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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Re-Opening for Community and Voluntary Organisations

Community and voluntary organisations are currently making important preparations for reopening offices and facilities across Ireland.

In this context, a number of significant resources and public health guidance have been issued by Government, the HSE, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC), the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and others. These resources and supporting documentation are widely available to the community and voluntary sector and should be carefully considered and act as the basis for any COVID-19 related plans.

To help the community and voluntary sector, Pobal working with the Department of Rural and Community Development has prepared further guidance regarding re-opening safely.

The guidance is intended as a useful resource to help groups make their own decisions on the steps they need to take when preparing for reopening. The guidance does not put in place any new requirements, but instead shows how the information already out there is relevant to the community and voluntary sector.

While this guidance has been developed to help the sector, considerable emphasis should be placed on personal responsibility and the need for people and organisations to exercise judgement in their activities. This is especially important in the community and voluntary sector, given the varied nature of the activities being undertaken.

The webpage will be updated on a regular basis by Pobal, as further material becomes available or as per Government and Public Health advice.

It should help to assist and support organisations as they prepare individual plans for their own settings.

Access Pobal webpage here .

Survey --how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Institute of Public Health is inviting you to take part in an online anonymous international survey to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The survey can be found here:


Documentation on the survey: available at:

Monday, 29 June 2020 users will have to pay to keep using their email accounts from July

From the 1st July eir will begin to migrate webmail users across to the new paid service, in order to sign up you will need to wait for eir to migrate your account.

This will be done over the first two weeks of July from the 1st of July to the 14th July 2020. Once eir migrates your account you will have to log in to your webmail account through and enter your payment details. In order to sign up you will need an Irish mobile number and normally live in the Republic of Ireland.

If you don’t sign up eir will hold your emails and email address for a further 60 days after that you are locked out before permanently deleting all your emails and the email address.

Please see… for more information.

Vacancy West Cork Development Partnership: Personal Development Officer (Part-Time)

West Cork Development Partnership

wishes to recruit

-Personal Development Officer-

to aid the delivery of the Ability Programme in the West Cork Region

Part Time (20 hours) Maternity Post commencing September 2020

The Ability programme supports young people aged between 18- 29 years of age that are living with a mental health condition. The programme uses person centred approaches to support, build skills and empower for motivation and confidence. The programme is a gateway for people with mental health conditions to access education, employment and reintegration into their communities

The Personal Development Officer (PDO) will work closely with the Youth Development Officer to develop, implement & evaluate the programme. The PDO will co- implement referral processes to the Occupational Therapist, Youth Engagement Officer, Facilitators and Tutors. The PDO will co-implement recruitment of participants, assessment and exit strategies. The PDO will work directly with participants to empower them to progress closer to education, training or employment. The PDO will maintain a high standard of record keeping including data management, risk management and person-centred plans. The PDO will co-produce reports for board, funders and relevant stakeholders. The PDO will link with partner organisations and progress the involvement of additional sectors / expertise in the project. The PDO will be involved in building an awareness of the Ability project across all relevant stakeholders (including employers).

A recognised and relevant 3rd level qualification

Experience/ Competencies Requirements:
Post graduate experience of working with young adults with mental health needs
Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams
Experience of attending and contributing to third party agency MDT meetings
High level of ICT skills
Compliant to Risk Management systems, CRM system, GDPR requirements
Membership of a relevant professional body
Additional training in the areas of mental health
High level of administration skills including ability to work with software packages
Ability to work on own initiative
Excellent time management skills
Excellent caseload management skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Experience of/ ability to identify and apply for various funding streams
Experience of/ability to keep up to date with social media and input to same
Experience of and ability to actively contribute to programme development

How to apply:
For further information please contact Arran O Driscoll at 0238834035 or
Closing date 5pm 3rd July 2020
No late applications will be considered.

West Cork Development Partnership is an equal opportunities employer

West Cork Development Partnership

Restart Grant for small businesses

Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Restart Grant for small businesses.  As part of the Governments package of supports, this €250m fund will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.

Between €2,000 and €10,000 of direct aid is available to businesses based on commercial rates bill from 2019.

The grant is available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to June 30, 2020. It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online at  Cork County Council has established a dedicated helpline on (021) 4208000 and email at

Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial volume of applications but, as far as possible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national roadmap.

The Restart Grant is part of the wider €12 billion package of supports for businesses of all sizes, which includes grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help to improve cashflow amongst SMEs.


Is féidir iarratais ar líne a dhéanamh anois chuig Comhairle Contae Chorcaí ar an Deontas Atosaithe do ghnólachtaí beaga. Mar chuid de phacáiste tacaíochtaí an Rialtais, tabharfaidh an ciste € 250m seo cúnamh deontais díreach do mhicrifhiontair agus do ghnóthais bheaga chun cabhrú leo leis na costais a bhaineann le hathoscailt agus le hoibrithe a athfhostú tar éis dhúnadh COVID-19.

Tá idir € 2,000 agus € 10,000 de chúnamh díreach ar fáil do ghnólachtaí bunaithe ar bhille rátaí tráchtála ó 2019.

Tá an deontas ar fáil do ghnólachtaí a bhfuil láimhdeachas níos lú ná € 5m acu agus a fhostaíonn 50 duine nó níos lú, a dúnadh nó a raibh tionchar de laghdú 25% ar a laghad ar an láimhdeachas amach go 30ú Meitheamh, 2020. Is ranníocaíocht é i dtreo chostas gnó a athoscailt nó a choimeád ag feidhmiú agus athnascadh le fostaithe agus custaiméirí.

Is féidir iarratais ar an Deontas Atosaithe a dhéanamh ar líne ag

Do bhunaigh Comhairle Contae Chorcaí líne chabhrach thiomnaithe freisin agus is féidir leat teacht ar ag a 021 4208000 nó seol ríomhphost chuig

Braithfidh próiseáil iarratas agus íocaíocht an Deontais Atosaithe ar líon na n-iarratas,  ach a mhéid is féidir, tabharfar tosaíocht dó de réir dátaí sceidealta athoscailte sa treochlár náisiúnta.

Tá an Deontas Atosaithe mar chuid den phacáiste tacaíochta € 12 billiún níos leithne do ghnólachtaí de gach méid, lena n-áirítear deontais, iasachtaí ar chostas íseal, rátaí tráchtála a dhíscríobh agus dliteanais chánach iarchurtha, agus cabhróidh gach ceann acu le sreabhadh airgid a fheabhsú i measc FBManna.

Free Online Job Searching Course Cork City and County

Please see below link to the animation explaining  the programme and I have 

also attached a promotional flyer which I would be very grateful if 

you could circulate on your various networks.



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