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Successful ‘Wellbeing in the Community’ pilot programme completed in Youghal

SECAD recently completed a pilot programme ‘’Wellbeing in the Community’’ in Youghal to help empower people in the area.

The programme for local community members ran in conjunction with the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) as Level 6 Special Purpose Award. Focussing on mental health and resilience, the programme was delivered with key providers working across the HSE including public health nurses, occupational therapists, community health workers and the DEASP local offices.  Critically, the programme brought service providers together to try to focus on the most ‘disadvantaged areas’ including social housing estates and communities in our area.

Ursula Collins, SECAD Partnership, Rory Doody, HSE with ‘Wellbeing in the community course participants’

Specifically, the eight people participating in the pilot programme from October to December 2017 were from the local area in Youghal. On the course, they focussed on strategies to improve and promote positive mental health. In addition, best practice methods for increasing mental health well-being and resilience were shared and participants were afforded the opportunity to personally reflect on positive psychology and apply it to their understanding of wellbeing.

Crucially, once participants were empowered with knowledge to reinforce their own wellbeing, they were encouraged to be advocates for mental health aand enable others in their community. An added spin-off of this programme is that it equips participants and potential community leaders in their community.

Feedback from participants and partners across the sector including the HSE, Grow (Mental Health Movement in Ireland) and Cumann Na Daoine (Youghal Community Development Resource Centre) was very positive.

Comments from participants include:

‘’I really enjoyed the group sessions – we had some great laughs’’

‘’I am considering going back to further education’’

‘’It helped me to come to a very secure place in myself’’

‘’I learnt to become my own best friend’’

 

 

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
• Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
• Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
• Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

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