Please vote for U-Casadh in the Skills & Opportunities Fund Competition!
U-Casadh have been shortlisted in for the Ulster Bank/RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund competition. Voting closes at noon on Friday, November 6th. We would really appreciate if you could take a few seconds (literally) to vote for us as it would bring us a step closer to funding staff to develop the first Fab Lab in the South-East of Ireland. Simply click on the link and select U-Casadh from the list. It's as easy as that! No name or email address information required. Thank you for your support! http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.ulsterbank.com/vote/vote-in-island-of-ireland.html
If you would like more information on our bid to win this competition, just watch the short video appeal from our CEO, Stephen Plunkett, below.
U-Casadh - For a Change of Mind
The U-Casadh Project was established in 2008 by former prison officer, Stephen Plunkett. Stephen had become disillusioned with seeing the same people coming through the 'revolving doors' of the prisons in which he worked (St. Patrick's Institute, Wheatfield and Clover Hill) and decided to work with people in the community, providing them with "occupation with purpose" in order to reduce their chances of returning to prison.
The project was originally set up to work with ex-prisoners, 24 and over, and their families. Since then, the project has broadened out its service provision (through the addition of our Department of Social Protection-funded Community Employment scheme) to people over the age of 18, referred in by the Probation Service, Drug Treatment Services, Homeless Services and others.
We have a strong focus on Social Inclusion, through encouraging entrepreneurship - as the empowerment of self-employment removes many of the obstacles which many of the people who use our service encounter.
U-Casadh is a registered charity and is developing its own social enterprise, as well as supporting other to develop theirs.
Further information on the services we provide can be found here. Pleases also check out out blog.