SECAD Shortlisted for Prestigious Award
SECAD’s flagship pathway programme ‘Inspiring Communities – Time to Change’ has been shortlisted for the prestigious STAR Awards 2013 (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition). The STAR Awards are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these projects make to our society, our economy and our local communities. Five awards in total will be granted to adult learning projects based within the island of Ireland – four regional awards (Leinster, Munster, Connaught, Ulster) and one nationwide award.
Mary McCarthy (Time to Change Youghal participant 2011), Mary Sisk (Time to Change Youghal participant 2012), Evelyn McGrath (Cumann na Daoine Community partner), Catherine Ann O’Connell (Trainer LIT), Toni McCaul (SECAD programme coordinator).
The Youghal ‘Time to Change’ programme was nominated for the award on account of its huge success in the local community in terms of progressing people, many unemployed, into education and retraining with a view to future employment options or to explore self employment.
‘Time to Change’ is a ten week education programme, covering topics such as: managing and implementing personal change, mindfulness, developing your potential and positive psychology. Time to Change is coordinated and delivered by South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD), a local development partnership, in conjunction with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).
Having met with the AONTAS judging panel in early February 2013, SECAD will travel to Dublin on 25th February for the Awards Ceremony which will take place at The Burlington Hotel. The winners of the 4 regional categories and 1 national group will be announced on the day. The Ceremony will be addressed by John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison, and will be opened by Minister for Education & Skills, Ciarán Cannon.
High Turnout at SECAD Opportunities Morning in Cobh
SECAD held an Opportunities Morning in the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh on Monday 28th January to highlight its ‘Time to Change’ programme.
The ‘Time to Change’ programme focuses on supporting participants with information and advice on 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.
Business Trainer and Coach, Elaine Rogers at the Sirus Centre in Cobh
The Opportunities Morning was attended by past participants who received their certificates and some shared with the audience their experience of the programme and how the course helped them to make positive changes in their lives. Furthermore a large number of people who wished to learn more about the ‘Time to Change’ programme and the benefits the course can bring to participants were also in attendance.
The Opportunities morning highlighted local supports in the area. Representatives from the Department of Social Protection, FÁS, Employability, VEC, Volunteer Centre and Citizen’s Information were on hand to offer information and advice.
Guest speaker for the morning was Business Trainer and Coach, Elaine Rogers, who spoke about the importance of our thinking and the need to be aware how our thoughts affect us and our ability to set and achieve goals.
There was an excellent turn out at SECAD’s Cobh Opportunities Morning with many signing up to do this exciting and empowering course.
Ryan Howard CEO SECAD in Youghal at another opportunities morning
SECAD commenced the Tús Community Employment Initiative in July 2011 and steadily expanded it since then. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The placement opportunities benefit community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Department of Social Protection has overall responsibility for the Tús Initiative which is managed locally by Development Groups like SECAD as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta
• With the scheme up and running within SECAD, there has been an excellent response to date from both community groups and participants.
• SECAD has received an extra allocation of 20 places to add to the 140 places for South & East Cork, to date 141 Participants have been placed. Remaining places will be allocated to the ‘Care & Repair’ and ‘Bicycle Repair’ schemes and further Tús initiatives commencing shortly.