SECAD Noticeboard Jan 18th 2013

SECAD Noticeboard Jan 18th 2013




South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD), a local development organisation supporting people in the Cork region is set to enter the final stage of a European Project called ISEMOA (Improving Seamless Energy-efficient Mobility Chains for all).

The aim of the ISEMOA project is to support local authorities and public transport operators to raise the standards in improving the accessibility of public spaces and public transport.

Toni McCaul, qualified ISEMOA Auditor and Irish Coordinator for the project based with SECAD stated “We are delighted to be involved in   partnership with the ISEMOA project and to be the only Irish Partner among 14 European countries is a valuable achievement”.

She added “A significant proportion of our population encounter numerous barriers on a daily basis be it those with mobility and visual impairments, to those who need to get from A to B with baby buggies etc. A direct consequence of this leads to an increase in demand for public services”.








        ISEMOA convention in Bucharest

 The process began over a year ago when the partners undertook a significant collection of information gathering and collation at an EU level in relation to national accessibility guidelines for public transport and public space as well as existing Quality Management (QM) schemes for accessibility in operation across all participating countries.

Toni McCaul added “A key  milestone in the project took place in 2012 when key representatives from a wide variety of disability organisations, community bodies, Midleton Town Council officials and elected members, as well as representatives of Bus Éireann and Irish Rail participated in an intensive one day pilot testing of the QM system- the outcome of which was extremely positive.”.

Improved accessibility for pedestrians, people with mobility disadvantages (including wheelchair-users), cyclists, and public transport passengers to daily activities such as retail, employment, education, childcare facilities, health and essential services, sports and leisure facilities contributes directly to increased quality of life in towns, cities and rural areas for all concerned.  For people with reduced mobility, these improvements can make independent travel to these services a reality for the first time.


Special Auditor Training under ISEMOA will take place on 6th February 2013 at the SECAD offices in Midleton, Cork.  Further information can be obtained from Toni McCaul or Ross Curley (ISEMOA auditors for the project based with SECAD) at 021-4613432 or  or


“Time to Change” – Support Programme for Jobseekers in South and East Cork


SECAD will be running its very successful Time to Change Programme in four centres during Spring 2013. The centres are Ballincollig, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal.

The programme is designed for people who have lost employment in recent years and need support to move forward in a positive way.  It is also for people who have been taking care of children in the home or who have been caring for someone and are starting to look at what they would like to do with the next stage of their lives.

The programme focuses on supporting the participants with information and advice about looking for a new job, setting up a business / self-employment or perhaps pursuing a training course or further education


The ten week programme, which involves one 3 hour session per week, is funded by SECAD and is free to participants.  The programme focuses on the following: self-esteem and personal strengths, self-confidence and encouragement, setting goals and creating plans for the future and managing change.

Inputs by specialists on adult education, career development, CV preparation and social welfare advice form an important part of the programme.  There is one to one support for each participant and confidentiality is assured at all times.

SECAD will be holding Opportunities Mornings to promote the programme in Cobh on Monday, 28th January, Youghal on Tuesday, 29th, Ballincollig on Wednesday 30th, and Midleton on Thursday, 31st January.  One of the aims of the Opportunities Mornings is to highlight the supports and services available in each area.  Support agencies including the Department of Social Protection, VEC, FÁS, Volunteer Centre and SECAD will be present to promote the service they provide in each area.

Each Opportunities Morning starts at 10.00 am so that visitors can talk to the personnel on the stands. Then we listen to a key note speaker for around 45 minutes and finally we present the Certs to the participants from the previous course and we also give those participants the opportunity to talk about how the course has helped them.

If you would like to know more about “Time to Change” or to book your place at the Opportunities Morning in your area, please contact Sinéad at 021-4613432 or



SECAD Employment Supports in Youghal & Midleton


The SECAD FREE Employment 1 to 1 Supports have resumed in Midleton & Youghal again from this week.  This Free Confidential Support & information is provided on services, benefits and supports as well as CV preparation and Interview skills.

If you are unemployed and require support & information on returning to Employment, Training & Self Enterprise options, as well as the support that may be available, please contact as follows for an appointment:

Youghal via the Cumann na Daoine Offices: 024-91900

Midleton via the SECAD office on 021-4613432.

As this service is always in demand, please book your appointment as soon as possible to avoid delays.


SECAD are running 6 Business Focused Training Programmes starting in mid-February 2013.


  • Start Your Own Business
  • Grow Your Business
  • How to do Market Research
  • Pitch your Business and Generate Sales
  • Managing Costs and Cashflow
  • Social Media and Online Marketing


If you are interested in discussing a programme please contact Liam Fitzgerald on 021 4613432 or

Places are filling fast so contact Liam today to get 2013 off to a flying start!

Full details on








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