Engaging with Community and Organisations

Can remote working rejuvenate rural Ireland?

UCC Digital Learning expert contributes to the this Irish Examiner article

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Politics of pandemic: How COVID-19 changes could open doors to a better Ireland

Read the Opinion piece in The Journal from Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Livelihood, UCC

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Together with Cork Parkinson’s Association: UCC physio takes classes online

Read the Irish Examiner news story

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In response to COVID-19, our staff and students are volunteering with a wide range of organisations and collaborating to provide vital equipment, research support, training and many other initiatives.

Outreach and Community Initiatives

Our staff and students work with organisations on outreach and initiatives that support communities through COVID-19.

  • Sporting bodies launch Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity post Covid-19

    15 Jun 2020
    Sporting bodies launch Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity post Covid-19

    Some of Ireland’s leading sporting organisations have come together with the Copenhagen-based International Sport and Culture Organisation (ISCA) to launch a global challenge aimed at reimagining what sport and physical activity might look like during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Sport Ireland, the Federation of Irish Sport, the Irish National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training, University College Cork Sport, Cork Local Sports Partnership and ISCA are looking for the best ideas on how sport and physical activity can survive and thrive in a world remarkably different from what has gone before.

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"20 women, 4 weeks, 3904 #masks made with #love for 1304 people. Made possible with your generous donations & support. Thank you"

The Sanctuary Mask Initiative Team

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  • UCC Students Support Civil Society Organisations with Research Needs

    18 May 2020
    UCC Students Support Civil Society Organisations with Research Needs

    Cricket Ireland partner with Community Academic Research Links  in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The experience of refugees and asylum seekers engaging in sport is of deep interest to Cricket Ireland, the National Governing Body for the Sport on the island of Ireland. In a novel undertaking, they are collaborating with Community Academic Research Links in University College Cork to bring a research lens to investigate what they know to be true – that sports changes lives!

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  • Sanctuary Masks - Protecting the Most Vulnerable

    30 Apr 2020
    Sanctuary Masks - Protecting the Most Vulnerable

    The Sanctuary Masks Initiative is an initiative by women living in direct provision centres to help themselves and other vulnerable people living in the community, in response to COVID19.

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  • Aphasia Home Café – Socialising while Staying at Home

    29 Apr 2020
    Aphasia Home Café – Socialising while Staying at Home

    The Aphasia Café is an initiative of UCC Clinical Therapies Society to support people living with language difficulties following a stroke or other brain injury. Unfortunately, current nationwide restrictions on gathering and socialising had seen the group have to pause their usual meetings. The good news is that they are now launching Ireland’s first Aphasia Home Café where people with aphasia in Ireland can sip their favourite cuppa while chatting with each other and us online.

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  • Indian Community Support Group

    22 Apr 2020
    Indian Community Support Group

    Cork has a strong Indian community and lots of UCC's international study body come from India.  Many of these left Ireland and returned home, but others have stayed for various reasons. The Cork Community Support Group, established by the Embassy of India have rallied to provide assistance to this Indian community in Cork, supporting their welfare during a time full of uncertainty for these communities here and in their native India. 

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Organisation and professional development supports

We work with sectors and organisations to provide learning, professional development, capacity building and organisational support.

Research support for community groups

Community Academic Research Links (CARL) in UCC is supporting a wide range of community organisations with free research support in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Community and voluntary organisations can find out more at the CARL website.

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  • FREE CPD Virtual event for Social Work Practitioners

    14 May 2020
    FREE CPD Virtual event for Social Work Practitioners

    Social workers have transformed their front-line work since the COVID-19 pandemic. UCC Applied Social Studies are hosting a FREE CPD webinar showcasing practitioners' initiatives on 3 June from 10.00-12.30 Irish time. All welcome.

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  • FREE access to Project Management Training Videos 

    04 May 2020
    FREE access to Project Management Training Videos 

    Fistral provide Project Management training, used by the University in the past. They have been in touch with us to highlight thier free online training videos available to all, as well as free coaching/mentoring for anyone involved in the COVID-19 response.  They encouraged us to share the resources widely, so we're sharing them with you. 

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  • COVID-19 Pandemic mutual support Empathy Cafe's

    27 Apr 2020
    COVID-19 Pandemic mutual support Empathy Cafe's

    UCC Staff member Marta Neto has been holding in person and online Empathy Cafés since before the pandemic. Since COVID-19 she has seen a large increase in interest and need for them in various settings, including to support front-line workers.  A facilitation practice that enables mutual active listening and supports dialogue, Marta has seen it be of particular value to community organisers and those involved in community building.  

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  • New ebook: Uncertainty Rules? Making uncertainty work for you

    15 Apr 2020
    New ebook: Uncertainty Rules? Making uncertainty work for you

    Uncertainty is a hot topic during this pandemic. From organisational psychologists Terri Morrissey and Richard Plenty, the newly published e-book 'Uncertainty Rules? Making uncertainty work for you' focuses on protecting ourselves from anxiety rather than looking for long term sustainable solutions to the complex challenges that we face. 

     

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Business in the Community

We are working with business, enterprise and industry partners across many sectors to support sustainable jobs and the local economy during COVID-19. 

  • Social distancing and remote working favours workers in Greater Dublin region and provincial cities - UCC report

    27 May 2020
    Social distancing and remote working favours workers in Greater Dublin region and provincial cities - UCC report

    Social distancing measures and remote working potential favours occupations located in Dublin and the provincial cities, a University College Cork report has found.

    The study Covid-19, Occupational Social Distancing and Remote Working Potential in Ireland by Dr Frank Crowley and Dr Justin Doran - uses occupational data and economic indices to examine what occupations have the most potential to adhere to social distancing measures and what occupations have the potential to carry on working remotely.

     

    Occupations across Ireland’s economy are examined at sector and regional level within the analysis, with the report stating that a one size fits all economic policy approach to the crisis, is unlikely to resolve regional inequalities across Ireland.

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  • UCC offering free courses to help economic sectors get work ready

    26 May 2020
    UCC offering free courses to help economic sectors get work ready

    University College Cork (UCC) is offering free courses so that workplaces across all sectors of Ireland’s economy are ready to resume operations under the Government’s phased roadmap. 

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  • Preparing the legal framework for business

    18 May 2020
    Preparing the legal framework for business

    Prof. Irene Lynch Fannon, UCC School of Law is Chair of the Insolvency Committee of the Government Company Law Review Group. The Committee are currently preparing draft emergency measures to adjust certain company law provisions to support businesses during the economic opening. They are working together with partners at Departmental and Ministerial level as well as with sectoral interests. 

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Volunteering and Fundraising

Our staff and students are proactively volunteering and fundraising to support people and communities across the country through COVID-19. In ever expanding ways, they are providing critical support to our health care colleagues on the front line, our partners in public agencies, and Community & Voluntary Organisations. Read about some of the latest initiatives below. 

UCC Volunteers at campus contact tracing centre help fight spread of virus

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UCC student volunteers and societies support Sanctuary Masks Initiative

Read the Irish Times news story

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UCC staff interested in volunteering can register with the Cork Volunteer Centre

A UCC staff volunteering partner organisation

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  • Shave or Dye Fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society

    05 Jun 2020
    Shave or Dye Fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society

    The Irish Cancer Society Cancer unfortunately has touched all our lives in some way. This year the ICS missed it's usual fundraising Daffodil Day so UCC friends and work colleagues Darrelle, Deirdre, Gavin and Michelle ran their "2 shave or 2 dye, dat is de question" fundraiser. Launched on May 15th they did their big reveal on May 22nd but fundraising is ongoing.

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  • Mardyke Supports 'Move for Marymount' Campaign

    12 May 2020
    Mardyke Supports 'Move for Marymount' Campaign

    Marymount University Hospital and Hospice launched their ‘Move for Marymount’ campaign on Monday 11 May. The campaign, led by the physiotherapy team at Marymount, and supported by the Mardyke Arena, includes free and accessible fitness videos that can be easily followed along at home. Physiotherapy is one of the vital services delivered to patients and residents of Marymount and the department comprises a team of seven qualified and experienced physiotherapists.

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  • UCC staff find an alternative way to come together in support of Darkness into Light

    10 May 2020
    UCC staff find an alternative way to come together in support of Darkness into Light

    As the city and country got behind Pietas Sunrise Appeal, staff fundraiser for Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm provided an opportunity for the campus to show their support for this important organisation as physical distancing prevented the 10th Darkness into Light Event from going ahead. 

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  • 3D printing PPE for community healthcare workers

    30 Mar 2020
    3D printing PPE for community healthcare workers

    UCC Library is collaborating with BenchSpace Cork, a city-based creative community space. The library’s 3D printer will be used to print frames for face shields to be sent to community nurses and front-line healthcare workers. 

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