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SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 September 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 2 September 2012

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Cumann Na Daoine working well with the Youghal Community


Whether it is ‘Care and Repair’ ‘Indoor Bowls’ the ‘Men’s Group’ or South and East Cork Development projects, there is no doubt but Cumann Na Daoine in Youghal is an integral hub in the community.

The building offers so much in terms of community support and facilities for many groups and organisations throughout the Youghal town and surrounding areas. The building is as busy as ever and the front of house welcome is a warm one with staff that is more than willing to help at any given opportunity.

Working at Cumann Na Daoine are Tús Participant Marie O’Connor and RSS worker Teresa O’Connell. Marie O’Connor has been part of SECAD’s Tús initiative since last April and loves working in such a vibrant building, she said “Tús has been great for me personally, it has got me back into the work place and working here at Cumann Na Daoine has given me a great opportunity to learn new skills and interact with the public on a daily basis which I really love”.

Teresa has been with Cumann Na Daoine for seven years now and enjoys the job as much now as she did seven years ago, “I remember being up in North Main Street here in Youghal before we moved here to Catherine Street and since the very first day I have always enjoyed my role here in Cumann Na Daoine. Everyone here really works hard to make this a success and the general reaction from the public is great”.

Marie O'Conor (SECAD Tús) Evelyn McGrath (Building Co-Ordinator Cumann Na Daoine) and Teresa O'Connell (RSS)


Evelyn McGrath is the Building Co-Ordinator at Cumann Na Daoine and she says that things have never been busier, “With the Community Bus and all the other projects in full flow the building is always busy and we couldn’t survive without all the dedicated work from Teresa and Marie and other workers with Fás, so I hope it continues for many years to come, because I believe that Cumann Na Daoine is providing a very essential service to the entire community”.

Another resident of the Cumann Na Daoine building on Catherine Street in Youghal are Community Radio Youghal (CRY 104fm) who are in the on-going process of a move to Nagle House on the South end of the town, but for many years now Cumann Na Daoine has certainly has been very welcoming to all groups and the ladies that run the building are doing a great job in promoting all that is good in a Community Development Resource Centre.

For more information on all events at Cumann Na Daoine call 024-91900



South and East Cork Tourism AGM


South & East Cork Tourism will hold its AGM on Friday September 28th at 3pm in the Midleton Park Hotel. All members are welcome.

Continuing a series of training courses for its members, two Social Media for Tourism courses will be held shortly with the first being held on Tuesday September 18th in the SECAD offices, Knockgriffin. The second course will be held on Thursday October 18th in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. These courses are aimed at any tourism business that wishes to learn more about promoting itself using the likes of Facebook and Twitter.


For more information on the activities of South & East Cork Tourism or how your business can by promoted through S&ECT, contact Billy Mulqueen at 021-4613432 or by e-mail at info@ringofcork.ie







Care and Repair Programme Carrigaline Launched


On Friday 7th September, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, T.D. officially launched the Care & Repair programme in the Carrigaline Family Support Centre.

This Programme is a partnership programme between Age Action and the Carrigaline Family Support Centre.  It was established to provide a befriending service and to carry out “odd jobs” for older people enabling them to live independently in the community in increased comfort and safety.  This is a free service provided by a pool of Garda-vetted, local volunteers and handypersons who carry out small repairs and complete minor home tasks that an older person may find difficult to do.  If you would like to avail of this support or know of someone who could benefit from this service please contact the Carrigaline Family Support Centre at 021-4919299.


The Carrigaline Family Support Centre has been developed by a voluntary based group Carrigaline Family Support Initiative (CFSI), whose principle focus is to improve Family Supports in the area.


J O’Mahony (Age Action Ireland) Senator Deidre Clune, Willie Walsh

Carrigaline Family Support, Minister Simon Coveney, Michael McGrath

TD and Mark Ginn Carrigaline Family Support (Picture: Joe Dilworth)

 Mark Ginn, the Chairperson of the Group said “The launch of the Care and Repair programme is a particularly big milestone for the centre as it continues its work reaching out and supporting families who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties.  At a time of increasing economic and social change some families in the area are facing very challenging times.  This centre will act as a central point for the further development and delivery of family support services in the area’.

Other activities developed by the group to date include:

Low-Cost      Counseling Service, which is currently been done in partnership with Coisceim, (Social Health and Education Project).

  • Parents      Plus’ Early years programme for  parents of children aged 1 to 6 and the Children’s Programme for  parents of children aged 6 to 11 are being delivered on an on-going basis   throughout the year.
  • The focus of the Parents Plus Programmes is positive, aiming to build on parents’ strengths and help them to not only solve discipline      problems but to also have more enjoyable and satisfying relationships with  their children and to help children and young people grow up and      reach their full potential.
  • Friends  Anxiety Programme: is a programme to support teenagers and family. This  was done through the community school with 2nd year students.
  • Community  Allotment Project where 12 unemployed people in the community did horticulture training and applied skills on allotments rented by CFSI. This programme commences yearly in spring and anyone interested, please  contact the office.
  • Healthy Eating Cookery Programme
  • Suicide prevention training programmes; Safe Talk and Assist in partnership with and delivered by the HSE with funding support from the Lion’s Club.
  • Room rental.
  • Support groups.
  • We are hoping to run 2 more programmes in the autumn; Care-ring for the elderly  and the Rainbow Programme which is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family.

Please contact the Carrigaline Family Support Centre for further information: 021 4919299



Final reminder for a ‘Time To Change’ event in your area


‘Time to Change’ autumn 2012 Schedule


Monday, 17th September, Showcase event – Sirius Arts Centre

Monday, 24th September, Information morning – Cobh FRC

1st October, Course start date – Cobh FRC

29th October – 2nd November, Midterm

10th December, Course completion



Tuesday, 18th September, Showcase event – Ballincollig FRC

Tuesday, 25th September, Information morning – Ballincollig FRC

2ndOctober. Course start date – Ballincollig FRC

29th October – 2nd November, Midterm

11th December, Course completion



Wednesday, 19th September, Showcase event – Cumann Na Daoine, Youghal

Wednesday, 26th September, Information morning – Cumann Na Daoine

3rd/4th October, Course start date – Cumann Na Daoine

29th October – 2nd November, Midterm

12th/13th December, Course completion


Midleton – SECAD Office (Midleton Community Enterprise Centre)

Friday, 21st September, Information morning – Midleton Community Forum

Friday, 28th September, Information morning – Midleton Community Forum

4th October, Course start date – SECAD Office

29th October – 2nd November, Midterm

13th December, Course completion






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