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Waterville Community Survey for Catchment Area Plan

Members of the communities in the Waterville, Ballinskelligs and Dromid areas, as well as those who visit the area regularly are invited to complete the survey via the link below which is aimed at seeking their views on the points that need to be addressed as part of the development of the sustainability plan for the Waterville Catchment Area.

“Everyone interacts with the catchment in some way though they might not even realise it, be it through simply walking on the beaches/river banks to engaging in water sports” according to IRD Waterville’s Pat Everett. “We are really hoping that local people, as well as those who visit the area and enjoy the assets of the catchment give us their views to ensure we can incorporate them into the final plan” he added. We would also like all the individual farmers, business owners, anglers, environmentalists and anyone else with an interest in the area to fill in the survey Pat said. He encouraged local people to forward the survey link to any visitors they know who come to the area so as to get as broad an input as possible.

It is planned to follow up on the online survey with a programme of public meetings to give both feedback on the survey responses as well as to seek to identify the key elements for the future. Paul O’Raw said they would like to hold public events later in the year but if not then they have plans to engage in online meetings with members of the public.

To complete the survey please click here

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“… being our best selves”

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in

moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in

times of challenge and controversy –

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

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This iconic quote resonates perfectly at this moment in time,

when we are all challenged to be our best selves

MARGARET WRENN, MANAGER, KILLORGLIN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

SKDP recently collaborated with Killorglin Family Resource Centre (FRC) in bringing donations of food, books and toys to households in Mid Kerry.  It’s just one strand of our wide brief on social inclusion.  We also work with Residents Associations, Men’s Sheds, Disability Support Groups, Lone Parents and New Communities groups!

The SICAP team has summarised how we are operating the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme at the moment and include directions to resources that can be used to protect mental health.  We also shine a light on Project Manager at Killorglin FRC, Margaret Wrenn, who has the above wise words and more to say.

Click through to this page to read a bit more!  (Or read the document directly here, above picture of Martin).

SICAP activities during Covid-19

SICAP Covid Newsletter May 2020

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Working together

SKDP continues operations within Kerry’s Covid-19 Coordinated Community Support Service (Tel. 1800807009) and assists people across South Kerry by delivering food, fuel and medicines (as well as providing support and advice) to those cocooning or restricted during the ongoing public health emergency.

Additionally, SKDP were recently involved in a nice project after TK Maxx Killarney made contact, wanting to donate food items to those in need of a boost.  Staff working as part of the TÚS scheme in the Killarney SKDP office sorted through thousands of goods and made up hampers containing foodstuffs and treats.

SKDP vehicles were then driven across the region to distribute to over a hundred deserving families, indicated through the insights of Officers working in our Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme, who know and work with groups in our South Kerry communities.

Another batch were distributed to our partners in KDYS’ Euróg Youth Centre, who passed along parcels to deserving clients of theirs.  A great example of ‘we are all in this together’!  Well done all and thanks TK Maxx Killarney!Breadth of TK Maxx Foods

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Make the most of this opportunity – Update skills

There are many ways to update your skill set, even in the current climate when we have to stay close to home.  For years now, South Kerry Local Employment Service has been referring people onto our wide catalogue of training courses that we pay for (if needed) as well as providing supports to make it easy to register and continue learning until courses are completed.

One of the online platforms we often use is eCollege, provided by Solas who recently announced that their entire set of courses is temporarily free to anyone!   Three popular courses we find people want are:

Yes, eCollege is geared mostly at education in IT or Technical areas, but there are a few others topics also like Business, Office Productivity and Learn how to speak Irish. If there’s nothing there for you, get in touch with us as we have MANY resources other than eCollege available, some which you can’t access any other way.

If something on eCollege does catch your eye but you want to discuss an aspect of it, or if you want a hand registering with eCollege, give us a shout and we’ll help you get on the right path.

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Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9473068 

                                                                              [email protected]

LES, 2nd Floor, 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6636966

[email protected]

South Kerry JOBSCLUB,  2nd Floor 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6637833

Library Place, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9762444

[email protected]

1st Floor, 21 Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

(every Tuesday from 10am – 1pm)

Tel. 064 6642444

  [email protected]

Sneem Resourse Centre, Sneem, Co. Kerry

(2nd & 4th Tuesday 2.15pm – 3.45pm)

Tel. 066 9473068

[email protected]

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Updates on Supports Available from the State

SKDP continues to point people in South Kerry to services and updates that may be of help during this time of great change. signpost indicating bends aheadHere’s two covering 1) Tourism and 2) Employment Income Supports:

Fáilte Ireland - National Tourism Development Authority logo

For those managing a tourism business, Fáilte Ireland have put together a pack for Managing Business in Unprecedented Times where they prioritise these topics:

  • Expert advice on managing business liquidity and cost containment
  • Information on accessing financial assistance and managing HR risk
  • Step-by-step guides on how to manage temporary business closure, temporary lay-offs and redundancies, if required
  • Guidance on managing further revenue shocks and jumpstarting sales for recovery
  • Information on accessing Government supports
  • Practical operational guidance for businesses on steps they can take to help ensure the health and safety of their staff and visitors.

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The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued a helpful questions and answers document last week, and you can see a summary of the queries they cover in this blog.

The full set of Questions and Answers is beneath if you wish to review their advices.  *In case things change, it is best to keep an eye on their own website in case of further updates.

DEASP Covid 19 Questions Answers

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At the Launch of our Hotel Recruitment Day for 2020
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SKDP helps companies recruit new staff

Employers – Is recruiting taking up too much of your time?  Many frontline organisations are trying to quickly mobilise staff and SKDP can be your trusted partner in this.  We offer a screening service for all types of recruitment efforts, cutting down on your resources.

Our Employer Engagement Officer, Joanne Griffin, manages a database of clients across the region and helps them source employees using SKDP channels or targeted events (e.g. our recent seasonal Hotel Event) It’s all part of our work under the SICAP programme to reduce unemployment in our communities.

Over 60 organisations of all sizes and from varied sectors avail of this free outsourced service. We have successfully helped place candidates in everything from small local businesses to multinationals – without commission or fees!  We want to help you while also helping Kerry people find jobs.

*Joanne also wants anyone seeking work to connect with her – she can help you become ready for your next job!

While we’re conscious many companies are not hiring at the moment, this service will be there if you need it again.

Joanne can be reached on [email protected]

Mobile: 087 6152660

Landline: 0669761615

At the Launch of our Hotel Recruitment Day for 2020
Joanne (seated on the right) at the Launch of our Hotel Recruitment Day for 2020
Covid Helpline Save the new helpline number 1800807009
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Kerry’s new Covid-19 support service

While our offices are now closed until April 19th, we’re still here for you – all our usual phone numbers are diverted and so you can still reach us by phone or alternatively via [email protected].

SKDP is working within the County’s Coordinated Community Response.  Along with Kerry County Council, we are helping run a new Covid-19 Support Service as well as continuing to deliver food, fuel and medicines to those living in our community whose usual sources of support are unavailable.

Please save this new helpline number 1800807009 and where possible, every Kerry household should print this document beneath, adding your Eircode and other relevant information.

Do pass this important information along safely to your friends, family and neighbours, especially those who may not be digitally connected.  Stay at home and stay well.

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Covid Helpline Save the new helpline number 1800807009
Covid Helpline
Save the new helpline number 1800807009
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Need help getting Unemployment payments?

Jobseekers – If you or someone you know has been laid off due to Covid-19 and need some help completing application forms, (e.g. Six week Emergency Payment) make contact with your nearest Local Employment Service office who will be happy to help you out.

CahersiveenKillarneyKillorglinKenmareSneem

Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9473068 

                                                                              [email protected]

LES, 2nd Floor, 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6636966

[email protected]

South Kerry JOBSCLUB,  2nd Floor 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6637833

Library Place, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9762444

[email protected]

1st Floor, 21 Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

(every Tuesday from 10am – 1pm)

Tel. 064 6642444

  [email protected]

Sneem Resourse Centre, Sneem, Co. Kerry

(2nd & 4th Tuesday 2.15pm – 3.45pm)

Tel. 066 9473068

[email protected]

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by Coronavirus, viewable here.  They advise that the best method to apply for COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online.

You will need to have a basic MyGovID account to proceed (which they reassure is a simple process).  If you want some help with filling out the online form, do contact us.

South Kerry Local Employment Service is your free support for all things relating to finding jobs or work.

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