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Author: South Dublin County Partnership

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Conversations with and about people who suffer social exclusion.
16 Episodes
Today we are talking to Grace Hill, head of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force. We are discussing their report of ‘The Landscape of Substance Misuse and it's impact on the communities of Tallaght’ and other drug related issues, and how they impact on the family. Here is a link to the report: are links to two videos related to this topic:yt5s com Let's Be Blunt Movie - YouTube a video on Cannabis by young people for young people 01 TDATF Main Cut V4 With Titles and Subtitles - YouTube An accompanying video for the report.
The ‘Uncovered Voices’ podcast is dedicated to highlighting the learners voice. Giving learners the opportunity to tell their stories. Today we are talking to a varied group of students. We will be discussing education, learning, the future and what it was like to participate in a course during the pandemic.
We are talking to Patrick Nevin Manager of the Tallaght Travellers Community Development Programme. Patrick has been working for traveller’s rights in several organisations for the last 20 years. In this podcast we will discuss the major issues facing the travelling community historically and in the modern world. How the community has faced systemic bigot and discrimination for decades, the work that has been done and what still needs to be done.
In today's podcast we interview Kenneth Mtetwa and Anthony Duffy. Kenneth MtetwaKenneth is from Zimbabwe and has lived in Ireland for 5 years. He joined the Clondalkin Global Garden in 2019. He lives with his wife in a Direct Provision center in Clondalkin. He credits Cllr O'Broin for involving him in the Clondalkin Global Garden and Clondalkin Tidy Towns. His hobbies include attending his church, walking, jogging and socialising in the Global Garden. Anthony Duffy Anthony is a graduate of Maynooth University, BA community and youth work 2017. Prior to becoming a youth and community worker he travelled around the world learning about different cultures and societies working almost every job under the sun to survive. In his spare time he enjoys playing music with friends, sea swimming and being a pedal power advocate.You can connect with Anthony at the following social media platforms.
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This podcast was recorded a few months back with Susan Scott and Mateja. Susan is a Youth Information Officer at Crosscare Youth Service in Clondalkin and Lucan. At the time Mateja was with the VSI. Find out more about the ESC programme and sign up with VSI as your sending organisation – we can help you find a project: can find all the current ESC opportunities around Europe here: Scott – Youth Information Officer at Crosscare Clondalkin Youth Service and 086 1304629 Maria Conte – Communications and Marketing Officer at VSI – and 083 0246156
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What is Social Prescribing?A new service that connects people with supports and activities in the community to strengthen their health, wellbeing and quality of life.Social Prescribing is a formal way of enabling healthcare services to support self-management by referring people to a variety of local, non-clinical projects and activities in the community through a link worker. Who is this project for?This project is for people over 18 years of age, living in South Dublin who may need additional support to mind wider health and wellbeing needs previously identified by General Practitioners. This project is mainly beneficial to people who may feel lonely, socially isolated, anxious, depressed or in need of different kinds of social supports. What are the results?This is a new service that is being piloted since August 2018. The main achievements so far are the engagement of Healthcare Professionals from two general practices in Tallaght (Glenview Clinic and Parkhouse Family Practitioners in Brookfield) who are currently referring patients to the Social Prescribing Service. From this pilot project we expect: increased acceptability and uptake of the Social Prescribing service; improved patient self-reported wellbeing; reduced pressure in clinical workload; improved connectivity between medical and community sector. Who are the funders?Health Services Executive (HSE), Healthy Ireland and the Social inclusion and Community Activation Programme. How can I find out more about the project?For more information please contact the Social Prescribing Coordinator: Deirdre Ruane.Mobile: 0873336208
In this episode I interview Henry and Alan about the HeadsUp programme. HEADSUP is an evidence based mental health education and training programme for men who are finding life stressful, have issues with unemployment, feel isolated or lonely and wish to learn ways to improve their wellbeing. This group programme aims to encourage participants to make positive changes to their lives, develop resilience and offers support to access local services and supports.HEADSUP gives men the opportunity to build their mental and physical fitness while developing the inability to make connections, set goals and develop a life plan to ‘get back on-track’. Each programme varies as the needs of the participants are identified and supported through the pillars and principles of the Heads Up programme.
On this episode, we speak with SDCP English student Agnese Orlandi who is learning English in Ireland throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Podcast with tutor of Elders Online course Paula Harrington, participants Eileen O'Toole, Michael Moore, and Orla Gildea, and SDCP staff Katie O'Neill and Noeleen Lynch.On this episode, we discussed the benefits of learning about the Internet and technology such as Zoom, email, online security, and more. We talked about the ups and downs of learning online, the struggles of a third lockdown, and more.Learn more about our Elders Online course, and many other FREE courses run by SDCP and collaborators here: like, share, and leave us a review on iTunes.
On this episode, we chat with 3 learners who are practicing their English. We discuss their experience learning English, their thoughts on Ireland, their goals for the future, and much more.Thank you to Lyuba Moore, and guests Ferhunde Oktay, Jevgenija Motejuniene, and Mai Thu Van.
Episode 4  is an interview with Bernard Sweeney and Dylan Foley. We delve into Irish history, specifically settled and unsettled histories, the racism experienced by unsettled groups (the Traveller community), the silencing of groups due to forced assimilation, colonialism, and social exclusion. Bernard shares his experiences of alienation growing up as well as his pride in being an Irish Traveller and living with a mindset he has dubbed "outside the colony"; Dylan shares his and Bernard's collaborative research and a part of Irish history that has been well and truly covered over, and Joy and Katie offer their perspective and learn plenty along the way.To learn more about Bernard's work, check out TraVision, his YouTube channel and support his work by watching and subscribing. 
Life Long Learning Manager Tom O'Brien and Claudia Horeau, Diversity, Inclusion & Equality consultant discuss the importance of anti-racism work in Ireland 2020.
This episode explores the topic of Black Lives Matter with Coffee with Strangers Coordinator Joy-Tendai Kangere and Digital Communications staff Katie O'Neill. Topics of discussion include:Black Squares on InstagramWhy talk about Black Lives Matter now?Moving from social media posts to real-life change and actionWhat is Othering and why does it happen?Ignorance breeds fearWe're all human
This episode explores the topic of Why is it so Hard to Talk about Race with Coordinator Ken Ryan and Digital Communications staff Katie O'Neill. Topics of discussion include:Why is talking about race so hard?Emotional education and critical thinkingIdentity CrisisThe Far Right and Scapegoating: The OtherWhat Capitalism Does To Us - Economic UnitsAre all white people racist?Toxic masculinity and white supremacyLearning to listen
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