Helping Young People & Families

Little girl enjoying arts and crafts

Young people and families may be finding the new ways of life under COVID-19 difficult.  These Cork-based groups are here to offer their support and help them adapt.

Youth Work Ireland Cork

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Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) are affiliated to the Cork City Council COVID-19 Community Response Area Team in Gurranabraher and Churchfield.

YWICork have adapted its services it offers to the young people of Cork City due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown.   YWIC weekly groups are now held online through Zoom video calls. The music and rap groups are also using Zoom calls to meet with the young people. There is also a plan to deliver some of the instruments from the youth centre to particular young people so they can take part in their music lessons online.

The youth workers have created a competition to encourage young people to get outside (safely) and get their daily physical activity with the teen gym group are using apps such as ‘Map my Fitness’.

Art groups are also running over the Zoom platform where the young people can follow the instructions of the art tutor from their own home. YWIC liaised with the Cork City Council COVID-19 Community Response Area Team when sending out care packs to certain families in the locality of Gurranabraher and Churchfield which included a COVID-19 time capsule and other art and puzzles.

YWIC have also created a Leaving Cert support group chat and a parents group chat where the youth workers send in relevant articles, supports and services which are relevant to the group members.

The LGBT+ youth project is also still meeting through Zoom. Keeping the groups going every day at their regular times keeps a consistency in young people’s lives.

 Check out their webpage here.

Cork City Council & Cork ETB We Are Cork Summer Youth Challenge


We Are Cork Youth Challenge is a unique summer programme that gives young people, aged from 13 to 18 years, the opportunity to showcase existing skills, learn or experience something new. Young people will experience challenges across 6 themes:

  • Music;
  • Arts;
  • Society;
  • Environment;
  • Sport;
  • Technology.

There will be 30 challenges, with young people completing 20. This gives them the option to choose or take a pick and mix approach. 

The Challenge will run from 23rd June to 20th August 2020.

The initiative was developed in response to COVID-19 and the fact that many of the summer camps, programmes, and activities have been cancelled. Cork Sports Partnership, Music Generation and Cork City Arts Office and Libraries have also come on board to host and support challenges with exciting resources and live online workshops.

The overall aim is participation, engagement and fun. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special commemorative Lord Mayor’s Medal and iPads will be awarded for commended efforts under any particular Challenge theme.

For more information on the We Are Cork Youth Challenge, contact

To register for the challenge, click here.

Young Knocknaheeny

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Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme is all about getting every child’s life off to the best possible start. The home environment and the role of parents, families and communities are so important in a child’s life.

Babies and toddlers do experience and feel changes that take place in their home and in the world around them. The COVID-19 restrictions have brought about changes.  Young Knocknaheeny have been focusing their supports towards young children, their parents and wider family during this time.

Catherine Maguire is a Clinical Infant Mental Health Specialist & Mentor who guides parents to think about how babies and toddlers may be experiencing stress at this time or indeed during other stressful and traumatic periods.  In the video below, she explains how parents can recognise these expressions of stress, and describes ways to respond to their baby or toddler, while simultaneously taking care of themselves.

Follow the link to the video here: YouTube

Some more Young Knocknaheeny video resources

The next series of videos are from other Young Knocknaheeny team members. These videos provide a connection between parents and children and the worker they have a relationship with and contain strategies that help to children to regulate, learn and understand emotions, “serve and return interactions”, developmental guidance,  have fun, movement, song and more. They are no more than 3 minutes long. 

There are more in production for example one on relaxation and one on play. And all will be posted on YouTube - search Youngknocknaheeny

  Young Knocknaheeny can be contacted here:

 Check out their website at or follow them on Facebook for more:


Music Generation Cork City (MGCC)

Music Generation Cork City (MGCC) is an inter-agency socially inclusive performance Music Education Project that is now providing online music tuition for young people. 


The MGCC music education programme for children and young people in the four RAPID (Revitalising Areas through Planning, Investment and Development) areas of Cork City, as well as citywide music camps, performances and festivals. The project works in partnership with community based musicians and music organisations to bring music education into the lives of children and young people across Cork City. Using the Community Education process, programmes are being made available in the places where children live, play, and go to school, bringing opportunities for music-making into the heart of Cork’s communities.

Lockdown Soundz

 Since the closures of schools and youth settings MGCC is calling for local young musicians to get involved in an initiative to make music from home.

Using only sounds that can be made from items in the household, MGCC are asking people to get curious about their home environments and to explore what sounds can be made into music, asking them to make a video of their found sound to be included in the final collaborative track called Lockdown Soundz. 

See more on:


Cork City Council Built, Natural and Cultural Heritage  are developing downloadable schools information packs which can also be used at home. 

 Keep an eye to our social media for updates:

Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Happy Talk Speech and Language Programme

Happy Talk logoCork Kerry Community Healthcare

In response to the current situation Happy Talk Speech and Language Programme, which is supported by Cork City Council, have teamed up with UCC Speech and Language Therapy Department to develop and share language resource packs with communities, schools and family support services. These packs will contain games and activities to promote language, early literacy and learning. They are full of fun and easy to follow activities. The weekly packs are aimed at 4 to 8 year olds and are distributed to all Happy Talk sites across Cork and Kerry as well as by the Community Team in Cork City Council reaching all 16 Community Response Areas in the City.

You can download their colourful and engaging packs on their Facebook page.


TUSLA Cork have published the newsletter below with information on their services under COVID-19:

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