South and East Cork Development supporting ‘Tourism Development’
Lights, Camera, Action! When you go to ‘Movie Junction’ in Carrigtwohill, it is the movie experience like no other, replicating what was really an American experience, but in the heart of South and East Cork via Germany.
Ellie Redmond the manager at ‘Movie Junction’ came across this concept in Germany and realised that it would work in the Cork Area. Based in the FOTA Retail Park in Carrigtwohill ‘Movie Junction’ is unique in the World with silent heaters, tiered rows and reclining parking bays for cars, plus un-restricted viewing and waiter service on site.
SECAD had their part to play in this wonderful development, with grant aid towards the purchase of the canopy system, the security system and the silent heaters. We look forward to seeing Movie Junctions expansion plans in the near future.
South and East Cork Area Development supporting new initiatives
SECAD is due to launch a ‘Bicycle Repair Scheme’ in conjunction with the ‘Tús Initiative’ in the coming months. The scheme will involve the collection of second-hand bicycles donated by the public, which are then repaired and serviced, to ensure long-term ride ability and safety, before being shipped to new users in Africa.
Providing bicycles for communities in Africa, an environment in which it’s easy to see the impact that a functioning pair of wheels can have on an individual – or even a whole village. Locals often need to travel long distances, even for day to day errands such as collecting water, firewood or attending school, with little or no motorised transport available. The introduction of a bicycle can make a huge difference, cutting travel times right down and massively improving quality of life very easily. For children, it can make all the difference to regularly attend school and receive a decent education.
SECAD will launch a Care & Repair Programme with support from Age Action Ireland.
Tús Supervisors Karen Power and Joe Dilworth who are heading the ‘Care and Repair’ and Bicycle Repair’ projects
Karen Power said “I have previously been involved in the Care & Repair Programme in Youghal and the feedback has been great, so for us to have a similar service in Midleton is fantastic for the town and surrounding areas. I hope people will get involved in the programme as it is a really worthwhile project and if Youghal is anything to go by, Midleton will be great too”!
Employment Opportunities Group Support
SECAD runs a number of employment support services to groups rather than individuals in order to respond to growing demand. One such programme is ‘Inspiring Communities’.
This programme was aimed at women returning to the workplace, those unemployed for more than one year including former construction workers, and young people with low educational attainment and low skills base.
The programme was delivered in a community setting, which emerged as a key success factor.
Overall there was a very positive outcome for many of the participants with participants progressing to part time/seasonal work, and other participants progressing to further training and education. Other participants are also considering further training and education options.
SECAD also intends to provide online access to training and education programmes with a focus on IT literacy for the long term unemployed. A key element of the training will be raising awareness of www.qualifax.ie and other training, education and employment resources.
South and East Cork Area Development Supporting Communities Projects
The ‘Great Island Cobh Community Centre’ is a magnificent facility opened to the public since 2008. Many groups currently use local community such as information services, training courses, workshops for people with disabilities, theatre workshops, and activities and all community based social and cultural activities.
In order to maximise the use of the current space and enable groups to make the space more versatile, SECAD funded soundproofing for six rooms in the centre located on the second and third floors and laid new floors in three rooms. In addition, a new kitchen was installed and meeting facilities improved.
This project has enabled multiple rooms to be used at the same time, which has kept existing user schemes happy, facilitated the needs of additional groups and enabled services such as FAS computer courses to be operated in Cobh on a regular basis for unemployed people in area.
Freda McDowall is the manager at the ‘Great Island Cobh Community Centre, she said “Since we received an allocation of two workers from the new Tús programme, it has made a huge difference to Centre. Our office is now manned from 9 – 5pm instead of 9-1pm since our new office administrator has come on board and we now have an extra Caretaker which is great for evenings and weekend bookings. I want to thank all in SECAD for their continued help with the Centre”.
SECAD Supporting Rural Development Programme funded Community Projects
The Douglas ‘Care Ring’
Douglas Young at Heart is a voluntary community group which works to provide services for up to 200 older people in the Douglas area.
Through the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme, SECAD worked with the Care Ring Douglas, and subsequently Douglas Young at Heart was allocated a RDP grant to establish a Friendly Telephone service for older people in the Grange, Donnybrook, Frankfield, Rochestown and Douglas area. Funds were allocated towards equipment and promotion costs for establishment of the service and training for the volunteers was provided by HSE. The service operates for one day a week:
(Monday) between 13.00 and 16.00 hours from Douglas Community Centre.
The Care Ring Douglas Friendly Telephone service aims to provide a support /social network for older people, to overcome a sense of isolation experienced by many older people particularly those living alone and provides social contact, conversation and access to information for up to 200 older people living in Douglas, Grange, Donnybrook, Frankfield and Rochestown.
Activities include computer classes, walking groups, physical activities classes and indoor bowls, knitting classes, computer classes and weekly outings. In August 2009, Douglas Young at Heart approached SECAD and HSE for support in developing a structure to provide a support service to isolated older people in the immediate area and SECAD were very happy to assist.