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CARL: Research that Matters #SciShopsPitCHallenge @CARL_UCC @UCC_Civic

#SciShopsPitCHallenge Meet some of the communities who have connected with CARL at University College Cork to progress real life projects that matter to them. From youth voice, to tree surveys and digital heritage trails, CARL is proud to have supported over 100 community based participatory research partnerships. Find out more at:  #Researchthatmatters

Grant funding awarded to Cork Social Enterprises

The Dept. of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has awarded grant funding to two local Social Enterprises in Cork City under the Small Capitol Grant scheme. Deaf Enterprises of the Ballinlough Road and Benchspace Cork based at Centre Park road both received grants.

Tim Meagher & Yvonne Quilligan of Cork City Partnership, Tony Sheridan, John O’Mahony & Vincent O’Donovan of Deaf Enterprises, Fergus Somers and Lisa Petersheim of Benchspace Cork and Tony O’Regan of Cork City Partnership.

The scheme which is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund to the tune of €1 million nationally, provided grants for equipment, repairs & refurbishments Mr Conor Cahill, General manager of Deaf Enterprise said the grant of €10,000 was very welcome and would be used to purchase a Prefab workshop and training facility. ‘This will allow us to increase our services in line with the 3 year plan for Deaf Enterprises’ Benchspace Cork, which is the first shared, not-for-profit design space in Ireland, will purchase 2 x specialist wood planning and processing machines with the grant of €15,000 according to Fergal Somers, Managing Director of Benchspace. Cork City Partnership CLG worked locally to promote and collate the Small Capitol Grant applications and will administer the scheme on behalf of DRCD. Photo shows: Representatives from Deaf Enterprises, Benchspace and Cork City Partnership at the awarding of the Small Capitol Grants scheme.

Smiles all round – ‘Start Your Own Business’

This is a group of people who recently completed the ‘Start Your Own Business’ training course at Cork City Partnership CLG. The course was run with support the Local Enterprise Office Cork City and delivered by Talent Pool training. This is the last in a series of self employment training courses for 2019. Details and dates of courses for 2020 will be published in January next and you can contact Cork City Partnership CLG on 021 4302310  or

A Small Capital Grant Scheme for Social Enterprises is now open

Applications must be made using the Application Form which is available on the Department of Rural and Community Development’s website at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 3 pm on Monday, 11th November 2019. For further information please contact: Enterprise Officers Tony or Yvonne based in our Heron House Office on 021 – 4302310.

2019 Autumn Community Education Brochure

Our Autumn  Community Education Brochure is now available, featuring community education courses and a number of certified courses. Courses will run in community locations across the city.

To enrol please call in to one of our Outreach Offices or contact Margo Hayes 087 1962023. See the link below for full course brochure

CCP Autumn 2019 Course Brochure

Course Information

  • Courses are short, designed as a first step in retuning to learning, with the option of referral to follow on courses.
  • There is a wide range of courses to choose from in a number of community locations.
  • Courses are free to eligible participants. Participants will be asked to complete a registration form to demonstrate eligibility.
  • Community development approaches are used to ensure that the learning environment is supportive.
  • Places allocated to eligible participants on a first come basis.
  • Courses will only proceed if sufficient numbers register.
  • Venues used fort courses will have universal access where possible. Some venues may have limited disability access for people with mobility issues.
  • ETB funded courses are available subject to funding approval.

Who is eligible for these courses?

  • Disadvantaged Women, People Living in Disadvantaged Communities, Lone Parents, Low Income Workers/Households, The Unemployed, People with Disabilities, The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive), Disadvantaged Families, Older People, New Communities, Disadvantaged Young People (18-24), Roma, Travellers.





Cork Croí Fáilte Project – (CCFP) Community Sponsorship Group

The Cork Croí Fáilte Project  (CCFP) is a Community Sponsorship Group that has been established with the support of Cork City Partnership as RSO.  The group consists of community members who have come together on a voluntary basis with the aim of supporting the arrival and integration of a Syrian family into the South West of Cork City. The CCFP group are currently seeking a house to rent for the family in the Bishopstown / Wilton area. They are also fundraising to support the family’s initial re-settlement costs, such as house deposit and advance rent, emergency medical costs etc.  

If you are based in or have links in the South West of Cork city and would like to offer your support to the Cork Croí Fáilte Project please see here Cork Croí Failte Leaflet for more details and sponsor contacts or email

If you would like to make a donation to help the CCFP meet start up costs for the family click here:

Members of the Cork Croí Fáilte Project accepting generous cheque from Bishopstown and District Lions Club at the Brú Columbanus Centre in Wilton.
Left to right are: members of the Cork Croí Fáilte Project Gerry, with Denise (Bishopstown and District Lions Club), Sylvia, Martin, Tom and Mella (Cork City Partnership).

Community Sponsorship Ireland

Regional Support Organisation

Cork Croí Fáilte Project









Substance Use Issues & Community Work Course (QQI Level 5) in conjunction with Cork College of Commerce

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd August.

This course promotes good practice amongst those working in a paid or voluntary capacity with young people and communities who are affected and impacted by various issues. The course also includes add on Child Protection Guidelines and SafeTalk [Suicide Awareness] Training.

Venue: Cork College of Commerce Campus, Morrison’s Island Cork City

Tuesday evenings – 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Course Duration 22 weeks [October to April]

Open for applications from May to August

For further details see:

Substance Use Issues Course Brochure 2019-20

Word Substance Use Issues & Community Work App 19-20

PDF Substance Use Issues & Community Work App 19-20

SUI 19-20 Poster visual

Contact: Jackie 087 1962030 [CODAAP] or  for more information.

Application Closing Date: Friday 23rd of August 2019
English Language Assessment:  Tuesday 10th September 2019  @ 5.30pm prompt (for those who have applied for this course & don’t have relevant educational certification)
Pre-entry Information Session: Tuesday 10th September 2019 @ 6.30pm in the Cork College Commerce (for those who have applied for this course)
Interviews (by invitation only): Tuesday 17th September 2019 (daytime)
The Substance Use Issues & Community Work Course 2019/20 (QQI  Level 5) Graduates will receive a QQI  Level 5 Combined Component Award.
Duration: October 2019 — April 2020
When: Tuesday 6.30. — 9.30 pm (evening)
Venue: Cork College of Commerce Campus, Morrison’s Island, Cork City.
Course Modules: (1) Understanding Community Development & (2) Substance Use Issues for Youth Work.
Course fee: €125
Graduates will receive a QQI  Level 5 Combined Component Award.