This has been another good year for the Community Care course.
The students bonded very well together and enjoyed many class activities during the year of which there are photos to follow.
This year the work experience placements were very varied depending on Students preferred area to work in. They included: - working with young people/ working with people living with addictions/working with people in recovery from mental health issues/working with people with intellectual disabilities/ working with people with physical disabilities/ working with older people both in Day Care Settings and in Residential settings.
The students really enjoyed their placements and are now all busy preparing for exams.
This year saw the introduction of a new module which was suggested by many of the previous year’s group. This was the module ‘Working with Young People’. This module allowed the students to gain an insight into working with yet another diverse group.
From September 2015 our Community Care course will become Social Care with an introduction to Youth Work. While the course will remain suitable for those wishing to work with older people and people with Mental Health issues it will also offer experience in the area of Social Care and Youth work.
This is a very exciting move for us as it opens the course to a much wider group of prospective students.
DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY
28TH MARCH 2014
On Friday March 28th we had our now annual Disability Awareness Day in the PLC Centre in St. Conleth’s Community College. This year we had two groups participating: - The Pre Nursing Group and the Community Care Group, forty students in total. The students all took on a disability for the day and used many of the facilities around the town to experience what it is like for somebody living everyday with this disability. The feedback was very compelling with issues such as ‘high footpaths’ making it difficult for wheelchair access and for people with visual impairment to ATM machines being too high to access. The purpose of this exercise was to highlight to these future carers just how difficult everyday living can be for someone living with a disability. On their return to the college the students evaluated their day with words ranging from ‘enlightening’ to ‘frustrating’ , ‘isolating’ and ‘vulnerable’ being used to describe their experiences.
We were joined for the day by the Coordinator (Gillian Goulding) and members from the Athy Branch of Irish Wheelchair Association who spoke about the IW A and the members gave their ‘Life Histories’. As always this was a very beneficial day for everyone concerned. The students all worked very hard in organising the day from creating posters to advertise it to preparing and serving lunch and snacks to all our visitors. The two groups would like to thank the Principal and all the staff that helped and to those who supplied the wheelchairs for the exercise and of course to the Athy Branch of IWA who are always ready to support us in any way they can.
Georgina Finnegan Course Coordinator
Course Code: 5M2786
Qualification: FETAC LEVEL 5
Course content/career opportunities
This is a one year full time course. The aim of this course is that students who on successful completion can workprofessionally with people with a range of needs in a variety of community settings, for example: care of the older person in their home/nursing home, working with young people in care, working with people with intellectual disabilities. This course will appeal to someone that has personal attributes such as empathy, compassion and integrity along with a willingness to learn and to help others. This course offers you the opportunity to gain academic and practical knowledge to equip you for a career in this very rewarding field. It will also open the way to further educational opportunities.
Students will be expected to have passed the Leaving Certificate. Mature students are also welcome where life experience will be taken into account.
This is a full time one year course (September-May, Monday-Friday with usual school holidays).
Care Provision and Practice
Human Growth and Development
Care of the Older Person
Equality and Disability
Understanding Special Needs
Safety and Health at Work
(Modules offered may be subject to change and will be based on resources).
Students will have one day work experience per week or a block in a variety of settings relevant to their particular area ofinterest. Students must complete work experience as it is mandatory.
Successful completion of the course will lead to a:
FETAC LEVEL 5 qualification in Community Care
Patient Manual Handling Certificate
Occupational First Aid Certificate
No cost fee, however students will be expected to cover the costs of books and exam fees. For Social Welfare recipients ortheir dependents there is a facility to waive some of the above fees.
There will be some additional charges for:
Occupational First Aid
Patient Manual Handling
Guest Speakers (occasional)
This course is subject of Dept. of Educational approval.
A maximum of 26 participants will be taken on this course.
All prospective candidates will be interviewed in May 2013 successful and informed by post of the outcome of the interview.
Follow on Courses:
The following are some of the College courses that can be accessed on completion of this course:
BA Local Studies and BA Community Studies NUI Maynooth
Social Studies Cert/Dip/Degree Athlone/Waterford/Carlow/
How to apply
Please complete the enclosed application form and submit to the college secretary with the booking fee of €20. This fee is tocover administration costs.