This section is to keep everyone informed as to training and funding opportunities that may be relevant to our various member groups.



Fourteen people availed of the recent defibrillator training that took place at Sherry’s Field Sports complex on Saturday 1st April. The training was the third in a series of defibrillator training that followed the provision of defibrillators in community houses. The West Armagh Consortium in conjunction with the Southern Regional College delivered two classes, one in the morning and the second in afternoon. The classes were delivered by Andrea Hamilton who is a trained nurse. Funding for the programme was drawn down via the Growing Communities Programme, a programme delivered by ACBC as part of its Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board commitment.

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Southern Regional College Courses 2015/16

images/2015/SRCimg_100915.jpgThe Southern Regional College are currently taking enrolments for their 2015/16 classes and courses. There are a wide and varied range of courses available, some of which carry recognised accredited qualifications. The poster does not cover all available courses. Details of everything on offer can be got on the SRC website or via the contact details listed.

It is a useful way to increase your employment prospects or simply take up a course for personal satisfaction. Whatever your reason enrolment couldn’t be easier. To aid enrolment a recruitment session was held in Mullacreevie Community House. Other sessions can be organised for other community houses if it is felt that there is a need for them. Alternatively, simply contact the Southern Regional College

Places available on Oceans

 images/2015/oil-rig2.jpgAnyone interested in working on oil rigs or any similiar off shore employment . The Southern Regional College are running a programme called OCEANS.Basically it is a training programme instructing would be employees on the neccessary health and safety requirements insisted upon by employers in this field. Several local people availed of this programme last year.There are still places left on OCEANS 2015 but they will soon be allocated eleswhere if not taken up from the town. The programme is run under the SRC's Neighbourhood Renewal committments. If interested you need to act fast. Contact can be made either through the West Armagh Consortium or through the Southern Regional College direct.

Enhance your employability skills

Community groups should take note that the Supportimg Training and Employment Programmes (STEPS) is set to begin again. STEPS has been delivered by the Southern Regional College for several years now and has a very good success rate for full and part time employment for those who have completed the courses. STEPS provides taining in a wide range of skills. Skills that have proved to be what employers are seeking.In the current difficult employment climate anything that enhances employment opportunities is to be welcomed.
These classes are delivered by the Southern Regional College who in co operation with the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boiard have already been successful in helping a number of local people to find jobs, both with these advertised courses and previous programmes. Anyone wishing to avaid of this training and other course on offer with the SRC shold contact the numbers listed in the poster.Most of these courses can only cater for a limited number so if you are interested, get in touch immediately.
Local community groups also have course application forms and information on the various courses



Video training as part of Consortiums' Social Enterprise Project


Pictured with the Southern Regional College instructor are consortium members Stephen Fields, Deckie McGerrigan and Barry McKee who took part in the video training sessions. The West Armagh Consortium is launching a social enterprise project that it is hoped will provide the local community with a valuable service and generate some employment, albeit part-time at the start. The main trust of this project will the An Post Fánach, which translates as The Occasional Job.

However , the video aspect will see the consortium providing a videoing service for such events as football matches, parties, and other informal events. The consortium through funding drawn down from the NRPB Growing Communities Programme have purchased the camera equipment along with the necessary computer and software. This part of the project will go hand in hand with the handyman scheme.

An Post Fánach is a handyman scheme designed to provide the community with an affordable service to deal with small household jobs. Tasks like grass cutting, hedge clipping path hosing and much more will be covered by An Post Fánach. The idea was first muted two years ago and more recently during the consultation process with pensioners in the community the idea was again mentioned. Many pensioners find it difficult to get someone to take on small one off jobs. An Post Fánach aims to address this. However, any social enterprise has to operate along sound business lines. This service will not be a free service and it will also be open to all the community not just the elderly, though special consideration will be given towards pensioners.


Consortium genealogy course conludes with Dublin visit


Members of the West Armagh Consortium along with other community members who attended the recent genealogy course had an enjoyable trip to Dublin last Saturday. In a conclusion to the course the group began the day with a walking history tour of the 1916 battle sites. Finishing off the Garden Of Remembrance, the tour took in most of the significant sites in and around O’Connell Street, and Moore Street.

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Free CSR Training

CSR safe pass training (3yrs) available free to those in Armagh who live in Neighbourhood Renewal area and who meet the usual criteria. Mon 23rd March 9-5pm. Contact Doreen Lappin, Southern Regional College, for details.

This is a one day training course covering health and safety aspects of working on a construction site.The course can cost around £150 but is free to qualifying participants from the Neighbourhood Renewal area.

Social Enterprise Opportunities for Community Groups

Social Enterprise Opportunities for Community Groups and Social Entrepreneurs


Thursday 26th March 2015

7 – 9pm

Armagh City Hotel

  • Information on how social enterprises work
  • Presentations from successful community social enterprise projects followed by Q&A
  • Opportunities for mentoring and funding support for your idea
  • Ideas for follow-up events


Event open to all interested groups and individuals from Armagh City & District Areas

Places are free but limited. To register, please contact Margarita O’Donnell on tel. 3752 9600 ext. 3331 by Monday 23rd March.

Organised by Armagh Neighbourhood Renewal in partnership with The Southern Social Enterprise Hub and ACBC Council

Local community volunteers in Defribillator training

Local community activists recently took part in a Defibrillator training course delivered through the West Armagh Consortium and NRPB’s growing communities’ programme. The course took place in the Pearse Og Social Club on February 21st. All participants passed with flying colours. It is intended to roll out this project further with the provision of defibrillators for local community houses.

Consortium chairman ,Stephen Fields praised the activists who took part in the course adding ,” The feedback that we received is that those who took part found the course very interesting and informative. Even though it is the sort of training that no one hopes to have to employ it is nonetheless important that local activists are equipped with the necessary skills.”

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Defribillator course generates considerable interest

images/2015/defribillator1img040The defibrillator training being organised for 21st February has generated a considerable amount of interest. Initially we had envisaged training up community volunteers  from our respective areas with a view to acquiring defibrillators for the community houses.

It would appear that the course containing 16 places may well be oversubscribed .We have therefore decided to continue accepting names and if there are enough for a second course we will run one in the near future. Therefore, we hope that  anyone who has put their name forward and doesn’t manage to get a place on the February 21st course  can bear with us.

Defibrillator Training at Sherry'Field



Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

West Armagh Consortium are to deliver Automated External Defibrillator training on;

Saturday 21st February 2015.


Facilitator: Southern Regional College

Time: Session one 9am to 1pm — Session two 2pm to 6pm.

There are sixteen places over the two sessions, eight per session. We would encourage our community groups to send at least on representative.The other places will be filled on the first come first served basis.

Contact: Stephen on 07759949314  to register for one of the above sessions.

Mid-morning & afternoon refreshments will be served



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