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FAI & Cork Youth Services Join Forces to Bring city together for Soccer

On the 11th of July 2018 over 70 young people took part in the FAI and Cork City Youth Services Soccer Tournament Final. This finals were supported by the @faireland, @ywicork , @foroige , @leisureworldhq Churchfield, Health Action Zone and @corksportspartnership.

On the night, 4 teams took part in the Schoolboy/Girls league and 5 teams took part in the Youth League. The final results in the Schoolboy/Girls league League were Champions League Final winner ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ and runners up were ‘Chigginz F.C.’ and
the Europa League Finals were ‘Double Trouble’ and runners up were ‘Beanz F.C.’. 

 

In the Youth League the final results were Champions League Finals winners ‘Mahon
Boys’ runners up ‘Mixed Rebels’ and Europa League Final winners ‘Undateables’
and runners up ‘BAP’.

 

 

Some aims & Objectives for this tournament where:

 

  • Awareness of and improvement in
    health and fitness 
  • Critical thinking and strategy
    forming
  • Reduce alcohol use
  • Improved self-efficacy and self-
    awareness.
  • Initial engagement with youth
    worker and relationship forming
  • For young people all over the city to meet at one positive event.
  • For young people to see the other youth workers, youth organisations available them.
  • For youth workers to develop relationships with young people.

 

There were eight different youth projects represented on the night and they were
Youth Work Ireland Cork (Gurranabraher/Churchfield), FAYRE GYDP
(Farranree/Fairhill), Knocknaheeney GYDP, Togher Youth Project, BAP GYDP
(Ballincollig), Bishopstown Youth Development Project, MAY GYDP (Mahon), and
Linkpoint (Knocknaheeny) @ Sam Allen Sports Complex

 

 

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Gurranabraher Double Winners at Drugs.ie Media Awards 2018

After receiving close to 700 entries this year, the 2018 ‘Let’s Talk about Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards category winners and runners-up have been announced. Youth Work Ireland Cork are very proud of the young people who entered this competition. Thanks to those Young People & Garry from GMCBeats. Check out our award winning entries below…..
 
For more info on these awards, click on the following link: 2018 Winners
 

Video/Animation Category Winners 

15-17 Winning Entry: Youth Work Ireland, Cork   

 

 
 

Audio Category Winners & Runners-up

12-14 Winning Entry: The Hut Junior Crew, Cork  

18-21 Runner-up: Daniel Sheehan, GMC Beats & Youth Work Ireland, Cork   

 

Youth Work Ireland Cork Receive Community Award

 

We are delighted to be awarded the ‘Community Award’ from St Vincents Secondary School. This award is given to an individual, group or organisation that has helped facilitate or support St Vincents School. Our youth worker, Joe Curtin, also received the individual award.

Thanks to Katelynne O’ Sullivan for collecting the award on behalf of Youth Work Ireland Cork & Youth Worker Joe Curtin at the awards ceremony on the 13th of March.

Youth Work Ireland Cork to ‘Investigate, Participate & Celebrate’ Lifelong Learning

Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) took part in the annual Cork Life Long Learning Festival 2018. As part of this they ran three events. The First, an art exhibition & a series of workshops. The young people from YWIC’s Local Training Initiative Art & Community course hosted this event. The theme of this exhibition explores our thoughts on the importance of a place. What does it mean to us? Is it a physical thing? Is it a part of us? Is it a state of mind? Place is something that can be important to an individual or to a community. Staff and students from the project where there on the day to discuss the artwork on display. Guests where also invited to attend the short workshops including mono print workshop and adding your mark to our map, or take a journey to a world of destinations with our digital media travel agency.

Come along to our exhibition and free art workshops at the Hut with Youth Work Ireland Cork as part of Cork Lifelong Learning Festival ‘Where in the World’ until 4pm today.

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YWIC’s Second & Third Events where both Plays by Cyclone Theatre Company.The First was titled ‘Bullying Prevention Session’. This was an interactive Play for young people in a youth centre setting. The event includes a comedy/drama performance, a presentation and discussion on the topic of bullying behaviour. The Bullying Prevention Session aims to raise awareness about bullying and its affects. It
identifies what is bullying, the different forms it can take e.g. verbal, online etc. The roles played by those involved and the impact of bullying. The aim of the session is to engage with the young people and get them to challenge their own attitudes about bullying in a fun interactive way with expert guidance from the Cyclone rep Theatre Company. In association with Youth Work Ireland Cork and Health Action Zone Project Cork & Kerry Community Healthcare HSE.

The third and final event was called ‘Choices’.  The play “Choices” is a comedy/drama and presentation about the dangerous decisions that we can make around alcohol. Not only the choice to drink and how much, but how, individually and collectively, we make choices that
influence young people to drink. The play explores the lives of 3 young people and the parental, drinks industry and peer pressure influences on their ‘choice’ to drink. In the end, “Choices” asks the audience to consider what we value in life and to reflect if drinking supports that vision or not. ‘Choices’ is part of the Government’s Alcohol Strategy and has been enjoyed by hundreds of people from
communities across Ireland. ‘A moving and powerful drama that raises awareness about harmful drinking.’ – Senator Frances Black . 

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities. The festival’s motto is ‘Investigate, Participate, Celebrate’, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others; from the young to the old, show off what they are learning.

During the festival all events are free and accessible to everyone. Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays and demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including shopping centres, libraries, museums, resource and community centres, parks, sports grounds, private businesses and on the streets.

 For more information on Youth Work Ireland Cork please visit www.ywicork.com or check out Facebook (Youth Work Ireland Cork) or Twitter & Instagram (@YWICork)  

Gurranabraher to Greece! The story of an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange called Sport Co-Op.

Below is the Youth Work Ireland Cork Blog of our upcoming Youth Exchange, ‘Sport Co-Op’. We will update this frequently before, during and after the youth exchange. For more information about this youth exchange contact joe.curtin@ywicork.com .

“Our first Youth Exchange was a huge success and had a positive impact on the young people involved and gave them the taste and confidence for more. As a result of the relationship that developed between our Irish and Greek young people, we have now been successful in a second application and are in the planning stages of our next exchange. “Sport Co-Op” will take place in Greece in June 2018 on the theme of ‘Cooperation through Sports and a Healthy Life’.” –  Joe Curtin, Youth Worker

What is a Youth Exchange?

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods which take place outside of the school environment. On a youth exchange, young people can expect to participate in activities such as developmental workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. The countries involved in this exchange are Ireland, Greece & Estonia. This youth exchange will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece in June 2018. The project is funded by Erasmus+ through the Irish National Agency, Leargas.

 

What will Sport Co-Op be about?

The main theme for the exchange is Sports and how physical activity promotes a healthy life an improves mental health. This youth exchange will Promote young people’s participation and active citizenship. It will also Promote tolerance among young people and to give them an opportunity to learn from each other and to learn by doing. This in turn will give young people mutual understanding between young people in different countries. It Provides space for networking and planning common activities for the future. Finally, it improves the level of key competences and skills of young people, including those with fewer opportunities, as well as to promote participation in democratic life in Europe and to access work, active citizenship, social inclusion, solidarity. It also assists those active in youth work and strengthens links between the youth field and the labour market. 

Our Advanced Planning Visit!

As part of every Youth Exchange, youth workers have the option of organising an Advanced Planning Visit. Ours took place from the 9th to the 12th of February. Four young people and Five youth workers made their way to Thessaloniki to plan this upcoming exchange. Accommodation, flights, dates, participants and group rules where debated and discussed.  We also set up a Facebook page and Messenger Chat to continue planning.

Who gets to go on this Exchange?

Each country will bring 12 young people and 2 youth workers. Therefore 42 people will converge in Greece on the 23rd of June 2018. Participating in this youth exchange are:

Craig Sweeney – 16 – Colaiste Chriost Ri
Mark Healy – 16 – Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG
Ben Walsh – 16 –  Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG
Cian O’Keeffe – 16 –  Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG
Kyile Leahy – 17 – Blackpool Training Centre
Holly Hayes – 17 – Youth Work Ireland Cork, Cork ETB Local Training Initiative (LTI) Art & Creativity
Megan Hennessy – 17 – North Presentation Secondary School
Luke Hamilton Storan – 13 – Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal
Mark Boyle – 18 –  Youth Work Ireland Cork, Cork ETB Local Training Initiative (LTI) Art & Creativity
Evan Forde – 15 –  North Monastery Secondary School
Ryan Kavanagh – 17 –  North Monastery Secondary School
Megan O’ Donovan – 17 – Blackpool Training Centre

We will hold a homecoming event when we return where the public and community can come together to see what we did an what the young people learnt. Before leaving for Greece, they young people will organise and partake in a sponsored walk to raise some extra funds for the exchange. Attending the exchange with the young people are youth workers Joe Curtin (Youth Work Ireland Cork) & Yvonne Quilligan (Cork City Partnership). Joe Curtin is a professionally qualified Youth Worker and has worked full-time with Youth Work Ireland Cork in the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area for the last 4 years. Yvonne has worked for the Cork City Partnership for 18 years in the area of youth & community and currently works as an enterprise development officer. Yvonne was involved in the set-up of her a youth café in Farranree over 7 years ago.

Our Sponsored Walk

We needed to find a way to raise some more money for transport, food and extra activities over in Greece. After consultation with the Young People, we chose to do a Sponsored walk. We where very lucky with the nice weather. Thanks to everybody who donated money towards our youth exchange. Especially the young peoples families & Gurranabraher Credit Union. It turns out there are no pictures of us actually walking, but we promise we did 😀 😀

Some more information about the organisations involved…

Youth Work Ireland Cork manages 5 projects in Cork city. These are: Special Project for Youth (SPY), Gurranabraher Arts Project (GAP), Community Drugs Project, Local Training Initiative (LTI), UP Cork LGBT Youth Project. YWIC work with over 600 young people per year in various projects which are a community based response to young people’s needs. YWIC offers them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. Youth work Ireland Cork (YWIC) provides a community based response to young peoples’ needs by offering them an opportunity to participate in educational, social education, artistic and recreational activities. YWIC promotes and facilitates social and creative development of young people aged between 7 and 25 years, by enabling them to take an active role in their community. For more information on Youth Work Ireland Cork, please visit www.ywicork.com or check out Facebook & Twitter : @YWICork  Check out the blog below where Joe Curtin reflects on his first Erasmus+ experiences. 

From Cork to Kranj with Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges

Cork City Partnerships aim is to improve the life chances and opportunities of people who experience the effects of poverty and social exclusion through promoting equality and inclusion for all. They do this by Increasing access to services, education, employment, and recreational activities for people who are experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion, Facilitating local community groups to achieve active and effective community engagement and community participation, Working in partnership with local communities, agencies, local elected representatives and state funded bodies to build strong, healthy sustainable and equitable communities, Influencing policy by researching issues and contributing to working groups and committees on relevant policy related issues & Advocating for policies, supports and services that address gaps in relation to social exclusion. For more info on Cork City Partnership see http://corkcitypartnership.ie/ .

New Track & Music video for Drug Awareness Month

Youth Work Ireland Cork have launched a brand new track & music video for Drug Awareness Month. This track and video was produced by Garry McCarthy from GMCBeats. The track was created and written by young people, aged between 15-18, who attend the weekly ‘Rap, Songwriting & Beats’ group, every Tuesday at YWIC in The Hut. Young people in this group received information from a number of drug & alcohol workshops that where delivered by the local Drugs Worker, Therese Spillane & Youth Worker Joe Curtin.

This project was funded by the Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force. The aim of Cork Drug & Alcohol Awareness Month is to raise awareness and signpost information so that communities, families and professionals know where to go for assistance or information on drug and alcohol services. People are encouraged to attend relevant events and to promote these events to service users, community members and professionals. A number of events will be taking place throughout the month including the launch of this new track and music video ‘Blacken My Soul’.
Young people from YWIC decided to educate their peers about the dangers of drug abuse. The young people attended extra workshops facilitated by the local drugs worker where they discussed the different issues that affect people who abuse drugs. The group also met with a person who was in recovery and has a first-hand experience of the dangers of drug abuse. He spoke about his life and experiences and while it shocked the young people, it inspired some of the lyrics on this track. The young people wrote and created a rap song about their learnings, and the negative consequences drug use can have on a person’s life.

Youth Work Ireland Cork is a community based not for profit youth organisation based in Gurranabraher/Churchfield in the Northside of Cork City. YWIC’s aim is to provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. The work of YWIC is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Service & is also supported by Music Generation Cork City Youth Work Ireland Cork supports a number of projects including the Art Creativity Course & UP Cork LGBT Youth Project.

Help Young People Discover an Unforgettable European Experience.

Are you working with young people? Do you want to help them discover an unforgettable European experience? Check out Joe Curtin’s top tips on Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges!

(Joe is a youth worker with Youth Work Ireland Cork and uses Erasmus+ European Youth funding to plan and bring the young people he works with on #YouthExchanges).

Many thanks to Joe for this inspirational blog:

From Cork to Kranj with Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges

From Cork to Kranj with Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges

CHECK IT OUT!

WHAT ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES COMMITTEES (CYPSC) ?

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working.

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CYPSC are county-level committees that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. They provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services. Their role is to enhance interagency co-operation and to realise the national outcomes set out in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the national policy framework for children and young people 2014 – 2020.

The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for all children and young people in Ireland.

CORK CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES COMMITTEE

As Chairperson of Cork Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) I am very pleased that the committee was established and work has commenced to develop our three year Children and Young People’s Plan. Since the establishment of Cork CYPSC in May 2014, a lot of work has been done with developing the membership of the group, clarifying roles and responsibilities, putting a plan in place around consultation with and participation of children and young people and ensuring all organisations (statutory and voluntary) are represented by senior managers across the City and County.

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Two new subgroups were set up in the areas of consultation and participation; i) ‘Voice of the Child and Young Person’ and ii) ‘Information and Research’. One pre-existing group will also become a subgroup – ‘Prevention, Partnership and Family Support’. Various action groups will develop along the way to address and progress an identified need. Working effectively together is challenging and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all involved and I look forward to building on the strong foundations being established in the coming years.

We will also continue to work in partnership with children, young people, families, and communities in the development of our Children and Young People’s Plan and create a sustainable future for the services to continue their work in developing “Better Outcomes and Brighter Futures” for all our children and young people.

Barry Murray, Area Manager for Cork, Tusla the Child and Family Agency

Chairperson, Cork Children and Young People’s Services Committee

CONTACT US

Co-ordinator:

Karen O’Mahony

Tracey Holt

Tel:

+353 (0) 21 492 3220

Email:

karen.omahony1@tusla.ie

tracey.holt@tusla.ie

Address:

Block 36,

St. Finbarr’s Hospital,

Douglas Road,

Co. Cork,

Ireland.

Applications Open for Art & Creativity Course in Gurranabraher

Art & Creativity Course now enrolling for October 2017. Please see below poster for details.

For more information, check out the Facebook Page of the course.

 

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For more information, check out the Facebook Page of the course.

 

 

You(th) Join – Youth from Northside of Cork City Prepare for Youth Exchange

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Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) took the lead on an exciting new project in partnership with the Cork City Partnership (CCP). We brought 9 young people from the northside of Cork City to Slovenia for a week of learning and activities last August (2017). Young people from Gurranabraher, Churchfield, & Farranree traveled over 2,000km to Kranj, Slovenia, to meet another 30 young people from partner countries Finland, Greece & Slovenia.

 

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods which take place outside of the school environment. On a youth exchange, young people can expect to participate in activities such as developmental workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. The countries involved in this exchange are Ireland, Finland, Greece & Slovenia. This youth exchange will take place in Kranj, Slovenia.  The project was funded by Erasmus+ through the Irish National Agency, Leargas.

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This youth exchange was the brainchild of four different countries – Finland, Ireland, Greece and Slovenia. Its aim was to provide the opportunity to travel and interact with peers from different countries with different cultures and to participate in a European programme for young people aged 13-17. The exchange also aimed to promote intercultural dialogue, understanding and raising young people’s communication skills and self-knowledge of the inner self through the development of creative interactive activities, foreign language communication, developing games and cultural evenings. For many young people this was an opportunity to travel and to meet with peers from other cultures for the first time, with the possibility of developing new friendships and learning to become more tolerant and respectful towards diversity.

Young people selected for this Youth Exchange are Craig Sweeney (15, Gurranabraher), Mark Healy (15, Kilnap), Megan Hennessy (16, Gurranabraher), Ben Walsh (15, Blarney), Aidan O’ Flaherty (15, Gurranabraher), Cian O’ Keefe (15, Farranree), Ryan O’ Sullivan (15, Farranree), Megan O’ Donovan (16, Farranree) & Kyile Leahy (16, Fairfield).

 

Attending the exchange with the young people are youth workers Joe Curtin (Youth Work Ireland Cork) & Yvonne Quilligan (Cork City Partnership). Joe Curtin is a professional qualified Youth Worker and has worked full-time with Youth Work Ireland Cork in the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area for the last 3 years. Yvonne has worked for the Cork City Partnership for 17 years in the area of youth & community and currently works as an enterprise development officer. Yvonne was involved in the set-up of her own youth café in Farranree over 6 years ago.

The youth exchange itself is took place on the 7th of  August to the 14th of August. Several planning meetings took place throughout the process of this youth exchange. The young people organised a Homecoming event on November 22nd to share their experience and learnings with the local communities. As seen below, all the young people involved received a Youth Pass certificate.

 

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To raise money for the trip the young people completed a sponsored walk on July 27th.  Any further support would be very much appreciated. To support us, please email admin@ywicork.com .

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Youth Work Ireland Cork manages 5 projects in Cork city. These are: Special Project for Youth (SPY), Gurrnabraher Arts Project (GAP), Community Drugs Project, Local Training Initiative (LTI), UP Cork LGBT Youth Project. YWIC work with over 600 young people per year in various projects which are a community based response to young people’s needs. YWIC offers them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. Youth work Ireland Cork (YWIC) provides a community based response to young peoples’ needs by offering them an opportunity to participate in educational, social education, artistic and recreational activities. YWIC promotes and facilitates social and creative development of young people aged between 7 and 25 years, by enabling them to take an active role in their community. For more information on Youth Work Ireland Cork, please visit www.ywicork.com or check out Facebook & Twitter : @YWICork .

 

Cork City Partnerships aim is to improve the life chances and opportunities of people who experience the effects of poverty and social exclusion through promoting equality and inclusion for all. They do this by Increasing access to services, education, employment, and recreational activities for people who are experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion, Facilitating local community groups to achieve active and effective community engagement and community participation, Working in partnership with local communities, agencies, local elected representatives and state funded bodies to build strong, healthy sustainable and equitable communities, Influencing policy by researching issues and contributing to working groups and committees on relevant policy related issues & Advocating for policies, supports and services that address gaps in relation to social exclusion. For more info on Cork City Partnership see http://corkcitypartnership.ie/ .

 

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For more information about this Erasmus+ Youth Exchange please contact Joe Curtin on (086)8274863 or e-mail joe.curtin@ywicork.com .

 

 

Steps 2 Cope

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Help us to win Poster Competition.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

One of our young people have submitted this poster into the below competition. Please click the link and give it a 5 star rating.

The poster was created by Rebecca who is in 6th class in Scoil Padre Pio.

 

** CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/entry/2-67e10/ **

 
Please tag, comment & Share so more people can see.

Wish us Luck!!

 

Feeling Safe on the Net.

Feeling Safe on the Net.

Youth Work Ireland Election 2016 Manifesto: 12 point plan for young people and youth services.

Youth Work Ireland Election 2016 Manifesto

Youth Work Ireland Election 2016 Manifesto

Youth Work Ireland Cork Celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016.

Safer Internet Day 2016 takes place on Tuesday the 9th of February. Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise Ireland and will be celebrated in Ireland on Tuesday 9th February 2016.
 
The call to action for Safer Internet Day 2016 is; “Play your part for a better internet” and the hashtags are #SID2016 and #Up2Us. Explore their site for ideas, information and inspiration on how to get involved.
 
For the last few weeks, our school group from Scoil Padre Pio (Churchfield) have been coming to Youth Work Ireland Cork to work on an Internet Poster campaign. They have been taken part in numerous Internet workshops including, Cyber Bullying, Private VS Public: What information to put online, How to respond to getting hurtful messages and much more. When finished, the young people will display their posters in the school and in the youth project.
Also as part of Safer Internet Day, YWIC will be giving Internet Safety presentations to different groups including some of the 4th year students of Gaelscoil Mhuire (AG) as part of YWIC’s Mind Your Head programme. Mind Your Head is a Mental Health & Wellbeing programme which was created in partnership with the HSE Health Action Zone (HAZ). It is delivered to different groups & schools in the locality.
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6th class pupils from Scoil Padre Pio (Churchfield) at Youth Work Ireland Cork participating in an Internet Safety Workshop.

 
Below are some useful videos & links that where used as part of these workshops: (Please check the bottom of this post for useful Facebook pages)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please share this post & spread the word about Internet Safety for Young People!!
 
#YWIC #SaferInternetDay2016 #SID2016 #Up2Us

 

New Applications Accepted for FETAC Course this January.

Youth Work Ireland Cork in Gurranabraher is delivering a Local Training Initiative (LTI) FETAC Level 4 course in Arts & Creativity for young people aged between 16 to 24 years. NEW applications are being accepted from the 4th of January. To apply, Contact us by using the number below.

New applications accepted from 4th of January.

New applications accepted from 4th of January.

The LTI course is in partnership with Cork Education and Training Board(CETB). The programme is structured to assist young people in developing a comprehensive art portfolio for application to further education and to learn new skills. Modules include:
· Drawing
· Painting
· Digital Media
· Communications
· IT
· Business English
· Functional Maths
· Personal Effectiveness
· Work Experience

Application interviews are taking place from the 4th of January,  for more information and to arrange an appointment contact Martin O’Sullivan & Corinna Moore on 085 8130558.

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Local Training Initiative Starting Soon!

For those of you who are looking for alternative learning opportunities, we are delivering a Local Training Initiative (LTI) FETAC level 4 course in Arts & Creativity. Places are limited so book your place before 30th October

 

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YWIC Crew through to TV Finals. (Article from GMCBeats.com)

Article taken from GMCBeats.com on September 1st 2015:

 

5 young Cork rappers involved in YWIC‘s rap workshops facilitated by Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats) have been selected out of hundreds of entries for the TV auditions of this year’s Junior Eurovision. They are in with a chance of representing Ireland in the finals in Bulgaria.

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Rappers impressed at the second audition for the Junior Eurovision at the Green Isle Hotel Dublin

The original song, “Is Maith Liom É”, is the only rap entry and performed completely in the Irish language. The original English version, “I Like It”, was written, produced and recorded at GMCBeats/Music Generation studio kabin in Knocknaheeny as part of the Webwise anti-cyberbullying campaign and it was performed at Dublin Castle in February 2015 for Safer Internet Day and the music video (created by Limbo) went viral in the days after.

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Still from the Music Video

They will be traveling to Dublin on 8th of September for the filming in RTE Studios and the show will be aired on TG4 soon after.

Best of luck to the YWIC Crew!

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Vacancies

Youth Work Ireland Cork has a Local Training Initiative programme (LTI) sponsored by Cork ETB.   Vacancies exist for;

LTI Coordinator:

The Coordinator will support the running of a full time training programme leading to a QQI Major Award at Level 4 in General Learning.

The successful candidate will be required to tutor young adults (aged between 16 and 24 years) to QQI level 4 modules in;

Drawing;

Painting;

Digital Media;

Communications;

Information Technology;

Personal Effectiveness;

Business English;

Functional Maths

 

The Coordinator will be required to manage/administer and organize the programme in conjunction with the Assistant Coordinator. The ideal candidate will be required to prepare and assess the QQI Major Award working with the Assistant Coordinator.

Skills & Education:

The successful candidate will be required to have a strong knowledge of the National Qualifications Framework System of accreditation and a QQI quality assurance process. The ideal candidate will have good interpersonal and communication skills and a team worker.

Candidates must hold a relevant qualification in teaching and a relevant qualification in a particular discipline (according to the NFQ) that is at least one level above the module or overall course certification that is being delivered and have at least two years relation professional experience. Previous experience in the coordination of a LTI will be an advantage. Excellent computer literacy is essential to the role.

 

Assistant Coordinator:

Youth Work Ireland Cork is also recruiting an Assistant Coordinator.

The Assistant coordinator involves supporting the Coordinator in the delivery and the coordination of training on the ETB LTI course. The position includes the provision and support to the Coordinator in managing and supporting the participants on the LTI course and ensuring participants receive the required training for the FETAC level 4 Award and develop the necessary skills, including personal skills.

Candidates will be required to hold a relevant national qualification in teaching and a relevant qualification in a particular discipline (according to the NQF) that is at least one level above the module or overall course certification and have at least two years experience. Excellent computer literacy is essential to the role.

 

Both positions are 35hr per week for a period of 33 weeks, and are subject to funding.

Youth Work Ireland Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Closing date for application for both positions is Friday, 28th August 2015 at 5pm

Please forward your C.V. with covering letter stating your qualifications, experience and suitability as well as which position applied for to:

Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, Chairperson,

Youth Work Ireland Cork,

11 Gurranabraher Rd.,

Cork

 

Job Descriptions 

LIT Coordinator: 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To develop a work plan in consultation with other appropriate staff, CETB, and trainees in order to
  • Implement a training programme which meets the needs of trainees.
  • To design and plan the Participants ILP’s (Individual Learning Plans) in   consultation with thetrainees and relevant staff.
  • Direct delivery of modules to all trainees on the Training Program.
  • Prepare participants portfolios for FETAC accreditation.
  • Recruitment of trainees to programme.
  • To co-ordinate the activities and modules related to the Training Programme.
  • Maintain all necessary financial records and provide monthly and other financial reports to YWICork Administrator

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provision of ongoing individual support to trainees in the form of regular one-to-one supervision to ensure they benefit from and successfully complete the programme
  • Evaluate trainees progress with regular group and individual evaluations
  • Hold regular meetings with the LTI Assistant Co-ordinator to develop ongoing work plans
  • Monitor and evaluate overall programme in accordance with CETB procedures
  • Keep project records in accordance with FETAC, CEI and FAS requirements
  • Planning of future programmes
  • To uphold the ethos of Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC), which operates accordingly to the principles of Youth Work
  • and the principles of Adult Education
  • To attend relevant external training
  • Implement YWIC’s Health and Safety procedures
  • Provide cover for other members of staff when required
  • To take on other tasks and duties that will further develop the aims and objectives of YWICork
  • Report to and attend monthly support & Supervision with YWICork Director of Services

CETB duties:

  • Co-ordinate the learners’ registration with CETB when joining the LTI Programme
  • Monitor, record and report learners’ attendance to CETB on a weekly basis and maintain attendance sheets.
  • Under supervision of YWICork Director of Services, general liaison with CETB for all matter relating to the Training Programme
  • Submission of termination forms to CETB when trainees finish on Training Programme
  • Deliver 25% of the LTI Training

Meetings & Networks:

  • Attend YWICork staff meetings as required
  • Liaise and cooperate with other areas within YWICork and other services in Gurranabraher/Churchfield to ensure effective service delivery to learners
  • Liaise with other relevant groups both locally and nationally

Essential Skills/Experience required:

  • Teaching Qualification or other equivalent qualification
  • Experience in delivering training programmes/modules
  • Experience in youth development and community education
  • Experience in programme co-ordination
  • Excellent interpersonal and motivational skills
  • Commitment to anti-racist policies and practice

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge and understanding of youth issues
  • Facilitation and group work skills

 

Hours of work are 35 per week normally 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Salary: FAS/LTI rates apply

 

Assistant Coordinator:

 

  • Assist the LTI Coordinator in the recruitment of learners to the LTI
  • To co-ordinate some of the activities and modules related to the LTI
  • To assist in the provision of ongoing support to learners to ensure they benefit from and successfully complete the programme
  • Design, deliver and evaluate modules for the LTI
  • Deliver 75% of the LTI Training
  • Organise accreditation of the LTI modules where appropriate in conjunction with the LTI Coordinator
  • Together with YWICork’s Director of Services and LTI Coordinator identify, recruit and supervise tutors for modules
  • Attend supervision and performance monitoring with LTI Co-ordinator or YWICork’s Director of Services
  • Hold regular meetings with the LTI Co-ordinator to develop ongoing work plans
  • Assist with the evaluation of learners’ progress with regular group and individual evaluations
  • Assist the LTI Coordinator to facilitate progression to other forms of training, education or employment
  • Together with the LTI Coordinator and the YWICork’s Director of Services to monitor and evaluate overall programme in accordance YWICork and CETB procedures
  • Keep and maintain project records in accordance with requirements of YWICork and CETB
  • Plan future programmes
  • Report to LTI Coordinator and the YWICork Director of Services and complete monthly progress reports
  • Assist in the maintenance all necessary financial records and provide monthly and other financial reports to YWICork administrator

 

Hours of work are 35 per week normally 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Salary: FAS/LTI rates apply

 

YWIC Group Vying to represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision.

5 of the 6 young rappers vying to represent Ireland

 

 

Youth Work Ireland Cork are have sent a group of 6 rap hopefuls to the 2nd
round of auditions, which are being held to choose what act will represent
Ireland in Bulgaria, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This is the
first year Ireland are going forward for this competition. The 2nd
round auditions where held in Dublin on July 19th. If the group get through they will progress onto the televised selection which will be shown on TG4.

Joe Curtin, the youth worker who entered this rap group explained that ”
This is a great opportunity for the young people and for Cork to be
going forward for this event. I’m personally a big fan of
the Eurovision itself, so when I heard about this opportunity I jumped
for it. The song has to be completely sung in Irish so I’m really
impressed with the work the young people have undertaken over such a
small space of time.”

Working and supporting the group on their track is local Cork rapper and
tutor GMC. GMC holds weekly workshops at the Gurranabraher Youth Centre
(The Hut) on Tuesdays and is involved with many other projects throughout
the city. Rapping is just one of the many groups that Youth Work Ireland
cork have to offer the young people of Gurranabraher/Churchfield and city.
For more info please visit our website ywicork.com or find us on Facebook: Youth Work Ireland Cork: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Work-Ireland-Cork/113452808746801

 

One of many rehearsals at YWIC in The Hut.

One of many rehearsals at YWIC in The Hut.

YWIC Rappers, RuffKulture, take over Cork City!

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Youth Work Ireland Cork’s Rappers, RuffKulture, are launching their fist album on Saturday, 23rd May in Camden Palace at 2pm

 

This a group of teenage rappers, singers and musicians based up at “The Hut” in Gurranabraher (Youth Work Ireland Cork). The rap workshops were featured on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire over a year ago. Warren Logan the, secret millionaire recognized the positive impact being involved in music had on the young peoples’ lives and was very impressed with the workshops facilitated by Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats). His generous contribution towards this worthwhile project allowed for extra workshops, which led to the making of an album.

 

The extra workshops are facilitated by Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats), Rory McGovern & Ophelia McCabe.  Lately they have been busy recording the album tracks up at the BeatBox StudioKabin in Knocknaheeny (a space provided by Music Generation Cork City). Music Generation Cork also supports the Music project.

 

The Rappers have featured on RTE’s Elev8, performed at the Music Generation Concert Party at the Opera House, LiveStyles Youth Hip Hop Festival in Cork and The Make A Move Festival in Limerick.

Expect to hear a lot of local hip hop talent from around Cork City along with the RuffKulture crew, as well as a HUGE rap cypher (uninterrupted session whereby rappers show off their skills and pass the mic onto the next). Other acts include; Trigger (A past member of the rap workshops in Gurranabraher who has gone on to release his own videos and album independently); ApocalypseE; MataMatik/The Street Poet; Bubba Shakespeare and the Urban Hippies; Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats and the Hut Junior Rap Crew.
There will also be a Rap Cypher (recorded) on the day. So to be part of possibly the biggest cyper the city has ever seen all you got to do is to come along with your best 16 bars and show off your skills.

 

All ages welcome. Tickets 5euro. Free entry with each CD album purchased.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Youth Work Ireland Cork on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Work-Ireland-Cork/113452808746801

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/YWICork

RuffKulture Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RuffKulture?fref=ts

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Teens can GYM for just €1!

Teens can GYM for just €1!

A Teen Gym is available for young people aged between 13 – 19 every Wednesday for just €1 per week. This takes place at Leisure World in Churchfield on Wednesdays at 2.45pm. This Teen Gym is run by Youth Work Ireland Cork in Gurranabraher and supported by the HSE Health Action Zone (HAZ). Youth Worker Joe Curtin stated that ” This is a great opportunity for the young people in the Churchfield/ Gurranabraher area, to have the gym every week for just €1. I would be jumping at the chance.”

YWIC also run a Soccer group for both boys and girls between the ages 10 – 15 every week at the Sam Allen pitches. For more info on any of these groups, please contact Joe on 086/ 827 48 63 or visit their website, ywicork.com .

Supporting Youth Empowerment through Youth Work

 

Group Shot of all involved in the Fast Forward project.

Group Shot of all involved in the Fast Forward project.

A project called ‘Fast Forward’ that Youth Work Ireland Cork (Gurranabraher, Cork City) hosted has been selected by the European Commission as an example of Best Practice. It has been selected in the category of  “Supporting youth
empowerment through youth work”. Youth Worker Joe Curtin and a participant of the programme Helen O’ Keefe have been invited to Brussels, for European Youth Week, to receive the award and also to attend a high level debate at the European Commission on May 6th & 7th.

The Fast forward was in partnership with CIT Crawford College of Art and Designs, Creativity and Change Programme and was funded by Léargas, Erasmus+ and Irish Aid.  It was a training programme that explored Creativity Resilience and Global Citizenship and what values and capacities are important to nurture in ourselves and in our young people who face the challenges of growing up in a rapidly changing, challenging and unequal world. Within the programme, partners from UK, Malta, Ireland, Hungary and Sardinia shared creative processes that can help build capacities to shape a better future in which we can live as responsible global citizens.

The aim of this project was to create an international and intercultural learning space to explore how best to nurture the positive values and skills of responsible young global citizens who are willing to act as change-makers. The results were a set of recommendations to policy-makers on this issue, which were then shared with others working in the youth sector.

As well as the learning and exchange within the process the group have developed a resource for practitioners working in the field of youth and also making recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.

The Resources can be viewed by following the links below and you can get a day by day account of the Fast Forward training project and all that went on by following this link: http://creativityresilienceglobalcitizenship.blogspot.ie/

 

Resources:

Explorations, Reflections & Recommendations:

Activity Tool Kit:

 

#EuropeanYouthWeek #YWIC #CreateShareEngage #Youth2015

RuffKulture album launch date and venue confirmed

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RuffKulture album launch date and venue confirmed. Saturday May 23rd at 2pm in Camden Palace, Cork City.

Loads of local hip-hop influenced support acts will also be on show. More details to follow soon. Keep an eye out on our Facebook pages, Youth Work Ireland Cork & RuffKulture, for information. Supported by GMCBeats.

 

#RuffKulture

Need advice about Voting for the Upcoming Referendum?

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Can I Vote? Need Help getting registered?

Youth Work Ireland Cork will be supporting a YES vote in the upcoming referendum for marriage equality.

We are also here to help anybody who would like to vote but do not know if they are registered, or how to get registered !

We have printing facilities etc that you can use if needed. For more info or help, please contact Joe on 086/8274863 or joe.curtin@ywicork.com

YWIC are Supporting a YES Vote in the Upcoming Referndum

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Youth Work Ireland Cork will be supporting a YES vote in the upcoming referendum for marriage equality.

We are also here to help anybody who would like to vote but do not know if they are registered, or how to get registered !

We have printing facilities etc that you can use if needed. For more info or help, please contact Joe on 086/8274863 or joe.curtin@ywicork.com

Youth Work Ireland Week 2015 18th – 25th April

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It’s Youth Work Ireland Week all this week. The theme for this year is Youth Participation as voted on by the young people.

The pictures above are from the Thursday Night Cyber Café getting involved in the ‪#‎HearUsNow‬ campaign to get the voice of young people out there and heard.

 

Great Fun at YWIC Spring Table Quiz 2015

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Youth Work Ireland held their Spring Table Quiz on Wednesday Night, the 25th of March. The Table Quiz was very well attended and great fun was had by all. Watch this space for information for our next Table Quiz!

YWIC Takes part in Music Generation Concert

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Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) took part in Music Generation Cork City Concert 2015. The concert took place in Cork Opera House on the 25th of March which coincided with the Cork Life Long Learning Festival. Music groups from all over the city where represented. This was a great opportunity for the Young People to experience performing in a major venue.

YWIC has a Music & Rapping group which takes place every Tuesday evening. YWIC also provide music lessons on Mondays & Tuesdays. Please visit our website or our Facebook page for more information.

Friday Night Boys Group enjoy their Mid-Term treat.

Our Friday Night Boys Group enjoyed a trip to iKids in Glanmire during their mid-term last week. See our Facebook for more pictures…..

Friday Night Boys Group enjoying their Mid-Term

Friday Night Boys Group enjoying their Mid-Term

Quiz Night Wed March 25th 7pm

A date for your diaries!!!

On the back of the positive feedback from our last Quiz Night in December, we’re having another on Wednesday 25th March at 7pm in The Hut. Great prizes for the winners and runners up as well as numerous Spot prizes and Raffle. Table of 4 cost €12 with tickets available from The Hut.

Creativity Resilience and Global Citizenship

Youth Work Ireland Cork hosted a wonderful program called ‘Fast Forward’, in partnership with CIT Crawford College of Art and Design’s, Creativity and Change programme. The programme was also supported by Erasmus+ and Irish Aid

 

Fast forward was a training programme that explored Creativity Resilience and Global Citizenship and what values and capacities are important to nurture in ourselves and in our young people who face the challenges of growing up in a rapidly changing, challenging and unequal world. Within the programme, partners from UK, Malta, Ireland, Hungary and Sardinia shared creative processes that can help build capacities to shape a better future in which we can live as responsible global citizens.

As well as the learning and exchange within the process the group have developed a resource for practitioners working in the field of youth and also making recommendations for practitioners and policy makers. The resource is in in two parts;

Resource Part One: Explorations, Reflections and Recommendations

 

Resource Part Two: Activity Toolkit

Please check out the Blog, which details the daily activities from the training:

http://creativityresilienceglobalcitizenship.blogspot.ie

 

 

Music Talent on Show at Concert

Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) presented a music showcase at The Hut, Wednesday the 17th of December. The rappers and musicians took to the stage to perform the raps and songs that they have been working on over the last few months, as part of the rapping and the music programme that YWIC run on Tuesday evenings. There was a great atmosphere on the night and the ‘first time viewers’ in attendance where genuinely shocked how talented these young musicians are. A big thank you has to go to Rory Mc Govern, Gary Mc Carthy (GMC), Ophelia McCabe, and Lloyd Hogan (Switch) for their great work throughout the year. Of course, an even bigger thank you goes to the hard work of all the young people involved, especially the hard work running up to the concert. Lets do it all again next year!

Besides Music and Rapping, YWIC offer much more on a daily basis. YWIC have programmes such as the Teen Gym, Art Classes, Cyber Cafe, Homework Club, Girls and Boys Groups and much more. We also have a dedicated drugs outreach worker who can give support, counseling and information. For more info on all these, search ‘Youth Work Ireland Cork’ on Facebook to get more details, or call us on 021 4399862.

Table Quiz for Youth Group to help fund great work

Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) had their Christmas Table Quiz last Wednesday night in The Hut on Gurranabraher Road. All ages took part in what was a successful night. Their was great prizes won and great fun was had by all. Thanks as always has to go to Gurranabraher Credit Union for sponsoring this event and to all the other local organisations who donated vouchers and spot prizes.

Youth get a taste of democracy at City Hall Cork

The Lord Mayor John Buttimer and members of Youth Work Ireland Cork met on 13th February 2013 for a youth council meeting. Youth members had the opportunity to report on their favourite projects, exciting upcoming activities and share key achievements.

Mind Your Head

Youth Work Ireland Cork, in partnership with Health Action Zone for Gurranabraher & Churchfield (HAZ/HSE), hosted a training day on our ‘Mind Your Head’ programme: a resource for exploring Mental Health issues with young people. This training was aimed at those working with young people who are interested in implementing the ‘Mind Your Head’ programme.


Drop-In Group End of Year Trip

Thursday Night Teen Drop-In had a brilliant end of year trip out to Ballyhass Lakes outside Mallow. The sun shone, the fish jumped, and the water cooled us down! Check our Facebook page for photos.

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GLOW Week 2013

Youth launched Ireland’s largest sky lantern event

Hundreds of sky lanterns were released across Ireland celebrating National Youth Week sky lanterns on April 25th to celebrate Youth Work Ireland’s National Youth Week (20 – 28th April). GLOW (Go Light Our Way), Youth Work Ireland’s annual national fundraiser, aims to brighten the future for Irish young people.


YWI CORK support Amnesty International Friendship Week

The young people and staff of YWI Cork raised over €300 by buying Amnesty International’s friendship bracelets. We have been wearing a rainbow of colours on our arms this month to support human rights. Check out our Facebook page for photos and comments on friendship.



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