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Active Community Awards – Nominations Open!

Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Active Community Awards 2021!!

Through the Active Cork Communities initiative, Cork Sports Partnership seeks to support local agencies, community groups, and clubs to develop and foster a culture of promoting community sport and physical activity for their local community.

What is an Active Community?
An Active Community is a community where people have the opportunity to participate in locally-led physical activity and community sports programmes, while equally promoting positive health and wellbeing inclusive for all.

Background:
Cork Sports Partnership recognises the need to acknowledge the many community groups, organisations, and individuals that commit to supporting that local Active Community ethos. While the last months have been particularly challenging for community groups and individuals alike, we know that people and groups have gone above and beyond to support the most vulnerable in society through this pandemic. Communities have come up with unique and innovative ways to keep people engaged in physical activity and sport, thus supporting them to look after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Through the Cork Healthy Ireland fund with the support of local partners and agencies, we can now begin to recognise these efforts across the many communities in Cork with the launch of our Active Community Awards for 2021.

Opening Date:
Nominations for all categories will open the week of February 22nd.

Categories include:

  1. Active Community Group Award 
  2. Active Community Campaign Award
  3. Active Community Champion Award
  4. Active Community Inclusion Award
We welcome nominations from across Cork city and county and look forward to hearing about all the groups, individuals, and campaigns that have supported people over the last 12-18 months. 
 

Community Garden Citizen Scientist & Mindful Musings 

SECAD is offering this new garden citizen science course.  It is aimed at families, (best suited for those with children 6-12). They will be sent a learning pack each week (4 in total) and asked to watch a video, which they can do at their convenience. A Zoom “Answer your Questions” will be held at least once during the course for families to drop into as they wish. If you think you would enjoy/benefit from getting to know wildlife in the garden, please contact Karen, her number is on the flyer.

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Mindfulness Exercises from Sean Fargo

Self-Kindness Worksheet – Part 1
Is It Selfish To Want Happiness?

Giving Yourself Love & Kindness

A Care Package For Uncertain Times. This is a special collection of podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflection for however you’re processing this moment. There’s a special inclusion by Sharon Salzberg called “Shelter for the Heart and Mind”. Enjoy!

You can receive daily mindfulness meditations, worksheets and infographics to help you start each day mindful. Sign Up Free at  https://mindfulnessexercises.com/100-day-mindfulness-challenge/

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Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Active Community Awards 2021!!

Active Community Awards Nominations & Amnesty Walking Challenge!

Through the Active Cork Communities initiative, Cork Sports Partnership seeks to support local agencies, community groups, and clubs to develop and foster a culture of promoting community sport and physical activity for their local community.

What is an Active Community?
An Active Community is a community where people have the opportunity to participate in locally-led physical activity and community sports programmes, while equally promoting positive health and wellbeing inclusive for all.

Background:
Cork Sports Partnership recognises the need to acknowledge the many community groups, organisations, and individuals that commit to supporting that local Active Community ethos. While the last months have been particularly challenging for community groups and individuals alike, we know that people and groups have gone above and beyond to support the most vulnerable in society through this pandemic. Communities have come up with unique and innovative ways to keep people engaged in physical activity and sport, thus supporting them to look after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Through the Cork Healthy Ireland fund with the support of local partners and agencies, we can now begin to recognise these efforts across the many communities in Cork with the launch of our Active Community Awards for 2021.

Opening Date:
Nominations for all categories will open the week of February 22nd.
Categories include:

  1. Active Community Group Award 
  2. Active Community Campaign Award
  3. Active Community Champion Award
  4. Active Community Inclusion Award

We welcome nominations from across Cork city and county and look forward to hearing about all the groups, individuals, and campaigns that have supported people over the last 12-18 months. 

For more information, see https://www.corksports.ie/index.cfm/page/active-communities-awards

Amnesty Women’s Day 10k Challenge

Was one of your resolutions to get a little fitter this year? Would a 10k challenge help motivate you?

If so, then Amnesty would like you to know about their 10k for Women’s Day event! You don’t have to be a super runner for this one but, whatever your fitness level, this 10k is challenging. You have 4 days to complete the 10k between the 5th and 8th March by walking, running, jogging or whatever works for you!

The funds you raise will help Amnesty’s campaign to support women around the world who are risking their freedom, and sometimes their lives, fighting for gender equality.

For more information, see Amnesty’s page on Facebook @Amnesty or contact Annette, Community & Events Fundraising at teamamnesty@amnesty.ie

Online exhibitions, artists in residence and more at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

We are currently closed to the public but we continue to connect with our communities, virtually and remotely. See below for some of what’s happening in February

Siobhán McDonald: Herbarium of Breath (detail) from Traces of Air at Uillinn and online

Siobhán McDonald: Traces of Air
Viewable online

Siobhán McDonald’s work draws attention to contemporary topics dealing with air, breath and atmospheric phenomena, weaving scientific knowledge into her art in a poetic and thoughtful manner. She works through the mediums of painting, drawing, film and sound to highlight how human action has an impact on the environment.

Image above: Just one of the works in Sensing Place by Scoil Mhuire NS, Schull

Sensing Place: An exhibition of work from Uillinn’s primary schools programme
Viewable online
Taking the work of three Uillinn Artists in Residence – Mary Sullivan, Pascal Ungerer and Kate McElroy – as a starting point, primary school children examined a variety of different ways that place can be explored through art. Pascal uses paint to capture places on the edge of rural and urban. Kate uses photography and found objects to capture a sense of a place in flux. Mary uses performance to respond to specific sites, often in her home place of Bere Island. An exhibition of the work created by pupils from three West Cork schools on the theme of place is available online until 14 March.

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Launching on 1 February (Lá Féile Bhríde / Imbolc), #skibbereenvirtualstpatricksday invites the local community to participate in a programme of online, family-friendly arts activities, continuing with last year’s theme of Irish Folklore and Fairies. Working with Uillinn and Skibbereen Chamber of Commerce, artist Ana Ospina and designers Alice Halliday and Michael Stephens will develop the project to culminate in a virtual parade and broadcast to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen on 17 March.

To participate and find out more see www.westcorkartscentre.com/st-patrick_s-day-2021
Thursday 4 February – Create your own folklore and fairytales character
Thursday 11 February – Make your own enchanted cloak
Thursday 18 February – Craft your own magical parade props
Thursday 25 February – Mythical headpieces  
Saturday 27 February at 3.00pm – Live online workshop, places limited, booking essential 

Image above: Alice Halliday as Brigid, wearing the community cloak created during workshops in February 2020

Image above: Tara Brandel in The UCC and Bollinger Family Space at Uillinn

Croí Glan Co-Artistic Director Tara Brandel will participate in a dance research residency for In Place at Uillinn during February. Supported by an Arts Council Arts Grant Award, In Place will investigate the architecture of 5 distinct art gallery spaces around Ireland including Uillinn (Skibbereen), The MAC (Belfast) and IMMA (Dublin). 

Later in February, Luke Murphy of Attic Productions will participate in a dance production residency for Raft, a new site-specific, dance performance for 2021.

Copyright © 2021 West Cork Arts Centre, All rights reserved.
Mailing address:
info@westcorkartscentre.com

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COURSES: on offer online from CETB and others

CETB – PLC, Community Education & Adult Basic Education)

  • Internet and ESOL classes going online. Some other courses more practical and not so suitable for online, so will run them after February if possible
  • Zoom class, starting next week
  • Community Education – Upholstery will wait until Feb to finish off and Sewing course is going online
  • ‘Write a Song’ free online course starts on Wednesday 3rd Feb at 7pm for six weeks

 

CETB – BACK TO EDUCATION INITIATIVE)

  • BTEI – All courses are continuing courses, running from Sept 2020 to May 2021.
  • Can’t recruit onto a new art course online
  • CETB aiming to ensure engagement from as many students as possible
  • Woodwork, horticulture, sewing, sales all going online

 

See www.corketb.ie or email info@corketb.ie for more information

 

Youghal Library

  • Under current level 5 restrictions, all libraries are closed but all library services are available online, you can join online on website.
  • Touch Type Read Spell training also has individual licences available

See https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/your-library/youghal-library for details or email youghal.library@corkcoco.ie

 

East Cork Traveller Project

  • Have developed a website, hoping to do podcasts, particularly re mental health, wellness.

Find ECTP on Facebook @EstCork Traveller Project

 

SECAD

One to one confidential employment service ongoing (via telephone / zoom)

SECAD is offering a wide range of courses, most online at the moment.  These include the following

  • Women’s Rural Entrepreneur Network (WREN)
  • Healthcare courses for women commencing in February
  • Ability programme (for young people aged 18-29 with disabilities)
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Wellbeing sessions (webinars or short courses); Healthy eating sessions; Citizen Science
  • Upcoming Sustainable Communities and Biodiversity Training for communities
  • Digital Marketing and Public Relations training for Tourism) / Hospitality businesses (short 3 hour focused online workshops mid Feb onwards
  • Sectoral skills training depending on specific needs e.g. retail, customer care, food safety, SafePass etc

SECAD online learning hub including promo video can be found on www.secad.ie and courses advertised on https://m.facebook.com/secadcork

Youghal Community Health Project

  • Restarting chair yoga via zoom on Wednesdays from 12-1pm for 6 weeks
  • Singing for the Brain every Thursday at 2.30pm via zoom
  • Monthly dementia café (virtual) on the last Friday of each month.
  • Walking challenges and wellbeing initiatives are being shared publicly on Facebook @youghalcommunityhealthproject

Youghal Greenway – part of a wider network

Following the work on the new boardwalk in Youghal, we will soon see further work on the development of the Midleton Youghal Greenway, which follows the route of the disused railway line from Midleton Train Station to the former Youghal Train Station. Department of Transport funding for the development of the Greenway will be provided at a rate of 100%; the overall funding secured by Cork County Council for the development stands at €19.8 million. The 23km long, off-road route connects the key towns and villages of Midleton, Mogeely, Killeagh and Youghal and will provide a level gradient suitable for users of all ages and abilities as a safe, accessible and attractive route for cycling and walking.

The route will eventually link to existing and planned greenways in counties Waterford, Wexford, Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and parts of Northern Ireland to form the Ireland part of the European cycle route (see image)

Site clearance works currently being completed will see the removal of vegetation and remaining rails and railway sleepers as the first phase of the construction stage. Significant effort has been made to retain existing trees and hedgerows along the route corridor to protect habitat, conserve biodiversity and create opportunities for landscape and environment enhancement.

In January of last year, councillors on Cork County Council unanimously agreed on planning permission for the 24km greenway which is set to cost over €19 million to build.

For more information on cycle routes across the country, see https://irishcycle.com/2020/01/07/works-starts-on-midleton-to-youghal-greenway/

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Tracing Family Roots

While we’re locked down, this is a great time to start – or continue – researching your family tree. I’ve been doing this for the past few months and feel like I’ve met so many new family members! Below is an extract from an interesting article from http://youghalcelebrateshistory.com which will give you some good tips and advice on where to start and where to search.

[from John Grenham’s article published in the Irish Times 23/12/20]

“Getting started ; Before you go near any records, talk to your family. It makes no sense to spend days trawling through databases to find out your great-grandmother’s surname if someone in the family already knows it.

So first talk to parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents – find out what they know before they’re gone for good. Most families have at least one individual who keeps track of the extended network of relatives, and if you can buttonhole her (it usually is a her), you’re off to a good start. To begin with, quantity is less important than quality – there’ll be plenty of time for precision later.

The only cast-iron rule of family history is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more. Don’t begin with Attila the Hun and try to work forward to yourself. Take your granny and work back from her”.

See more through the web link above

Photo credit: “19th century graffitti”: youghalcelebrateshistory.com