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Monday, 25 May 2020

Volunteer Leadership Training

Hi All,

Please see attached poster for Volunteer Leadership Training which will take place via zoom in June. 

With society slowly reopening and many organisations looking to re-engage their volunteers, the principles of good volunteer management practice are more important than ever. 

Normally, we deliver the course face to face over two days at a charge of €100 (lunch included). 

We are now offering the course over four mornings at a discounted rate of €40 as a means to support the sector in any way that we can. 

I would sincerely appreciate you circulating this information to your networks and apologies for any cross postings. 


Kind regards,


Gosia Waldowska
Placement Officer (Outreach)
Cork Volunteer Centre

Phone: 021 425 1572
Mobile: 086 852 3462
Address: 13 North Main St. Cork, T12 Y6W0
CHY: 19850
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20078195

Visiting the Offshore Islands:

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Local Link Update – Spare Capacity

Local Link Update – Spare Capacity

While public/rural transport is operatingthe numbers travelling are low presently. Accordingly there is spare capacity available. I would like to target this capacity into the provision of transport to medical appointments or medically related requirements. Again to reiterate that the vehicles which are mostly minibuses have the necessary room to allow for social distancing and particularly where the trips are designed for one person perhaps with a travelling companion.

There is ample anecdotal evidence to suggest people are not attending to medical appointments due to the lack of transport options available. Local Link Cork will endeavour to provide transport throughout the County over the next while. Each request will be assessed on its own basis and will as far as possible be provided at no cost to older and vulnerable people and people with disabilities. Naturally this will not be sustainable long term but during the present pandemic restrictions and while we have capacity to respond the service will remain available as outlined. Also to note the transport is fully accessible.

If you need any further clarificationsee contact numbers hereunder:

For requests in North or East Cork contact the Fermoy office on 025-51454 and for West Cork contact the Bantry office on 027-52727

Kind Regards



Cork City Community Response

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Mental Health Ireland have a number of online resources for
people suffering with ill mental health during COVID19.
From a list of all available mental health services to ‘five ways to wellbeing’
there is even a guide on how to get a good night’s sleep during this
stressful time – they have a whole section dedicated to minding
your mental health during COVID19. 

Five Ways to Wellbeing


Make time each day to Connect. Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. By staying connected and nurturing these relationships we feel happier and more secure, giving us a better sense of purpose.

Be Active

Look for ways to be active everyday. Go for a walk or a run. Step outside. Cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Discover a physical acitivity you enjoy which suits your lifestyle and level of mobility and fitness. Research has shown being physically active can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Take Notice

Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Be Curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Pay attention to the present moment – to your thoughts, feelings and to the world around you.

Keep Learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Cook a new recipe. Take on a new responsibility. Setting yourself a new challenge and learning a new skill will increase your confidence which can improve your mental health and wellbeing.


Giving to others is good for you. Do something nice for someone else. Thank someone. Volunteer your time or join a community group. See yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and create connectedness with the people around you.

Extension of Deadline for Creative Schools Applications:

Extension of Deadline for Creative Schools Applications:

The deadline for the application of the next round of Creative Schools has been extended until Thursday 25th June 2020.  Please find the relevant details here.  This is a great opportunity for schools to really understand what is involved in Creative Schools and still have time to apply for the next round.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 on Saturday 13th June

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 on Saturday 13th June

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18. Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is a collaboration between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ, and is part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign which is supporting everyone to stay connected, stay active and look after our physical and mental wellbeing. Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”
 In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:
·         Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses.
·         Let's Go Fly a Kite – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to make and fly a kite for Cruinniú, in your county colours. On Saturday 13th June, in partnership with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, in your back yard or on your street, with your back to the wind slowly let your kite leave your hand and watch it majestically rise into the air. 
·         Become a Story Keeper – Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland are inviting young writers between the ages of 7 and 12 years to become Story Keepers – to create a story inspired by lighthouses.  Lighthouses are places of wonder that can provide safety and guidance on a journey through danger.
·         Create a Video Game App – If you could click your fingers and create a video game app, what would it be? A racing game or a coin collector? A target game or a platform? The choice is endless and it’s time for you to decide. Let us know and together with Whizz Kids Training, via their ground-breaking Digital Skills Virtual Classroom, we will help bring young people into the world of software design in 4 easy tutorials.
Online supports and resources are being provided by the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Áirc Damhsa, The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, Fighting Words, Whizz Kids Training and RTÉ to enable children and young people to unleash their creativity. Everyone is invited to celebrate our culture and creativity and to start taking part online now, as we prepare for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 13th June 2020. Further details and resources will be available from the Creative Ireland website and RTÉ platforms up to and including Saturday 13th June – see and In addition, local authorities will also be hosting a range of cultural and creative activities and online events for Cruinniú na nÓg – full details will also be available at Minister Madigan added: “Central to the vision underpinning the Creative Ireland Programme is the belief that participation in cultural and creative activity promotes the wellbeing of the individual, the community and the nation. Looking after our physical and mental wellbeing is more important now than ever, and this is why only recently An Taoiseach launched the #InThisTogether campaign from Healthy Ireland – an initiative in which my Department and the Creative Ireland Programme are playing our part.”