Midleton Care & Repair Service is officially launched
Deputy David Stanton officially launched the Midleton Care & Repair Service last Friday morning at the offices of South and East Cork Area Development, where standing room only was the order of the day because of the large attendance of groups, associations and voluntary care bodies.
Deputy Stanton said “I am delighted to be here today to launch this great service and I think it will be a great help to the lives of so many older members of our community here in the Midleton area and the jobs that seem so easy to younger people can become quite difficult for the older generation, so Joe Dilworth and his team will definitely help improve the lives of so many older people and people with disabilities in the community”.
The speakers on the day included the Chairman of the Board at SECAD John Horgan who delivered a very interesting speech on what work is carried out by South and East Cork Development, also John O’Mahony from Age Action Ireland, SECAD’s partners in the Care & Repair Service spoke of the importance of this particular service and SECAD Co-ordinator of the Rural Social Scheme and of the Tús Initiative Frances Burke said “The Care & Repair Service was mentioned to us at SECAD last March and we saw an opportunity where our Tús participants could assist older members of our community fulfilling a rewarding new service to our area that would allow the older members of the community and people with physical disabilities an opportunity to live independently and safely in their homes”.
Also in attendance last Friday was Deputy Sandra McLellan, Dean Gould and representatives of the Midleton Garda Siochana, plus members of the Midleton Active Retired, Meals on Wheels and various other groups.
There was one very special guest invited to the official launch last Friday and that was Joan McCarthy who was the first person to use the Midleton Care & Repair service.
The next official function to happen at SECAD will be provisionally set for Friday the 9th of November when SECAD CEO Ryan Howard will be joined by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney who will officially cut the ribbon at the opening of the South and East Cork Area Development new office units at the Midleton Community Enterprise Centre at Owenacurra Business Park.
Sports Development Training Opportunities for Local Clubs and Communities
Participants are being sought for a part-time (2 mornings a week), six week course which will run in Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown from Thursday, 8 November. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the basics of developing sports and physical activity programmes and clubs within the community for different ages and levels of ability.
The course is targeted particularly at people who are unemployed or who have been out of work for some time and it will give them the skills necessary to get involved in sports development in their communities.
The course would be very beneficial for anyone who is already involved in a club or team, as it offers the skills, knowledge and qualification opportunities to benefit those in a coaching/mentoring role.
The course will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning between 10am and 1pm. The syllabus consists of modules including, Activity Leadership, Games For All, Code of Ethics in Children’s Sport, Adult Guidance Services, FAI, GAA and Basketball Coaching Modules and practical skills for group and event management and organisation. Participants will also be given the opportunity to organise and co-facilitate a group activity session or event for their local community.
Claire Hurley, Sports Development Officer with the Cork Sports Partnership said that, “this is the perfect opportunity for people who have an interest in sport and or coaching to gain extra knowledge, qualifications and experience in the area. If you are out of work, and looking to up skill in the area of sport and or physical activity, then this is the ideal opportunity to do so”.
For further information about the course and what’s involved please contact the Cork Sports Partnership on 021 4665081 or log on to www.corksports.ie and download an application form, alternatively you can email Claire Hurley firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the course is €25 and it will not affect any benefits or entitlements you may be on. The course is available to people 18 and over.
If you want to fill out an application form for this course go to www.secad.ie and look under news items for Sports Development Training Opportunities and the link ‘application form (2)’