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The Substance Use Issues In Youth & Community Work Course

S U I Application 15-16  SUI Course Brochure 15-16      SUI Poster 2015-16     SUI in Y & C 15-16

The  Substance Use Issues In Youth & Community Work Course 2015 /16  (QQI/FETAC Level 5)  applications are now being taken.

The Substance Use Issues in Youth & Community Work is designed to promote good practice among those who work (paid / voluntary) with young people and communities who are affected and impacted by various issues. It provides a critical perspective on some of the issues which can affect young people and communities and encourages the development of coherent responses at individual and organisational level. This year’s components  are (1) Substance Use Issues & (2) Understanding Community Development. 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. Graduates will receive a QQI /FETAC Level 5 Minor Award.

For further information and/ or application forms please see the attachments above or if you would like to have to these sent to you by post or email please contact: Jackie on 021- 4302310 / 0871962030 or email: or Margo on  0871962023 or email: 

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 21st of August 2015



Happy Talk Conference

Happy Talk Conference

Saturday 1st February 2014

The Happy Talk Conference was held last month in the Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork. The conference was a huge success with a large number of people attending from the Early Years community. Ted Owens, CEO of Cork ETB, was chair for the day. Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health.provided a captivating opening address stating that language development was everybody’s business.

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Sheila Dillon, Happy Talk Coordinator gave an insight into the Happy Talk project. Anne Horgan, HSE Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Manager, presented on the importance of language development, while Dr. John Sharry presented the Keynote Address, “Engaging parents in childcare settings – a strengths-based collaborative approach”. Dr. Sharry spoke about the importance of involving and engaging parents in their children’s development and education. He also looked to the audience to share their ideas and discuss what worked for them.


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In the afternoon, there were workshops to look further into supporting children’s language and development. Dr. Sharry facilitated a workshop on “Encouraging Children’s Self-Esteem & Learning Using the Parents Plus Programmes.”

Aoife Doyle, SLT, with Happy Talk, facilitated the Let’s Play – Play and Language Development workshop. Anne Walsh and Rose Crowley of Glenfields Preschool co-facilitated the workshop.

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Siobhan Dowling, SLT with Happy Talk, facilitated the Chatterbox- Speech and Language Development workshop. Siobhan was accompanied by Nicola Wallace and Martha Kavanagh of Our House preschool as co-facilitators. Participants learned about typical speech and language development and how not all speech errors mean a child is delayed.

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Happy Talk Conference

The Happy Talk Conference is now FULLY BOOKED.

The conference will

take place this Saturday the 1st February 2014 at the Gresham Metropole

Hotel, McCurtain Street Cork from 9am to 3 pm.

The Conference is aimed at practitioners, managers and policy makers involved in the early years sector.

Dr. John Sharry will be the keynote speaker.