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.
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.
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
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
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 https://www.facebook.com/cobhymca for further details or watch this
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.
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
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 - www.facebook.com/cobhymca
Latest date for applications to be received will
be 19th July 2013 with possible extension depending on number of
applications received and accepted.
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 www.ymca-cobh.org
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 http://katiesdreamtowalk.com/
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
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
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New Courses on offer for Spring 2013 at SHEP
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Exciting New Course available in Carrignafoy Community College :
As part of the February Back to Education Initiative County Cork VEC are running a new course that will suit any individual who is hoping to return to the workplace. The course will be running two mornings a week, and it will cover two Fetac Level 4 Modules -
General Office Skills will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform administrative functions within an office environment. It is designed to cover the key responsibilities, skills and competences necessary to perform general office and administrative duties.
Spreadsheets : will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use spreadsheet applications to supervised employment standard. It is designed to develop skills in editing and producing spreadsheets. (Microsoft Excel).
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