European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: runs from 20th to 26th January with events taking place all over Europe and Ireland to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention. West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers is actively involved in this campaign in West Limerick. The team will be calling to women across West Limerick to raise awareness about cervical cancer and encourage women to go for the free smear test. Women can avail of a free smear test from a GP practice or family planning clinic of their choice every 3 years if aged between 25 and 44 years and every 5 years if aged between 45 and 60 years.
Every year approximately 280 women are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer and 85 lives are lost. However, well-organised screening programmes, such as CervicalCheck, have been proven to reduce the death rate from cervical cancer. The smear test is able to pick up changes to the cells BEFORE cancer might even develop. Most results come back showing there are no changes. If there are cell changes, a follow-up examination (a colposcopy) can be done to see what the changes may mean.
The Pearl of Wisdom is the international symbol for cervical cancer prevention. Pearls of Wisdom are available free of charge from the West Limerick Resources offices on St Mary’s Road. For more information on the free national cervical cancer screening programme call freephone 1800 45 45 55 or go to www.cervicalcheck.ie. Information is also available from the Primary Health Care Project’s office in West Limerick Resources – call 069 61316.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: If you are living in the Abbeyfeale area and in receipt of Social Welfare Payments and would like to learn computer skills like using: email; Microsoft Word; Skype; Facebook; or wish to know more about surfing the internet, watching RTE programmes online, and booking accommodation/flights online, then please contact Ed at West Limerick Resources on 087 329 0483 or 068 32444.
UPSKILLING IN BROADCASTING TRAINING: Those interested in becoming a volunteer broadcaster at West Limerick 102 Community Radio are now invited to take part in a dedicated 12 week training programme to develop the skills to produce and present high quality programming for the community station. Topics will include Role of Community Radio, Radio Presenting, Researching for Radio, The Role of the Producer, Technical Skills and News & Current Affairs. Course Free of Charge. Limited Places Available. Open to those living in the West Limerick area and interested in volunteering with the community radio station. For further information and an application form please contact Connie Broderick, WL102 on 069 66200.
JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekers’ Resource Room has been opened in Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (open Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2-5:30pm and Thursdays: 12:30-5pm). Users can: search the web for jobs; write and print CV’s; and take away relevant literature on work and training and education opportunities. An Information Assistant will be on hand to assist you, should you request assistance. For further information, please phone 087 3290483. The service is free. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla in the Abbeyfeale Education Centre in Mountmahon on 068 32444 or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222
NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Language and Play meets from 10:30am-12 noon in NCW Family and Community Hub for parents parenting alone and those in receipt of other types of social welfare payments. Contact Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113