New Horizons for Ballymun Households

May 3, 2019

Four week taster programme to help identify next steps in education is launched.

The CDETB Adult Education Service in Ballymun was pleased to host an Open Day Information Session to launch the “New Horizons for Ballymun Households” on 1st May 2019.

The New Horizons programme is a four week taster programme which will include topics such as gardening, crafts, relaxation, mindfulness, health and fitness, multiple intelligences and learning to learn. There will also be talks given by local agencies including the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS); the Public Health Nurse, the Dublin North West Partnership and the local DEASP Intreo office. One to one guidance, provided by the Ballymun Job Centre (BJC) will be a key element of the programme. By the end of the programme each individual member of the group will have been assisted in identifying a plan for their individual needs. The programme offers the people of Ballymun a unique opportunity to experience a variety of subject and topics and decide if they would like to sign up for future courses. The CDETB education guidance staff will provide information and support to enable participants to identify the next steps in their educational journey.

The programme is the result of an interagency initiative to address the needs of the people of Ballymun. The aim of the project is to help create a plan that would promote inter agency collaboration for the benefit of individuals and families living in the area. The philosophical approach to the programme is to identify the skills and capabilities of the individuals and support them in finding work or availing of education or training opportunities. This is best done in the context of a warm and friendly atmosphere and the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the project will include a measurement of the “distance travelled” by the participants.

The agencies involved in this project are the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DSP); City of Dublin ETB Adult Education Service; Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme (BARWS); Ballymun Job Centre and the Dublin North West Area Partnership.

Paul Maguire and Celia Rafferty

For more information please contact: Celia Rafferty Adult Education Officer Tel: (01) 8623828





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