Monday, 30 January 2017

PALS training aimed at members of active retired/older adults groups




4th January 2017

The Health Promotion Department, HSE South in conjunction with the Cork Sports Partnership and Go for Life are delighted to inform you that we will be hosting PALs training in Cork during 2017.  Please bring the information below to the attention of the members of your group.  The objective of this training is to enable members of your group to carry out a leadership role in the planning and managing of physical activities with your group as Go for Life PALs. 


The training consists of 8 workshops including activities such as sit fit, better balance, going strong, basic principles, rolling & bowling, pitching & tossing, stepping & strolling and PALs skills (please see enclosed information leaflet for further information).  The workshops are intended to support attendees to lead their group in regular physical activity.  Training is free of charge (tea/coffee and a light lunch will be served at each workshop).

Each workshop starts at 10am until 3pm and will take place in the SMA Centre, Wilton, Cork as follows: Please note that a minimum of two members per group is required.

Workshops 1- 4: Thursday 16th & 23rd February and 2nd & 9th March 2017
Workshops 5 - 8: Thursday 14th, 21st & 28th Sept. and 5th Oct. 2017

As places are limited you are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. To apply for a place please complete the enclosed application form and return to the above address by Friday 10th February 2017.  Priority will be given to those groups who currently do not have any trained PALs and to those applicants who can attend all 8 workshop days.  If you have any questions please contact Jacintha Barry (Jacintha.Barry@hse.ie or 028 40418).   

Shirley O’Shea, 
Senior Health Promotion Officer


Exciting new support for community based sustainable energy initiatives: Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's (SEAI) has recently launched a new programme - Sustainable Energy Community (SEC).  This programme aims to help activate community groups interested in developing and implementing sustainable energy initiatives with a ‘bottom upcommunity approach.  Very significant technical support and ultimately funding is available from the SEAI to empower  and inform local communities.
Community groups are invited to join the SEC Southwest Network and benefit from meeting and exchanging information and experience with other similar groups as well as availing of seminars, events, case studies and project site visits. Community groups availing of SEC membership aim to be energy efficient, to use renewable energy where feasible and to develop decentralised energy supplies.  An SEC can include all different energy users including homes, sports clubs, community centres, churches and businesses.
Very significant SEAI funding and access to technical support is available to participating groups.
For example, for a Level 1 SEC comprising a street/village, up to €10,000 of technical support and advice is available for developing an Energy Master Plan (energy-use baseline) and up to €32,000 is available for developing core competencies and using technical panel resources to identify and develop a project.  Additional project specific funding is then available on an annual basis for the implementation phase.
The newly established Southwest SEC Network had their first meeting in December in Ballyvourney with 4 groups from Cork and 4 from Kerry and one from West Waterford.
XD Sustainable Energy Consulting have been appointed to to develop and expand the SEC programme in Cork, Kerry and West Waterford. The Southwest Network meeting was hosted by Xavier Dubuisson and Conor O’Brien, XD Sustainable Energy Consulting.



Further programme details are available from www.seai.ie/sec or by contacting Conor O’Brien, SEC Mentor at  sec@xdconsulting.eu or by calling 087 9047810


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Rural Social Scheme

Are you a farmer and in receipt of Farm Assist or long-term social welfare payment?
 
If so, you may qualify for the Rural Social Scheme – a scheme that allows farmers to earn a supplementary income in return for 19.5 hours work per week, undertaken within the community and voluntary sector.
 
The farmers spouse is also eligible to participate in the scheme as an alternate.
 
Avondhu Blackwater & IRD Duhallow are currently seeking applicants to fill vacancies.
 
If you wish to find out more about the Rural Social Scheme or Farm Assist contact Avondhu Blackwater Partnership or IRD Duhallow in confidence on;
 
Avondhu Blackwater – 022 46580 or E-mail info@avondhublackwater.com

IRD Duhallow – 029 60633 oe E-mail duhallow@irdduhallow.com

Guide to the Rural Social Scheme

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 1st of Feb 19:30 Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork.


Anam Cara supports 1,800 bereaved parents every year, yet we know there are many parents out there at a local level who are not aware of the service.

If you are in contact with any bereaved parents, please consider passing the below information on to them:

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 1st of February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. The guest speaker for the evening is Miriam Porter. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for this event, please RSVP to info@anamcara.iebefore Tuesday 31st January or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Some parent testimonies:

I have been to two information evenings. Both speakers were exceptionally good. I received very valuable nuggets of information and I got great comfort from speaking to the other parents afterwards.
This was my first time to attend the information evening. Meeting other parents, those who were further down this road, listening to them - it helped so much.

Take Care

Kind Regards,
Clodagh Dingle
On Behalf of

Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support
HCL House,
Second Avenue,
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

County Cork Communities Made 1916 Commemorations the biggest and Best

Unlike the controversy about how many attended the Trump inauguration last week there was no doubt that as almost three hundred people packed Cork County Hall last night to celebrate the efforts of all those involved in the 1916 Centenary  Commemorations all around Cork County that this was one of the biggest crowds ever at the venue.
They came from all over the County from Mitchelstown to Beara and from Ballymacoda to Lismire to reflect on what was a great year for the County Cork with events being organised by over two hundred community groups.
Councillor Frank O Flynn speaking at the event

Pictured at the 1916 Commemoration Event were Andreas Moynihan TD Conor Nelligan Co-Ordinator and Seamus Forde Muintir na Tire

In essence once again communities were mobilised to take on the huge task of organising events during the year and boy did they do it in style. They were backed enthusiastically in their efforts by Cork County Council including CEO Tim Lucey, County Mayors John Paul O'Shea and Seamus Mc Grath and all the Councillors. The Council set up an all party 1916 Commemorative Committee led by Councillor Frank O Flynn who worked tirelessly to make the year so special for everyone. The main Co-ordinator was the very able Conor Nelligan who received a standing ovation last night for his commitment to the project. In fact many sections of the council came on board to help during the year.
The night itself included some appropriate music, poetry and song and all participating Groups were awarded a beautiful certificate to thank them for their input to the commemorations.

Each group also received a copy of a beautiful Illustrated Centenary Book produced to mark the events that took place during the year. This book lists and photographs of all the events that took place during the year.
Commemoration Book


Well done to all involved

Keep your Child Safer Online

Fermoy Adult Education Centre
Family Learning Initiative

Keep your Child Safer Online
4 week Internet Skills Course for Parents


Start Date: Friday 3rd Feb. - Friday 3rd Mar. 2017
Time: 9:30 - 12.00
Venue: Adult Education Centre, Rathealy Road, Fermoy

This course is free of charge.


Please call or text Ruth on 086 8238758 if you would like to book a place.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Facilitating Participatory Methods for Communities and Organisations QQI Accredited (Level 6) Minor Award (15 FET credits)

Facilitating
Participatory Methods for Communities and Organisations
QQI Accredited (Level 6) Minor Award (15 FET credits)
Cork City
2nd March – 1st June 2017
eleven Thursday Evenings & six Saturdays

SHEP has developed a QQI-accredited Level 6 course in the facilitation of Participatory approaches to key community and organisational development processes. The course is highly subsidised and offers a unique opportunity to people who are interested in enhancing capacity for social change through participatory processes of engagement.

Do you have a strong commitment to social justice and promoting equality? Are you interested in enhancing your skills in the facilitation of participatory approaches to key processes in community and organisational development?  Are you interested in being better able to bring about positive change in your own community or with the organisations you are involved in through developing your development practice tool-kit? 
This new part-time SHEP QQI-accredited (Level 6) course commencing in March 2017 may be of interest to you!

An Innovative & Practical Course
The course is aimed at people active in community or organisational settings. It will be of interest to a wide variety of people including those working as volunteers or in a paid capacity The aim of this course is that
·         Participants develop the confidence and skills to facilitate communities and groups in a participative way, so making it easy and fun for community members to engage in key community and organisational processes of development
·        Participants develop their ability to use their knowledge to support everyday community members to engage with these processes

QQI Certification
Upon successful completion of the course learners will receive a QQI Level 6 Component Certificate in Community Organisation Management (6N3670)
Open Access
This is an open-access course but candidates must: have a strong commitment to promoting equality and social justice; have demonstrated a commitment to contributing to community life; be willing to commit to a group journey of learning. Closing date: February 9th 2017.

What is the commitment involved?
The course will be delivered by a number of experienced trainers at the SHEP training venue Blackrock, Cork over a four-month period commencing in March and completing in early June 2017. The course involves eleven three-hour Thursday night sessions (7-10pm) and six Saturdays (9.30 to 4.30pm). 

Highly Subsidised
€25 personal contribution: the participation of all successful candidates will be fully subsidised


            

For Further Information:
Contact the Course Coordinator:
Liam McCarthy SHEP (021) 4666 180

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Liam Mc Carthy,
Training and Development Officer (Community Education & Development),
The Social and Health Education Project
Village Centre, Station Road, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
Main 00353 (0)21 4666180 Fax: 00353 (0) 21 4870104
EmailLiam.mcccarthy@socialandhealth.com        

Monday, 16 January 2017

RE USE - What does it involve?


Reuse

Reuse means recovering and reusing products or their components.

It includes both preparing for reuse and reuse.
  • Preparing for reuse refers to checking, cleaning or repairing recovery operations, by which products or their components that would have become waste are prepared in a way so that they will be reused without any other pre-processing.
  • Reuse means any operation by which products or components that are not waste are used again for the same purpose for which they were conceived.

Reusing items decreases the use of material and energy resources and reduces pollution and natural capital degradation. Recycling does so too, but to a lesser degree.
Reusing products is thus the second best option in waste management, after reducing!
On this page you will find a comprehensive selection of ideas for actions you can implement during the EWWR with focus on preparing for reuse and reuse. In addition, we invite you to have a look at the case studies of successful reuse actions implemented in the past editions of the EWWR.
Ideas for actions - REUSE: Click to Show
Whatever kind of action you are implementing: Remember to take pictures and videos and to use them to develop exhibitions to show the results and to publish via all channels available (media, print, information booth, social media etc.).

Why is reuse important?

Reuse confronts the same problems than reduce: There is too much waste being produced in the European Union! By extending the lifespan of products, preparing for reuse and reuse are influential measures to reduce the amount of waste produced. Reuse has a strong value for sustainable development because it not only promotes environmental protection through waste prevention but also contributes to social aims and has economic benefits. Environmental benefits of reuse:
  • Reduction of the amount of waste, including hazardous waste
  • Pollution prevention
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change
  • Decreased strain on natural resources (raw materials, fuel, forests, water)
  • Preservation of the “embodied energy” that was originally used to manufacture an item
Social benefits of reuse:
  • Fight against poverty by providing affordable products to low income households
  • Social inclusion by bringing disadvantaged people back in the labour market and society
  • Job creation in collection, sorting, testing, refurbishment and reselling of items reused
  • Training opportunities in fields such as driving commercial vehicles, carpentry, electrical engineering, marketing, or even handicraft and art
Economic benefits of reuse
  • Monetary savings (customer: in purchases and disposal, state: less social costs through job creation and training)
  • Savings in energy, materials and chemicals embodied in the appliance
Read more about the benefits of reuse:

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Are you the Parent of a Disabled Child?

Le Chéile Family Resource Centre Mallow

Parents Advocacy Programm

As a parent of a child with impairment you are the natural advocate of your Child’s Rights!

Are you the Parent of a Disabled Child?
Le Cheile Family Resource Centre will be running a 6 week programme for parents of with a child/children under the age of 12.
The programme will give parents of disabled children the opportunity to meet with each other, to access appropriate information and to examine the social model of disability.

ü  Do you find yourself having to negotiate vital issues around your child’s care and education?
ü  Do you find disability service providers lack tailored information and support?
ü  Do you find with your child’s journey through mainstream education you are faced with challenges for which you receive limited if any guidance and encouragement?
ü  Do you know that equality legislation and complaints mechanisms are applicable to your children?
ü  Are you aware of the Social Model of Disability?
ü  Do you feel a sense of isolation and feel that you would benefit from sharing your experiences?
The aim of this programme is to facilitate parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to develop effective strategies to engage constructively on behalf of their children, in order to promote their equal and positive participation in society.
Parents will be enabled to use appropriate and effective mechanisms to express their views and to access the rights of their families while building both formal and informal relationships with other families experiencing disability. Parents will be encouraged to access and contribute to existing networks within their communities.
Programme commences and runs as follows:    
Thursday 2nd February                                   10am – 1pm
Thursday 9th February                                  10am – 1pm       
Thursday 16th February                               10am – 1pm
Thursday 23rd February                                10am – 1pm
Thursday 2nd March                                        10am – 1pm
Thursday 9th March                                        10am – 1pm
The Programme is a very big commitment for a parent but will be well worth it!
I didn’t have any confidence before this group and I felt like I was going nowhere. But now I know how to handle myself better in the meetings and I’m going to use every resource possible going forward, because I have the information now and hearing the success stories and what other people did, I know I can do it too” - Parent of 2013 Programme


Places are limited:  For further information and to secure your place on the programme please contact Sharon at Le Cheile on 022-42439/0879008726 or email sharon.darsan@lecheilefrc.ie

Bereavement Information Evening Wed 18th Jan 19:30 to 21:30 Maritime Hotel, Bantry


Anam Cara Logo & TagAnam Cara supports 1,800 bereaved parents every year, yet we know there are many parents out there at a local level who are not aware of the service.


If you are in contact with any bereaved parents, please consider passing the below information on to them:

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 18th of January from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, West Cork. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for this event, please RSVP toinfo@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 17th January or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Some parent testimonies:

I have been to two information evenings. Both speakers were exceptionally good. I received very valuable nuggets of information and I got great comfort from speaking to the other parents afterwards.
This was my first time to attend the information evening. Meeting other parents, those who were further down this road, listening to them - it helped so much.

Take Care


Kind Regards,
Clodagh Dingle
On Behalf of

Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support
HCL House,
Second Avenue,
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24

Monday, 9 January 2017

Municipal District Community Fund Schemes 2017

Municipal District Community Fund Schemes 2017
Cork County Council, through its Municipal Districts, is committed to supporting local communities.  Fund contributions from the above Schemes will be available as financial support to community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area, to support festivals, and for local communities to work with Cork County Council on projects that enhance the area in which the group is active.
There are three distinct funding Schemes:

1.      Capital Fund Scheme
2.      Community Contracts
3.      Amenity Fund Scheme
Guidelines and Application Forms are available on www.corkcoco.ie or from your local Municipal District Office.
Closing date for receipt of Completed Applications is 4pm Friday 17th February 2017.

The best waste is the one that is not produced!

Reduce - Strict avoidance and reduction at source


Reduce means using fewer resources in the first place. It includes strict avoidance as well as reduction at source. Waste reduction can be defined as the complete range of measures and actions taken up before a substance, material or product becomes waste.
The best waste is the one that is not produced!
On this page you will find a comprehensive selection of ideas for actions you can implement during the EWWR with focus on reducing waste by strict avoidance and reduction at source. In addition, we invite you to have a look at the case studies of successful reduce actions implemented in the past editions of the EWWR.

Reduce Waste
Action EWWR 2013: Save the leftovers! Helsingborg, SE. © NSR

Ideas for action - REDUCE

Information campaigns: Click to Show
Reduce the use of resources: Click to Show
Reduce packaging: Click to Show
Reduce food waste: Click to Show
Whatever kind of action you are implementing: Remember to take pictures and videos and to use what you’ve achieved to develop exhibitions to show the results and to publish via all channels available (media, print, information booth, social media etc.).
Why is waste reduction so important?
Waste reduction is an emergency for the European Union. Household waste has doubled in weight since 1970 and stayed at a high level since 15 years. In 2011, 500 kg of municipal waste were generated per person in the EU Member States (EU-27, average. Source: Eurostat). This waste is the result of non-sustainable modes of production and consumption. Furthermore, the consumption of products (including their production, transport and distribution), represents nearly 50% of emissions contributing to climate change. This increase in the amount of waste to be managed requires more collection and treatment infrastructures, the cost of which puts a strain on the budgets of local and regional public authorities. In this context, waste reduction has become a simple and essential concept in the area of waste management: it is a fundamental technical factor in waste management at local level but also a notion that should remind us of the scarcity of natural resources.

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