Connect with us

News

School plans fundraising busking session

Published

on

SCHOOL CHOIR: St Francis Special School Choir Beaufort will be go busking in the Killarney Outlet Centre this Friday, December 6.

By Michelle Crean

Pupils at one school love singing and performing so much that they’re planning a fundraising busking day this Friday.

St Francis Special School Choir in Beaufort set up in September 2016 by Mary O’Riordan and Breda Courtney, are warming up their vocals up with weekly rehearsals and ready to entertain in the Killarney Outlet Centre from 11am-12pm.

Last year the school raised €1,125 with the same fundraiser and this money went towards new musical instruments, a sound system and the pupils got to experience a drumming session by Drum Dance Ireland, teacher Mary O’Riordan explained.

“Last year we were so overwhelmed with the support we got in the Outlet Centre it was truly amazing. The money raised this year will go towards developing our school choir further. Our pupils are very excited, and all support is greatly appreciated.”

“We noticed that there was so much talent amongst our pupils and staff in the school. We set up the choir with the aim of performing at our end of year Mass. An electric piano was bought out of the Ring of Kerry Cycle funds and this has been a huge asset to our choir. Joan Ward provides the instrumental music for our choir.”

She explained how the pupils contribute to their choir in many different ways.

“They love singing and performing. We are so proud of our pupils and we have noticed that their faces light up when we perform. We use a whole sensory approach, for example, we use Lámh signs and different props. Pupils and staff look forward to choir practice every week and the choir has united the school. Our busking trip last year has been our biggest and most successful event to-date and we are hoping that this year will top last year.”

 

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Return to work courses

Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce. Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services. The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 […]

Published

on

0203451_Citizens-Information_810_x_4560.jpg

Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce.

Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services.

The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Most of the courses are part-time and last for one year or less, but there are some full-time courses.
You can access a free Springboard+ course, if you are getting a qualifying social welfare payment such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit or the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). You can get a full list of qualifying payments for Springboard+ on citizensinformation.ie

If you are not getting a qualifying social welfare payment, you will have to meet the residency criteria for Springboard+.

You can also apply for a Springboard+ course if:

* You are a qualified adult of working age (under 66) on someone else’s social welfare payment
* You are signing for social insurance credits
* You are on an employment support scheme such as Community Employment (CE) or TUS

To apply for a Springboard+ course, you choose the course(s) you are interested in on springboardcourses.ie and apply online, following the instructions on the website. You can apply for up to 10 courses, but you can only take one course.

If you are getting a social welfare payment, you should notify your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and check what further steps (if any) you need to take.
If Springboard+ doesn’t meet your needs, there are several other ways to go back to education.
_______________________________________________________________________

During COVID-19, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at citizensinformation.ie/covid19/ and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from:

Tralee on Tel: Call 0761 07 7860, Monday – Friday (10am-4pm)
The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm
Our national call back service: Visit citizensinformation.ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer

Continue Reading

News

New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

Published

on

0205586_PASlogoTagline.jpg

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

GUIDANCE

“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending