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SECAD Notcieboard January 2014

SECAD Notcieboard January 2014







Ryan Howard CEO SECAD

 “SECAD saw positive developments on all fronts in 2013. The completion of a really challenging, worthwhile, targeted and innovative series of projects/processes under the Local and Community Development Programme (2011-2013) – and an increasing level of funds levered particularly through our evolving partnership with DSP to continue to support the most disadvantaged to become part of something positive for themselves, their families and communities”.

“The massive effort and huge number of people that were supported through the relatively small but demanding Benefit III Programme. The excellent work in supporting networking events, that are effective and make sense such as the SECAD Catalyst Network for female entrepreneurs”.

“The successful launch of the Ring of Cork Brand and the ever increasing efforts and energies being employed to encourage collective investment into local food, craft and tourism is incredibly impressive”.

“The rapid expansion of TUS during 2013 adding almost 40% more people on placements than this time last year and in a manner where SECAD is leading the way in terms of its support to the participants and host groups”.

“The continuation of good projects and links with communities through the Rural Social Scheme. The continued investment in our Rural Transport Initiative and a huge effort in developing a potential partnership agreement with Avondhu Blackwater in a bid to retain the management of the delivery of community transport links into the future for our area.

The completion of a very intensive transnational partnership with partners in 17 member states and the development of a unique set of skills (for Ireland) through the ISEMOA Project (2010-2013) and potential to provide supports for a number of future SECAD clients involved in Accessibility Planning”.

“The development of parallel funding options to underpin our future including major efforts in developing the LIFE+ Biodiversity Application and in preparing for the forthcoming Job-Path Contracts”.

“The development of innovative solutions and interesting initiatives from graveyards to bird-watching  to water-trials! and last but not least, the successful support to thousands of individuals and hundreds of communities and businesses through our training, mentoring, guidance, encouragement, networking and grant giving systems underpinned by the most challenging and biggest LEADER/Rural Development Programmes(2009-2015) that we have ever experienced – and in so doing to have allocated 100% of the funds available to SECAD stands out as one of the most fundamental achievements/legacies since SECAD’s inception. “It’s not over yet but we have collectively brought it to a place that we can be proud of and in a position that we can complete all remaining activities in 2014/2015”.


Towards Occupation and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) – SECAD support to those taking the first step towards training and employment


In October 2013, SECAD was delighted to be part of a group which recently launched the evaluation of the Towards Occupation Programme – a programme to support those who are currently unemployed as a result of a serious setback or who are experiencing emotional or mental health challenges.  Partners in this programme include HSE, DSP and Cork ETB.

This programme has been running in the SECAD area since 2009 with very positive outcomes in terms of positive mental health and reengagement with training, volunteering and employment opportunities and will continue in Spring 2014.


Dates for the recommencement of the Towards Occupation programme in Ballincollig and Youghal will be finalised in early 2014, however, if you or a friend or family member is interested in finding out more about the course or in booking a place, please contact Nuala O’Connell at SECAD on 021 4613432.









Last years ‘Towards Occupation’ successful candidates in Midleton


SECAD is also delighted to announce a new initiative in partnership with the HSE as part of the Towards Occupation programme.  In Midleton and Cobh, a free Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) programme will be offered in Spring 2014.  The WRAP programme consists of five afternoon sessions (2-4pm) which will cover topics such as identifying needs, stresses, vulnerabilities and strengths; mindfulness and relaxation and will introduce the WRAP handbook, which offers practical tools for maintaining wellbeing.  In Midleton, WRAP will take place at the Edmund Rice Centre, School Grounds Midleton and will commence on Tuesday 4th February, while in Cobh, WRAP will take place at Tree View, Rushbrooke and the first session will take place on Thursday 6th February.  Places are limited, so please book a place early by contacting Nuala O’Connell at SECAD on 021 4613432 or noconnell@secad.ie








Towards Occupation Steering group at launch of evaluation report 11 October 2013. Back row: Nuala O’Connell SECAD, Tom McSweeney HSE, Yvonne Griffin Ballyhoura Development, Veronica Gubbins Avondhu Blackwater.  Front row: Finn Fitzgerald West Limerick Resources, Kate Lennon Ballyhoura Development, Regina Duane Limerick ETB, Triona Murphy IRD Duhallow, John Dooley DSP.


Douglas Community Centre Rising Up With SECAD Funding


Douglas is an area that is developing and with the help of SECAD has grant aided the local Douglas Community Council, who are doing a major refurbishment to the local community centre and the main beneficiary will be the Douglas Meals on Wheels Group who operate from the existing building.

The new building which will be completed in three stages will be a huge benefit to a variety of groups that use the existing building, which is now too small.

The new building will be state of the art and with huge support from the local community, the back has been broken on the financial targets set by the organising committee that is steered by Paudie Martin. The funding €150,000, which was secured from SECAD through grant support, has played a huge part in getting the project up and running and since the sod turning back in July, rapid progress had been made on the site.

It is hoped that phase one will be completed by March and with the work continuing at pace, this looks to be a realistic deadline and the Meals On Wheels Group will then have a state of the art facility to work from. The goodwill and voluntary spirit is certainly alive in Douglas and further projects will no doubt come on stream in time.








Douglas Community Council Chairman Billy Coleman was fulsome in his praise for the efforts of all the people who got behind this project from the start. At the recent AGM, he too singled out SECAD for their financial commitment to the project with Nuala O’Connell being hugely supportive of their effort.  He also said that the TÚS scheme that is also operated by SECAD is having a major effect in the area as well, with over 16 groups now availing of participants.

Speaking from first- hand experience Billy said that the two participants who are with Douglas Tidy Towns are first class and the same sentiments have been echoed by other community groups who have availed of the TÚS program that is administered by Supervisor Declan Barron in the Douglas area. All in all then Douglas is one community that is certainly availing of the assistance that SECAD can provide with the new Community Centre the latest project to benefit.




Time to Change




A major focus of SECAD’s work is supporting people who have been out of paid employment for some time and need some assistance in deciding what to do next.  SECAD’s Time to Change course is designed to enable people to decide what the next step should be in their lives.  The course will be running again in Cobh, Ballincollig, Midleton and Youghal starting during the second week in February.




What is Time to Change

It is a free 10 week course which helps identify personal strengths and build self-confidence.  Assistance is provided with deciding what to do next – find a job, return to education or training or to start a business.  Participants receive one to one help with creating a personal plan.  There are separate sessions on financial supports and how to access job schemes or courses and also on CV and interview preparation.


Opportunities Mornings

If you would like to find out more and meet the tutors and past participants, please come along to our opportunities mornings in Cobh on Monday, 3rd February in the Sirius Arts Centre, in Midleton on Wednesday, 5th February in Midleton Community Forum and in Youghal on Thursday, 6th February in Cumann na Daoine.


You will also have the opportunity to meet with the agencies operating in your area including SECAD, Dept of Social Protection, ETB, Employability Cork, Cork Volunteer Centre, etc.


If you would like more information phone SECAD at 021 4613432 or email info@secad.ie.



Are you under 25, unemployed and need help to plan your future?

SECAD is launching a new programme called Time2 Activ8 for young people which will be starting in Carrigaline in February 2014.  The course is aimed at young people who are unemployed and need help to plan their future.  Participants will learn skills that will help them to find a job or to source the education or training they need to pursue their ideal career.  There is also help for people who are looking at starting their own business.


It is aimed at all young people between the ages of 18 – 25.  Participants will receive one to one help to look at their options and plan their next step. There are separate sessions on financial supports and how to access job schemes or courses and also on CV and interview preparation.  So if you left school early and want to look at returning to education or you’ve lost a job and need to retrain, this is the course for you.


If you would like to sign up for the course or would like more information, please phone SECAD at 021 4613432 or email info@secad.ie



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