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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Foras na Gaeilge - Youth Events Scheme


Foras na Gaeilge is providing funding for appropriate Youth Events programmes (which must
contain a minimum of 12 sessions) through Irish for young people (3 to 18 years of age):
· which aim to strengthen the Irish language through a mix of activities;· that are not residential events;· which will run between 1 September 2019 and 30 June 2020;· applications for festivals, competitions or one-off events will not be accepted· Grants are provided out of public funding, and Foras na Gaeilge has statutory duties to
ensure value for money for all funded projects.

Foras na Gaeilge recommends to applicants to seek joint funding for projects, when
appropriate, and to cooperate with other organisations in order to achieve the best value from
the Foras na Gaeilge grant.
We particularly welcome applications from organisations located in areas recognised in
Government strategies or legislation.
How to Apply

Visit the
 Foras na Gaeilge website for further guidelines.
Closing date for applications:  5 April 2019

For queries contact Foras na Gaeilge on 01 6398400 or 1850 325 325 or emaileolas@forasnagaeilge.ie

National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards



Dublin City Council and the Dublin City Age Friendly Programme are kindly hosting this years National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards ceremony on 14th November 2019 in Dublin. 

This is the fourth annual Awards event for the Age Friendly Ireland Programme and the awards ceremony itself will be held amid an evening of entertainment in Dublin's Croke Park.  The primary aim of these awards is to recognise and reward achievement in age friendly initiatives around Ireland.  There isnow a call for applications to the Awards under the eight WHO themed categories.   The Awards are open to all organisations, individuals, agencies and communities – this Awards ceremony is a wonderful event and a great way to recognise and garner innovative age friendly initiatives.

This year, eight categories of awards, aligning to the WHO themes, have been chosen as they have a meaningful impact on the lives of older people in Ireland.
They are: (WHO theme in brackets)
1. AGE FRIENDLY TRANSPORT AWARD (Transportation)Getting to where you want to go when you want to go is so important to so many older people. This category recognises the vital difference that access to good quality and reliable transport options can make to an older person.
2. AGE FRIENDLY ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AGEING AWARD (Community Support and Health Services)
We are living for longer, but remaining healthy and active in later years can be a real challenge. This award recognises those initiatives that optimise opportunities for good health in later years, so that older people can continue to play an active role in community life.
3. AGE FRIENDLY BUSINESS INNOVATION AWARD (Civic Participation and Employment)
We know that creating an enjoyable and accessible environment for older consumers pays dividends for businesses and the wider community. This category acknowledges age aware businesses who recognise that older people are both producers and consumers and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our society.

4. AGE FRIENDLY SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARD (Housing)
Feeling safe and secure at home and when out and about greatly enhances the lives of older people. This category acknowledges the impact of community based responses that enable older people to feel secure in their homes and in the wider community, and to know what to do when they don’t.
5. AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNICATION AWARD (Communication and Information)
A lack of access to information is often cited as a barrier to ‘ageing well’ in Ireland. The ability to access clear and concise information can impact on a range of aspects of an older person’s life, from health and wellbeing to social connectedness to financial security. This award recognises efforts being made around the country to bridge the information gap.
6. AGE FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AWARD (Outdoor Spaces and Buildings)
The built environment has a unique impact on the lives of all older people. Simple things like adequate public seating, level footpaths and appropriate crossing times at pedestrian crossings all have a huge impact on the ability of older people to be active in their towns and villages. This category recognises projects that bring about change in the built physical environment with older people in mind.
7. AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY INNOVATION AWARD (Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion)
The voice of the older person is at the heart of the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, the Programme is designed and implemented with them and not for them. This award recognises those innovative projects that are driven by older people for older people in the local community. These projects not only enhance the lives of older people, but benefit the community at large.
8. AGE FRIENDLY HOUSING AWARD (Housing)
As people age they spend more time in their own homes. This means that older people’s quality of life, and thus their health, can depend on the appropriateness of their home environment and the conditions in which they live. This award recognises innovative housing initiatives that enable older people to remain independent at home for as long as possible.

Innovative projects are sought from across this range of areas that have real impact and have the potential to be showcased and replicated.
The judging panel will be made up of a team of age friendly practitioners including older people who will evaluate all proposals. Shortlisted projects will be visited by the judges during the month of June 2019 plus they will be invited to Ireland’s Age Friendly Recognition and Achievements Awards ceremony which will be held on 14th November 2019 in Dublin's Croke Park.

The application form is available here

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Tuesday, 14th May 2019

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The River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021

The River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 –Public Meeting Prioritised Areas for Action

The River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 has prioritised Areas for Action for detailed assessment by the Local Authority Waters Programme.
Before on-the-ground assessments begin on the Owentaraglin, Awbeg and Farahy Priority Areas for Action, public meetings have been scheduled, to which you are invited to attend
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The meetings will include an overview of why the Owentaraglin, Awbeg and Farahy were selected as a Priority Areas for Action and will include staff from the Local Authority Waters Programme. These meetings are open to all and will include a Questions & Answers session and an opportunity for informal discussion during tea and coffee after the meeting. Contact Kieran Murphy (kmurphy@lawaters.ie) or Maeve Ryan (mryan@lawaters.ie) for more information or queries.

Priority Area for Action
Where
Date
Time
Owentaraglin
Cullen Community Centre
April 1st
7:30pm-9:00pm
Awbeg
Liscarroll Community Centre
April 30th
7:30pm-9:00pm
Farahy
Kildorrery Community Centre
May 1st
8:00pm-9:30pm

Minding Your Well Being


A Programme to Support Positive Mental Health and Well being
This is a Free workshop which is being organised by the Youghal Community Health Project in partnership with HSE Health Promotion and Improvement.
This one day training programme is to support staff to care for their own mental wellbeing and to promote positive mental health in their workplace setting.


What are the aims of this training?        
The aim of this training is to better equip staff and community group representatives to support their own mental well being within the work setting and to enable them to promote positive mental well being within their role.

 The learning objectives of the training are:
·         To improve participants’ understanding of a positive approach to mental well-being and how it can be applied for their own wellness and in their professional work practice.
·         To improve participants understanding of the potential benefits that mindfulness and gratitude practices and positive thought processes can have on mental wellbeing.
·         To improve participants’ ability to apply the knowledge or skills gained for the benefit of their own well being and within their professional roles
·         To prompt participants to further explore the area of mental well-being beyond the training.

Who should attend? 
The training aims to support all staff and community representatives who wish to actively support their own mental health and well being and that of their fellow colleagues or group members.

Please Note: This programme incorporates a universal approach to the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing for everyday living. It is not of a clinical nature and does not encompass the identification, symptoms or treatment of mental illnesses. It is not intended as a personal therapeutic training and participants will not be expected or invited to discuss their own personal mental health experiences.

How to apply:
To book a place on this course or for further information please contact: Marta atmarta.kolasa@hse.ie
021 4921641

Places are limited and will be allocated to those who apply soonest.

Please find attached application form for this course.

Workshop date: Thursday April 18th 2019
Venue: Cumann na Daoine, Youghal

ADHD Parent Information Talks Cork

ADHD Parent Information Talks Cork
Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with or is affected by the challenging behaviour of ADHD?
ADHD Ireland will be facilitating a Parent Information Event in Cork to empower parents, build support and raise awareness of ADHD.

More information on ADHD Ireland is available here  

Please note there will be 2 sessions, one evening and one morning to facilitate as many people as possible to attend
Venue: Bru Columbanus Wilton

Tuesday April 09th  at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 10th at 10:00 a.m. 

To register on Eventbrite please click here
For queries in relation to ADHD Ireland or the information events please phone 01 8748349 or email info@hadd.ie

Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Schemes 2019


The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one – it is ‘an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration - between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers - to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity’.

The Programme has five key strands, which are:

1: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
2: Enabling Creativity in Every Community
3: Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
4: The Creative Industries including Media Production
5: Unifying our Global Reputation
The Community Participation Strand outlined above (2: Enabling Creativity in Every Community) is being led by local authorities across the country. As part of the Creative Ireland Programme, each City and County has published a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy. The County Cork Strategy has benefited greatly from the numerous workshops held and submissions received, and as is available to view online here

This strategy is underpinned by the following 6 key priorities:

1: Enhancing and Investing in our Local Cultural and Creative Infrastructure
2: Liberating Creativity – encouraging the exploration of creative ability through culture, both at the individual and community level
3: Knowing Ourselves – fostering a sense of belonging to place through our culture and heritage and expressing this creatively
4: Supporting and promoting full community engagement with culture
5: Showcasing County Cork – supporting and promoting Cork’s cultural wonders and talent at home and abroad
6: Our Native Voice – Our Irish Language

In order to work towards the key themes and priorities of the National Creative Ireland Programme and the County Cork 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy, the 2019 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme and Creative Ireland County Cork Pop-up Shop Scheme 2019 have been put in place, both of which are being financed through monies from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Schemes recognise the importance of the community sector to the county’s very culture and well-being and aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as any or many of the 6 priorities set out in the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy, in addition to initiatives that will generate awareness of the Creative Ireland Programme as a whole. The Pop-up Shop Grant Scheme is geared at promoting a wide range of activities and is also intended to support a number of festival events throughout the County. Consideration will also be given to events that are being undertaken for the national day of culture and youth – Cruinniú na nÓg – taking place on Saturday June 15th2019.

Please note that the closing date for applications under the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme is 12:00 noon on Friday 12th April 2019, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Creative Ireland Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie.

Proposals under the Pop-up Shops Scheme can be received at any stage in 2019; however, only a limited amount of funding has been set aside for the scheme so potential applicants are encouraged to act quickly. 

For further information on these Grant Schemes or the Creative Ireland Programme emailcreativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.


Reminder re National Tree Week


National Tree Week takes place between March 31st and April 7th 2019 and is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Coillte. To be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites Community groups and organisations, schools and people everywhere to organise or participate in one or more events for the week. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, listening to the trees and what lives in the trees.

Talks, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions and dramas, and other similar ideas and events are all welcome. Thanks to the support of the Tree Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, through its Environmental Awareness Office and Heritage Unit, will have a number of native trees to give out to local schools, community groups and organisations on a first come first served basis, which can be planted during local Tree Week Events.

All proposed Tree Week events can be registered on the Tree Council’s websitehttps://treecouncil.ie/initiatives/tree-week/ and to ensure maximum exposure and promotion it is advised that event details are registered on the website as early as possible. If you or your group would like to avail of trees for planting and for any further queries contact conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie for more details.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents in your community, will hold its monthly parent evening on Wednesday 3rd of April at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork.

You may be aware of bereaved families in your community, who you could pass this information on to. We would really appreciate any help you can give us to raise awareness of this free event for bereaved parents.
This event offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who understand the depth of grief and loss that follows after the death of their son or daughter.

A bereaved parent who attends Anam Cara Cork says “It's been a life saver meeting other bereaved parents who have survived the long dark days and nights of the death of their children and who have come out the other side of grief, who now manage to live their daily lives in a new and different way while managing to never lose sight of the huge loss that has been bestowed upon them."

Anam Cara Cork based director Valerie O Riordan stressed that this parent evening is open to all bereaved parents “regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not. Anam Cara gives bereaved mothers and fathers a chance to meet and connect with other bereaved parents in a safe and comfortable setting. Here we can find a level of support and understanding that – even with the best will in the world – it can be difficult for family and friends to offer.”


On their website, anamcara.ie, you can access resources which include the Anam Cara Information Pack (eight leaflets) developed by bereaved parents and the Anam Cara Videos on A Dad’s Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death, and The Grieving Family.

You can also find information about other events in the Cork and Munster Region.

For more information see anamcara.ie or ring the Information Line on 085 2888 888. 

Contact Number   Office 01 4045378 & NI 02895213120
Email Address        l.milligan@anamcara.ie

Web Address         www.anamcara.ie

Mayor's Charity Night 2019

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In association with our media partner The Southern Star, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy invites you to don your leg warmers, shoulder pads and big hair for this very special event raising funds for these well-deserving charities; Cork Arc, Co-Action and Cancer Connect.
Saturday April 6th from 7pm at the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry
Tickets at €45 include party food from West Cork’s finest suppliers, prize for the best 80's outfit and top notch entertainment, including MC for the evening Mr. Gerald Kean!
Don't miss out email mayorscharityevent@corkcoco.ie or call (021) 4285367 for your ticket back to the eighties
Tickets are also available directly from the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry.
Event Date

Social Innovation Fund Ireland Ignite Fund

Social Innovation Fund Ireland Ignite Fund
The Ignite Fund is a €550,000 fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with several private philanthropists and the Dept of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund.The objective of the Ignite Fund is to spark meaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises.
SIFI are now seeking applications from organisations and projects who are igniting impact across four categories:

1. Empowering Families:

The Empowering Families Award will support projects working to unite and enable families to overcome challenges and to improve mental, physical or educational outcomes for children.
 

2. Music To Impact:

The Music to Impact Award is open to innovative projects using music as a means to enhance wellbeing or promote social inclusion for children, young people or adults.  


Projects must be able to show a substantial impact on participants.

3. Harnessing Ability:

The Harnessing Ability Award is open to organisations whose mission is to create economic opportunity for adolescents or adults with disabilities through innovative programmes that enhance skills, drive leadership potential and provide job opportunities.
 


4. Youth Resilience

The Youth Resilience Award is open to innovative projects focused on the mental health of young people in Ireland in the context of increasing social and digital media use.  

The Ignite Fund is open for applications from Monday, March 4th to Monday, May 6th 2019

Please contact hello@socialinnovation.iewith any questions

For more information and application forms please click here

Reminder Closing Date for School Garden Project 2019

Reminder Closing Date for School Garden Project 2019 entry is 19th of April.

We are looking for Gardens that include

Art and colour   Using art  and Colour in the garden to enhance its  features and characteristics . Try using upcycled materials
Imaginative use of limited space.  For schools with very limited space ie. Small Courtyards,  Limited Soil Space, Use of  Tubs, Containers, Window Boxes, Paths, Borders, Walls etc.
 Innovation and Creativity  In recognition of the Creative Ireland Programme, this category encourages innovative garden elements, using new and unique features to inspire others

Fun and Play The degree to which the garden contributes to 
opportunities for fun and play in the school
Learning experience The degree to which  the garden is used as a learning tool within the school and the amount of children who participate.
Planning and Community Involvement The  degree to which the wider community  support the  original design, construction and ongoing development of the school garden.
Use of Irish Language in Garden
Best  use of Irish  of the garden . For example tree names in Irish, labeling and other signage in Irish..
Climate Change and Gardening

Special Awards for  the following elements

Up-Cycling  Upcycling in the garden helps lessen the amount of waste going into landfills. Upcycling helps reduce CO2 emissions by using old materials instead of new ones. Schools are encouraged to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items e.g. Fairy Houses made from recycled materials, but don’t damage trees.

Food Production  Being able to grow food without pesticides and eat it straight from the garden is superior in every way to produce that is pumped full of additives, packed to prevent it deteriorating, transported and then sold as ‘fresh’. Schools are asked to grow in raised beds and containers, plant fruit trees, fruit Bushes, practice rotation, weeding,  labelling, use of composting, rainwater harvesting, wormeries etc.

Biodiversity/Wildlife/ Native Flowers and Plants. It is now widely recognized that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected. Biodiversity is affected by climate change, with negative consequences for human well-being, but biodiversity, through the ecosystem services it supports, also makes an important contribution to both climate-change mitigation and adaptation.   We are looking for natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature  trails, use of native flora, organic manures and  natural pest control.

Bee Friendly Garden. Loss of natural and semi-natural habitats has been a key driver in pollinator declines. The availability of food plants and nesting sites has been drastically reduced through conversion of low-intensity farmland and semi-natural land to intensive farmland, forestry and urban/industrial use.  

Griffins Garden Centre will again be presenting a special award.


All competing schools will be invited  to the Awards Ceremony in June 2019





Fermoy Friendship week


Thursday, 21 March 2019


Foras na Gaeilge - Youth Events Scheme

Foras na Gaeilge - Youth Events Scheme

Foras na Gaeilge is providing funding for appropriate Youth Events programmes (which must
contain a minimum of 12 sessions) through Irish for young people (3 to 18 years of age):

 which aim to strengthen the Irish language through a mix of activities;
 that are not residential events;
 which will run between 1 September 2019 and 30 June 2020;
 applications for festivals, competitions or one-off events will not be accepted
 Grants are provided out of public funding, and Foras na Gaeilge has statutory duties to
ensure value for money for all funded projects.

Foras na Gaeilge recommends to applicants to seek joint funding for projects, when
appropriate, and to cooperate with other organisations in order to achieve the best value from
the Foras na Gaeilge grant.
We particularly welcome applications from organisations located in areas recognised in
Government strategies or legislation.
How to Apply
Visit the Foras na Gaeilge website for further guidelines.
http://www.forasnagaeilge.ie/funding-schemes/?lang=en

Deadline: 5 April 2019

Foras na Gaeilge - Summer Camp Scheme

Foras na Gaeilge - Summer Camp Scheme

Foras na Gaeilge is providing funding for appropriate Summer Camps through Irish for young
people (3 to 18 years of age):

 which aim to strengthen the Irish language through a mix of activities;
 that are not residential camps;
 which will last 5 days;
 which will run between 24 June and 30 August 2019;
 which will last at least 4.5 hours each day.

This is a nonprofit scheme to keep the camp fees low for the young people.
Grants are provided out of public funding, and Foras na Gaeilge has statutory duties to ensure
value for money for all funded projects.

Foras na Gaeilge recommends to applicants to seek joint funding for projects, when
appropriate, and to cooperate with other organisations in order to achieve the best value from
the Foras na Gaeilge grant.
We particularly welcome applications from organisations located in areas recognised in
Government strategies or legislation.

How to Apply
Visit the Foras na Gaeilge website to download further guidelines.
https://www.forasnagaeilge.ie/funding-schemes/?lang=en#
Deadline: 22 March 2019

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme
Cork ETB are now welcoming applications under the 2019 Youth Club Grant Scheme.

To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:
·         It must be volunteer led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.
·         75% of the club/group members must be between the ages of 10 and 21.
·         It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.
·         The club/group must adhere to the requirements set out in Section 2 of the Application Form.
·         The club/group must be fully compliant with all requirements set out in the Children First Act (2015)
·         All adult volunteers working with young people must be Garda vetted before they start volunteering.

Criteria continued:
·         Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.
·         Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.
·         The club/group must have a Health and Safety Statement, Policy or Procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)
·         Information on all aspects of the three Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups that have been met by your club/group must be included in your Application Form response.

The maximum grant available is €3,000.
Closing date is 12 noon on the 12th April 2019.

For more information and application forms on the Youth Club Grant please see here

You can also contact Ruth Griffin on 021 4856223 or email: youthclub@corketb.ie