SECAD getting you there!
The SECAD Rural Transport Programme began in July 2008 and provides people living in the South & East Cork area with fixed route and door to door bus services.
The primary focus of the Transport Programme is to deliver an affordable and accessible community based transport system and to meet the needs of people who otherwise might not have access to public or private transport services.
SECAD’s Rural Transport Programme has a number of key objectives:
- To provide services that meet previously unmet transport needs.
- To connect people living in rural areas to their local service centre (village or town)
- To support and enable people living in rural communities to access services
- To combat social exclusion and improve individuals’ well-being and quality of life
- To achieve integration where possible with other transport and Social services.
- To sustain and regenerate rural communities
- To promote public transport as an alternative option for people who previously would not or could not use public transport.
East Cork Timetable:
- Knockadoon – Ballymacoda – Gortroe – Ballyvergan – Youghal (Every Friday)
- Knockadoon –Youghal –Midleton/Dungarvan (once monthly)
- Churchtown South – Ballylanders – Shanagarry Cross – Stack’s Cross – Ballintotis – Midleton (Every Thursday)
- Churchtown South – Youghal/Douglas (Once monthly)
- Mount Uniacke – Inch – Clasheel – Curraghboy – Youghal (Every Friday)
- Aghada Upper – Whitegate – Gyleen – Ballinrostig – Carriglusky – Barrykilla – Midleton (Every Thursday)
For further information please contact Ross Curley, Development Officer on 021-4613432 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rural Social Scheme
SECAD has been operating the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) for the past year’s and currently has eight participants working on the scheme.
The (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen and people participating in the Scheme provide valuable that benefit rural communities.
The Department of Social Protection has overall responsibility for the Scheme, including eligibility criteria. At a local level, the various bodies that act as host groups to the participants are supported by SECAD and the Scheme is managed by Frances Burke.
What type of work is carried out by people participating in the Scheme?
The type of work carried out by RSS participants includes:
- Maintaining and enhancing various types of walking routes
- Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty
- Village and countryside enhancement projects
- Social care and care of older people
- Community care for pre-school and after-school groups
- Environmental maintenance work – maintenance and care-taking of community and sporting facilities
- Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres
- Community administration or clerical work
- Any other appropriate community based project identified during the course of the scheme
An example of one project that is nearing completion is the enhancement of a wall at the entrance to Ballymacoda village.
All the stonework was undertaken by RSS participant Paddy Murphy. Kay Cullen from Ballymacoda Historical Society approached SECAD for a RSS participant to work on the project. Cork County Council helped provide some of the materials needed. The project took six months to complete and full credit must be given to Paddy Murphy for the excellent attention to detail and man hours he gave to this project.
Any other communities that might have a similar project to discuss please contact Frances Burke at 021 4613432
SECAD Green Your Community (Part 2)
Green Your Community is a training programme designed to empower and support communities in enhancing their natural environment. The programme is currently being delivered in South and East Cork and the final three workshops to be delivered in May and June are detailed below.
Managing Invasive Species
Learn about the most common invasive species in your community and how to successfully identify them. Training will include; creating a management plan and management and eradication techniques. The practical training session will allow you to get first-hand experience of identifying and managing Himalayan Balsam.
Tuesday the 8th of May 6.30 – 9pm (Midleton Park Hotel)
Wed the 9th of May 6.30 – 9pm (Carrigaline Court Hotel)
Learn the basic “do’s and don’ts” for creating a community garden project and explore the process of successfully initiating a community garden. Training will cover; the benefits and issues faced by community gardening projects, as well as looking at a number of successful case studies from across Ireland.
Tuesday 22nd of May 6.30 – 9pm (Midleton Park Hotel)
Wednesday 23rd of May (Carrigaline Court Hotel)
Social Media Training for Community Groups
The Social Media Training module will outline how your group can benefit from social networking, in particular Facebook and Flickr. Learn about the different options available, promoting group activities and how to set up your group account.
Tuesday the 12th of June (Midleton Park Hotel)
Wednesday the 13th of June (Carrigaline Court Hotel)
The SECAD Green Your Community Training programme is funded by South and East Cork Area Development Ltd through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan.
Tús Playing ball at Knockgriffin!
Tús provides short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities. South and East Cork Area Development are the implementing body for Tús in the South and East Cork area and are working closely with communities and the unemployed to ensure that the programme runs successfully at local level.
Tús participant Tony Flynn really has the PR and Marketing moving in the right direction for Midleton Football Club.
Raising the profile of the ‘Magpies’ and working on sales and marketing for the Knockgriffin based outfit is a crucial part of the clubs survival.
Tony says “In my point of view Tús is an excellent opportunity to get back up and going, it isn’t an excuse just to hide you from the unemployment figures, it is a chance to get yourself sorted and a way to push yourself back into the work space”.
Tony is just one of 140 Tús participants in place, in the South and East Cork Area.
Midleton Men’s Shed is now open!
A men’s shed is a community based non-commercial organisation. This is a place where men of all ages can come together to share their skills and experience and work on meaningful projects.
Everyone is welcome to come along to men’s shed, for more information contact Stacey Quinlivan at SECAD on 021-4613432.