployed, now getting work experience for 12 months through the SECAD Tús Initiative supported by the Department of Social Protection. We now have 240 people benefiting every year on out Tús programme working in nearly 100 community projects. SECAD have continued to underpin and manage the SECAD ‘Rural Transport Programme’ allowing hundreds of people to continue to live alone in rural areas and access key services with the support of our transport programme. 2014 will provide new challenges. We feel confident with the support of our Communities, our businesses and our partners that it will begin another chapter of support and investment through SECAD. We aim to continue to underpin the sustainable development and enable more job creation across South and East Cork for many years to come. I would like to wish all a very happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year”. Ryan Howard.
Major Funding support from SECAD
Aghada, Ballincollig, Cloyne and Youghal have received their Christmas presents a little early this year as SECAD gave all four areas a significant boost with funding almost amounting to €500,000.
“Working with Community Organisations and stimulating deeper engagement in communities across South and East Cork is vital to the people, culture and quality of life in this region” said Mr Ryan Howard CEO of South and East Cork Area Development.
Aghada Community Hall received funding of €150,000 Cloyne Community Playground received €75,000 Ballincollig’s Regional Park Allotments Scheme received approximately €125,000 and Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Commerce received €114,000 from SECAD towards a semi-permanent market structure at ‘Market Lane’ which will create an area for festivals or farmers and crafts people to develop.
Youghal’s newest addition ‘The magnificent umbrellas or Tulips at the Ferry Slip car park.
The four projects are a significant statement of intent by SECAD to continue the work of supporting, engaging and working with Communities right across the Region of South and East Cork.
Mr Howard concluded by saying “We have allocated extensive funding in this area, because of the strong community groups and networks that reside here and our close working relationships with the suburban and rural communities here. The ‘Rural Development Programme’ (RDP) investment will return its value tenfold to the people of South and East Cork and we are delighted to be supporting this vibrant community spirit and engagement here”.
SECAD on their bikes with SVDP
WHEN South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) who are based in Midleton Co. Cork at the Owenacurra Business Park in Knockgriffin, made an appeal to the public to bring in their unwanted bicycles 12 months ago, little did they know that these bicycles would be part of the St. Vincent De Paul Christmas appeal and would go to deserving families in the Cork area.
People from all over the county called to the SECAD offices with bicycles to help out and this week the bicycles went to the North Point Business Park in Blackpool in Cork City to the St. Vincent de Paul depot there.
SECAD’s Joe Dilworth, Frances Burke and Mark O’Connell with Society of the Vincent de Paul members and Cork Regional Vice President for SVDP Brendan Dempsey
SECAD are still requesting that people who want to donate bicycles are still very welcome to do so, Tús Supervisor at SECAD Mark O’Connell said “People have been great getting the bicycles to us and today we can deliver these bikes to the St. Vincent de Paul who do Trojan work in Cork City and County. We are only too delighted to help out in any way that we can and if it makes someone happy this Christmas we will be delighted with that”.
Brendan Dempsey Cork Regional Vice President of the Society of the Vincent De Paul said “These bicycles will be well received by those families at this time of year who badly need them. We want to thank SECAD for the bicycles and we look forward to receiving more bikes in the future”.
If you want to donate a bicycle to SECAD, contact South and East Cork Area Development on 021-4613432.
Tracton Community Council and Marc Wilson working together.
When Marc Wilson started on his Tús Placement in the Minane Bridge, Tracton area in January 2013 he didn’t really know what he was getting into, but he embraced the job and is now very much part of the community.
Marc originally from Edinburgh City Centre moved to Ireland in 2004 and settled down in the Minane Bridge area, “Doing the Tús Placement has definitely been good for me and has helped me to integrate more into the Community. I have met many new people since I started with SECAD and even though when I first arrived here it was a complete culture change for me, I am very much at home now and people in the area know who I am” said Marc.
Marc works with Tracton Community Council through SECAD and had really worked hard helping to tidy up overgrown areas, using his own initiative he has worked on the ‘Millennium Walkway’s’ Knocknamanagh Old Scholl and the village of Minane Bridge. He certainly has left his stamp on the area, with locals including the local Parish Priest from the ‘Sacred Heart Church’ singing the praises of the Tús worker.
The whole point of the Tús Placement programme is to give meaningful employment to people and Marc has certainly found that to be the case, but wishes that the placement was for a longer period of time, Marc continued “I wish it was for longer than just 12 months and that would be my only complaint about the scheme, especially with the training you receive and the connections you make with people another year would be great, but unfortunately that is not the case”.
Marc Wilson Tús Participant and SECAD’s Robert Colan-O’Leary on Minane Bridge
Robert Colan-O’Leary is Marc’s Tús Supervisor from SECAD and he said “Marc is just one of these guys you can rely on. Marc works hard and is dedicated to all the very many tasks required of him here in Minane Bridge. I really would love to be in a position to hold on to Marc, but the rules are clear and when Marc leaves us in January it will be a great loss to the Tracton Community Council, but on the other hand somebody will get the opportunity to carry on the great work that Marc has done here”.
The Tús Placement programme is based all over South and East Cork with currently over 220 people in place and is working very well with Community Groups, Charitable Organisations, Clubs and not-for-profit groups and with people like Marc Wilson just an example of the many good people out there involved with Tús proves that this is meaningful employment indeed.
Ring of Corkers Christmas
This December a group of Ring of Corkers had the chance to experience how their colleagues do Christmas. “It was the perfect way to get us all into the Christmas Spirit,” said Cobh Road Train’s Laragh O’Brien of the Crafty Christmas Familiarisation Trip.
Headed by Elga Ryan and Oonagh Montague of SECAD the group were hosted and toasted by Shanagarry Design Centre and Kilkenny Shop, the Ring of Cork Craft Shop and lastly they experienced the magic of Fota Island Resort’s sold out ‘Believe’. Darren Lynch of Shanagarry said, “I was made feel immediately welcome. It was great to network with the other businesses in the area on cross promotion and more importantly the sharing of ideas/tips etc.” Sal Tivy of Perks Entertainment Centre agreed – “I really enjoyed myself and I got some great ideas and met some people who I can do special offers with.”
The SECAD Tús Supervisors and RSS Co-ordinator Frances Burke (front row second from right) with Ryan Howard CEO of SECAD, wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2014.