PCI College has announced a Scholarship competition to recognise those who give their time to the voluntary and charity sector. The Scholarship is open to full and part-time volunteers in Ireland, and the prize will cover full fees for the Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy course, beginning in February 2016.
THREE women from West Cork, Christine Brewer, Clare Heardman and Gana Roberts, are travelling to Lesvos (Greece) in January to volunteer helping refugees. These refugees have made an often horrendous journey from Syria & Afghanistan. In the last few months over 70 children have died making the crossing from Turkey. They are fleeing from a war situation, leaving their land, home and people they love in search of a new
THE RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently where the charity presented 55 awards to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country that have made a significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland. Six of those awards were made to West Cork volunteers from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Union Hall.
THE CoAction children’s summer camps will again be held in Bantry, Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen in July. Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.
THE Le Chéile Mentoring Project is looking for both male and female volunteers to act as mentors to young people or their parents in the West Cork area. Le Chéile mentoring and youth justice service recruits and trains volunteers from local communities to work with young people and their families involved with probation.
We are starting into a new year and in the process of planning for exciting things happening in July, namely our CoAction Children’s Summer Camp. Camps will again be held in Bantry, Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen.
Since the launch of its free counselling service on the 27th October last Lisheens House West Cork Suicide Prevention Service has been very busy fielding calls on its helpline number 023 888 8888. Although its founder Noreen Murphy realised the need for such a service when she founded the charity the volume of the calls it has received since its launch has surprised her.
THE Irish Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers in West Cork to give health information talks in their communities as part of the Society’s Community Awareness Programme. The programme, which aims to educate the public around reducing the risk of cancer and the importance of early detection, will also create awareness around the services and supports available from the Irish Cancer Society.
A new community charity shop will shortly open in Kealkill Creamery (formerly Drinagh Co-op) In advance of the opening donations of the following items are requested: clothes, footwear, children’s toys & equipment, furniture / antiques, bric-a-brac, books & comics, media – vinyl / cd’s / dvd’s / tapes, old agricultural equipment & tools, art / paintings, jewellery.
RNLI honours West Cork volunteers at awards ceremony in Farmleigh as charity celebrates 190th anniversary
THE RNLI annual presentation of awards took place recently at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. It was a special occasion as it also marked the 190th anniversary of the charity that saves lives at sea and on inland waters. The awards recognise fundraising and operational volunteers from across Ireland for their role in raising funds and awareness for the RNLI and in doing so supporting the volunteer lifeboat crews
SKIBBEREEN’S Bridge Street will be getting a timely spring clean on Sunday, May 25th thanks to an innovative new local initiative aimed at helping the town look its best for the upcoming summer tourist season. The “Shiny Happy Skibbereen” project supported by the local Chamber of Commerce and Tidy Towns will see Bridge Street literally transformed on the day as volunteers join forces to give the area a bright new
Bantry Bay Users Forum is once again organising the shore clean up around Bantry Bay this year. This forum is made up of a diverse group of interested individuals, Community Groups, Local Associations, Community Worker Coordinators, State Agencies, Litter Wardens and Fishermen who come together in a voluntary capacity in order to discuss and to find solutions to matters like rubbish being washed up on our shorelines. Everyone knows that
SPECIAL Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers to help with its national collection day this April. The sport charity’s annual collection day takes place throughout Ireland on Friday, April 11th.
CoAction in Bantry would like to hear from anybody who can assist one of its students at present doing a cookery course in St. Gobans.
Cork West Civil Defence volunteers were honoured with long service medals. Some received their 10 year, some 20 year and some with over 30 years voluntary service – a remarkable achievement.
A VERY well attended AGM of Clonakilty Special Olympics Club took place recently with an appeal for more volunteers to get involved in the club activities. Club Manager/Chairperson, Rose Dempsey welcomed all present and herself and Secretary Mary O’ Donovan outlined the club’s activities and achievements over the last year or so. The main highlight was having three club athletes qualifying for the Ireland Games in Golf Skills, but
Macroom Job Seekers Resource Centre are looking for volunteers. If you have competent IT skills & are willing to support local job seekers for one three hour session each week in the mornings then you can make a difference by contacting Fergal Conlon on 086-8566364 or emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t need to be an expert career coach or guidance professional & all necessary training will be provided.
THE RNLI Annual Presentation of Awards took place last weekend in the Great Hall at Trinity College in Dublin recently.
DAYS are getting longer, hopefully finer and warmer and CoAction is putting in place plans for their summer camps held in July. One of the reasons the camps continue to be so successful is because CoAction have excellent volunteers assisting the staff carry out a wide range of activities.
IT’S that time of year when CoAction are putting in place plans for their Summer Camps held in July. One of the reasons the camps continue to be so successful is because they have excellent volunteers assisting CoAction staff to carry out a wide range of activities.
by Raymond Ruttle Secretary Skibbereen Youth Cafe Ltd. FOR a number of years now Skibbereen Youth Cafe has been operating in the Town Hall.
THE West Cork Development Partnership will soon be opening a new Jobseekers Resource Centre in the Old Credit Union in Skibbereen.
Special needs helper CoAction would like to hear from anyone in the Macroom / Inchigeela areas who would be available to assist a family with a special needs child in their own home on an “as needed” basis. You may not be required every week and will get advance notice of when you are. If you think you could be of assistance to this family contact the volunteer coordinator
Have you a festival or event planned for The Gathering 2013? If you do the Skibbereen Chamber would like to hear from you!
DUNMANWAY Enterprise Network as part of their Christmas shopping in Dunmanway initiative are seeking ideas and volunteers from within the business community to capitalize on the momentum gained in 2011 as part of the ‘’Love Local’’ campaign.
CANCER Connect is a free and flexible transport service to Cork Hospitals, for people receiving cancer treatments. There are two general services travelling to Cork daily; an eight-seater vehicle travels from Castletownbere through Bantry, Dunmanway, Enniskeane to CUH bringing passengers for radiotherapy treatment.
DUNMANWAY Boxing Club will be opening again in September thanks to a grant from Cork County Council and the Cork Sports Partnership. The club are looking for volunteers to coach and support the club’s general activities.
ALLIHIES Copper Mine Museum (ACMM) has been granted funding from the Heritage Council of Ireland to carry out a survey of mining and industrial heritage in Allihies. The relatively untouched, authentic post-industrial landscape around Allihies will be explored and documented.
by Brian Moore A NEW community market shop has opened in Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. The market shop at the Old Creamery, which provides an all-weather space for the local producers who sell their produce at the weekly Sunday market, will be manned by volunteers and open everyday from Monday to Saturday.
Donal Daly WEST Cork Rapid Response is a voluntary group located in West Cork, consisting of volunteer doctors and Advanced Paramedics, who attend scenes of life threatening events and work in partnership with the existing HSE Medical Emergency services. We provide a fully equipped pre-hospital emergency Rapid Response Vehicle to incidents throughout West Cork. Since its inception it is estimated that West Cork Rapid Response volunteers have been saving, on