Carlow County Development Partnership support for Bagenalstown First Responders

It was with great pleasure that Mary Walsh CEO was able to present Paddy Kelly with a cheque for 100 euros to support the work of Bagenalstown Community First Responders on the day that they officially  ‘went live’ for the very first time. Last Friday evening,starting at 8 o clock,  10 volunteer were on standby, with the National Ambulance Service,  ready to react to any cardiac, respiratory, or stroke-related emergencies in a 5 km radius around Bagenalstown. This is the first group of its kind in Carlow and only the second in the whole country.

It has been a long journey to get to this great day. The ten volunteers were in training from April to October, arising out of an idea in Paddy's head when he was involved with the Text Alert scheme in Bagenalstown. He was quick to acknowledge the support of Carlow County Development Partnership, especially through the support given to the group by SICAP Development Specialist Annette Fox: "We would have been lost without you", he said. "Until we met you we were just barely going along".

The system works in the following way. The trained volunteers are on duty for the weekend period and when a call is received through 999 at the National Ambulance service, they are notified and will make their way to the person who needs them. As Paddy explained, the first few minutes can be critical in the case of a  Stroke or Heart attack, and the volunteers will be on hand to assist the person until the arrival of the Ambulance which can take up to 20 minutes. Because of the challenging nature of the work, Paddy admits to being "a little nervous" but is proud of the support that this service is bringing to the community.

Carlow County Development Partnership looks forward to continuing its support for this great initiative in the New Year


Social Farming - presentation of certificates

 

As noted previously, Carlow County Development Partnership is delighted to be working with Cairdeas and Beam to place 6 adults with intellectual disability on a working farm on Mondays and Thursdays.  Last Thursday the participants from Cairdeas were presented their certificates by Dylan Thomas, SICAP Development Worker, who was able to report on the success of the initiative at first hand and meet the farm family Liam and Simone who are hosting the participants.


SICAP Programme supporting wellness: Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group book launch

Carlow County Development Partnership is delighted to have supported Carlow Involvement Centre Writer's Group in the publication and launch of their wonderful book. This book is the culmination of many months work by this amazing group, a peer support group for those with experience of mental health issues. This book is interesting, inspiring and funny in parts, it is a great Christmas present and is available from the Involvement Centre. All proceeds go towards the running of the centre. We look forward to working with the group in 2018!

 


SICAP Programme - Integration and diversity: Winter Festival

The Carlow County Development Partnership SICAP Programme was delighted to support the 'Winter Festival', hosted by Carlow Integration Forum on December 2nd in An Gairdin Beo.

 

This event was a great success with wonderful food from around the world, music, and entertainment. More than 130 children visited Santa and had lots of time to chat with him and get a small gift. A grotto was created in the garden, marshmallows were toasted and Christmas wreaths were made. There were lots of activities for the little ones and indeed for everyone. All activities, Santa visits, and the food was free to all who attended. Santa arrived in a spectacular Pink Cadillac, The garden twinkled with fairy lights and it was a magical afternoon. Special thanks to Clonmore Meats for providing the wonderful car for Santa and letting the reindeer have a rest for the big night! Special tanks to Santa for his early arrival and continued updates on his progress to Carlow. Special thanks to Kevin Kelly for the festive refreshments. Thanks to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to make this event such a success

In current Irish policy, integration is defined as the ‘ability to participate to the extent that a person needs and wishes in all of the major components of society without having to relinquish his or her own cultural identity’, thus highlighting the needs for events that allows migrants express their identity through culture, food and music.

The 2017 Migrant Integration Strategy reminds us that "successful integration is the responsibility of Irish society as a whole and will require action by Government, public bodies, service providers,businesses,NGOs but also by local communities". This event showcased the collaboration that this possible between a Local Community group (An Gairdin Beo) and the Integration Forum which supports new communities, supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The focus of the event was to allow recent migrants to the county interact with the host community and participate in a cultural event, highlighting in this case their their own traditions and food.
The success of the event built on the excellent work being done by the Failte Isteach Programme which creates the connections and energy between the individuals who then came forward to support the Integration Forum. The warm atmosphere in the Garden was built upon the friendly informal engagement which is the characteristic of the Failte Isteach Programme.