Women from the Travelling Community Graduate from ‘life-changing’ UCC course

Repro Free Provision 140422 Today a group of women from the Travelling Community graduated at a conferring ceremony at University College Cork having completed a life-changing course designed to empower leadership in their community. Developed in response to community need, the Leadership in the Community programme was co-created by the Southern Traveller Health Network and Adult and Continuing Education UCC, and supported by Access UCC and funded by the SOAR Project. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A group of women from the Travelling Community yesterday graduated at a conferring ceremony at UCC having completed a ‘life-changing’ course designed to empower leadership in their community.

The Level 6 Leadership in the Community programme was co-created by the Southern Traveller Health Network; Adult and Continuing Education and supported by Access UCC. It serves as a model of innovative practice in creating an inclusive learning environment that enables Traveller participation in higher education.

Anne Burke of the Southern Traveller Health Network said the course will be life changing for those who took part.

“The course covers issues such as education, accommodation, and health – topics that are statistically poor for the community. We need people within the community to show leadership, and this empowers them to do that.