South and East Cork Development supporting Community Projects
Swings and Roundabouts in Mogeely! In light of the recent population increase in the Mogeely area and the lack of amenities for a playground which would also cater for children with special needs inspired the ‘Mogeely Community Playground Group’ to take action.
The group worked with Cork County Council to gain permission to build a playground on their land in the centre of the village adjacent to other amenities.
With the assistance of Clann Credo who provided bridging finance, the group successfully drew down a grant of €92,089 from SECAD through the Rural Development Programme. The grant was for building a state of the art playground which benefits children under twelve years in the local community and the surrounding areas.
Ger Dunne was one of the main people behind this project he said “Mogeely Community Playground was officially opening on the 3rd July 2010. The development of the Playground was funded by SECAD in conjunction with Mogeely Development Community Council and the Mogeely Community Playground Committee. I am chairperson of the Mogeely Community Playground Committee. This committee was formed in March 2007 with the objective of providing a playground for Mogeely and its environs. Over the next 3 years our committee worked tirelessly organizing fundraising events and raised in excess of €35,000”.
Mr Dunne added “Throughout the project we received advice and support from SECAD. We eventually applied to SECAD for funding to complete the project and we were successful in our application. Without the support from SECAD and the hard work of our dedicated committee members the playground in Mogeely may not have happened”.
Other playground projects supported by South and East Cork Area Development are the ‘Lisgoold-Leamlara Community Council’ playground project and the ‘Killeagh-Inch Community Council’ playground in Glenbower Woods.
SECAD supporting Tús Placements in the Eco Area of modern South and East Cork.
The ‘Boardwalk’ on Youghal Stand, joining the original walkway to Claycastle Strand, Car Park and footpaths has proven to be a very popular facility, for all that have used this new facility so far.
Tús Participant hard at work on Youghal’s brand new Boardwalk
Tús participant Dick O’Shea is the man who takes great pride in his work, looking after the Boardwalk “Being a Tús Participant is great, it gives my day a focus and I no longer need to spend time every morning self- motivating, because as I now have a reason to get out of bed. I love the positive feedback I get here on the Boardwalk, it makes it all worthwhile”.
Dick is a Tús Participant employed by SECAD to maintain and care for the fantastic new Boardwalk on Youghal Strand. It is hoped that there will be a further extension of the Boardwalk towards Redbarn in the near future.
South and East Cork Area Development supporting Youth Projects
In 2008, SECAD published a study ‘Where do you go when you go out?’ This identified the need for a space in the town for young people to meet, socialise and develop their ideas. In recent years a steering group has been established which is currently seeking to develop a suitable facility and management structure – this group is comprised of community members, local youth groups, schools, HSE, Midleton Town Council, the Garda Siochana and SECAD.
Using funds from the HSE in combination with funds from the LCDP in 2010 and 2011, the Midleton Youth Mental Health Project steering group is supporting the Happy Days programme which is implemented by Cloyne Dioscesan Youth Services. This programme includes activities to respond to young people under the headings of emotional, mental, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Over 200 young people are involved weekly in Happy Days activities which include Counselling, singing, dance and drama groups, Strengthening Families, sports programmes, bike group, graffi ti and Rainbows and Youth Leadership training, in addition to one off events such as Youth Factor, St Patrick’s Day parade, referrals to and from probation, local community Garda, HSE and CAMHS.
South and East Cork Area Development supporting ISEMOA
The project ISEMOA started in May 2010 and will run until May 2013. ISEMOA is co-funded by the European Union under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) 2009 STEER programme.
SECAD is the only Irish partner among 14 European countries in this ambitious accessibility project. Every day almost a third of the population encounters barriers in public spaces and on public transport.
Among them are people with baby buggies or heavy luggage, people with mobility problems, those with hearing or visual impairments, or people with learning difficulties. Because of the existing barriers, for many people it is difficult or even impossible to move around independently in our public spaces. Consequently, these people often have to depend on a car for much of their regular travel.
Local and regional authorities, with the support of public transport bodies and local organisations, can help inhabitants and visitors of their counties and cities to adopt a less car-dependent lifestyle by ensuring that public space and public transport services are fully accessible.
Improved accessibility for pedestrians (including wheelchair users), cyclists, and public transport passengers to daily activities contributes directly to increased quality of life in the area. Improved access to retail, employment, education, childcare facilities, health and essential services, sports and leisure facilities, etc. by sustainable transport modes helps to bring about energy-savings in transport and reduction of harmful traffic emissions.