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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:

https://survey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9BLcilcWrL47EdT

 

Documentation on the survey: available at:

www.publichealth.ie/clic

Monday, 29 June 2020

Eircom.net 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 eir.ie/email 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 https://www.eir.ie/support/webmail/webmail-frequently-asked-questions-0… 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).

Education:
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 arran@wcdp.ie
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 www.YourCouncil.ie.  Cork County Council has established a dedicated helpline on (021) 4208000 and email at RestartFund@CorkCoCo.ie.

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.

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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 www.yourcouncil.ie.

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

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.

 


 

Attachments area

Vacancy Midleton Family Resource Centre: Family Support Worker


Midleton Family Resource Centre. Oakwood Lodge, Youghal RD, Midleton, Co. Cork
Tel: 021-463352

Applications are invited for the post of:

Family Support Worker Full Time Post (35 hours p/w)

The Family Support Worker will work closely with the Manager to implement Midleton FRCs Child and Family Support Services.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • A relevant third level qualification – Minimum Level 6 (for example, Family Support or Community Development);
  • At least 2 years’ post qualification experience and knowledge of family support in a community-based setting, including organising community events;
  • Experience of working with community, voluntary and statutory agencies;
  • Experience delivering programmes, activities and/or services to groups;
  • Experience of providing one-to-one supports directly to parents/families;
  • Experience delivering parent support programmes;
  • Experience of providing information and support to individuals and groups;
  • Proven experience in accessing funding;
  • Excellent IT, social media and report writing skills;
  • Access to own transport and a full clean driving licence.

For more information and/or an application form, please contact: coordinator@midletonfrc.com

The closing date for applications is Friday, 10th July 2020 before 5pm.

Applications will only be accepted on the official application form. CVs will not be accepted.

We anticipate interviews will be held on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020.

Midleton Family Resouce Centre is an equal opportunities employer

This post is supported by Tusla (The Child & Family Agency)

Tusla

General Info

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Vacancy Good Shepherd Cork: Data and Systems Administrator (Part-Time)


Good Shepherd Cork

Through trusting relationships we support women, children and families who are vulnerable to homelessness to live more empowered, fulfilled and self-sufficient lives.


Applications are sought for the part-time position of Data and Systems Administrator with Good Shepherd Cork (GSC).

GSC is an independent, Cork-based charity providing a range of residential and outreach services for women, children and families who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness.

Due to the growth in the organisation and the implementation of a new CRM system we wish to recruit an experienced Information Technology professional to enable effective usage and optimum reporting from GSC’s online integrated database and provide support to GSC management and staff to use technology solutions across the organisation to achieve the aims of the charity. Key elements of the role will be to support GSC staff in the initial adoption of the database system, enable appropriate access to the system, support end-user queries, ensure high standards of data quality, monitor security and GDPR compliance, train and support staff to effectively utilise data from the system and to prepare, develop and analyse system reports.

This will be a part-time role (20 – 24 hours to be agreed) with considerable flexibility.

Key tasks:

  • Delivering database induction training for new users and refresher training for existing users
  • Ensuring system security by managing access permissions for new or existing users and deleting leavers, as required
  • Supporting end-user queries
  • Monitoring and reporting on data quality and system usage
  • Addressing errors/anomalies in data
  • Preparing and developing database queries and system reports
  • Analysing and interpreting data to inform quality service delivery
  • Supporting users to produce/amend and understand database queries and reports
  • Monitoring to ensure GSC data management is in line with GDPR requirements
  • Staying up to-date with new features and functionality offered by Salesforce
  • Conducting an annual system update and as appropriate activating any new features
  • Working with GSC Managers and the GSC Data and Systems Implementation Group (DSIG) to ensure the data collected in the system meets the different services needs
  • Providing front-line primary technical support to end-users for database related technical issues and problems that impact user experience and performance of hardware, software and peripherals liaising with (outsourced) IT provider as required.
  • Co-ordinating GSC’s management of its IT Infrastructure

Requirements

  • A degree in Information Technology or Computer Science or related disciplines
  • Strong conceptual understanding of data structures and CRM system configurations
  • 2+ years of experience with CRM systems (preferably Salesforce)
  • Excellent IT literacy and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical issues to non-technical audiences
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Excellent problem-solving, listening and questioning skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to connect with system users in a wide variety of roles and with varied technical skills
  • Highly organised, with ability to handle multiple tasks with excellent attention to detail
  • An interest in and commitment to the ethos and work of Good Shepherd Cork.

Applications for the position may be made by sending a CV with cover letter clearly demonstrating relevant experience and suitability for the role to Clare Maxwell at cmaxwell@goodshepherdcork.ie

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 15 July 2020

First round interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 29 July 2020

Vacancy St. Joseph's Foundation: Co-ordinator & Assistant Co-ordinator - LTI Programme

St. Joseph's Foundation in association with Cork Education & Training Board wishes to recruit a
Co
-ordinator and Assistant Co-ordinator to deliver, co-ordinate and implement a Local Training Initiative (LTI) Programme in Healthcare Support 5M4339 QQI Level 5.

The LTI Programme will be based Charleville Further Education & Training (Mannix), Charleville.

CO-ORDINATOR (LTI PROGRAMME)

FIXED TERM CONTRACT FOR 47 weeks (37.5 hours per week)

ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR (LTI PROGRAMME)

Fixed Term Contract FOR 45 Weeks (37.5 hours per week)

The ideal candidates for both posts will have:

  • Relevant qualification and experience in line with CETB Trainer Criteria.(TQAS-8b-f17)
  • Experience of delivering QQI Level 5 Programmes
  • Have knowledge, experience of the Healthcare / Intellectual Disability Sector
  • Have experience of T.Q.A.S.Training Quality Assessment System
  • Have good interpersonal skills.

Candidates for the Co-ordinator post must demonstrate good organisational and coordination skills.

Informal enquiries to Mary O’Connell, Training Co-ordinator ( 086 0850127)

Notes:

  • Solas rates of pay apply to both posts.
  • Application forms and further details are available by contacting or e-mailing monicaosullivan@stjosephsfoundation.ie.
  • Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 10th July 2020

St. Joseph's Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

CanTalk online Cancer Support

CanTalk

CanTalk is going online from Tuesday 7th July, offering free online support groups to any adult affected by cancer in any way by cancer from the comfort and safety of your home.  Thanks to our volunteers, who are willing to adapt the service, we will be holding weekly support group meetings via Zoom as Covid Restrictions make it impossible to continue face to face groups for the present.  You don’t have to do this alone.

 

To book your place follow this link (https://cantalkcancersupport.wufoo.com/forms/z5b2xpv1i1ipz6/)

 

Further details and information are available on the website: www.cantalk.ie or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CanTalk15/

€500,000 funding announced for local community projects through Communities Integration Fund

€500,000 funding announced for local community projects through Communities Integration Fund

€500,000 funding announced for local community projects through Communities Integration Fund
Funding to the tune of €500,000 has been announced for community groups nationwide who wish to apply for grant funding under the Department of Justice and Equality Communities Integration Fund.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, David Stanton TD, today announced the funding for community integration projects to be carried out in 2020.

The Communities Integration Fund will provide grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants. Applications can now be made online to the Funds Administration Unit at the Department of Justice and Equality.

he Communities Integration Fund was first established in 2017 to implement the commitment under Action 51 of the Migrant Integration Strategy to support actions by local communities throughout Ireland to promote the integration of migrants and refugees.

This call is open to local community based groups carrying out projects or activities under the following themes:

Combating Racism and Xenophobia – A project aimed at preventing racism and xenophobia among local communities.

Intercultural Awareness – A project that brings host communities and migrant communities together to celebrate each other’s cultures and customs.

Sport & Community Games – A project to facilitate local migrant integration by encouraging migrants to get involved in sport.

Arts – A project to encourage social interaction between migrants and members of their local communities, through arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre and literature.  Projects considered may be in the form of  visual art, crafts, dance, film, literature, music, opera and theatre; including contemporary art practices such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art etc.

Other Community Events – A project to adapt existing community activities or events to make them more inclusive of migrants.

Capacity Building – A project with a social inclusion focus that seeks to help particularly vulnerable groups of migrants overcome specific difficulties (e.g. English conversation classes for young migrant parents not active in the labour market).

Employment – A project offering employment advice and/or opportunities, e.g. through sponsorship by local businesses for training, skills assessment, placements, etc.

Integration Research – A project to identify knowledge gaps and carry out local needs assessments so that local community integration resources can be used to maximum benefit.

Food/Cuisine – A project to promote inter-culturalism and integration through the sharing of different cuisines and cooking methods.

Education – A project focused on the educational needs of migrants through provision of additional supports to help migrant children to maximise the benefit of their school attendance (e.g. homework clubs) and older migrants to develop their language skills and better orient themselves to Irish society.

As this Fund is intended to support the integration of migrant and host communities, all applications must demonstrate how they will involve both migrant and host communities in the activities proposed and projects may not be directed solely to any one particular group or nationality.

Project activities must be additional to the usual business of the applicant organisation and should complement but not replace mainstream structures at local level.

Eligible Project Dates

Projects must commence before 31 December 2020 and must be completed no later than 30 June 2021.  Projects failing to observe these dates will be deemed ineligible, and funding returned. 2019 projects have been allowed to carry funding forward until 30 June 2021 due to COVID-19.

The application period runs from 9am Friday 19th June (today) until 1pm, Thursday 16th July, 2020.

Applications must be submitted electronically, and Community Groups can access a guidance document and complete an online application form at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CIF2020.

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Wide Transparent

Minister Ring seeks new applications for €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund 


·         The funding to be provided will focus on supporting economic recovery in rural Ireland and delivering sustainable regeneration in rural towns and villages.

·         This call for applications for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is in addition to a €30 million package of integrated supports already announced by the Minister as part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme.

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development announced the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The Fund is part of the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Rural Development Investment Programme which is funded under Project Ireland 2040.  The Fund is providing €1 billion in investment over 10 years to support the regeneration and development of rural towns, villages and outlying areas. Initial funding of €315 million was allocated on a phased basis over the period 2019 to 2022. 

Announcing the third call under the Fund, Minister Ring said:

“I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.  The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities. Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million.  The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland.  The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed.”

This call under the Fund is for Category 1 applications, which relate to capital projects that have planning in place and are ready to commence at the date of application.  It is expected that a funding announcement relating to the second call for Category 2 applications – for projects which require assistance for project development work in order to reach full delivery readiness – will be made shortly.

This call for applications to the Fund seeks to provide assistance in supporting economic recovery in rural areas in light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and to assist in delivering sustainable regeneration in rural towns and villages, driving greater economic activity and helping to address challenges such as dereliction and vacancy.  Applications to the Fund which support in the decarbonisation of the economy and environmental sustainability are particularly welcome.

The Minister continued:

“The level of investment provided by the Fund is more important than ever to address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive the economic recovery and sustainable development of rural areas. The focus of this third call will be to support large-scale strategic projects that will significantly assist our rural towns and villages to bounce back from the crisis in the months ahead.”

The Minister concluded:

“It is vitally important that the project proposals for the Fund seek to make a tangible and sustainable contribution to economic recovery, the continued development of rural towns, villages and their communities and help support the transition to a low carbon and climate resilient economy.  In order to make certain that we receive the very best applications possible and that the requirement for communities, agencies and Local Authorities to source the necessary match funding is kept to a minimum, I have increased the funding rate that will apply to projects approved under the third call under the Fund to a maximum of 90%.”

The Fund is seeking to support large-scale, ambitious projects which deliver on the objectives set out above.  In that regard, applications of scale are sought, with a minimum funding request of €500,000.  Applications to the Fund must be led by a State-funded body - Local Authorities, Local Development Companies, State agencies, commercial State bodies etc. - but collaboration between parties, including with communities, is strongly encouraged.

The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 12 noon, on Tuesday 1st December 2020.

Full details of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund are available on the Department of Rural and Community Development website at  https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/c77144-rural-regeneration-and-development-fund/

Contact:

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

076-1006843 / 087-1734633

Press.office@drcd.gov.ie


Friday, 19 June 2020

Live-saving, innovative 24/7 text service launches in Ireland

A new text-based mental health service funded by the HSE launched
Tuesday, 16th June. ‘50808’ is a first of its kind for Ireland, a
free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to
immediate support for people going through mental health or
emotional crisis. Doireann Garrihy launched the service via a Zoom
event with Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, Jim Daly, Minister for
Mental Health and Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer HSE.
Since the service began its pilot in September last year, it has provided
support to 3,801 people through 6,694 conversations. It is expected
that ‘50808’ will support over 50,000 people each year once fully
operational. See the full HSE press release here

My Mind Counselling - Covid 19 project
From this week, MyMind (Sláintecare and HSE Counselling and
Psychotherapy Project) is providing fully subsidised counselling
appointments for people affected by Covid-19 and front-line workers.
A substantial grant has been awarded by the Department of Health -
Slaintecare to support this. These online counselling appointments are
available over the next three months through MyMind’s bespoke digital
platform. Where there is no internet access, therapists will provide
support over the phone. For more information, they have put together
a short video or you can visit their site here

Wellbeing ‘In This Together’
This joint Department of Health and HSE campaign continues to give
mental health and wellbeing advice across the country and local
authorities through Healthy Ireland are also rolling it out on a regional
basis. New videos covering the following topics have been added:

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Cork Walking Week 2020

Get your walking shoes on for #CorkWalksTogether!
Cork Walking Week will start 21 - 28 June
Get involved by sharing your videos, photos, walking routes, local info & more!
Find out more here: https://www.corksports.ie/walking

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.

Participating schools will understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. They will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community, developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being. Children and young people will have a central role in this process. Successful schools will receive €4,000 to implement their plans over the school years 2020–21 and 2021–22.

In addition to downloading and reading the guidelines, you can find out more about the Creative Schools Initiative here.

NB: Please note the new deadline of Thursday, 25 June at 5.30pm.

10 calming hobbies to take up now according to RTÉ Lifestyle


Keeping yourself busy is easier said than done at the moment. After the
umpteenth week staring slack-jawed at Netflix, taking part in repetitive
Zoom quizzes and idly tapping through everyone else’s Instagram
Stories, things can start to feel a bit ‘Groundhog Day’. What you really
need is a hobby – and a calming one at that. While there’s a time and
place for playing adrenaline-soaked video games, throwing yourself
into high-intensity exercise and putting yourself on a deadline to write
your first book, all of these high-pressure pursuits can add to the
current stress and anxiety, which isn’t what you need right now.
Click here for 10 super-calming hobbies that won’t test your patience.
Try one of these ideas for soothing your nervous system, relieving
tension and improving your mental health.

Council’s Water Conservation Management Group asks people of County Cork to help conserve water supplies

Stock image of a young boy drinking from a glass of water
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Cork County Council has re-established its Water Conservation Management Group this week in order to ensure public water is conserved as much as possible and to help manage supplies across the county.

Increased demands on water supplies are being experienced due to more people staying at home in response to the Covid-19 crisis in addition to rising commercial demand as businesses reopen, together with prolonged spells of dry weather.

In response, Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order, commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban, is now in place until Tuesday 21st July. Together with Irish Water, Cork County Council is calling on communities and businesses across Cork to be mindful of all consumption of public water. Every effort made by the public, at home or at work will help to alleviate pressure on the water system.

Our experience from the 2018 drought has shown that some spring and groundwater sources can be slow to recover when they have been significantly depleted. Putting conservation measures in place at an early stage can significantly reduce the impact later on in the summer period.

Cork County Council staff are monitoring water usage across all services, focusing in particular on any leaks within Council properties or extraordinary usage.

The public are urged to report any observed leaks to Irish Water on 1850 278278

Some key measures for conservation are as follows:

In the Bathroom

  • Choose to have a shower rather than a bath - Showers use only half the amount of water required for a bath. Have a shorter shower - An average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute, so taking a shorter shower will save water.
  • When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap and save up to six litres of water per minute.
  • Toilet flushing is one of the biggest water users in most homes. Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to. Adding a toilet cistern bag to your cistern will reduce the amount of water used in every flush.
  • Fix any dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home.

In the Kitchen

  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads. This saves water and money on energy bills. When buying water-consuming appliances, it’s a good idea to check the energy efficiency label to make sure you are buying the most energy efficient appliance you can.
  • Place a basin in the sink for washing dishes by hand or collecting the water you use to rinse fruit and vegetables, which can then be used for watering plants.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap, which can waste 10 litres per day of water.
  • Choose the correct pot or pan size for cooking and remember to use the lid on a pot or pan when cooking to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, meaning you don’t have to keep adding water in.

In the Garden

  • Use a rose head watering can instead of a hose to water your plants to save water and aim for the root, not the leaves. Water your plants in the early morning or late evening to avoid scorching your plants and unnecessary evaporation.
  • Use a water butt to harvest rainwater from gutters - Collect rainwater to use in your garden instead of using drinking water from the tap.
  • Add layers of plant material, like bark or straw, to the soil in your garden to help keep the sun off so that it can retain more water for your plants and you can save on water.

On the Farm

  • Check for overflowing troughs and incorrectly set or damaged ball-valves which can waste significant amounts of water.
  • Water your crops efficiently by irrigating at the right time of day to meet crops needs and reduce losses through evaporation.
  • On dairy farms, clean plate cooling water can be diverted to a tank and used for parlour washing.
  • Use dry-cleaning techniques such as scrapers and brushes to remove solid waste from yards and pens before hosing or a small amount of water (e.g. one bucket) to pre-soak waste before cleaning.
  • Regularly check your private pipework on the farm to detect leaks. Inspect the ground above your pipes for visible signs such as unusually damp ground, lusher than expected vegetation (sign of recent leak) or reduced community / rush vegetation (consequence of a long-term leak).
  • Fix dripping taps and hosepipes around the farm promptly by replacing washers and fix overflows to avoid water wastage.
  • Rainwater harvested from roofs of farm buildings can be used for a variety of activities, e.g. washing down yards.

On Construction Sites

  • Construction sites will often have temporary water supply and distribution arrangements which can be prone to leaks. Contractors are urged to inspect water pipes and fittings on a regular basis.

For more advice on how to conserve water, visit https://www.water.ie/conserve/

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Survey on Services by SHINE Support for Mental Health

It would be greatly appreciated if the survey below, could be shared with people in the community.


We at Shine are carrying out a survey to help us understand what services you would like to access online and in person with Shine. 


Please help by filling out this very brief survey, it should take no longer than 5 mins of your time.

 

Shine provides support services for people affected by mental ill health;  individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families/partners/friends.


Please note closing date is next Friday June 19th.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F3DCFVB