‘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”.
- “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.
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.
Cork Traveller Women’s Network is recruiting a part time Outreach development worker
We are looking for someone with:
- Experience and skills to support Traveller women’s groups in different areas of Cork city ( minimum of one year voluntary or paid experience)
- an excellent understanding of community development work
- Knowledge of issues affecting the Traveller community
- Respect for Traveller culture
- An ability to work from an anti-racist perspective
- excellent organisational skills, group work skills and communication skills
- basic computer skills (word processing and email)
- (10 hours per week for 4 months (maternity cover), starting September 2017)
Please apply with a letter of interest and CV by 26th May
Interviews will be held the week of 19th June
If you would like more information please contact CTWN on 086 7777651 / 086 3850136 or mailto:email@example.com
Applications by email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome applications from members of the Traveller community
Garda clearance will be required for the post
|Cork Traveller Women’s Network is a community development organisation run by Traveller women. We work for Traveller’s rights generally and support a network of Traveller women’s groups across the city.|
An ‘Ideathon’ evening with food, chat and world music will help shape a Cork Intercultural Initiative
Date & Time: Thursday 1st June 2017, 7- 9pm Food at 7pm sharp. First come, first served!
Venue: Nasc, Ferry Lane. NB Enter from Dominic street only – access to Nasc is through the upper gate
to the steps only. The lower gate to the steps from Popes Quay will be locked!
Tickets: There is no charge for this event but attendants must book in advance on eventbrite.
To Register: Please register on the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mella-13906679063
Facilitated by Paula Leonard – Lead, National Community Action on Alcohol Programme, Alcohol Forum (In collaboration with Community Action on Alcohol North-side)
This workshop would be relevant to a wide cross section of the community. Including: Parents /Carers, those who work or volunteer across the communities of Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill, Gurranabraher & Churchfield.
It would be of particular interest to key local workers such as: Teachers, Community Health Workers, Youth Workers, Community Drug & Alcohol Workers, Gardai etc.
WHEN: Thursday May 19th 2017
VENUE: Knocknaheeny Youth Centre, Hollyhill, Shopping Centre (Supervalu).
Registration & Tea / Coffee 2.00pm Workshop 2.30 – 4.30pm
To book a place on this workshop contact: Jacqueline Daly 021 – 4302310 / 087- 1962030 or email@example.com
Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities, from pre-school to post retirement.
Please see full list of Cork City Partnership events in Corks 2017 Lifelong Learning Festival.
- Modern Devices: How To Use A Tablet – Knocknaheeny Community Building Mon 3rd April 10am – 11am
- Digital Photography Workshop – Knocknaheeny Community Building Mon 3rd April 11am – 12pm
- Community Art Exhibition – City Centre Library Mon 3rd April to Sat 8th April 10am – 5.30pm
- Planter Boxes Demonstration – 46 A Spriggs Road, Gurranabraher Mon 3rd April 2pm- 4pm
- Modern Devices: How To Use A Tablet – CCP Outreach Office, 6 Imaal Court, The Glen Mon 3rd April 3pm -4.30pm
- Billy’s Choice Play (with CLDAT) Terence Mc Sweeney Community College Mon 3rd April 6.30pm -8pm
- Flower Arranging – Knocknaheeny Community Building Tues. 4th April 10.30am – 12pm
- Exhibition – Community Art in The Glucksman – UCC Tues 4th & Wed 5th April 10am – 5pm
- Arts and Crafts Exhibition – Knocknaheeny Community Building Tues 4th April to Fri 7th April, 10am – 4pm
- Tony Humphreys Talk On Psychological Development and Learning – Tues 4th April 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Knocknaheeny Community Building
- Arts & Crafts Exhibition – Blackpool Library Tues. 4th April to Sat. 8th April 10am-5pm
- Bake and Eat Workshop – CCP Outreach Office, 6 Imaal Court, The Glen Tues 4th April 10am – 12pm
- Modern Devices: How To Use A Tablet – Togher Community Centre Tues 4th April 1pm – 2pm
- Friendly Call Cork Information Desks – Blackpool Library Tues 4th April 11am -3pm
- Cooking Demonstration – Knocknaheeny Community Building, Wed 5th April 10am – 12pm
- Grow Your Own Workshop – Knocknaheeny Community Building Wed 5th April 7pm – 8.30pm
- Alcohol Info Pod – Hollyhill Library, Knocknaheeny Wed 5th April 2pm – 4.30pm
- Alco Info Pod – Merchants Quay Shopping Centre Wed 5th April 2pm – 4.30pm
- Friendly Call Cork Information Desks – Cork City Hall Foyer Wed 5th April 11am-3pm
- Easter Crafts Workshop – 46A Spriggs Road, Gurranabraher Thurs 6th April 11am – 1pm
- Introduction to Hand Massage Workshop – 26 Bridevalley Park, Fairhill, Thurs. 6th April 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Men’s Shed Window Box Planting– CCP Outreach Office, 6 Imaal Court, The Glen Thurs 6th April 10am – 12pm
- Friendly Call Cork Information Desks – Hollyhill Library Thurs 6th April 11am -3pm
- Talk on the Battle of the Somme – Knocknaheeny Community Building Fri 7th April 11am – 12.30pm
- Modern Devices: How To Use A Tablet – St. Josephs Community Centre, Mayfield Fri 7th April 2pm – 3.30pm
- Mindfulness – CCP Outreach Office, 6 Imaal Court, The Glen Fri 7th April 10am – 12pm
- Alcohol Info Pod – Blackpool Shopping Centre, Fri 7th April 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
- Friendly Call Cork Information Desks – Grand Parade Library Fri 7th April 11am-3pm
What work will the PPN do?
Every local authority in Ireland is required to have a PPN. Our PPN is designed to encourage the city’s many communities to contribute to the making and implementing of decisions and policies which impact upon them and the areas where they live. The PPN is also an important tool for the City Council to keep in touch with communities. So, not only will PPN representatives go to City Hall to have the voices of the network heard, Cork City Council will also call on the PPN to elect persons from its membership when input is required.
The network will also work to anticipate policy being developed by the Council and ensure that our members can participate in this process and influence the outcome. Our membership has a wealth of combined knowledge and expertise and the network will do all it can to make sure that this is taken into account by our elected representatives and policy makers. The PPN will also work hard to help member organisations to achieve their objectives. This might mean creating opportunities for peer to peer support and learning, organising training in grant applications, using social media or fundraising or holding themed events to raise public awareness around a certain issue.
The great strength of our network lies in our membership. By joining up, you will meet committed people from across the community, volunteer, social inclusion and environmental sectors, learn from them and share your experiences and knowledge.
What are the benefits to my organisation?
Experience an exciting new process of inclusion, democracy and participation
Make your voice heard in decision making and policy development
Learn from other groups and share your ideas and best practice with them
Take advantage of training and capacity building which will help your group’s work
Find out first about project and funding opportunities
Raise the profile of your work and the work of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Cork City!
Who can join the PPN?
Cork City PPN wants to increase its membership and to hear from as many voices as possible.
Your group can register if you answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions:
Is your group active in Cork City?
Is your group comprised of more than 5 people?
Has your group been in existence for more than 6 months?
Is your group open to new members?
Does your group hold regular meetings-i.e. more than once every two months?
Is your group non-party political and non-sectarian?
Does your group operate on a not-for-profit basis?
Is your group interested in working towards more than a single issue?
The network cannot accept membership applications from political parties, businesses, trade unions or any group which denies membership on the basis of gender, family status, religion, sexual orientation, age, race, disability or membership of the traveller community or race. Not sure whether your group is eligible to join?
Want to find out more? Want to register straight away?
Please get in touch!
This course is a resource to help individuals or parents to understand themselves in relationship, & develop negotiation skills and techniques.
Course takes place over 4 weeks, 1 session per week from 10am to 12 noon. 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March 2017.
Session 1: Understanding relationship
Session 2: Dealing with difference
Session 3: Talking it out
Session 4: Working it out
Closing Date 23rd February 2017
There are two types of grants:
- The Community Development Capital Grant is for Community Associations in Cork City for works of a capital or major building maintenance nature, to be applied for on the Capital Grant application form provided.
- The Community Development Project Grant is for small scale programme activities for any community group in Cork City to be applied for on the Project Grant application form provided. This is once off funding for small scale programmes and is not intended to be an annual source of funding.