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Friday, 31 January 2020

Are you Interested in becoming a Volunteer?

Are you Interested in becoming a Volunteer?

Perhaps you, your group or organisation are looking for volunteers.Come along and chat to Gosia, Placement Officer with Cork Volunteer Centre​ at a popup event on Thursday 6th February from 10 -1pm in Fermoy Community Resource Centre

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Little things can make a big difference

Lending an ear to someone else in trouble, or catching up with someone who seems distant, can change their day, or their lives. You don’t have to fix it for them – just listening is a huge help.

This information is brought to you by the HSE and the National Office for Suicide Prevention via their national website

Caring for Our Wellbeing Mallow Sessions

National Volunteering Week 2020

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Cork Volunteer Centre GE2020 & Draft National Volunteering Strategy


Fermoy Free Computer Courses 2020

Free Computer Courses February 2020

in Fermoy FET Centre, McCurtain Street

·      Word Processing Skills (QQI Level 3) Wednesday mornings, 9.15am – 11.15am, Feb - May

·      Learning about Computers (QQI Level 3)
Wednesday mornings, 10.00 – 12.00, Feb - May

·      Computers for Beginners
Wednesday, 12.00 – 2.00, Feb - Apr

·      Introduction to the Smart Phone, Mar - May
(Day and time to be confirmed)

Ring 086 8238758 for more information

Friday, 24 January 2020

STRESS CONTROL: Say YES to Less Stress

Image result for STRESS CONTROL: Say YES to Less StressStress Control is a FREE course that runs over six weeks.  If you want to learn practical ways to handle common problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, poor sleep and panic attacks then Stress Control is the course for you.

Stress Control is a class – not group therapy – so you do not have to talk about your problems in front of others.  You are invited to sit back, listen and learn some great ways to manage stress.  This approach was devised by Dr. Jim White – a Clinical Psychologist in Glasgow – and is now used across the world. Stress Control will be run by Dr Veronica Byrne, Clinical Psychologist and Lucy Phillips, Assistant Psychologist with the HSE North Cork Primary Care Psychology Service this February 13th to March 19th.

People who attended Stress Control groups in Cork have said:

“It reminded me that life can be stressful, I am not alone and help is’s nothing to be ashamed of ”

“Some of the symptoms I have experienced, I didn’t realise were stress related”

‘I got a better understanding of what was happening in my body and how to control it’

What happens in each of the sessions?

Session 1: What is stress and first steps.
Session 2: Manage your body: relaxation, exercise
Session 3: Manage your thoughts: learn to think your way out of stress
Session 4: Manage your actions: boost self-confidence
Session 5: Manage your panic
Session 6: Manage your sleep problems; control your future

You will get FREE booklets and a FREE relaxation CD when you come on the course.
 It is advised that you attend all of the 6 sessions if possible.

The course will run in the Conference Room on the ground-floor of the Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Gouldshill, Mallow. It will take place every Thursday evening for six weeks from 6.00- 7.30 pm. The course will start on Thursday the 13th of February and run until the 19th of March 2020.

Call us on 087-3816958 or email to book your place. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.

Details of Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund 2020

Cork County Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for grant funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structure Fund 2020. The Conservation Officer for Cork County Council will administrate the scheme which relates to buildings that are contained in the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas. Please note that multiple applications for the same structure under the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme will not be considered. Applications which must be made in hard copy are to be addressed to the Built Heritage Investment Scheme or Historic Structure Fund, Conservation Office, Floor 3, Planning Department, County Hall, Cork. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4pm on Thursday 31st January 2020. Late applications and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to read the relevant Circular to each scheme carefully as these contain important information regarding the purpose and administration of the schemes.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020.
Project supports will range from a minimum of €2,500 to a maximum of €15,000 per application.  This scheme will support small-scale conservation projects and support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.
BHIS Circular 2020 - Click here
BHIS Application Form A 2020 - Click here

Historic Structures Fund 2020
The Historic Structures Fund replaces the previous Structures at Risk Fund and will have two Streams:
- Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.
- Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated.
HSF Circular 2020 - Click here
HSF Application Form A 2020 - Click here

Details of Funding Schemes Operated by Cork County Council

Details of Funding Schemes Operated by Cork County Council

Each year Cork County Council operates a range of different Grant Schemes; some unique to Cork County Council and others, which are administered by the Council as part of National Schemes. A full list of these schemes is now available by visiting:

Farming for Nature Awards now Open

Your chance to show your appreciation for those who actively care for nature on their land! Do you know of any farmer or farm family who you feel would make a great Ambassador for Farming for Nature? If so, we would love to hear from you! The Farming for Nature Awards 2020 nomination process is open now until 31st March 2020. We are looking for nominations of farmers and farm families who are doing great things for nature on their land while farming in an economically and socially progressive way. Farmers who are proud of what they do and why they do it, and who are happy to share their story with others. We will be contacting our network of ecologists, rangers, heritage officers and others to nominate their farming heroes. For more information visit

Tin Whistle Workshop

cuisle avondhu tin whistle
Date/Time: Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00
Tin Whistle Workshop 
Location: Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Cuisle Avondhu, supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme, has organised a tin whistle workshop for Saturday 1st February - Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Places are limited and booking is essential. Email  

Accordion Workshop

Cuisle Accordion
Date/Time: Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00
Accordion Workshop 
Location: Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Cuisle Avondhu, supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme, has organised an Accordion workshop for Saturday 1st February. Places are limited and booking is essential. Email  

GLAS Grants for Traditional Farms

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, have opened the 2020 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings grant scheme, open to GLAS participants only, for applications for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures for farmers.  Deadline for completed applications (hard copy only) is 5pm Tuesday 18th February.  Further details at

Challenge your brain

Daily brain exercises, such as crosswords, Sudoku and word searches are a form of mental stimulation that can improve your brain health and might fight off some of the negative effects that ageing has on your brain, helping you stay brain fit as you age. But the key is ensuring that it isn’t so challenging that it causes you to get stressed.

It’s not just puzzles that help to reduce your risk of dementia. You can also challenge your brain by learning a new skill or hobby. It could be a new language or a photography course or even a holiday to a new place or a trip to see a new museum – anything new helps to bolster brain connections and builds your cognitive reserve. This enriches your brain network and opens up new routes that your brain might welcome if it ever needs to bypass blockages or go around damaged circuits.

New Historical Records available Online

New Historical Birth, Marriage & Death records are now available online with all civil marriage records from 1845 to 1944, birth register records for 1919 and death register records for 1969  available online to members of the public. Over 15.5 million register records are now available to the public to view and research online at

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020.

Project supports will range from a minimum of €2,500 to a maximum of €15,000 per application.  This scheme will support small-scale conservation projects and support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.
BHIS Circular 2020 - Click here
BHIS Application Form A 2020 - Click here

Cork County Council Community Fund Scheme 2020

Cork County Council is committed to supporting local communities with financial assistance available through the Municipal District Community Fund Scheme which is administered by the County Council's 8 Municipal Districts. Guidelines are available here. The scheme is open for applications on Monday January 6th 2020 on YourCouncil.
Applications will close at 4pm, Friday 14th February.
Applications are open to the following schemes through this innitiative: 
1.      Capital Fund Scheme - for community groups, sporting and local organisations in County Cork who wish to undertake infrastructural projects costing over €20,000 that will improve the range or quality of community based facilities within their area e.g. community halls, sporting facilities, etc.
2.      Community Contract - for Tidy Towns groups who work with Cork County Council on local works and projects, agreed with the Municipal District Officer and local Area Engineer that enhance the area in which the group is active. For the Community Contract it is strongly recommended that you contact your Area Engineer and Municipal District Officer to discuss your proposals before you apply.
3.      Amenity Fund Scheme - for community groups, sporting and local organisations in County Cork who wish to undertake projects or purchase equipment that directly benefits communities and meets particular needs. Projects being applied for under this scheme must cost less than €20,000.
For more information visit the relevant section of Cork County Council’s website by clicking here

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Reflective Practice for Practitioners (Cork & Kerry) Courses 2020

Reflective Practice for Practitioners (Volunteer and Professional workers)
Cork & Kerry

February – December 2020

Closing date:  Friday 31st January 2020

Through the collaboration between Bon Secours Community Initiative Fund, Cork Volunteer Centre, SHEP & HSE, it is planned to run open and follow-on Reflective Practice for Practitioners course again in 2020.
All course participants will be highly subsidised by this collaboration

Are you volunteering or working in a community oriented and/or service oriented role?  Are you interested in being better able to bring about positive change through your role?  Are you interested in reflecting with others, and learning about the under-lying assumptions, motivations, feelings and beliefs that shape your ways of volunteering or working?  Are you interested in being better able to bring about positive change in the organisation you are involved in or your community? This part-time SHEP course commencing in February 2020 may be of interest.

An Innovative & Practical Course

This  course will be of interest to a wide range of Volunteers and Paid workers involved in a various roles in Community and Voluntary groups,  social service agencies, public or local authority - (e.g. education, youth and community work, social work, childcare, health-care, housing, inter-agency work etc.).The aim of this course is to

·       Provide for 10-12 participants a space to reflect together on their prior and current practice experiences

·       Explore the assumptions, values, beliefs and feelings that underpin participants’ ways of being active in their settings

·       Enhance capacity to co-create space for personal and group learning from practice reflection.


A SHEP certificate in Reflective Practice for Practitioners will be awarded where an 80% attendance record is achieved.

Highly Subsidised

€45 personal contribution (covers booking deposit and course book) - the participation of all successful applicants will be fully subsidised

Open Access
This is an open-access course - applicants must be adults (18 and over) who:
·       Have a strong commitment to promoting social change, inclusion, equality and justice and are active in their community or organisation in either a voluntary or paid capacity
·       Be volunteering or working in a Community or Voluntary sector organisation, social service agencies, public or local authority (e.g. education, youth and community work, social work, childcare, health care, housing community representative, inter-agency roles etc.)
·       Have a willingness to be open in a group setting, sufficient for a process of reflection on the assumptions, values and feelings underpinning their volunteering or work

Using Critical Reflection Method
Open to all volunteer or paid practitioners
·        Option 1: Cork (Thursday night, SHEP  Centre, Ballintemple)
·        Option 2:  Kerry (Thursday night, Tralee) -

Using Variety of Reflective Methods
·        Option 3: Cork (Wednesday night, Cork Volunteer Centre, Cork City Centre) – Follow on course for those who have completed a prior reflective practice course

For Further Information:
Contact Liam McCarthy SHEP (021) 4666 180

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6 Week Chair Yoga Programme

When Stroke Strikes, Act F.A.S.T

Know the signs and act F.A.S.T.

The F.A.S.T. acronym was created as a helper for people to remember the main warning signs of stroke so that they can act immediately in the case of a stroke by dialling 999.
F.A.S.T. stands for:
F - Face Has their face fallen on one side. Can they smile?
A - Arms Can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
S - Speech is their speech slurred
T - Time To call 999 if you see any single one of these signs. 
Stroke is Ireland’s third biggest killer but hundreds of lives could be saved each year if more people knew that stroke is a medical emergency. Stroke destroys two million brain cells every minute so TIME IS BRAIN. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke call 999 immediately.
When stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.

Cultural Companions

Do you enjoy attending arts and cultural events, such as, plays, films, shows, concerts, exhibitions or other events? 

Would you go to more if you could go with someone who shares your interests? If so, Cultural Companions might be for you.

What is Cultural Companions?

Cultural Companions creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts, culture and heritage who can accompany each other to cultural events.

How does it work?

We bring together like-minded people that meet up regularly to go out either with one other person or as part of a small group. Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Ireland’s vibrant cultural and arts scene.
For the full list of our next Cultural Companion events– please see our latest Event Guide.

For Future Information:

Contact Barbara: 021-4500688

Men's Health Fact Sheet for Your 60s & 70s

Male Dental Health

Men, visit your dental team once a year (even if you wear dentures) for a mouth cancer examination and to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Choose the Right Tools for Your Teeth! With links between gum disease, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, it has never been more important to take care of your teeth and gums.

Tooth Tips
  • Always brush twice a day,at bed time and one other time for 2- 3 mins.
  •  Tools for the job: - a soft/medium toothbrush - fluoride toothpaste (at least 1,000ppm). - floss or interdental brushes (ask your dental team for advice on technique).
  •  Your toothbrush is not a power tool, hold it like a pen. 
  • Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums. 
  • Brush your tongue to help reduce bad breath. 
  • Change your toothbrush when bristles are worn.

  • Unflavoured milk and water are the best drinks. Milk will aid muscle recovery after exercise. Avoid high sugar sports drinks. 
  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports to reduce the risk of dental injuries.

  • Choose healthy snacks between meals such as whole fruits. Avoid sweets, chocolate, biscuits and sugary drinks. Dried fruits are high in sugar. 
  • Limit fruit juice or fruit smoothies to a small glass once a day, with a meal and always choose unsweetened. 
  • Read food labels for sugar content. Less than 5g per 100g is low sugar.

Smoking and Alcohol

  • Smoking increases your risk of oral and general health problems including: mouth cancer, cardiovascular disease, bad breath, gum disease & stains on teeth. 
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Your risk of mouth cancer is even greater if you smoke and drink alcohol. 
  • The recommended low-risk limit for alcohol intake is 17 units/ week for men (8.5 pints of beer). Have at least 2-3 alcohol-free days.

More information
 Check your dental entitlements at

Go for Life Grants Funding for Physical Activity in the Community

"Over the last eighteen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often"

Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport

What is the Go for Life Grants Scheme?

The Go for Life Grant Scheme offers financial supports – provided by Sport Ireland – to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people.

How does it work?

This national grant scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned activity and sport initiatives. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:
  • Supporting the work of Go for Life including the network of PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) and the development of Go for Life Games and other initiatives;
  • Assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;
  • Assisting local clubs/organisations to start new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity.
In 2018, €300,000 was awarded in grants all over Ireland. Each grant awarded ranged between €140 and €1,400 with the average grant being €290.
What will be awarded?
  • Physical Activity Programme: Grants awarded to support a planned series of physical activity sessions for older people. For example, (1) a five-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as Aerobics, Aquafit, Tai Chi or Tennis. The cost of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost.
  • Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials: Grants will be awarded to assist the purchase of physical activity equipment, for example, Go for Life Games equipment, Pitch and Putt set, physical activity kitbag, badminton rackets.
  • Participation Events: Grants will be awarded to those who need financial assistance to participate or organise physical activity events for older people. For example, organising regular Go for Life Games or a Sportsfest aimed at introducing older adults to a range of recreational sports.

How can I get involved?

The Go for Life Grant Scheme opens for applications in August of each year.  The deadline for applications for this year’s allocation is now closed and the list of recipients can be downloaded here:
If you would like to get updates on all our initiatives, including the next round of grant funding, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of each web page or just contact us – details below.  


Mitchelstown Ageing Well Programme

Exhibition Opening: Grattan Street Stories: Memory of Place

 Exhibition Opening of “Grattan Street Stories: A Memory of Place” at St. Peter North Main Street, Cork, at 6pm on Thursday, February 6th 2020.

Visual exhibit by Dr Edith O’Regan-Cosgrave, in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Projects Memory of Place presentation, supported through the Community Work Department and Social Inclusion Cork Kerry Community Healthcare HSE. 

"Grattan Street Stories: A Memory of Place” is a visual art exhibition and folklore presentation about Grattan Street Health Centre and the community it served. 
The exhibition combines photographs, paintings, text, paper artifacts, oral history and archival material to explore the life and closure of a community healthcare centre, sited in a former 19th century Quaker meeting house in Cork’s inner city.
6:00pm: Official Opening by Editor of Cork Beo, author and broadcaster Joe O’Shea, followed by a presentation by The Cork Folklore Project and opening reception.
For further information see and The exhibition continues in St. Peters North Main Street Cork  until February 28th 2020.