The Two Norries, “A Community Conversation” – Tackling Stress, Positive Mental Health and Life Balance

Cork City Partnership, through SICAP (Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme)  hosted The Two Norries – James Leonard and Timmy Long, to give a talk in the Firkin Crane, John Redmond Street, Shandon on Tuesday, 23rd May from 11am-1pm. The theme was “A Community Conversation” – Tackling Stress, Positive Mental Health and Life Balance followed by Questions & Answers and refreshments where the lads mingled with the audience.

This was a free event where Cork City Partnership invited groups and individuals that we work with through our work in Cork city,. Groups included The Lantern at Nano Nagle, Shine a Light Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Group, The Dillons Cross Project, Cork Alliance Centre, Cork Traveller Women’s Network, Northsde Women’s Group, Churchfield Community Trust, Blackpool Community Garden, Shandon Men’s Shed, students of UCC Diploma in Youth & Community Work, Mayfield Women’s Shed, Traveller Visibility Group, Mahon Community Development Project, Simon Community, Cathedral Seniors Group, Blackpool and Mayfield Training Centre, Foroige, Friendly Call Cork.

We had a fantastic turnout and we were all equally enthralled. The experience of what the Two Norries have been through gave us a great insight into issues regarding substance misuse and mental health issues. Both James and Timmy described how they hot rock bottom but were lucky that they found the supports that are available to help them out of that way of life. They spoke too about getting a second chance at life, returning to education and what helps them stay clean and sober on a daily basis.

An experience of hearing first-hand the trauma of drugs, prison, homelessness and how it is possible to turn it around. The agencies and groups that attended with their clients are all working to help those who are struggling with these issues.

The Two Norries stayed for refreshments and mingled with the crowd after which was a really important part of the experience.

See article in the Echo on the event


Cork City Partnership -Our mission is to improve the life chances and opportunities of people who experience the effects of poverty and social exclusion through promoting equality and inclusion for all.

What is SICAP? – The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2023

SICAP is aimed at those who need more help in society and who are on the margins of daily life. To ensure that SICAP is an effective social inclusion and community development programme Cork City Partnership targets resources, supports and interventions to those who need them most.

All beneficiaries of Cork City Partnership programme support must belong to one of the 13 SICAP target groups which are:

What can Cork City Partnership do for YOU?

Personal Development Supports

  • Focus on personal development of individuals; develop capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance quality of life

Education and Training

  • Free Community Education Courses including arts & crafts, personal development,
  • Provision of outreach third level courses in local community areas
  • Pathways to education – accredited and unaccredited
  • Help with IT skills and digital skills.
  • Access to IT facilities including computer and printer at our Outreach Offices.

Job Supports

  • Providing employment supports and training courses to.
  • One to one mentoring, CV preparation, Job search
  • Referral to education & training courses
  • Technical skills training in applying for jobs online.
  • Specialised Employment Training– Safe pass, HACCP, Manual Handling, Security

Start Your Own Business /Social Enterprise

  • Supports to develop a business idea and business plan.
  • Business advice and guidance » Help to apply for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Information on volunteering opportunities

What can Cork City Partnership do for COMMUNITIES?

Supporting and Strengthening Communities

  • We work in many different areas in Cork city including The Glen, Blackpool, Fairhill/Farranree, Churchfield/Gurranabraher, Knocknaheeney, city centre and Togher.
  • Through our SICAP Community Development Team we can provide support to local community groups and individuals.

Supports for Families and Children

  • Supports to Early Years providers in Cork City
  • Supports for Primary School Homework
  • Supports for Secondary School Supervised Study
  • Supports for Secondary School Supplementary Tuition
  • Supporting Traveller Education
  • Midterm and Summer Camps
  • Events for International Women’s Day, NonFire Nights, Christmas Tree Lights Events,

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