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Cobh YMCA has moved to Ticknock

posted Jan 29, 2015, 5:27 AM by James Bilson

Cobh YMCA has moved to Ticknock, leaving West Beach where we have been based for 6 years. Our new premises is at 4A Ticknock Commerical Park, between the Lidl and Aldi stores and above the St Vincent de Paul depot. We have greater space and a bigger facility and look forward to developing our existing programmes over the coming years in this great new premises

Techspace Hub @ Cobh YMCA

posted Sep 10, 2013, 2:20 AM by Hulda Baumann

TECHSPACE Hub coming to the YMCA

The YMCA have been involved in community education in Cobh since 1993 (STEP Program – PAKT Program) and we endeavor to keep our programs current and relevant to the climate we live in. Keeping this ethos in mind we continually seek out innovative and creative means to develop young people’s minds. One such project which we are very excited about is “Techspace at the Y”.

Techspace at the Y will provide young people with a creative space where they will be inspired to create, produce and have fun with digital media. Young people will be provided with FREE access to a fully kitted out digital space with a trained co-ordinator and experienced mentors.  The hub is designed to empower young people to become more capable creative and confident learners.

Young people who come to the hub are enabled to explore their own creativity using the technology provided – (Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements). Some activities they can do are; Film, music production, photography, graphic  design animation and many more.

TechSpaces offers an informal and practical atmosphere, designed to keep young people involved and active. Young people do not need prior experience or skills in using computers, however, an interest in technology and creative media is a good starting point.

A TechSpace is designed to be a safe environment in which young people get the opportunity to work with like minded people, make friends and have fun creating.

An individual computer or laptop is made available to every young person to work on, however, members are also free to use their own laptops, whether PC, Mac or Linux.

Each day members work on their own projects and get one-to-one assistance, guidance and support from the TechSpace coordinator and volunteers. Activities include both individual and group projects on themes chosen by the young people themselves.

Techspace at the Y is holding an open day in September 2013  – if you are aged between 15 and 25 and you have an interest in digital media and you want to learn more contact Hulda (021) 4814060 or find us on for further details or watch this space....

Substance Use Issues in Youth and Community Work

posted Jul 15, 2013, 5:00 AM by Hulda Baumann   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 5:01 AM ]

The (FETAC Level 5) Substance Use Issues In Youth & Community Work  modules are designed to promote good practice among those who work (in a paid or voluntary capacity) with young people and communities who are affected by substance use.  The course can provide an essential view of some of the issues that affect young people and their communities and encourages the development of appropriate responses at individual and organisational level. The modules should promote the ability of learners to work safely and effectively in youth and / or community work settings.


STEP Programme September 2013 - June 2014 - Recruitment

posted Jul 8, 2013, 3:07 AM by Hulda Baumann   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 4:54 AM ]

YMCA’s Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) in Cobh is currently recruiting for their September 2013 to June 2014 programme. The full-time programme offers IT Training with ECDL Certification, and a full FETAC Level 4 award in Employment Skills.

There are components in Communications, Work Experience, Career Planning, Customer Service, Functional Maths and Team Working.

New for the 2013-14 year is the Digital Media Technology

There are also two work placement components totalling 6 weeks within the course.

The aim of the programme is to support participants in gaining employment or accessing further education. The programme is primarily aimed at early school leavers who are unemployed and between the ages of 17-25 years, having left school at least 6 months previously. Participants receive the equivalent of FAS training allowances and also receive a transport & meal allowance.  The course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

For further information and application forms please contact (021) 4814060 or call in to our office at : 8 Westbeach, Cobh or visit us on FB -

Latest date for applications to be received will be 19th July 2013 with possible extension depending on number of applications received and accepted.

STEP Celebrates Graduation Success

posted Jul 1, 2013, 9:04 AM by James Bilson

Trainees from Cobh YMCA’s STEP programme graduated on Monday after completing a year-long course in Employment Skills. The Level 4 FETAC Award includes key skills in Communications, Work Experience and Computing (Full ECDL) but also Customer Service, Working as a Team and Intercultural Studies. The students, who hosted an hour long celebration of their achievements, showcased some of the Team events which included high wire climbing activities in the Glen resource centre, maintaining an allotment and organising fundraising events. Coordinator, James Bilson said “The aim of this course is to build the skills and confidence of the young people by developing practical core skills and allowing these to be tested in real world way. The small group work allows the team to develop and the year-long course gives time to carry these out.” Pictured receiving certificates of appreciation from a recent fundraising event are some of the trainees who graduated, from left to right Natalie McLoughlin, James Bilson (STEP Coordinator), Lisa Barry, Jenn O’Connell, Sarah Cronin, Nathan O’Neill, Eoin Condon, Antoinette McLoughlin (Katies Dream to Walk campaign).

The trainees were congratulated by Mayor of Cobh, Cllr John Mulvihill Jr, Tom Kent (YMCA Director of Programmes) and Gerard Griffin (VEC Youthreach Coordinator) as well as a crowd of family and friends. Trainees who have graduated will be going on to further studies or employment, to include Hairdressing at St Johns College, Childcare at Cork College of Commerce and Performing Arts at CSN.

For more information on STEP or to apply for the next course that commences in September, contact 4814060 or

Cash was splashed for Katie in epic fundraising day in Cobh!

posted Jun 24, 2013, 9:12 AM by James Bilson

The students on Cobh YMCA’s STEP course organised a hugely successful fundraising event for local girl Katie Byrne. Six year old Katie,  who is a wheelchair user, was born with cerebral palsy, is hoping to travel to America for an operation that will allow her to walk. Her sister, Natalie is doing the STEP course and the rest of the students volunteered to organise Friday’s fundraiser. A ‘Sponge Splat’ was decided upon and the trainees set about creating their own ‘Splat Board’, with none other than a traffic warden’s image for people to throw sponges at – a popular choice in Cobh! This took on added relevance when they decided to approach the local traffic warden, Mathew Watkinson, who willingly volunteered to be the target. People were queuing up to exact some revenge for recent parking tickets, paying per sponge, or for those with added grievance, custard pies were available for €10. Lots of custard pies were issued. The students served refreshments in the YMCA and did face painting for children throughout the day. With funds still rolling in the event had already raised over €500 and everyone left with a smile on their face…. Even the Traffic Warden! For more information on Katie’s campaign see



Short term immediate Vacancy on STEP course

posted Apr 18, 2013, 3:24 AM by James Bilson

Vacancies have arisen on the current STEP course which runs until 28th June. If you are interested in participating in this programme with a view to accessing college in September, learning new skills for job seeking or for the work place, please contact us immediately. Eligibility criteria apply. 4814060 to enquire or make appointment

New short animation addresses Peer Pressure and need for Resilience in young people

posted Feb 11, 2013, 6:59 AM by James Bilson

An animation made by Cobh STEP group at Cobh YMCA for One World Week 2012. The issue addressed is how to build Resilience in young people, in their communities and in their lives. The film looks at peer pressure and the influences young people come under and the importance of having supports in their lives. This was made with support from NYCI development education programme and with Darius Musukwa from our partner YMCA in Lusaka, Zambia

Information Service at Cobh YMCA

posted Jan 28, 2013, 2:49 AM by Hulda Baumann

Check out our range of services at Cobh YMCA !

SHEP - Spring Courses' 2013

posted Jan 15, 2013, 2:04 AM by Hulda Baumann

New Courses on offer for Spring 2013 at SHEP

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