“Time to Change” – Support Programme for Jobseekers in South and East Cork


SECAD will be running its very successful Time to Change Programme in four centres during Spring 2013.  The centres are Ballincollig, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal.


The programme is designed for people who have lost employment in recent years and need support to move forward in a positive way.  It is also for people who have been taking care of children in the home or who have been caring for someone and are starting to look at what they would like to do with the next stage of their lives.


The programme focuses on supporting the participants with information and advice about looking for a new job, setting up a business / self-employment or perhaps pursuing a training course or further education


The ten week programme, which involves one 3 hour session per week, is funded by SECAD and is free to participants.  The programme focuses on the following: self-esteem and personal strengths, self-confidence and encouragement, setting goals and creating plans for the future and managing change.


Inputs by specialists on adult education, career development, CV preparation and social welfare advice form an important part of the programme.  There is one to one support for each participant and confidentiality is assured at all times.


SECAD will be holding Opportunities Mornings to promote the programme in Cobh on Monday, 28th January, Youghal on Tuesday, 29th, Ballincollig on Wednesday 30th, and Midleton on Thursday, 31st January.  One of the aims of the Opportunities Mornings is to highlight the supports and services available in each area.  Support agencies including the Department of Social Protection, VEC, FÁS, Volunteer Centre and SECAD will be present to promote the service they provide in each area.


Each Opportunities Morning starts at 10.00 am so that visitors can talk to the personnel on the stands. Then we listen to a key note speaker for around 45 minutes and finally we present the Certs to the participants from the previous course and we also give those participants the opportunity to talk about how the course has helped them.


If you would like to know more about “Time to Change” or to book your place at the Opportunities Morning in your area, please contact Sinéad at 021-4613432 or sconroy@secad.ie


South and East Cork Area Development,

Midleton Community Enterpirse Centre,



Co. Cork


Tel: 021 4613432

Fax: 021 4613808



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