23/10/2016 - 17:43

Launch of Multi-lingual E-Directory of Services for Alcohol & Drug Misuse in Cork & Kerry

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Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Fergal Dennehy attended Council Chambers on the 20th October to launch a multilingual translation of the latest edition of the ‘Directory of Services for Alcohol & Drug Misuse in Cork & Kerry’. The directory which is produced and regularly updated by the Community Outreach Drug & Alcohol Awareness Project at Cork City Partnership is now being made available in seven languages including Polish, French, Russian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Chinese and Arabic. This development, funded by the HSE South, is a timely reflection of the rich diversity in modern Irish society. “Cork City Partnership welcomes the provision of HSE South funding to enable us to make this directory available in such a wide range of languages. It is important that our newer minority community members are supported to easily access information on drug and alcohol services.” said Brenda Cahill, CEO of Cork City Partnership.
Voyteck Bialek, representative of Together Razem Centre, which provides support to Polish and Eastern European migrants living in Cork city and county commented, “Our Cork centre Together Razem, operates a support model similar to that historically provided by Irish Centres in England. We have a unique understanding of the multiple stresses faced by migrants in a host country. Culturally inclusive measures such as this multi-lingual drug and alcohol e directory are particularly valuable to isolated and disadvantaged sectors of newer communities in Cork, who will be encouraged to access services. We are delighted to see this multi-lingual directory available to linguistic minorities in the South.” 
The directory demonstrates the significant development of drug and alcohol services in Cork and surrounds as a result of the action plans of the Cork Local Drugs Task Force and Southern Regional Drugs Task Force. “In the last number of years there has been a significant investment in drugs services across the region. With the directory now available in multi-lingual format, we aim to meet the information and service needs across all communities in the South,” said David Lane, Co-ordinator of Drug and Alcohol Services for HSE South. 
The directory also serves to highlight the existence of 21 community based projects as funded by the Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force which serve as a first point of contact for those requiring help with drugs or alcohol. “One of the key objectives of Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force is to support families and communities by providing relevant up to date information on drugs and alcohol services. With this multi-lingual drug & alcohol directory we are reaching out to members of our newer communities,” says Joe Kirby, Co-ordinator of the Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force.  
The multi-lingual directories is available in electronic from various websites including; Cork City Partnership, , Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force, , the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force, go to site  
You can download the directory in three most popular languages below:
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19/09/2017 - 13:57
Our new location and services
At Together-Razem we are changing and constantly developing and enhancing our services. Going from strength to strength, we are very excited to inform you that Together-Razem Centre has recently moved to a new location. 
We kindly ask that you all to update our contact details as from the 18th of May you can find us in our new office:
Unit 2A, Kilnap Business & Technology Park, 
Mallow Road, 
tel. 0214395588
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English classes Autumn 2017 - enroll now

source site New English Language courses at Together-Razem Centre start in the middle of September. Our courses are recommended by various local organizations focused on social inclusion and also by the Department of Social Protection. We offer classes for all levels of proficiency - from beginners to advanced. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers guarantee a high standard of lessons which are focused greatly on development of practical use of the language and are conducted in small groups (max 13 students). Additionally, for those who want to improve their fluency in spoken language, we offer conversations with a native speaker. On a successful completion of the course and after passing a final exam each participant receives a certificate. We can also provide documentary evidence to Social Welfare Office to certify participation in the language course. The cost of a 10 week course is only €99. At the moment we have places available  on Monday at 5.30-7.00pm, Tuesday at 10-11.30am  and  on Thursday at 6.00-7.30pm. More levels and groups are subject to the number of students interested in participation. Please check you English level first HERE

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PolskaEire Festival launch in Cork
The 2017 PolskaEire Festival in Cork has been successfully launched at Heron House, at the Blackpool Shopping Center & Retail Park. Lord Mayor Cllr. Des Cahill was on the site to officially launch the festival. Other speakers were: David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, and Piotr Rakowski - First Advisor, Head of Political and Economic Section; Political and European integration, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin. Great musical performance by Natalia Bakula (violin). At the opening we saw a specially prepared photo exhibition by Krzysztof Rosa - "Love doesn’t ask for a passport". Seamus Kirkpatrick from UCC delivered speech about love in Art.
The Craic was dobry again in Cork! Big thank you to Blackpool Shopping Centre & Retail Park for hosting the event!  
Photos by Guy Heynen & Jana Šlebodová

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