SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 December 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 December 2012



Tús 2012

The Tús work place initiative has proven to be a great success during 2012.The Tús office is located in the SECAD building in Knockgriffin and now has 7 full time Supervisors and a Co-ordinator. This team manages 143 Tús participants working throughout South and East Cork. These figures have resulted in over 100% increase in both participants and Supervisors from the figures we recorded at the end or 2011.

The SECAD Tús Supervisor Team. Back row Mark O’Connell, Robert Colan-O’Leary, Frank Geary and Derek Kiely. Front row PJ Dennehy, Frances Burke (Tús Co-Ordinator) Joe Dilworth and Karen Power.


Tús takes people from the live register and allows them to work 19.5 hours for a non-profit organisation. The duration of the contract for any participant is twelve months. While on the scheme all participants are fully trained in the area of ‘Health and Safety’ and any specific training that is needed for their roles. We also complete a Tús exit strategy training with all our participants as they leave the scheme. This training assists our participants to find future employment and helps with Interview techniques and CV preparation.

Over 100 non-profit organisations have benefited from having Tús workers. We have participants now placed in all the towns and villages throughout South and East Cork in Ballincollig,Carrigaline,Glanmire,Cobh,Crosshaven,Carrigtowhill,Midleton and Youghal

As well as helping Community Groups SECAD has set up 2 projects (Care and Repair and Bicycle Repair) in the Midleton Area. SECAD staff and Tús participants are managing these projects. Care and Repair has proven to be a huge success and we have responded to 71 calls since the service commenced last August. This service is available for anybody 65 years of any or any person with a physical disability in relation to completing small repair jobs in their homes. The care and Repair Phone number is 021 4621190 and the service is opened from Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm

We are also now repairing old bicycles that people have donated to us .we are planning to send these bicycles to ‘Tools for Solidarity’ and the ‘Children of God Relief Institute’ during the first quarter of next year

SECAD is delighted to have the Tús work placement programme as part of the service it provides to the communities and people in its area. The Tús team wants to take this opportunity to thank all the local offices of the Department of Social Protection for its assistance throughout 2012. We hope to increase the level of service we provide in 2013.

Any queries you may have in relation to Tús please feel free to contact us at 021 4613432



SECAD Employment Support Service


SECAD Employment One to One Service is now drawing to a close for the end of 2012.  We are currently checking in with service users to see how they have progressed and to offer any further support.  If you have found the service beneficial in the last year and have progressed on to doing something else in education / training or employment, we would be delighted to hear about it.

Appointments are now being taken in Midleton and Youghal for Jan 2013.  As usual, appointments can be made during office hours for one to one support in Midleton at the SECAD Office on 021-4613432, or for support in Youghal through the Cumann Na Daoine office on 024-91900.

SECAD Employment Support Service provides an independent, confidential and free of charge service to the unemployed.   The Service provides assistance & guidance on options available including, redirection, return to education / training, jobseeking and self-enterprise, as well as information on any associated benefits and supports available.


Latest News from


Currently on you can see a brand new video of the day the brand new SECAD Training and mentoring centre was officially opened, November the 9th 2012.


Minister Simon Coveney and SECAD CEO Ryan Howard in the new SECAD I.T. Training Room.


The centre was opened by Minister Simon Coveney and the excellent egomotion TV production company captured the moment.

The video is well worth a watch!


Advice and Grant Aid

You may be able to apply to SECAD under the Rural Development Programme for funding for your business.

The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 is a follow on from the LEADER+ programme, which is administered by the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The specific aim of the Rural Development Programme is to encourage and help rural actors to think about the longer‑term potential of their area. It seeks to encourage the implementation of integrated, high-quality, original strategies for sustainable development designed to encourage experimenting with new ways of:

  • Diversification into Non-Agricultural      Activities
  • Business creation and development
  • Encouragement of Tourism Activities
  • Basic services for the Economy and Rural      Population
  • Village Renewal and Development
  • Conservation and Upgrading of the Rural      Heritage

Please note that the RDP funding covers all of SECAD’s areas including urban areas such as Ballincollig, Midleton, Youghal, Cobh, Glanmire, Douglas, Carrigaline.

Community Support

SECAD’s community support work includes capacity building for community groups, investment into community facilities and amenities, village enhancement and working with specific initiatives such as a youth film project, a men’s shed, a youth mental health project and a sports development programme.

Under the Local Community Development Programme we aim to prioritise people and disadvantaged communities, which means that we target those furthest from access to education, training and employment, and those at highest risk of social exclusion. There are four goals under this programme:

1. Promote awareness, knowledge and uptake of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community services.
2. Increase access to formal and informal educational, recreational and cultural activities and resources.
3. Increase people’s work readiness and employment prospects.
4. Promote active engagement with policy, practice and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities.

Under the Rural Development Programme SECAD offers grants to eligible projects which fulfil the criteria of the Rural Development Programme. This programme covers both urban and rural areas in the SECAD catchment area. If you wish to apply for funding for your community, SECAD staff will advise you on how to develop your idea and also put you in contact with the necessary expertise you may require from other agencies.

Whether your project is only at the idea stage or may have developed further, you can telephone and arrange to meet one of our Development Officers or for them to call to you to discuss your proposed project.

For Further Information about our Community Support please contact Nuala O Connell, Development Officer 021-4613432 or email






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