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SECAD Notcieboard November 2013

SECAD Notcieboard November 2013

SECAD Noticeboard

Ring of Cork Hits the Dance Floor.

It don’t matter if you win or lose – it’s what you do with your dancing shoes..

This November The Ring of Cork organised a Familiarisation Trip – inviting members to board a bus back to the 70’s.

To celebrate SECAD’s support of both Carrigtwohill’s Movie Junction and Rollerjam in Ballincollig a bevy of Ring of Cork ladies pulled on their bootskates and hit the dance floor. Some of them literally. But first, in order to to get in a dancing mood the Ring of Corkers boarded a bus at Movie Junction to watch the 70’s classic Grease in style at the drive-in.










Ellie Redmond, Owner Manager of Movie Junction Drive-in Cinema and (right) Mihaela Duia of Fota Island Resort

After witnessing Travolta’s best moves the members did their best to recreate the magic at Rollerjam’s disco rink – with varying levels of success. Movie Junction’s Ellie Redmond and Mihaela Duia from Fota Island Resort were very graceful on the dance floor, as were the staff from the Carrigaline Court Hotel. However it was Caroline Curtin and Leila Aldous from Ballymaloe House and Grainstore who won the overall disco-dancing event. There were several impressive trips and spills but everyone went home with a smile on their face.

Every year The Ring of Cork organise a series of Familiarisation Trips taking in venues all over South and East Cork. It’s a welcome opportunity for those in the tourism trade to network and a great way for members to experience first hand what their colleagues in South and East Cork are up to.

This December there will be a Christmas Familiarisation Trip. Watch this space! If you’re interested in becoming a Ring of Cork member please contact Oonagh at 021 4613434. www.ringofcork.ie


Time To Change

SECAD held events recently in Ballincollig, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal to celebrate the achievements of the participants on the Time to Change course.  In addition to receiving their certs, the participants and their guests had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers who spoke about self-motivation and achieving goals.

 Greg Starr who was a Leader on Operation Transformation earlier this year attended the Youghal and Ballincollig events.  He spoke about his time on Operation Transformation and how he has learned to set achievable goals and manage change.

 Orla Barry spoke at the Midleton event about how she overcame obstacles from a very early age to become a success in both university and sport.  Since winning her bronze medal in the London Paralympics, she recently won silver in the World Championships in France.

Local social entrepreneur, Martin Forrest spoke at the Cobh event about taking care of your mental health and even had the audience up on their feet practicing Tai Chi.

 The Time to Change course is a free 10 week programme designed to enable people to decide what the next step should be in their lives.  It focuses on helping people to set goals and create a plan for their future.  For people who have been away from the workplace it can be important to work on improving self-esteem and rediscovering personal strengths which will lead to improved self-confidence.  There is also one to one help around creating your personal plan.

 The Autumn courses are already underway but the next courses will be starting in early Spring.  For information about this course and all SECAD supports, please contact SECAD at 021 4613432 or info@secad.ie.










Back Row

Noreen Farquhar, Maria Barry, Greg Starr, Guest Speaker, Margaret Griffin, Tom, O’Sullivan, Joel Mahon, Majella Nolan

Front Row

Toni McCaul, SECAD, Ryan Howard, SECAD, Catherine Ann O’Connell, Tutor, Mary Mulcahy Corr, Tutor



BenefIT IIII Computer and Internet Training Programme with SECAD.

Many people across the South and East Cork Area have been busy updating their IT skills with SECAD over the last month. The BenefIT IIII programme an initiative under the National Digital Strategy from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has allowed many people in the area to become more comfortable with the use of the internet and accessing a wide variety of services on-line.

The programme which is being rolled out by SECAD in the area is providing people with the skills to send and reply to emails, conduct simple transactions on-line, access government services on the internet, learn the basics of online banking, online shopping and utilise internet based job seeking and career direction resources.

BenefIT IIII offers a good grounding in developing basic skills in using the internet and highlights the many benefits the Internet can bring to people’s lives.

Participants have enjoyed taking part in the programme and learning about the many uses of the internet with many participants reporting feeling more confident in using computers and especially the internet.  This training is very timely as more and more services and information sources can now be found online and being comfortable in accessing the internet is a real advantage as we become increasingly interconnected.

SECAD will be completing training in Cobh and Carrigaline at the end of November.

Both of SECAD’s trainers Frances Doyle and Kieran Butler want to again congratulate everyone who completed the programme and wish them well in their continued practice surfing the net.








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