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SECAD Noticeboard September 2012 Week 4

SECAD Noticeboard September 2012 Week 4

SECAD Noticeboard


Are You Thinking about Starting Your Own Business?


SECAD is offering a new course for people who are planning to start their own business.  The course is called the AIR² Programme – Am I Ready; Am I Right?  By the end of the course you will have learned the techniques needed to develop your business idea and also to assess the viability of that idea.  You will understand how to go about setting up a business, registering with Revenue and your obligations to complete tax, VAT and PRSI returns.



The course takes place over two afternoons a week for 5 weeks between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm.  It will be held in Cobh on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and in Midleton on Monday and Friday afternoons, starting during the first week in October.


Sessions 1 – 3 will help you Identify your entrepreneurial traits, assess if you are ready to be your own boss and identify training gaps and set goals.  You can opt out of after session 3 if you wish.


Sessions 4 – 10 will cover preparing your Business Plan, the legal formalities involved in starting a business and how to source financing for your business.  You will also learn about market research, which shows you how to examine the market for new product or service niches and also how to market your business effectively.  The introduction to small business finance module will show you how to make your numbers talk.


In addition each participant will have access to 10 hours of mentoring from experts in areas such as sales & marketing, financial management, taxation, law, web design, internet technology.


This programme leads to a FETAC Level 5 Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.  Admission is free and courses are open to all age groups, however you must be in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection.


Please phone Sinéad Conroy at SECAD to reserve your place or if you require more information at 021 4613432 or email sconroy@secad.ie.


Training Support

SECAD provides a number of different training programmes. Our courses are designed to support entrepreneurs wishing to set up their own business, individuals wishing to better their quality of life or employment opportunities and communities wishing to improve their organisational capacity and skills. Courses are run in different parts of South and East Cork at different times during the year.

In the recent past SECAD have run courses in the following:

  • AIR      “Am I Ready, Am I Right” Start Your Own Business Course and      mentoring support for self-enterprise
  • Wellness      Recovery Action Programme (WRAP)
  • Time      to Change
  • Sports      Development
  • Towards      Occupation (Helping those who have had a mental health setback to think      about returning to the workforce)
  • Green      Your Community
  • Film      making for young people

Time to Change 2012


Our introductions were done in a positive way,

This was part of our very first day,

We learnt how to have a positive attitude,

And how important it is to practice our gratitude.


We talked of encouragement and ways of making change,

The 30 day challenge and affirmations of a wide range,

As our confidence grew, and with our self-esteem higher,

We make collages from our hearts’ desire.


The mindfulness we practiced every day,

And it really helped us in a positive way,

A thought can be changed we never knew

But it’s only a thought so it’s easy to do.


We really all blossomed on our journey of change

And learned of opportunities of a very wide range,

With the new friends that we made, and our faces alight,

We continue our journey, oh the future looks bright!



Care and Repair Midleton


The latest reports from the ‘Care and Repair’ team is that the programme is operating well in the Midleton Parish and the feedback from people has been excellent and now SECAD are also working on the ‘Bicycle Repair’ project too.

Administrator for the Midleton Parish ‘Care and Repair’ programme Frances Burke said “We are averaging two calls a day to the Care and Repair phone line, so the message is definitely getting out there to the over 65’s and people with disabilities in the community. We have a dedicated team who call to assess the job, then the Care and Repair team who are fully insured carry out the work and so far the reaction has been great and all we ask from the people in return for the service is a small donation. All our care and repair team have ‘Age Action Ireland’ photograph identification and we insist that people ask for this before ever allowing anyone in to their home, there are so many terrible stories involving scams with the elderly and we at SECAD want the person we visit to be completely assured that they have the right people in their house”.


Karen Power ‘Care and Repair Administration’ at SECAD


Karen Power ‘Care and Repair Administration’ at SECAD


The Care and Repair programme is for people aged 65 or older or people with disabilities in the Parish of Midleton and the official launch of the ‘Midleton Care and Repair Programme’ will take place at the offices of South and East Cork Area Development in Owenacurra


Business Park, Knockgriffin, Midleton on Friday the 19th of October at 11.30am, where David Stanton TD will declare the Midleton Care and Repair Programme officially open.


The Midleton ‘Care and Repair phone number is 021-4621190 which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.



Towards Occupation Programme


Towards Occupation is designed to help participants who are out of work for a long period of time and/ or have suffered a set-back in life and want to get active again for work or social purposes.

It is also aimed at people who are experiencing emotional and/or mental challenges and need to boost their confidence & self-esteem

This ten-week course will include life skills, personal/skills Assessment & Development, Creative Arts, Practical Skills, Introduction to Employment Supports and is tailored to suit the interests and needs of the group.

Towards Occupation Information Morning Dates

Midleton FRC –           1 October – 07 December 2012

Ballincollig FRC                     –           21 September – 07 December 2012

Cumann Na Daoine, Youghal   –         October – December 2012



GROW – Your Mental Health & Taking Care of It


This 2 week course delivered by GROW is for people who maybe feeling isolated, stressed or not coping with everyday things in general.

It will help participant to learn about and understand their own mental health and also learn about stress and managing stress


The course is open to anyone over 18 and will include an overview on mental health, identifying triggers, managing stress, self-esteem, building resilience, support networks, recovery and growth.


Youghal                      –           Dates to be confirmed but starting late September

Ballincollig                  –           Dates to be confirmed but starting late September



One to One Employment Support Service


One-to-one supports for people who are long term unemployed including career guidance, CV & interview preparation, advice on benefits and supports.


SECAD Office, Midleton                              –           Every Monday by Appointment

Cumann na Daoine Office, Youghal              –           Every Thursday by Appointment

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