New Voluntary Group Alliance (CESCA) Launched in Cork City

A number of community and voluntary groups in Cork city have joined forces to better address issues of disadvantage in the city.

This new alliance - Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA) – sees 14 diverse groups in Cork city, who share a common goal of social inclusion and social justice, working together as part of this innovative new partnership.  

Officially launched on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, by Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health.  

CESCA includes a range of community groups in Cork city including Ballyphehane / Togher Community Development Project (CDP), ‘Before 5’ Family Centre, Churchfield Community Trust, Cork Gay Project, LINC Advocating for Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Ireland, Mahon Community Development Project (CDP), Mayfield Community Development Project (CDP), Meitheal Mara, NASC (Irish Immigrant Support Centre), Northside Community Health Initiative Cork (NICHE), Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), Traveller Visibility Group (TVG) and Cork YMCA.  CESCA is supported by the HSE’s Social Inclusion Services Cork.

By formalising how they work together, CESCA will facilitate the pooling of resources and expertise and help achieve cost savings by maximising existing resources and addressing gaps in services.   This new and innovative way of doing business will harness and protect the vast experience and excellent work of these front-line organisations that are at the heart of social inclusion services in Cork city.

CESCA spokesperson, Dave Roche, Cork Gay Project said, “CESCA demonstrates a new way of working for voluntary groups in Cork city. As individual groups we all strive to deliver the best possible service for those who need us; by pooling our resources and sharing expertise and ideas we can be more effective, extend our reach and work to bridge gaps in existing services.”

At the outset, CESCA has been successful in sourcing funding from the HSE South which will be used to support a series of small joint projects focussed on integration of services for disadvantaged or vulnerable people and communities in the city as well as the development of a small community leadership training programme to provide additional support for the sector.

CESCA will participate is the 2014 Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge on September 13th as a fun team building initiative .  A photoshoot with the CESCA Dragon Boat crew will take place at today’s official launch in Blackpool to launch their entry in this event.

 

Last updated on: 03 / 09 / 2014