Learning for Wellbeing
Young or old, learning continues throughout our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic didn't put a stop to many agencies in Cork City who help us continue our lifelong learning journey.
Cork Learning City and Lifelong Learning Festival
The Cork Learning City and Cork Lifelong Learning Festival launched a campaign on March 18th called ‘Keeping our Learning communities connected’.
Three examples of the response to this call are:
- The Lantern Community Project runs a range of Community Education and Wellbeing programmes that have developed an online presence to engage vulnerable people in city centre communities - https://www.facebook.com/thelanternprojectcork/
The Project has been established as a meeting, learning and creative space in Cork, running community education, development, solidarity- and resilience-building initiatives, and prides itself on being ‘…a place of welcome where people, no matter what their background, race, age or gender, can feel at home and voice their hopes in working for a better world…’. The project has initiated a series of online tutor sessions and wellbeing posts regularly in the weeks since March 18th and keeps connected with more vulnerable learners through regular personal calls and texts.
- Library Housebound Service: The Library Service has expended the Housebound Service since the beginning of the COVID-19 Emergency. The Housebound Service provides books and talking books to elderly and infirm patrons around the city who cannot access libraries due to mobility issues. The service has been expanded to other patrons, including book club members, and new members of the Library Service. The service is operated in full compliance with Public Health guidelines: the Driver Attendant drops the new stock at the door step and rings the patron, who then collects the items delivered. Patrons communicate their wish lists to a designated staff member in each library location, to ensure they get the materials they themselves want.
- Stay At Home Library: The www.corkcitylibraries.ie website has been offering a custom-designed digital resource since the early days of the COVID-19 Emergency. This brings together our eBook and eAudiobook collections, plus online newspapers and magazines, and online language learning resources. Library staff have also created digital content specifically for Cork City patrons, both children and adults. This content includes videos of story time for small kids, and suggested digital reads, plus some music content.
- Cork Heritage Week and Cork Heritage Open Day websitesare looking to create a series of virtual events for Heritage Week including Heritage talks.
- Heritage Grants Scheme – this scheme is allowing for heritage work carried out by local heritage groups to continue in the city. Organisations supported under this grant scheme such as Cork Folklore Project have a large online catalogue that can be accessed by the public.
Cork City Libraries
In response to COVID-19 restrictions, Cork City Libraries have had to adjust their services and means of communications.
They have published a newsletter, Plan B for Bealtaine with news and updates on what they have been doing to keep their services going with an innovative spin.
Take a look at the latest issues here: