Cork Life Centre Newsletter February 2020 Issue 1

Hard to believe we are in our 20th year. And with 20 years of growing comes lots of news to share. So we thought it was about time we had our first ever newsletter. This newsletter is for everyone in our community-students, parents, families, staff and for our supporters and followers who want to keep updated. Welcome and we hope you’ll enjoy catching up with us at the end of each month!

What’s been happening!

Comic Launch

Very exciting to support 6th year student Jessica in launching her very first comic book on January 28th-the first in a series with very many great things to come! Comics available from Cork Life Centre or make enquiries at  Watch out for a special edition coming soon featuring Jess’s journey with Cork Life Centre! Thanking Peter Finnegan(Blackstone Launchpad) for all his support and for the use of the Creative Zone at the Boole Library UCC for the launch.

Some lovely media on the launch by Donal O Keeffe and Darragh Bermingham–2ec5de4c-bff2-43ea-b380-62fd014c7587-ds

Jess will be be doing a signing of her comic book in Waterstones, Patricks Street on Saturday March 14th from 3-5pm-get in and support her if you can!

Coding Academy

Teamwork Coding Academy 

As part of their Give Back initiative, Teamwork have started a Coding Academy working with some of our students at their base in Blackpool each Monday evening. Developers in Teamwork offer their time and expertise to teach our students coding and help them obtain new skills. Thanking the team for their continued welcome and for sharing their skills and passion with our young people.

Back by Popular Demand-Our new group of leaders for 2020!

 After the huge success of Stanley Notte’s leadership workshops last year, we were thrilled to welcome him back in January to start another group-work journey with our senior cycle students. Really looking forward to hearing the group present all they have learned about themselves and about working together as part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations in May.

Jigsaw OGS

Jigsaw One Good School

Students, staff and parents have been busy in recent months taking part in workshops as part of the Jigsaw One Good School Programme. Working on putting together a Jigsaw One Good School Wall-watch out for pictures in our next newsletter. Thanks to Geraldine & the team at Jigsaw.

JCT(Junior Cycle for Teachers) Training

Great to get together with staff from St. Kevin’s School and Colaíste Ard Álainn on January 31st to undertake a joint training session on the new junior cycle. Thanks to Norrie Louise Ross(Whole School Advisor) and Mike Carey(Regional Leader) for their support and guidance on the day.

Very proud to be represented by students Caoimhe and Liam at the Children’s Rights Alliance Children’s Hustings ahead of GE2020. They were eloquent in their questions and along with the other young people present put the politicians through their paces.

exam photo


Since our students returned from February mid-term 3rd and 6th years have been busy getting their pre-examinations done and dusted. Thanking staff and 1st, 2nd and 5th year students for their flexibility and support during exam time.

We’re in the Mood for Dancing!

Courtesy of one of our very talented placement students from UCC Youth & Community Work we have had our very first dance class for some of our junior cycle students at the end of February. Here’s to many more and thank you to Colette!

Counting the Difference

We’ve Been Counting the Difference

Volunteering is the lifeblood of the Cork Life Centre. We are proud to recruit a great team each year. The difference that our volunteers make is of course immeasurable. But when we did some measuring we were able to estimate that 4,050 volunteer hours were committed to CLC during the period September-December 2019! What a collective impact-thanks to each individual volunteer for sharing your gifts and talents and for all you bring!

Measuring Impact: Stakeholder Consultations

A great big thank you to all the students, parents and staff who met with researcher Tanja Kovacic from NUIG in recent months to explore the changes that happen as a result of being part of the Cork Life Centre. This work is part of the evaluation of Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education fund of which we are a recipient. Last piece of work on this will be a photo-voice project where 4 students will have cameras and the opportunity to document life at the Cork Life Centre for a week.

Cork 2020

Great news in February with the announcement that we are to be among the 31 recipients of the Cork 2020 Commemoration Fund! Thanks to Cork City Council for the opportunity to undertake our project which will involve creating a map of historical sites of the War of Independence in Cork City and creating an exhibition of important female characters of this era in Cork.

Construction in Progress!

Delighted that builders commenced work at Cork Life Centre over February Midterm on our contact centre. Contact centres are family friendly spaces where children can meet their parents where access needs to be supervised. A dream project that has been close to our hearts for some time and that the funding of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People & another philanthropic donation has allowed to come to reality. Official opening during our 20th Anniversary Celebrations in May! Contact centre will be dedicated to the late Shane Griffin a powerful advocate for children in care.

Psychslam Winners!!!

Super proud of our team who took 3rd prize at Psychslam 2020-an incredible competition organised by the School of Applied Psychology UCC. Their presentation on the Psychology of True Crime left the judges wanting more. Congratulations Jessica, Michael and Morgan and thanks to Sam their fantastic mentor!

20th Anniversary Celebrations

We’ve been busy planning big CLC birthday celebrations in May(5th to 8th) Look forward to welcoming a range of speakers and visitors for panel discussions in four key areas-Education, Trauma-informed Practice, Advocacy & Children’s Rights. During the week we will launch a research report that explores defining alternative education-research was undertaken by two of our students who attended the International Summer School in Denmark with EIL.  We will be also be launching a new book commemorating 20 years behind the red door. Looking for contributions from students, parents, staff, friends and followers from across the years-get in touch  if you have a story to share -deadline 18/03/2020. Full line-up of celebration events coming to our website soon!

What’s Coming Up?

  • Table Quiz in Aid of Cork Life Centre Monday 2nd of March @ 8pm at the Wagon Wheel Pub Fermoy-staff and parents welcome along to support.
  • Hamlet Session @ Everyman Theatre Cork for Senior Cycle students 3rd of March.
  • Shakespeare Sessions @ the Everyman Theatre Cork for Junior Cycle students 4th and 5th of March.
  • Senior cycle trip to Glucksman Gallery UCC-Viewpoints: Children’s Rights in Imaginary Spaces March 5th.
  • Window Painting @ Supervalu Glanmire & Grange(week beginning Marxh 9th)
  • Leave No One Behind Workshop for staff and students with ATD Ireland March 13th.
  • One Piece Missing: On the Road a comic book by Jessica Griffin-signing at Waterstones on Patrick Street Saturday March 14th 3-5pm.
  • NFTE(Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Regional Finals March 18th.
  • Student-Parent-Teacher Meetings March 20th.
  • Documentary filmed @ CLC during school year 2018/19 to be aired on Virgin Media-April 6th and 13th.




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