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Back row – Dr. Lorcan Byrne, Respond, Ned Brennan, Respond, Dr. Seamus O Tuama, UCC, Dr. Cathal O Connell, Co author UCC, Nicholas McMurry, Co autor SharedInsight..

DC 25/02/2014 – REPRO FREE
pictured at the launch of the Respond Housing Association report on Adult Education on the Northside of Cork City, at their housing complex complex at St Francis Gardens in Blackpool.
Pic: Diane Cusack
Respond Housing Association publishes a report on
Adult Education on the Northside of Cork City
– to parallel the Construction of 10 dwellings in Dublin Street, Blackpool:
the next phase of RespondÕs regeneration of the Blackpool area.
A report entitled ÔÔThe Provision of Adult and Community Education in the Northside of Cork CityÕ was launched last Thursday, March 13th in Respond Housing Association complex at St Francis Gardens, Blackpool, Cork City.
The CEO of Respond, Patrick Cogan, ofm, said ÔI was delighted some 12 years ago, as a native Corkman,that Respond was invited by Cork City Council and the local people to begin the regeneration of what was known as the Blackpool flats. Francis Gardens was completed in 2006. We expect the follow-up phase of the Blackpool regeneration in Dublin Street to begin in September next, namely, the provision of 10 apartments. We are optimistic that other phases will follow on thereafter.Õ
He concluded, ÔRespond, as an Accredited College, with Hetac and Fetac, we feel that we can contribute to the wonderful community education work being undertaken in this area of Cork City; hence our desire to learn more about this and to assist the education leaders and providers here.Õ
The report on Adult Education on the Northside was commissioned by Respond Housing Association and prepared by a team from the research body SharedInsight with colleagues from UCC. The report contains a socio-economic and demographic profile of the Northside, and provides the most up-to-date information on the provision of Adult and Continuing Education providers and programmes currently running in the Northside of the city. The report was officially launched by Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Clancy and Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, and was attended by many of the education providers and community development working on the city.
Welcoming the report, Respond acting Area Manager, Mr. Ned Brennan said: ÒThis report has the potential to make a real contribution to planning for on-going community regeneration projects in the city. It is clear from the analysis that there is a wealth of educational resources on the Northside; chief amongst those are Northside community leaders and the people themselves. Respond is offering its own expertise and 30 years experience in community development to these community leaders. We place a heavy emphasis on education as a tool for social change and transformation. Education must take a central role in on-going regeneration and community development projects in our city. Ò
This Northside Report highlights the vitality and activity in the sector: the great number of courses and students is testament to that. ÔWe in Respond,Õ concluded Mr. Brennan, Ôworking under the leadership of our Education Coordinator for the South and South East, Dr Lorcan Byrne, aim to put our shoulder to the wheel, to develop close partnerships with community groups and the other educational providers. We will seek to complement what is already there, by focusing on the provision of high calibre courses aimed especially at community leaders and trainers in such areas as Community Studies, Community Education, Housing Studies and related areasÓ.
Readers can gain a fuller understanding of Respond and its education work by accessing our website at www.respond.ie
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For further information, please contact:
Ned Brennan
Chief Operations Officer
Tel: 0818 357901/086 238 2751
Respond Housing Association,
Dominick Place,
Tel: 0818 357901
Web: www.respond.ie
Information for Editors:
Respond is an Approved Housing Body in existence since 1982.
It has constructed 5,341 dwellings to date and has another 203 dwellings ready for construction in the near future with another 200 units ready for planning.
It also has provided 86 communal buildings in various locations across the country.
RespondÕs work in the Cork area include the following:
á Francis Gardens, Blackpool: 50 apartments for older persons and persons with special needs, with a Day-Care Centre and 12 houses for families
á Douglas
á Curraheen, Bishopstown
á Youghal
á Midleton
á Mallow
á Charleville
á Newtownshandrum
á Dromina
á Liscarroll
á Millstreet
á Cobh, on behalf of Cobh Community Care