CESCA Website Launch

Website of CESCA (new Voluntary Group Alliance in Cork) Launched in Cork City by Ms. Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.


The CESCA website was officially launched by Ms. Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.


A number of community and voluntary groups in Cork city have joined forces to better address issues of disadvantage in the city.


This alliance - Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA) – sees 14 diverse groups in Cork city, who share a common goal of social inclusion and social justice, working together as part of this innovative new partnership.


CESCA includes a range of community groups in Cork city including Ballyphehane / Togher Community Development Project (CDP), ‘Before 5’ Family Centre, Churchfield Community Trust, Cork Gay Project, LINC Advocating for Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Ireland, Mahon Community Development Project (CDP), Mayfield Community Development Project (CDP), Meitheal Mara, NASC (Irish Immigrant Support Centre), Northside Community Health Initiative Cork (NICHE), Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), Traveller Visibility Group (TVG) and Cork YMCA.  CESCA is supported by the HSE’s Social Inclusion Services Cork.


By formalising how they work together, CESCA is facilitating the pooling of resources and expertise and helping to achieve cost savings by maximising existing resources and addressing gaps in services.   This new and innovative way of doing business will harness and protect the vast experience and excellent work of these front-line organisations that are at the heart of social inclusion services in Cork city.


CESCA spokesperson, Dave Roche, Cork Gay Project said, “CESCA demonstrates a new way of working for voluntary groups in Cork city. As individual groups we all strive to deliver the best possible service for those who need us; by pooling our resources and sharing expertise and ideas we can be more effective, extend our reach and work to bridge gaps in existing services.”


At the launch of the website Ms. Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said: “I am delighted to support this new alliance in Cork city which will enhance social inclusion services in the city and which supports social justice and equality”.


Mr. Ger Reaney Chief Officer HSE Cork /Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation said “The HSE is proud to support the CESCA alliance through our Social Inclusion Service. This innovative initiative highlights the strength of the community & voluntary sector in Cork city and the important role that this sector has to play in promoting health and social gain across all communities”.


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