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SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 July 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 July 2012

SECAD Noticeboard

Cobh home to fantastic Community facility for the Elderly

In 1994 a small group in Cobh came together to investigate the possibility of providing attractive, comfortable housing for elderly people and a Centre where treatment and recreation would be made available in a modern well-equipped and welcoming environment. The group was incorporated in 1998 as Cobh Community Care and accorded charitable status.

Park Road Centre was built by Cobh Community Care and the Day Centre is staffed and managed by HSE South and they are grateful to these groups for their on-going support and expertise.

Fund-raising is a big part of life in Park Road Centre. Sr. Eleanor said “All our big occasions require extra funds. Any repairs, maintenance, wages or future development is financed by Cobh Community Care, through donations and other fund raising efforts. For this we say thank you to the people of Cobh and beyond. We have had enormous co-operation and support over the years”.

Tús Participant’s Ursula Fitzpatrick and Janet Tola Oki with Sr. Eleanor

Tús Participant’s Ursula Fitzpatrick and Janet Tola Oki with Sr. Eleanor

Tús Participant’s Ursula Fitzpatrick and Janet Tola Oki with Sr. Eleanor

at the Park Road Centre in Cobh (Picture Joe Dilworth)

South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) have played their part too, providing three Tús Participants to help at the Park Road Centre. Sr. Eleanor and her staff work side by side with the SECAD employees and it has worked out extremely well.

“We like to offer hospitality and friendship to all who visit us in Park Road. Visitors have included other community organisations, people of the Diocese, Dancing Groups along with our own regular patrons, their friends and families. This is another example of the generosity of our much esteemed Staff who offer tea, cakes and sandwiches on special occasions” added Sr. Eleanor.

On site there is:

  • A Day Care Centre for the      Elderly.
  • A Day Care Centre for      Alzheimer’s sufferers.
  • Twenty three Residential      Housing Units.
  • An eight bedroom Group Home      for people with special needs.

Park Road Day Care Centre is a special place where seniors gather during the day to enjoy the companionship of new friends and old. The Centre offers a safe, relaxing and healthy environment with a variety of enjoyable and stimulating activities.

The staff are fully trained. On-going training and refresher courses allow for new thinking, which in turn lead to best practice. Every guest is treated with respect and dignity and is offered the opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day activities.  These activities includePhysiotherapy which is available two days a week; Podiatry which is available one day a week; and .Occupational Therapy which can be accessed by referrals through relevant HSE staff.

Sr. Eleanor concluded by saying “Our hairdresser has the task of keeping our hair in shape. With a chop and a hint and a twist she has the knack of creating some stunning beauties. Go for Life has offered us many an enjoyable morning of fun and exercise”.


Tús Participants preparing for the road ahead Midleton’s Tús participants recently took stock of the year they have been on the Tús placement programme, and together with advice and support from HR specialist Avril Quinn, they are looking to prepare for the future.

The participants held many varied roles throughout the year, including working withthe Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Midleton Town Council, Midleton Rugby Club, Midleton Tidy Towns, the Lower Aghada Pier Development, Midleton GAA Club, Carrigtwohill Tidy Towns, Carrigtwohill Community Centre as well as the SECAD reception area through Helen McSweeney.

Feedback was very positive from the Tús participants who felt the support provided by SECAD was excellent and the Tús placement itself  very worthwhile. Overall the Tús placement programme  is working well with placements now up to near full capacity at 140.  For more information on Tús and a multitude of other programmes and supports, why not check out www.secad.ie.


Tús Participants from the Midleton Area completing the Tús Careers and Education Village course at the SECAD premises at Owenacurra Business Park

Tús Participants from the Midleton Area completing the Tús Careers and Education Village course at the SECAD premises at Owenacurra Business Park

Tús Participants from the Midleton Area completing the Tús Careers and

Education Village course at the SECAD premises at Owenacurra Business Park

(Picture Joe Dilworth)


SECAD Supports!

A major focus of SECAD’s work is to support job seekers to access the labour market or to become self-employed. To this end SECAD has developed a range of tailored pathway programmes aimed at helping people to return to work.  These include one to one and group adult guidance, a range of training and motivational courses and assistance with exploring options for those who wish to set up their own business.

Our one to one employment support service provides support to people seeking work or education and training opportunities. This includes practical supports in job seeking as well as CV and interview skills.

Our training and support programmes are designed to support entrepreneurs wishing to set up their own business, individuals wishing to better their quality of life or employment prospects, as well as communities aiming to improve their organisational capacity and group skills. Courses are run in different parts of South and East Cork at different times during the year.

In the recent past SECAD has delivered the following courses:

    • 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 – Pathway programme
    • 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



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