Putting the Tús back into Community!
What is Tús?
One of the most asked questions recently.
SECAD are fully committed to the Tús community work placement initiative with 140 Tús workers in place with groups all over the South and East Cork Region.
Tús is providing meaningful, quality employment over a twelve month period and tries to offer suitable working opportunities for the participant wherever possible, so that the Tús worker can get a meaningful positive placement and make a real contribution to the group to where he or she is assigned, but also getting the unique satisfaction that can be felt, just simply by doing a good job!
CEO of SECAD Mr Ryan Howard said “Tús is one of the most important new programmes that we have seen developing in recent years. It provides an opportunity for us to place people who are on the live register into a twelve month, long work placement. SECAD have been allocated 140 placements per year that we have spread right across the South and East Cork area. I believe that this is a really positive link with our other employment, community and enterprise supports”.
Golden Opportunity for Corks’ talented Young Filmmakers. Lights Action Sound! It was all action during Easter for 60 young filmmakers who took part in a two day adventure into filmmaking. First Cut! Youth Film Project provided Young Filmmakers’ Workshops in 5 communities in the Cork Harbour area of the county. These free workshops took place in Youghal, Midleton, Glanmire, Ballincollig and Cobh.
Places were limited to 12 in each centre and there was no charge to participants thanks to funding from The Arts Office of Cork County Council and South and East Cork Area Development Ltd, (SECAD). Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. “An amazing adventure with excellent teachers”, “a golden opportunity” and “such a good, intense & exciting experience” During the two days young people learnt about the world of film and build basic to advanced level skills under the guidance of working professionals from Cork Film Centre. These budding young filmmakers from across Cork will gather together for a Gala screening of their work at Cork County Hall on Friday April 27th.
This exciting showcase event for young filmmakers is an integral part of the First Cut! Film Project and will be hosted again by Cork County Council in the Vertigo Suite in County Hall.
“Am I Ready; Am I Right?” ‘Start your own Business’
SECAD is currently running a programme called “Am I Ready; Am I Right?” in Youghal, Midleton and Carrigaline. Since the down turn in the economy self-employment has become a real option which many people wish to explore. In order to respond to this need SECAD has been running this very popular programme. It consists of a five week (two three hour sessions a week) “Start Your Own Business” course, followed by ten hours of individual mentoring in a range of specialised fields such as legal, sales, marketing, use of the web, human resources or accounts and taxation.
The five week course has been very popular. In Autumn 2011 SECAD ran three courses all of which filled with participants very quickly. The feedback was extremely positive. The course itself places a lot of emphasis on Business Planning and participants are encouraged to put together a comprehensive plan for their business idea. All aspects of business development are covered, assessment of the commercial viability of the business, legal, financial, networking, marketing and other aspects of setting up your own business. For those who wish to take it there is a FETAC level 5 attached to this course.
The Spring courses started in Youghal, Midleton and Carrigaline in April 2012 but if you are interested in starting your own business it is worthwhile putting your name down with SECAD who may run similar courses in the future. Contact: Gertrude Cotter, SECAD 021-4613432.
SECAD Green Your Community
SECAD Green Your Community is a training programme designed to empower and support communities in South and East Cork in enhancing their natural environment. Below is a brief summary of the training modules provided: This week we feature the first two items of six areas covered. We will have the next two items related to green your community next week.
1. Introduction to SECAD Green Your Community
Learn how to establish a successful community group and troubleshoot some of the problems frequently faced by community groups. Training will also include; Health & Safety considerations, using local media to increase the profile of your group in the wider community and organising successful events in the community.
2. Coastal Protection and Coastcare
This training session will demonstrate how you can protect and care for your coastline. Training will include; coastal erosion, coastal biodiversity, marine litter, coastal clean ups and the opportunities for establishing a Coastcare group. Also learn about the importance of sand dunes and gain hands-on experience of Marram Grass planting on the practical training session.