Early education vital in tackling city’s inequality

Delighted to see enduring inequalities in our education system highlighted in the Evening Echo recently(27.12.2017) by journalist Grainne McGuinness and to be featured in the article along with Dr. Tom Cavanagh a huge supporter and advocate for educational opportunities for all.   Dr Tom Cavanagh speaking at the official opening of the newly refurbished Dochas … Continue reading Early education vital in tackling city’s inequality


The Leaving Cert By Numbers

  At the Cork Life Centre we spent the most extraordinary day yesterday sitting with our young people as they opened results most had never dreamed of achieving. Most of these young people in fact at many stages had given up on the idea that they would ever complete Leaving Certificate due to their life … Continue reading The Leaving Cert By Numbers

Local teens overcome obstacles with Cork Life Centre

Roisin Burke(As featured on the Evening Echo 08.06.2017) Delighted to share this article demonstrating the strength, resilience and talent of our young people. MORE than 6,000 students are taking the Leaving Certificate exams and among them will be a number of students from the Cork Life Centre. Cork Life Centre is an organisation who works … Continue reading Local teens overcome obstacles with Cork Life Centre

Listening to Loss: Children and Bereavement

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network estimates that in Ireland bereavement affects between 36,000 and 60,000 school children. Yet how many teachers or other professionals have the confidence to really talk to children about death and loss. Sometimes all that may be required is to listen or to give children a medium to express their feelings. … Continue reading Listening to Loss: Children and Bereavement

Not just hearing but listening to young people’s voices

What an extraordinary week at the Cork Life centre for our annual Edmund Rice Conference. We have welcomed some wonderful guests into our community. As you enter our door you will see the following words 'May all who enter as guests leave as friends'. We could not wish for better friends and advocates for children … Continue reading Not just hearing but listening to young people’s voices

8th Annual Edmund Rice Week at the Cork Life Centre

It’s that time of year again where we gather to learn about issues affecting young people’s lives from experts,guests and friends and most importantly from young people themselves. Next week beginning Tuesday May 2nd we will welcome guests and speakers Deirdre Burke(The Guardian Children’s Project), Shane Griffin (Care Leavers Ireland), Tony Bates (Headstrong), Ruairi McKiernan(Spunout,Uplift) […]

School puts UNCRC at heart of ethos and culture

A school in the UK has put the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a its practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential. This is something our schools here in Ireland could really learn from. A spokesman for the school said: “By … Continue reading School puts UNCRC at heart of ethos and culture

“What happened to this child?”

'Systems work best when individuals stop asking “What’s wrong with this child?” and start asking “What happened to this child?”'  That's the message from U.S. recent research on the need for a holistic response to young people's complex needs -one we wholeheartedly agree with. Too often, the behavioural health needs of youth go unidentified and unaddressed, … Continue reading “What happened to this child?”