Are you :
- Thinking about a career in Youth and Community Work?
- Interested in gaining a Professional Qualification in Youth and Community Work?
- Involved with Youth and Community Work and would like to know more?
- Committed to principles of Social justice, rights and equality?
UCC BYCW brochure 2017-2018
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Places on the Youth & Community Work Course are mainly reserved for mature students (23 years and over on January 1st 2018) *. No formal academic qualifications are required. However, successful applicants are required to demonstrate their potential to complete an undergraduate degree. Applicants are also expected to have some relevant experience working or volunteering in the sector. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview.
*There are also FETAC/QQI and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) entry routes.
HOW DO I APPLY?
There are two parts to the application for this course. First, mature students must apply on-line through the CAO by February 1st 2018 at www.cao.ie. Then, you must register for the MSAP (Mature Student Admissions Pathway), a two hour written assessment, which will be held on March 3rd 2018. You must register for the MSAP assessment (fee €78) by February 4th 2018, using your CAO number (MSAP accepts late registration until Feb 18th 2018 subject to additional late fee of €35). There are also FETAC and ACE entry routes.
Details of registration and the assessment test are available www.msap.acer.edu.au. For more information, please contact UCC’s Admissions Office on (021) 4902272.
University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork
Thursday, 23rd November
Information sessions open to the public to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer will take place next Thursday 23rd of November at 11am in the Youth Centre in Knocknaheeny and 2pm in The Hut in Gurranabraher. These information sessions hosted by the HSE Cork & Kerry Alcohol Strategy Group and in partnership with the Cork Cancer Action Network will mark this year’s European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm. The European theme for 2017 is to highlight the link between alcohol and cancer.
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed the scientific evidence in 2010 and confirmed that alcohol can cause 8 types of cancer including that of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), oesophagus (foodpipe), pharynx, bowel, breast, pancreas and liver.
Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Tony Fitzgerald will officially launch the information sessions and there will also be guest speakers from the Irish Cancer Society and the Cork Cancer Research Centre. The HSE “ask about alcohol” Campaign www.askaboutalcohol.ie launched earlier this year will be highlighted at these events. “Drink less and gain more; energy, sleep, wellbeing, health” is a key message of the askaboutalcohol.ie campaign, which also promotes people to drink less and reduce your risk of cancer.
These awareness raising information sessions are open to the general public, young people, parents, educators, healthcare workers and people who are worried about themselves or a loved one to attend. There will be information stands as well as presentations at each event for people to gather a greater awareness about the link between alcohol and cancer.
Friday 8th December, Parochial Hall from 10.30am-1pm
Come Along and Join Us
Carol Singing and Refreshments
Admission is Free
Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher
Brenda Barry from Friendly Call Cork being presented with a cheque for €294.12 from Tesco Paul Street as part of the Tesco Community Fund on Tuesday, 5th September 2017.
Thank you to all Tesco customers and employees for your support. This generous funding will go towards our bi-monthly Friendly Call Afternoon Tea events.
For further information on Friendly Call Cork, please contact Brenda at 087 6366407 or at Brenda.Barry@partnershipcork.ie
Full details available FRIENDLY CALL CORK 2017
Cork City Partnerships Autumn 2017 Community Education Brochure is now available, featuring 43 courses in 12 community locations. Courses include personal effectiveness, practical first aid, mindfulness, home cooking and baking.Details on all courses and how to enrol, are in the brochure here CCP Autumn 2017 Community Education Brochure
This course is delivered in conjunction with the Cork College of Commerce.
SUI Course Brochure 17-18
SUI Application 2017-18
This part time evening course is designed to promote good practice among those who work (paid / voluntary positions with young people and in various capacities across communities. It provides a critical perspective on some of the issues including community development and drug / alcohol issues which can affect young people and communities and encourages the development of coherent responses at individual and organisational level. The two components should promote the ability of learners to work safely and effectively in youth and / or community work settings. The programme also aims to provide the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills in sourcing and / or resourcing applicable supports systems, both within and outside their communities.
Please take a look at the entry requirements (on the brochure attached) and if you have any questions you can contact me on either the partnership’s landline or on my mobile or by email (details below). The course fee for successful applicants is €125. Please feel free to forward this email to applicable contacts / colleagues etc. and if you are working or liaising with any groups or mentors, I am very open to popping along to go over the course entry details with them.
The SUI Course 17/18 documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Partnership’s website at http://corkcitypartnership.ie/community-outreach-and-drug-awareness-programme/
Graduates will receive a QQI /FETAC Level 5 Combined Component Award.
(1) Understanding Community Development
(2) Substance Use Issues in Youth and Community Work
Application Closing Date: Monday 28th of August 2017
Information Session & Interviews: 12th September 201
When: Tuesday 7.00 — 10.00 pm (evening)
Course Duration: October 2017 — April 2018
Venue: Cork College of Commerce Campus
Course Modules: (1) Understanding Community Development & (2) Substance Use Issues in Youth & Community Work.
Celebrate our learning
from 7th – 30th June
Exhibition in Hollyhill Library
An exhibition of work from Cork City Partnership supported Community Arts Initiatives in
Knocknaheeny, Gurranabraher, Churchfield, Fairhill & Ballyvolane
Works exhibited, include a wide range of photographs & paintings, produced by local people
To get involved in these and similar Community Arts Initiatives
Contact: Margo Hayes, Cork City Partnership at 087- 1962023
Men’s Health Week will take place from the 12th – 18th June 2017.
The core aims of Men’s Health Week is to
- Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages §
- Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities §
- Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males
We are encouraging as many youth organisations as possible to take part in Men’s Health Week. For information on what you or your organisation can do visit http://www.mhfi.org/mhw2017celebrateit.pdf
If you are participating in Men’s Health Week we would love to hear about what activities you organised.
We are asking organisations to send us pictures of the events that they have run and we will feature them in the next Clár na nÓg and our social media feeds. If you are holding an event big or small, the Men’s Health Forum would appreciate if you could register your event on the link below
Keep an eye out on our twitter page @nycinews during the week to see what other organisations throughout Ireland are doing.
Print out posters and put them up throughout your organisation to get the conversation started.
Friendly Call Cork has been really privileged to have UCC student Paul Lehane working with us since October 2016 completing research on our call service
‘Friendly Call Cork – An Exploration of Befriending Services in Addressing Loneliness and Isolation Amongst Older Individuals in Cork City’
Paul has completed his research at this stage which included conducting a number of interviews with Friendly Call Cork clients.
What the project found;
- “I think we all need someone, someone to share our burdens with and that’s what Friendly Call Cork do, they listen”.
- “I depend on it ……..100% depend on this call”.
l-r Dr. Fiona Dukelow, Dr Anna Kingston CARL-Coordinator, Brenda Barry Friendly Call Cork, Paul Lehane UCC Research Student, President Patrick O’Shea UCC
- “I belong to the Friendly Call, I can say that now, I belong to the Friendly Call”.
- “It’s unbelievable, knowing that someone is going to check on you every day……. If something happened to me I know that the alarm would be raised, that’s the most important thing”.
- “You know that you are at least going to get one phone call a day”.
Conclusions & Recommendations
- The results of this research project clearly show that social isolation and loneliness can have very serious health related outcomes for older adults. This link should be recognised as a priority by all those working in areas related to older adults in light of the growing trends for ageing populations. Early recognition and intervention strategies could therefore help alleviate the risk to older adults.
- As the Friendly Call Cork service predominantly deals with residents of Cork City and suburbs the researcher would recommend that the phone call service be expanded to try and reach older people living in rural areas who might be especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation.
- Currently the service has a 70% female and 30% male ratio, as such the researcher would recommend that the service tries to facilitate more of an outreach campaign aimed at men to try to make sure that more men have a chance to avail of the service.
- As a number of interviewees expressed a desire for help to get out for a walk, and building on evidence pointing to the importance of physical activity, the researcher would advocate that the service tries to incorporate a mixed approach to social outings with consideration given to having events that would allow for physical exercise.
- While most of those being interviewed were happy with the amount of social activities provided the researcher would be mindful of research that shows that intervention models that have a strong social element have been shown to be most effective.
- One of the most prominent findings of the research was the degree to which the participants depended on Friendly Call Cork to get them through serious emotional issues. With this in mind the researcher would recommend increased levels of training for volunteers to make sure that all those engaging in serious and personal conversations are in a position to effectively manage such calls.
- In keeping with development ideas of reaching other vulnerable older people that were expressed by interviewees, the researcher would recommend that the project managers at Friendly Call Cork try to expand the marketing of the service so that its visibility and reach is increased.
- The researcher would strongly recommend that the Friendly Call Cork service should undertake further research in order to attain a strong and reflective body of research that could be used to elevate the role that Friendly Call Cork and befriending services in general play in dealing with the issues of loneliness and social isolation amongst older adults in Ireland.
Download Friendly Call Cork CARL Research Project 2017
What is CARL Community-Academic Research Links?
Community Academic Research Links (CARL) is a community engagement initiative provided by University College Cork to support the research needs of community and voluntary groups/ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). These groups can be grass roots groups, single issue temporary groups, but also structured community organisations. Research for the CSO is carried out free of financial cost by student researchers.CARL seeks to:
- provide civil society with knowledge and skills through research and education;
- provide their services on an affordable basis;
- promote and support public access to and influence on science and technology;
- create equitable and supportive partnerships with civil society organisations;
- enhance understanding among policymakers and education and research institutions of the research and education needs of civil society, and enhance the transferable skills and knowledge of students.