Design and delivery of a sustainable community training programme for the communities of Cobh, Midleton, Castlemartyr, Youghal, Douglas, Carrigtwohill, Passage West and Glounthaune in South Cork from May 2021 to June 2022.

The Challenge

To create a series of engaging and informative workshops, mentoring sessions and learning opportunities to equip these communities with the skillset needed to develop sustainability initiatives that are appropriate for the issues unique to each community.

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Our Approach

To educate and empower each community to create sustainability plans and legacy projects to transform their communities to be Sustainability Ambassadors.

How We Are Helping:

This programme will be delivered by a consortium with a wealth of sustainability expertise led by Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray from Change by Degrees and including experts from the MaREI Centre, UCC and Rosemarie MacSweeney, a project manager specialising in Circularity, Sustainability, Built Environment.

Over the course of the programme we will:

  • Identify each community’s sustainability goals
  • Design and deliver training on a range of sustainability topics
  • Develop a community plan that strives for social, environmental and economic benefits for all
  • Carry out a skills audit to address skills gaps, while implementing recruitment policies to address these gaps
  • Provide the communities with project management training
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The Impact

We are providing these communities with a toolset to act on sustainable development ideas, challenges and solutions to create a sustainable future.

SECAD is delighted to have Change by Degrees as the trainers for the SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme (funded by the LEADER programme 2014-2020) in South Cork. The team which Change by Degrees has built to deliver the programme in the eight South Cork communities will use their expertise and experience to facilitate the development of community sustainability plans for these areas which can be implemented using the skills that the community members will develop during the programme.