Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Cumann na daoine’s Towards Occupation Programme 2015 celebrate

Cumann na daoine’s


Cumann na daoine would like to congratulate this year’s Towards Occupation Programme participants on completion of the course. The majority of participants started the programme in September 2014 right through to June 2015 while others joined in February 2015. The group have forged an amazing friendship and are continuing to meet in Cumann na daoine twice a month. We wish them all the very best for the future.

Cumann na daoine co ordinates SECAD’s Towards Occupation Programme in Youghal. The course is funded by the Department of Social Protection. It is a modular and flexible part time programme including training opportunities in:
1. Personal development,
2. Skills development and
3. Confidential career guidance & support in CV writing and progression routes

The Towards Occupation Programme is designed to assist people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment to develop the skills and confidence to move into education, training, voluntary work, employment or other directions. Participants are supported to explore a range of new skills and set achievable goals whilst also focusing on confidence building, communication skills and increasing self belief. The course also helps facilitate participants to identify their own personal occupation requirements and the pathways to achieving them. The training is tailored to suit the interests and needs of the group.

Angela Glen, who has worked in the Community Development sector for over 20yrs, was brought on board by Dolores Corcoran Chairperson, to do initially a 6 week personal development programme and an evaluation of one of the earlier programmes. Angela has now been instrumental in redesigning the Youghal TOC programme in consultation with the participants, evaluations of the programme and Cumann na doaine. Angela is now an integral part of the programme delivering the Personal Development element over the whole duration of the course. 24 weeks

Our wonderfully talented local lady Teresa Watkins has the brilliant task of facilitating the skills development element through the pottery classes. Again, this element has proven its worth over and over on the course. Friendships are made; social skills developed, fun, laughter and relaxation are all words participants have described as they make their amazing pieces.

There are also other elements to the course in career planning, cv writing etc delivered by Cora O Donnell One to One Employment & SECAD. Guest speakers are also brought in and the course also promotes positive mental health.

Cumann na doaine are now taking names for the next course so why not pop into them at their premises on Catherine Street or phone 024 91900 and put your name down for September. Attending this course won’t affect your social welfare payment.


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