Southside Partnership Digital Newsletter Issue 4
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In this issue, you can read about:

-  Women4Women / Southside Partnership women's programme for Autumn
-  Our Careers Week, 10th to 14th October
-  Integrated Collaborative Practice Programme Awards
-  SICAP end of year report 2015
-  Form 11 Tax Workshop
-  DLR Festival of Inclusion, 7th to 15th October
-  Horticulture Skills Programme - Year 3
-  November Job Club
-  Health Workshop in Ballyogan, 12th October
-  Healthy Food Made Easy 6 week courses & free fun breakfast
-  Volunteer Award for Fardus Sultan
-  ILDN National Enterprise Awards

Women4Women network and Southside Partnership Women’s Programme have planned a new programme for women this Autumn 

Free English and Communication Classes
Dun Laoghaire: Park House, Library Road. Mondays 9.30am - 11am
Ballyogan: Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Wednesdays 9.30am - 11am
Sandyford: Sandyford Community Centre. Fridays 9.30am - 11am
Dundrum: Rosemount Family Resource Centre. Thursdays 9.30am - 11am 
To register please contact Marese or Daniela on (01) 706 0100
or 087 612 8740

Crafts Class
Park House, Library Road,
Dun Laoghaire. Mondays 11am - 12.30pm

Employability Skills QQI Level 3
Full module for migrant women in Dundrum area (subject to funding from ETB)

Second Chance Education  – Women In Lifelong Learning
This free ten week interactive programme is specially designed for women to develop new skills, increase confidence and support career planning in preparation for returning to education, training and employment.  The focus will be on Personal Development and Basic Computer Skills.
When: Starting 28th Sept, 10 weeks (mid-term break), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am - 12.30pm

Where: Mounttown Community Facility, Lower Mounttown Rd, Dun Laoghaire
Tutor: Marilyn Nyquist

Growing My Confidence
The aim of this short part-time course in Personal Development is for you to learn how your thinking affects your life, your relationships and your future.  It will help improve communication with others, teach stress reduction techniques and support wellbeing.  The course is designed to help you express yourself assertively, and to increase confidence and self-esteem.  It guarantees a fun and participative learning environment.
This course is specifically designed for women who left school early and want to get back to education.
When: 11th October - 27th October
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am - 12 noon
Where: Ballyogan Family Resource Centre, Samuel Beckett Civic Campus
Tutor: Hazel Boylan

International Women’s Breakfasts

International Women’s Breakfasts are free drop-in events organised every 4 – 6 weeks in different parts of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The next breakfast will take place at Dun Laoghaire County Council, Wednesday 12th October from 10am - 1pm as part of the DLR Festival of Inclusion

For more information on any of the above activities, please contact Daniela or Marese on (01) 706 0100 or 087 612 8740

CAREERS WEEK: 10th - 14th OCTOBER 2016
A week of FREE employment talks to help you explore and improve your job search and career development options.
Expert speakers providing information on all aspects of employment, self employment, education and training.
Find out what employers are really looking for and how you can take the next steps in your career.

See the full brochure at this link


Congratulations to all the participants and the tutors!
The awarding of certificates to participants on the Integrated Collaborative Practice Programme (ICPP) took place in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall on 8th September. The twelve participants on the programme each received a NUI Certificate in Community Education and Equality Studies Level 8 Certificate, which is the equivalent of 20 credit transfers to a BA in Community Studies.

Some of the outcomes achieved included: 
 - Building strategies for more effective integration of services;
 - An enhanced awareness of collaborative practice in community services and settings;
 - An understanding of the role of personal leadership, the values underpinning it and the contribution it makes to integrative services; and
 - Promoting a model of integrated practice that can be replicated elsewhere.

The invited speaker for the graduation ceremony was the Dun Laoghaire County Council Chief Executive, Philomena Poole. The programme was developed and sponsored jointly by the Drug & Alcohol Task Force and Southside Partnership DLR and delivered by Community Action Network (CAN) and Maynooth University. An evaluation report on the ICPP by Patricia Pendiville was launched at the ceremony. View the report here

Celebrating the achievements of the 12 programme participants

Pobal has published their recent report on SICAP for 2015, covering all areas of the Republic of Ireland. The findings note that SICAP supported a higher percentage of people living in disadvantaged areas, helped more people who had lower levels of educational attainment and reached a greater percentage of long-term unemployed clients than had been planned for 2015.
Some of the SICAP’s key achievements outlined in the report include:
- 36,800 people were assisted on a one-to-one basis
- 23,500 clients received employment and job training supports
- 13,400 people participated in the life-long learning courses
- 4,687 people set up new businesses, which created a further 715 jobs
- 3,958 young people not in work or studying were helped by education and job initiatives.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government funds the SICAP. The programme is managed and administered by Pobal on behalf of Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) throughout the county.

Southside Partnership DLR runs the programme in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. 
See the full report at this link


A half day workshop, aimed at individuals who are self-employed, will take place in the coming weeks (date to be confirmed). The workshop will provide information and support for the self-employed to help them complete their Form 11 tax return by the 31st October deadline.
Places are limited, so if you are interested please contact Esther at  or Pia at or phone them on (01) 706 0100

The DLR Festival of Inclusion will take place from 7th to 15th October 2016. The theme of this year's festival is "Celebrating Difference". The purpose of the week is to increase awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, and to encourage engagement, participation and support for individuals and communities experiencing exclusion or marginalisation.

This year's festival concentrates on more participative style events that will involve local communities. Community groups, societies, associations, clubs and organizations have been invited to join in this week of celebration and acknowledgement, by creating their own local events.

Two of the highlights of the week are The Big Sing on Sunday, 9th October, in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre and The Diversity Fashion Show on Friday, 7th October, in Nutgrove Shopping Centre.

Southside Partnership DLR has been involved in the organising committee for the Festival and we will be hosting a number of events throughout the week.

See the full schedule of events at this link

Our third Horticulture Skills Programme commenced in August 2016 with 12 new learners on the FETAC Level 4 programme. A Level 5 Horticulture Skills Programme was also introduced for this year and this facilitated the progression of six learners to a Level 5 Programme, which will enhance and increase their employment prospects with higher level qualifications.  Provisional results from the recently graduated Level 4 learners are excellent with the majority of learners achieving overall results of distinctions and merits.

The participants are currently busy harvesting vegetables - peas, beetroots, potatoes, chillies, cabbages, tomatoes -, maintaining many of the open areas in Cabinteely Park, and receiving training on hand tools and power tools.  Learners have also commenced their plant identification module - which runs throughout the year - where they will learn how to name and identify the plants in English and Latin.


We are currently recruiting for our full-time Job Club commencing on 7th November 2016, in Loughlinstown Community Rooms.  The Job Club provides the training and skills to successfully secure employment.  If you know of anyone who is unemployed and may be interested in attending the next Job Club, please contact Nicola at our Local Employment Service on 1800 200 501.

The next Health Workshop being hosted and facilitated by Southside Partnership and the Drug & Alcohol Task Force will be exploring how sugar, sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol can impact heath and wellbeing.  It will take place on Wednesday, 12th October at the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus, from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
You can contact Elaine O'Mahony on 083 844 4061 or email for further information.

Healthy Food Made Easy - Six Week Course
If you or your local community group are thinking about ways of improving your diets, you may be interested in attending or hosting one of our Healthy Food Made Easy courses. These fun and practical healthy eating courses are open to all age groups. Over the 6 weekly sessions you will learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget and improve your knowledge of nutrition. During the course people cook and taste healthy recipes, get tips on food shopping and have a chance to meet a HSE community dietitian.

Free Fun Breakfast with Giggles the Clown
Come along and enjoy a free family fun and healthy food information morning in Loughlinstown Community Rooms on Wednesday, 12th of October from 9.30am until 12 noon. The event will be hosted by Giggles the Clown, famous for entertaining children with his balloons and favourite puppet pets.

For more information about this event, or to book a place on a course, please contact Anne Kavanagh, Healthy Food Coordinator on 087 1500 234 or by email at

See full information at this link

Congratulations Fardus!

Women4Women Chair and Southside Partnership board member, Fardus Sultan, was among 103 volunteers from across the county who were honoured and recognised at the 'Celebration Of Volunteering' event, hosted by the former Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Barry Saul. The event was a celebration of volunteers from communities and organisations throughout Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, who contribute their time, effort and skills in areas such as sports, arts, environment, heritage and community.

Fardus has been an active volunteer with Southside Partnership since 2010.  Her first engagement with us was through our women’s programme, where she contributed to the setting up and formation of the DLR women4women network, a network which Southside Partnership supports and which she now chairs.  Within this network Fardus has worked with vision, courage and energy to address issues of social exclusion for migrant women and people from different cultures and religions.  She is generous with her time and resources, and her skills are highly valued and respected by all.

She has demonstrated leadership through initiatives she has taken to support immigrant women in engaging with our programmes and services, through her inputs on integration during the DLR Festival of Inclusion and, in latter months, through her representation of women’s issues on the Economic Development & Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Fardus is now a member of the Board of Southside Partnership DLR, holding one of our Community seats.


The full article can be viewed at this link
Celebrating with Mari, Shane and representatives from ILDN and Microfinance Ireland

Two of our enterprise clients who availed of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme (BTWEA) represented the Dublin Region at the ILDN National Local Development Enterprise Awards finals in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on 15th September. Southside Partnership DLR runs the BTWEA Scheme on behalf of the Department of Social Protection in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.
Here is a video clip on each of their businesses:
There were 18 finalists and the competition for these awards was of a very high standard. Mari or Shane did not win on the night, but we would like to thank them for their participation and we wish them every success with their respective businesses in the future.
The finalists were all delighted with the additional exposure that this awards event provided for their products and services. Have a look at the caliber of those who won awards on the night and you will get a feel for just how tough the competition was.
Here are the award winners’ video clips:

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