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SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 January 2013

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 January 2013

Happy New Year from everyone at South and East Cork Area Development


“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 sconroy@secad.ie



South and East Cork Tourism


There may not be too many visitors around this time of the year but South & East Cork Tourism are busy preparing for the 2013 season. Recent presentations made to the Ballincollig Business Association and the Cobh Chamber of Commerce & Tourism have seen an increased interest by local businesses in being part of a network. Recent new members include Elmville B&B, Oska, Atlantic Sea Kayaking, and Vienna Woods. Preparations are in train for the new suite of print 2013 publications which include the Ring of Cork Touring Guide, the Ring of Cork Heritage Trail, and Great Places to Eat in the Ring of Cork.








Recent training courses held in Midleton and Carrigaline saw 15 members learn more about Social Media while a course run in conjunction with Failte Ireland allowed members participate on a Tripadvisor & Online Reputation workshop held in the Castlemartyr Resort. Having a presence on Facebook and Twitter is seen as essential in the tourism industry nowadays and South & East Cork Tourism has provided several training courses for its members to keep them up-to-date on the latest trends in online marketing.


In January, South & East Cork Tourism members will be part of a Ring of Cork area at the Holiday World exhibition at the RDS, Dublin.


New members are always welcome and for further details about South & East Cork Tourism contact Billy Mulqueen at 021-4613432 or info@ringofcork.ie




Care and Repair is Back following the Christmas break!


The ‘Care & Repair Programme’ is supported by a dedicated Garda vetted team from within SECAD and incorporating Garda vetted workers from the Tús Initiative.

The Midleton Care and Repair service has a dedicated phone line 021-4621190 where all calls will be logged and then the dedicated Care & Repair team will call to assess the job.







Patrick Kirk of the SECAD Care & Repair team.


The service is available to the over 65’s or any person with a physical disability.

Users of the service are asked to pay for materials and a small donation if they can afford to.


Enterprise Support at SECAD

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.

In particular we run the AIR Programme “Am I Ready? Am I Right” which is a self-enterprise course comprising a Start Your Own Business Course along with individual mentoring on a range of business skills such as the legal, marketing, sales, HR and financial aspects of running your own business.

For Further Information on Enterprise Supports Please ring SECAD 021-4613432



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