Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Carrigtwohil Community Council push for Community Garden

Plans are underway in Carrigtwohill to set up a Community Garden in the area. It is hoped that a Community Garden will encourage young and old alike as well as inter generational cooperation and ecological awareness and offer an outdoor community meeting space. They hope that the garden will  help the retired members of the community be active and share their knowledge with the younger generations. It is also hoped that it will to give unemployed members of the community a feeling of inclusion and participation and give residents opportunities to volunteer.

The Community Council say that the Community Garden will be a great resource for the community in terms of it being an active resource for sustainable organic gardening and offer community composting. Biodiversity will also be a prominent feature of the Community Garden in that it may establish and maintain a butterfly garden and a bee haven. The hosting of creative workshops open to all will also help to promote conservation. It is also hoped that the garden will  host and facilitate community festivals.
The official opening of the Mitchelstown Community Garden. Carrigtwohil Community Council are planning to have their own  Community Garden 

Community Gardening can make significant contributions to Earth’s health and to the enrichment of our Community. Starting a Community Garden is empowering and fulfilling for all who are involved, to take responsibility and try to heal the ills of our World.
It is also sad news the Bee population in Ireland is under serious extinction threat. The All Ireland Pollinator Plan encourages everyone (farmers, gardeners, schools) to create havens and pit-stops for bees. A Butterfly Garden and a Bee Haven shall be established and maintained in the Community Garden. On 17th of September 2015 Ireland has become one of the few Countries in Europe who has developed a strategy to address pollinator decline.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Cork School Garden Competition Launched

The Cork Schools Garden Competition was officially Launched today by Dr.Mary Stack of Cork County Council Environmental Awareness and Research Unit at Griffins Garden Centre Dripsy.
The competition which is organised by Muintir na Tire is now in its fourth year has gone from strength to strength with over 40 entries last year.

Dr Stack said that awareness and the promotion of upcycling and biodiversity are key elements of the Councils Environmental strategy going forward to 2020 and that the Cork School Garden competition  fits all the boxes with regard to the environment

Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer Cork County Council said the competition gave students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. He stressed the importance of every one doing their bit to protect our native bees by providing a place for them in our gardens both at home and in school.

Deputy County Mayor Councillor Kevin Conway praised the co-operation between Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre in organising the competition. He said the aims of the Cork Schools Competition' in supporting pupils, teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/grounds was bearing fruit as many schools around County Cork were now developing gardens to grow vegetables and flowers.

Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the Organising Team thanked Cork County Council and thanked Miriam and Margaret of Griffins Garden Centre for hosting the launch. Miriam said if schools need any advice they would be willing to help.

Teachers and pupils from Scoil Chroi Iasa Blarney and Aghabullogue National School were on hand to help Mickey Mouse with the launch. Mickey Mouse was keen to point out chemicals, pesticides and herbicides endangered all small animals and that natural methods were much better for our environment.


It’s that time of the year again, SHEP are preparing for the lifelong learning festival run in Cork each year. Attached is a list of the workshops SHEP are running as part of the festival. If you are interested in attending  just ring the office on 021-4666180 to book a place. Please feel free to pass on the information to anyone you think might be interested in attending. Please note places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you want further details contact 
Geraldine Flanagan
Programme Administrator,
Social and Health Education Project,
at  021-4666180 

Programme of Events For Lifelong Learning Festival

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Myth of Memory Loss and Ageing. Darrara near Clonakilty Thursday March 3rd at 7.30.

 Darrara Community Council in Association with Muintir na Tire Cork are holding a talk on '
How to enhance your memory and help prevent the onset of Dementia in later Years. 
This event is open to the public but booking is essential. Seniors groups please contact us with numbers attending. The event will also include a social evening with music and dancing. 
Early booking advised.
Come see the beautiful new Community Centre at Darrara

Book your place online at Eventbrite or call us at 0214500688 with numbers

Annual General Meeting of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre

Annual General  Meeting 
of Cork County Federation 
Muintir na Tíre

Monday 14th March@ 8pm
Ballyphehane Community Centre.
Cork City 

Four members of each affiliated Community Council
may attend
 Two of whom are entitled to Vote.
All community and Voluntary groups welcome



(Association Of Services To the Aged) 
North Cork 
Officers and Members of AOSTA North Cork who are organizing a major conference for members of Seniors Groups  in Mallow GAA Complex. 

Still Going Strong


Mallow GAA Complex, Mallow

WED 23rd March 2016


09.30 – 10.00  Coffee Registration
10.15 – 10.30   Introductions and Exercises
10.30 – 10.40   Opening Address
10.40 – 11.30  Make Your Wishes Known, - Marie Hackett
11.30 – 11.45  Dementia Visitation Service – Christine O' Riordan
11.45 – 12.15  Dementia Advisor Service, The Alzheimer Society – Amy Murphy
12.15 – 1.00    The Asthma Society
1.00  –    2.00                  Lunch
2.00  -    3.15   Women’s Styles thru the Ages – The Hunt Museum, Limerick
3.15  -    3.45   100 Years Later with John Arnold  

Limited tickets available for this very popular event. If you wish to book this event please see booking form below.

Heritage events This Week from Conor Nelligan

Date/Time Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at 20:30
AGM of Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association 
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Lissarda, Co. Cork
Additional Information: One of the County's most active heritage groups, the KHAA, is hosting its AGM on the evening of February 23rd. 2016 will be a big year locally and there is certainly much to be discussed. New members always welcome.
Date/Time Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 17:00
Lecture: The Aud 
Location: Council Chambers, County Hall, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
On February 18th 1915, the British Government became aware of the plans for arms to be sent to the Volunteers in Ireland. This lecture, 100 years on, discusses the relevance of the Aud to 1916. Lecture takes place at 5pm.
Date/Time Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 19:00
Book Launch - Youghal - by Kieran Groeger
Location: Mall Arts Centre, The Mall, Youghal, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A fascinating photography book on the history of Youghal will be launched on the night by Aileen Murray of the Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group. The book itself, by author Kieran Groeger, "explores the development of the walled town from its importance as a military base and port to its subsequent transformation into a seaside resort". The book contains over 200 images "recalling old shops and industries, schools and institutions, changing streetscapes and the characters that made the town". For enquiries on the book contact the History Press of Ireland by phoning 01 2449470 or by emailing
Youghal - by Kieran Groeger
Date/Time Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 20:00
Review of Bandon Historical Journal No. 32 
Location: The Parish Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A Review of the wonderful and very popular Bandon Historical Journal (No. 32) will take place on Wednesday 24th February. This event has been organised by Cumann Seanchais na Banndan and all are welcome to attend.
Date/Time Thursday 25th  February 2016 at 20:00
Historical Reflection in Carraig na bhFear 
Location: Parish Hall, Carraig na bhFear, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
On Thursday 25th February, at 8:00pm, John A Mulcahy will give a talk which will be followed by a question and answer session/discussion in the village hall.

Date/Time Friday 26th  February 2016 at 20:00
Location: Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
A new chamber music work entitled "Pause", by Sam Perkin, in commemoration of 1916, will be premiered in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal at 8pm. The event has been organised by the Ortús Chamber Music Festival and is an event which has been supported by the Cork 2016 Initiative.

Date/Time Sunday 28th  February 2016 at 20:00
Debut Recital on Cobh Bound Train
Location: Train from Cobh to Cork
Additional Information: 
A new chamber music work entitled "Pause", by Sam Perkin, will be performed on board the Iarnród Éireann train from Cork to Cobh in commemoration of 1916. The event has been organised by the Ortús Chamber Music Festival and is an event which has been supported by the Cork 2016 Initiative.
Date/Time Sunday 28th February 2016 at 19:30
The 1916 Lecture - by Gabriel Doherty 
Location: Atkins Hall, Main Street, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Gabriel Doherty of U.C.C.'s School of History will give an overview of 1916 in his talk 'The 1916 Lecture'. This event has been organised by the Dunmanway Historical Association and all are welcome to attend.
Date/Time Monday 29th  February 2016 at 13:00
Event: ‘Pause’
Location: County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork
Additional Information: 
A new chamber music work entitled "Pause", by Sam Perkin, will be performed at 1pm in the County Library, in commemoration of 1916. Sam Perkin will also deliver a talk on the piece itself. Please be advised that spaces are limited and booking is advisable.
Date/Time Thursday 03rd March 2016 at 20:00
Illustrated Lecture: The History of Spike Island and its Future
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: 'The History of Spike Island and its Future.' Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour, the multi-cultural island has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres, all of which have left their mark amid 1400 years of history. John Mitchel, Irish Fenian & Founder of The United Irishmen was jailed here and 'Little Nellie of Holy God' lived here. All are welcome to hear Tom O'Neill, Historian and Superintendent of Spike Island relate the fascinating story of this amazing place. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Reflective Practice for Practitioners, Volunteer and professional Workers

Reflective Practice for Practitioners
(Volunteer and Professional workers)

Ballincollig, Cork
March – November 2016
Tuesday Evenings
All course participants will be highly subsidised by Bon Secours Community Initiative Fund
Do you have a strong commitment to social justice and promoting equality?
Have you ever wondered about your ways of working?  Are you interested in reflecting with others, and learning about the under-lying assumptions, motivations, feelings and beliefs that shape your community practice choices?  Are you interested in being better able to bring about positive change  in your own community or with the organisations you are involved in? This part-time SHEP course commencing in March 2016 may be of interest.
Some Participant quotations of their experiences on the course
‘It was wonderful to engage with fellow professionals and participate in their struggles alongside my own. This was positive and life affirming as well as contributing greatly to the learning of how to be reflective in my practice’         (participant)
‘This course provided me with the space to take time out from day-to-day craziness of work to genuinely reflect and think about what is important – really enjoyed it and benefitted from it personally and professionally’ (participant)
‘This course allowed me to go into a heart space which is often neglected and ignored in the heady obligations of my working life’ (participant)          
‘When I experience being seen and heard without demand or judgement I can allow myself to be and be amazed at what I learn about myself and the growth in self-acceptance that I experience’ (participant)         
About the Reflective Practice for Practitioners Course (SHEP Certificate)
This open-access and stand-alone SHEP course, is designed to create a place to reflect on practice for people active in their communities who have a commitment to enabling social change and working towards social justice. Participants will share in the creation of a space that facilitates an exploration of the assumptions, values, beliefs and feelings that underpin participants’ ways of being active in their respective community settings. Participants will learn about a number of frameworks that give structure to a reflective process and develop a capacity to discern the applicability of these for themselves and their practice. The course will be of interest to a wide range of people in voluntary, paid and professional capacities involved in a various roles in their communities.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to provide, for people active in community or organisational settings, a space for 8-10 participants to reflect on their prior and current practice experiences. The course aims to enhance participants’ capacity to engage in the critical reflective process and to enhance their capacity to co-create the conditions for learning from practice reflection. The focus of the course will be on the reflective phase of the experiential learning/action planning cycle.

The course is underpinned by SHEP’s philosophy that self-awareness and self-knowledge when combined with a commitment to community action is the basis for personal and social transformation. The course reflects SHEP’s philosophy that adults continue to learn throughout their life and that life and practice experience is an invaluable source for that learning. The course is inspired by SHEP’s commitment to equality, social justice, social transformation and the contribution that group spaces can create for learning.

Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a SHEP Certificate in Reflective Practice for Practitioners.
Learning Outcomes
Participants who complete this course will be able to:
1.      Better reflect on their practice
2.      Participate in the co-creation of a group reflective practice space
3.      Discern the usefulness of a number of frameworks for reflection on their practice (Critical Reflection, Experiential Learning Cycle, Action Planning and Activity Theory)
4.      Adopt a facilitative stance that, together with others in a group context, co-creates the conditions for an effective reflective practice space
5.      Identify their preferred learning styles but also be open to exploring other styles
6.      Reflectively write about their practice and their reflective learning processes
7.      Draw up a personal plan as to how they will support themselves in their practice
Course Content
This course will address a number of key areas, as follows:
  • What is the Critical Reflection approach – are there others?
  • What is the Experiential Learning Cycle?
  • What are different styles of learning and have you a preference?
  • How to be in a space that supports your learning from practice reflection?
  • What helps a group reflective space to work well?
  • What is an ‘activity system’? Does this perspective aid your reflection on practice?
  • How you can use a writing process to support your learning from reflection?
  • Reflecting on your own reflecting and learning!
  • How can you best support yourself and others?

This course is primarily experiential in the use of the frameworks for reflection on practice, and participants will come to discern the usefulness of the frameworks for themselves. An important part of the approach is a reflective writing process. There will be very limited formal teaching and a small amount of guided reading.  
Commitment, Schedule & Location
This course entails 30 contact hours of participant effort through group time, with the group meeting approximately once per month from March 2016 to November 2016 (6 sessions of 2.5 hours and 3 sessions of 5 hours with a break in July & August). Participants will need to schedule a further one hour per week for reflective writing and a small amount of guided reading.
A SHEP Certificate in Reflective Practice for Practitioners will be awarded where an 80% attendance record is achieved. There will be no formal assessment in the course. Participants will be required, however, to submit one written reflective learning piece at the end of the course that draws on their learning and their reflective writing done through the span of the course. An input on reflective writing skills will be provided early in the course.

This course is fully subsided through the support of the Bon Secours Community Initiative Fund, Cork Volunteer Centre, SHEP and the HSE and there is No Course Fee for participants. A personal contribution of €10 per person is required as the course deposit, and this small fund will be available for use by the group.

Entry requirements
Candidates must be adults (18 and over) who:
  • Have a strong commitment to promoting social change, equality and justice and are active in their community in either a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Have a willingness to be open in a group setting, sufficient for a process of reflection on the assumptions, values and feelings underpinning their activity
The course is open to all people from the Community and Voluntary Sector, either in paid or voluntary capacities. It is not necessary to be involved in an organisation or group, only that you are active for social justice or community empowerment in some current way. Those who have completed other courses in SHEP can also apply. Candidates will be shortlisted and all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend for a short interview. Being called for an interview does not guarantee an offer of a place.

SHEP has recently reconfigured its third practitioner training programme which is now called the SHEP Certificate in Applied Facilitation in Community & Organisational Settings. The aim of that part-time programme is to resource local communities and organisations by supporting programme participants to become more active citizens through leadership and facilitation. The Reflective Practice for Practitioners course is one of six modules comprising that programme.  While not required for the Reflective Practice course, applicants for the QQI Level 6 component modules of the Applied Facilitation in Community and Organisational Settings practitioner programme will normally have a Leaving Certificate/QQI Level 5 or equivalent qualification. For more detail on eligibility and progression criteria for that programme, please refer to the accompanying one page document or to our website at

Course Personnel & Venue
One group will run in 2016 in Cork (Ballincollig) and the trainers on the course are Brendan O’Brien and Liam McCarthy.

Interested applicants should submit a completed application form along with the deposit by 5pm on the closing date for applications, Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Interviews (10-15min) will be scheduled for Friday 4th March 2016 between 4-8pm in Ballincollig. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 11th March 2016

·         The course will be held at the SHEP Training Centre in Ballincollig with the first  session commencing on Tuesday 15th March from 7.30-10pm
·         Sessions will be on Tuesdays spaced approximately 3 weeks apart. The course runs from March to November 2016 with a break during July & August

The course will run subject to sufficient numbers applying to form a group of 8-10 participants.

Further Information
For further information and an application form please see the Training and Development section of the SHEP website


HELP SAVE OURS BEES - What you can do at Home and in your School Garden

Bees are very important and without your help they could quickly disappear.

'Without bees we won’t be able to grow our own fruits and vegetables, and our wild flowers will begin to disappear making Ireland a very dull place. We don’t want this to happen. We want to hear the buzz of hard working bees carrying out their important pollination work. We want them to be there so that we can grow healthy food to feed you, and so that you can grow healthy food to feed your children someday. To stop bees disappearing from Ireland we need your help. We need you to tell everyone how important bees are. We also need you to make your school and garden a safe place for bees to live'.
We nees bees in the wild to pollinate our apples, strawberries, pears, beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, blackberries and much, much more. 

'There are 97 different species (types) of bees in Ireland. We have one honeybee, 20 different bumblebees and 77 different solitary bees. The most important thing to know is that you shouldn’t be scared of bees. To them we’re just big boring giants that walk around their world. Unless you threaten them, bees will not attack humans. They won’t chase after you if you leave them alone. If a bee comes close to you, attracted by your bright colourful t-shirt, or the nice smell from your shampoo, just sit still and it will fly off when it realises you’re not a flower!'

'A lot of our hard-working pollinators are in danger of disappearing forever (becoming extinct). Changes to their homes, the use of chemicals on our crops and nasty diseases spell trouble for bees and insects. We need to work to protect them or they may not be around for much longer'.

'Honeybees live in hives and are looked after by beekeepers. Beekeepers do an important job by keeping an eye on their hive and making sure the honeybees are happy and have enough to eat, especially over the winter months. Bumblebees and solitary bees prefer to look after themselves. They don’t live in hives but in nests that they make themselves. Bumblebees make their nests on the ground, hidden in long grass. Solitary bees nest in tiny burrows that they make in soil or wood'.

'What Can You Do To Help In Your School?

1 Plant lots of different flowers in pots or flowerbeds around your school. Your teacher will be able to get a list of what flowers bees like best. Try to make sure there are flowers to provide food for bees every month from spring through to the autumn. We need food every day – bees do too!
2 Plant a shrub that flowers in early spring – this provides very hungry queen bumblebees with lots to eat. Queen bumblebees have to visit about 6000 flowers every day when they come out of hibernation! Good shrubs are Willow, Hazel, Broom, Berberis, Pyracantha, Mahonia.
3 Grow some fruits and vegetables like strawberries, raspberries, peas, courgettes or apples. Their flowers will provide food for bees in spring and early summer. In return you’ll get healthy nutritious food.
4 Let it grow! Bees love weeds like dandelions, so let them grow instead of cutting them. If you have areas of grass around the school, ask if you can leave strips or small patches uncut until late summer.
5 Provide some safe places for bumblebees or solitary bees to make their nests. a) If your school is in the countryside you might have some hedgerows. Bumblebees love to make their nests in long grass at the bottom of hedgerows. b) Most solitary bees will burrow into banks of bare soil to make a little cosy nest. They like these banks to be south facing so the sun warms them up in the morning. You might have some areas around the school where you can scrape back some grass to create a bare bank of soil. c) Other solitary bees like to nest in holes in wood. Bee’s teeth are strong enough to burrow into soil but not into wood so we have to make these holes for them! If there are wooden fence posts around the school drill small south/east facing holes for solitary bees to make their nests in. These holes
should be 10cm in depth and 4-8mm diameter. A range of different diameters is best. Ideally the holes should be drilled at a height of 1.5-2m (or as high as possible), d) Make some solitary bee nest boxes and put them up around the school. Your teacher will be able to get instructions on how to do this.
6 If you find a nesting or hibernating bee in areas like long grass, bare soil or wood around the school, don’t disturb it. Just leave it alone so that it can carry out its important pollination work. I
7 Don’t use chemicals (pesticides) to kill weeds or pests around the school. These can be harmful to bees and make them sick.
8 Tell all your friends and family how important pollinators are. Talk to your teacher and see what projects you can come up to help our bees and insects.
9 If your school is working on the Green-Schools’ Biodiversity programme, you can use your Habitat Map activity to identify what plants on your school grounds are good for bees. From these findings you can include some or all of the actions above in your “Action Plan” step. You could also do a Bumblebee Survey in Year 1 (between April and June) and again 12 months later as part of your “Monitoring and Evaluation” step to see how your actions are making a difference to the number of visitors buzzing and bumbling around your school!'

Le meas,
Conor Nelligan 


The Irish Walled Town Network (IWTN) Grant Scheme for 2016 will go live on March 1st 2016. This will include both capital and event/interpretation streams and applications can be submitted by IWTN members online at up until 5pm on March 22nd 2016.

Monday, 15 February 2016

€600,000 worth of grants to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland.

The Community Foundation for Ireland launches the year of #Belonging16 by announcing over €600,000 worth of grants to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland.
-          Includes €100,000 fund for community parties available to communities all over the country-
Dublin, 11th February: The Community Foundation for Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading philanthropic organisations has today announced that over €600,000 will be awarded to community and voluntary groups across Ireland to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland.
 This year of #Belonging16 commences immediately with the announcement of €100,000 in grants being made available for community parties. 400 grants of €250 are on offer to communities across Ireland to host community parties, encouraging locals to get to know their neighbours. Each community will receive a toolkit from The Community Foundation, along with their €250 grant to host a community party during 2016.

 Tina Roche CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland commented, “The Community Parties of €250 are open to any and all communities across Ireland and are a great opportunity to celebrate your area and bring back that age old tradition of really knowing and looking out for your neighbour”.

From March 1st the remaining €500,000 will be made available in grants to groups who work with families at risk of homelessness, refugees and transgender identities and experiences. Each grant scheme is aimed at promoting and increasing the sense of belonging for these groups and their communities.

Tina Roche, added, “We see 2016 as the year of belonging for The Community Foundation and for Ireland. As the centenary celebrations look back on our successes as a nation over the last 100 years, we want to look forward as to how we can ensure the most marginalised groups in our society feel a sense of belonging in their families, communities, work places and wider society.”

 This new fund of €600,000 for #Belonging16 will be in addition to the usual funding allocated by The Community Foundation to causes all over the country which last year totalled almost €5 million. . These funds are generously provided by philanthropic donors who utilise The Community Foundation for Ireland for their giving.

2015 was a very successfully year for belonging by ensuring the LGBT community were fully recognised and The Community Foundation and its donors were a huge supporter of this, however we cannot rest on our laurels when so many are still ostracised and unrecognised in Ireland, we must continue in our journey to ensure every person living in Ireland feels a sense of belonging” , Roche concluded.
The Community Foundation for Ireland’s year of belonging will culminate in a belonging event in October where they will showcase, through a belonging report and photo exhibition the good work that will be done to improve the sense of belonging for the population and look forward to what belonging looks like for the future in Ireland.

For more information on #Belonging16 and to apply for grants visit and follow the conversation on twitter @CommunityFound #Belonging16
Notes to Editor
The Community Foundation for Ireland
The Community Foundation for Ireland is a philanthropic organisation which seeks just and progressive social change. It provides a long-term source of independent funding for the community and voluntary sector, mostly in Ireland. The Foundation empowers people who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy that is based on trust, effectiveness and impact by helping donors to cause sustainable change. The Foundation currently manages over 60 donor advised funds. The Foundation awards grants from its own funds in addition to the grants it administers on behalf of others. 2015 was a record-breaking year. The Foundation made grants of almost €5million and reached the milestone of €25million in cumulative grants since establishment in 2000. The Foundation has built an endowment fund of over €40 million.

Hazel Hill
Youth Programme Leader
The Community Foundation for Ireland

Friday, 12 February 2016


Topic 1   Strategic planning for community groups
Topic 2   Public Relations for Community Groups
Wednesday 24th February 2016 – 7 to 8.30pm
Ballincollig (venue to be confirmed)

Insurance considerations for community groups
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - 7 to 8pm
Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre, Church Road, Carrigaline

‘Thinking of Involving Volunteers?’ (Cork Volunteer Centre)
Is your organisation considering involving volunteers?
Are you new to managing or coordinating volunteers?

This session is designed to give you an overview of the steps involved in engaging volunteers in your organisation.  It is intended to help groups understand the best ways to involve volunteers, understand volunteer expectations, and start on a path to ensuring volunteers become a core and positive part of your organisation.  The session is about 2 hours long, interactive and is a good way to meet like minded organisations.

Wednesday 9th March – 7 to 8.30pm

Castle Hotel, Macroom

contact Marie O'Mahony at


Tuesday 15th March – 7 to 8.30pm

MY Place Community and Youth Centre, Midleton
contact Katie Levine at

Katie Levine

Katie Levine
Placement Officer
Cork Volunteer Centre
13 North Main Street, Cork
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Wednesday 9th March 2016 – 7 to 8.30pm
Castle Hotel, Macroom

‘Thinking of Involving Volunteers?’ (Cork Volunteer Centre)
Tuesday 15th March 2016 – 7 to 8.30pm
MY Place Community and Youth Centre, Midleton

For further information or to book a place on these free workshops,
contact SECAD on 021 4613432 or

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