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Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office will be holding their next Sunday tea dance on the 11th May in the Hut in Gurranabraher, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. entertainment, refreshments , raffle etc, this event is free, all welcome, contact Ann or Patricia at 021-4301700 for more information

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office Sunday tea dance 11th May

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office will be holding their next Sunday tea dance on the 11th May in the Hut in Gurranabraher, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. entertainment, refreshments , raffle etc, this event is free, all welcome, contact Ann or Patricia at 021-4301700 for more information

Autumn 2014 Education and Courses

We at Cork City Partnership are busy preparing our Autumn programme of education and training opportunities – further updates will be posted in the coming weeks


Contact Education Officer Margo Hayes 087 1962023

Cork City Partnership Events in Cork’s Life Long Learning Festival

Cork City Partnership is involved in a range of learning events next week to co-incide with Corks Lifelong Learning Festival 2014 (April 7th to Sunday 13th)

The week is packed with activities, exhibitions and a lot more! – we would like to encourage people to come along and get involved with these events – lets celebrate lifelong learning!

Monday 7th April

EXHIBITION OF ARTS, CRAFTS & PHOTOGRAPHS BY LOCALS – visit an exhibition of works by local artists and crafts people – the exhibition will take place from 9.30-5pm in Knocknaheeny Community Centre, Foyle Avenue.

CORK CITY PARTNERSHIP CITY WALKS EXHIBITION IN LEWIS GLUCKSMAN GALLERY, UCC – from 7th – 10th April. Enjoy an exhibition of Photographs developed by Community Digital Photography groups from the Glen, Knocknaheeny and Gurranabraher. The Exhibition is entitled City Walks and builds on local people’s reflections, experiences and views of the City of Cork.

Tuesday 8th April

WORKSHOPS ON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND INTRODUCTION TO IPADS, TABLETS ETC, IN THE GLEN RESOURCE & SPORTS CENTRE. Places limited so booking is essental – contact Ronnie or Clare at 087 6755836


Wednesday 9th April


– Photography on display from the Glen, Knocknaheeny and Gurranabraher.

10.30 am WELL BEING AND STRESS MANAGEMENT CLASS in the Glen Resource & Sports Centre

A calming class that introduces people to the basic principles of wellbeing and some stress management techniques – begin to learn

book a place

Thursday 10th April

Community House, 26 Bridevalley Park, Fairhill

OPEN MORNING 10AM – 12 Noon. An invitation to you to view the various art / craft activities and works created by local people and groups.Information on new courses and job search skills training opportunities. Come along and see what’s going on in this community – all welcome. Tea & coffee available

Friday 11th April

9.30-11.15 St John’s College

HAPPY TALK WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS. Parents of children aged 0-6 are invited to workshops given by Happy Talk speech and language therapists. Contact Sheilla Dillon 087 7573749

11am Knocknaheeny Community Centre

THE BURNING OF CORK- a talk by Gerry White, historian and author.Book a plcae by contacting 021-4399503.

2 – 4pm Blackpool Shopping Centre

SIZE MATTERS ‘ ALCOHOL AWARENESS / INFO POD. Public information stand aiming to raise awareness of alcohol consumption guidelines and to reduce alcohol related harm through information & interaction with the public. Quizzes and interactive exercises. Information on supports and services available for individuals and families city wide along with further educational / training opportunities will be available.



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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Interested in Volunteering? Volunteers wanted for Friendly Call Cork

Would you like to volunteer on the Friendly Call Service?

Friendly CallWe are looking for individuals to get involved in the Friendly Call Cork Project.

We require volunteers for a three hour a week committment, either morning or afternoon from our Office at the Gurranabraher/Churchfield Cork City Partnership Outreach Office, Parochial Hall, Churchfield.

Please contact Brenda Barry at 021 4301700 or at 087 6366 407 or by e-mail to for more information

Gurranabraher Newsletter

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office will be publishing and distributing thisquarter’s free newsletter

“Northern Lights” in the next week. Copies will be available in local shops, credit unions etc. anyone interested in submitting

a piece please contact Patricia at 4301700 or email her at

We publish 500 copies every quarter.

Personal Alarms

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office- anyone interested in applying for or looking for information in relation to

Personal Alarms for the over 65s, contact Patricia, Administrator, on 4301700 for information and she will organise an application

form for the person or give more information to the person and also installation of the alarm.

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office will be hosting the next tea dance on Sunday 16th March from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Hut, music and light refreshments all welcome, phone Patricia or Ann at 4301700 for more information

Gurranabraher/Churchfield Outreach Office will be hosting the next tea dance on Sunday 16th March from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Hut, music and light refreshments all welcome, phone Patricia or Ann at 4301700 for more information