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Information Sessions to raise awareness of the link between Alcohol & Cancer

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 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 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.

Tesco Community Funding for Friendly Call Cork

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

Full details available FRIENDLY CALL CORK 2017


The Substance Use Issues in Youth & Community Work Course 2017/18 -QQI/FETAC Level 5

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


Graduates will receive a QQI /FETAC Level 5 Combined Component Award.

Course Modules:

(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 – Exhibition in Hollyhill Library

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: 12th -18th June

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

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.

UCC CARL Research with Friendly Call Cork

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.

Cork Traveller Women’s Network – Development Worker Recruitment

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

Applications by email only:

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.


Reminder – Cork Intercultural Dialogue Initiative – Thurs 1st June

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: