Midleton Hosts ‘Towards Occupation’ Awards Presentation.
South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) are proud to announce the recent graduation of fourteen participants from our “Towards Occupation” Programme in Midleton. We are grateful to Midleton Community Forum for hosting this important programme. A presentation of certificates took place recently at Midleton Community Forum following the completion of a twelve week programme including modules on wellbeing, life skills, self-development, ceramics, IT and job seeking and employment skills.
The ceremony for the awarding of certificates was a very inspiring and moving event where four members of the group spoke about how the course had helped and inspired them. One participant read from a poem she had written herself while another talked about how this group were now “ambassadors” and needed to “go forth and inspire others”.
The ceremony was addressed by the CEO of SECAD, Mr. Ryan Howard, the Chairperson of Midleton Community Forum, Ms Joelyn Morgan, Sean Aherne Co-ordinator and Finola Mooney Development Worker. Course tutors and facilitators contributed to the morning’s proceedings. The event was attended by a range of other support agencies in the Midleton area all which have worked collaboratively with the Towards Occupation Programme. These included GROW, EmployAbility, Let’s Get Together Foundation and the Back to Education Initiative.
On display at the ceremony were beautiful ceramics which had been made by the participants.
Places are now available for the next “Toward Occupation” course which will be held again in the autumn at Midleton Community Forum.
“Toward Occupation” is funded by the Department of Social Protection, the VEC, and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Midleton ‘Men’s Shed’
The Men’s Shed group has been meeting every Friday for six weeks now with great success. The Groups principal purpose and mission is, “to provide a safe and friendly environment where men of all ages and backgrounds can relax together, work together and socialize together.
We strive to complete projects which benefit the community whilst always respecting and supporting each man’s dignity”.
Any men interested in joining the group can attend a meeting every Friday morning at 10am at Midleton Community Forum on Old Youghal Rd, Midleton.
‘East Cork Men’s Shed Groups visit Gorey Co. Wexford’
Staying with ‘Men’s Shed’ news, SECAD recently facilitated a group from East Cork including Men’s Shed members from Midleton, Cobh, Carrigtwohill, Carrigaline and Youghal to visit the well-established Men’s Shed in Gorey Co. Wexford.
The main purpose of the visit was for the East Cork Men’s Shed groups to learn from the Gorey group and get an understanding of the way the Wexford based group operated. All in all it was a very worthwhile experience whereby after an excellent speech by the Gorey Men’s Shed Chairman Gerry McPartland, the East Cork visitors were provided with a tour of the Gorey and were treated with great hospitality throughout.
SECAD and Tús working hard for South Cork
South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) is working hard in the Carrigdhoun Area with Tús participants in place in no less than 18 host organisations.
The groups involved with SECAD include Fort Camden, Crosshaven AFC, Crosshaven Development Committee, Crosshaven RFC, Victory Outreach, Carrigaline Tidy Towns, Tracton Community Council, Tracton GAA Club, Pfizers Pitch and Putt Club, Passage West GAA Club, An Naíonra Pre-School, Carrigaline Family Support Initiative, Carrigaline AFC, Ballygarvan GAA Club, Everton AFC, Ballinhassig GAA Club, Passage Soccer Club.
At Pfizers Pitch and Putt Club Damien O’Connell and Gary Yeo are working on the general maintenance of the Pitch and Putt course under the guidance of the club Chairman Michael Coakley who said “The Tús workers Damien and Gary have been great, the work they do is excellent and it has been a great help to us here at the club. It is always hard when you are relying on volunteers, but having the two lads in place has alleviated a lot of pressure and now all the work is being done in all areas of maintenance which is great and they have picked up the work load and techniques very quickly indeed and have fitted in very well here at Pfizers Pitch and Putt Club and thanks to SECAD we are finding it easier to cope this year with the two lads aboard”.
South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) are delighted to be associated with Fort Camden (Meagher) in Crosshaven through Tús.
There are three Tús participants placed at the great fortress and along with the hard working ‘Rescue Camden’ volunteers and Fás Workers under the guidance of the project co-ordinator Paul Brierley.
Paul is incredibly passionate about Fort Camden (Meagher) and it would be an understatement to say that he is devoted to the project at hand. Paul has spent his entire life in and around Fort Camden, from his childhood days playing hide and seek in the labyrinth of tunnels, to his daily treks around the fort looking to make as much progress as possible, but at the same time making sure that it is looked after properly and everything that is replaced is put back exactly as it should be.
SECAD Tús supervisor Mark O’Connell (Left) chats with Rescue Camden Project co-ordinator Paul Brierley .
“When we came in there was the problem of removing over 20 years of overgrowth which took some clearing but we got there and on the 10th of July 2012 we signed a continual rolling tenancy agreement with Cork County Council which is great. To be honest Cork County Council have been brilliant I can’t praise them enough and with the support of SECAD and other support groups we are making brilliant progress. We hope to have a tea room and souvenir shop open this year and we are looking forward to welcoming groups and visitors throughout the summer. We have had musical evenings, re-enactments, exhibitions and of course recently we had the 9 – 11 photo exhibition which was great” said Mr Brierley.
Another key element of the work at Fort Camden is the fact that there will be jobs created in the Crosshaven area and the more people that visit the fort, the more the local economy in Crosshaven will benefit. There is already an apprentice scheme in place, looking after ‘Redundant Apprentices’ with seven currently on site.
One of the more common problems now at Fort Camden is maintenance of the 45 acre site and Paul believes that with the support of SECAD and other groups and Cork County Council that Fort Camden will be kept in pristine condition.
Paul said “65% of Fort Camden is underground. It’s a fascinating place that has been here as a fortress since 1550 .It was officially handed over to the state in 1938, then in the 1960’s it was used as a training centre for various groups. On Saturday the 30th of June and every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday the 16th of September, we will be open to the public from 12 noon until 5pm so we hope that many people will come along and enjoy the place”.
Check out www.rescuecamden.ie and get an idea of what a brilliant facility Fort Camden (Meagher) really is. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.