VIDEO: UL launch skills diploma in partnership with St Mary’s community

THE University of Limerick has launched a new diploma developed in partnership with with St Mary’s community in Limerick.

The Diploma in Community Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Lifeskills - (CWELL) - was launched at an event in King John’s Castle by Minister for Housing & Planning, Jan O’Sullivan.

The housing minister explained that funding to the tune of €30,000 was allocated to the programme, which starts in January.

“It is a great pleasure to launch the CWELL Skills Programme,” said the Labour TD at the event, at which the St Mary’s Tin Whistle Group and St Mary’s Prize Band performed.

“I wish all participants well with their studies and I look forward to seeing them graduate with flying colours in two years time. I want them to bring their newly acquired skills and knowledge back to the communities where they can become leaders for change.

“Planning and building are just one element of Regeneration. The social pillar of the Regeneration Programme, strengthened by initiatives such as CWELL, is in my view the key to the overall success of Regeneration in Limerick,” she added.

Course director Bernie Quillinan said that the diploma programme “responds to needs identified by St Mary’s community”.

“The aim of the programme is to address community health issues, through a range of educational interventions, in a way that enhances existing strengths, fosters community resilience and leadership which will enable them to contribute to improving their quality of life not just for themselves but for their families and the wider community,” she said.

The two-year programme starts in January 2014 and classes run one evening per week for 15 weeks (January to May and September to December). Anyone over the age of 18 can apply. Contact Geraldine Reidy, St Mary’s Office on 061-411076.