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WORKSHOP: NCCWN National Coordinator Miriam Holt and National Administrator Sharon Geraghty, pictured with Andrew Marr and Conor Marr from the EU Funds section of the Department of Justice & Equality.

 

Free workshops for women who are thinking of going back to work will soon be run in Killarney.

New Directions will begin on Wednesday, January 29 from 9.30am-12.30pm in Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre, and will run for 14 weeks.

The course is run under the Programme for Employability Inclusion & Learning (PEIL) and has been successfully delivered in Caherdaniel, Cahersiveen and Killorglin by National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) South Kerry over the last three years.

 

NCCWN were delighted to receive funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) for NCCWN STEPS for Women Programme.

Through its 17 local Women’s Community Development Projects throughout the country, NCCWN help to address poverty, social exclusion and gender inequality experienced by women.

Through seven of their Women’s Projects nationwide NCCWN ran a successful ESF PEIL 2014-2020 NCCWN STEPS for Women Programme. The ESF PEIL funding enabled NCCWN to engage with 296 women to support them into employment, education and training explained NCCWN National Coordinator, Miriam Holt.

“This ESF funding enables NCCWN Projects to engage with grassroots women in order to increase confidence, build relationships and foster a sense of personal power in women to shape their lives for future employment or education,” she said.

“Through the previous ESF funding, seven of our NCCWN Projects supported 296 women to participate in the STEPS programme. We hope to engage and support more women now that this women-focused and women-led programme will be rolled out in 10 of our projects nationwide.”

The workshop is open to women aged over 18 who are not in receipt of Jobseeker Payments. For more information call Cathy on 087 146 2374.

 

 

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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