Community Services Celebration Day, Friday 10th September

Blackwater Community Connect is organising a home security/accident prevention information morning for older people as part of the national Community Services project Celebration Day, taking place on Friday 10th September 2010.

Leicester Rose of Tralee finalist Aishling MacLoughlin will launch the Communiy Services Programme (CSP) Celebration Day in Fermoy. Also in attendance will be the Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Jim Daly.   The launch will take place at 10.30am on Friday September 10th at the Adair Hall in Fermoy (behind the Church of Ireland) and the theme for the event will be Home Security and Accident Prevention in the home for older people.  A number of companies will demonstrate security equipment and Muintir na Tire Community Alert Co-ordinator will give a presentation.  John Arnold will provide some light entertainment and tea/coffee will be served.

Mary Allen, Co-ordinator of Blackwater Community Connect said “the community service programme offers a befriending telephone service and a handyman service to older and vulnerable people who may live in rural and remote areas. It increases people’s social contacts as well as ensuring a safe and trustworthy handyman service, thereby eliminating the need to engage the services of doorstep callers.  The programme also organises social outings as well as providing computer training to enable older people access the wider world through IT. We hope people can come along where they can learn more about their local Community Service Programme and show their support for our work.”

CSP projects have already received a severe cut in funding and any further Government cutbacks may result in long-term impacts on the most vulnerable in communities when CSPs are forced to cut vital services that no state agency or department is delivering.  Ms. Allen said “The Celebration day is an opportunity to inform the public about the work of CSPs where they can come together and say that more cuts to the programme are unacceptable.”

For further information, please contact Mary Allen at 025/33411


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