MAYFIELD CDP CENTRE
We aim to respond to local needs by the provision of support, training and developmental opportunities to individuals and groups in the community. We work with people in a non-discriminatory way and encourage everyone to reach their full potential in a safe, open, friendly and accessible environment. Mayfield Community Development Project Ltd (Mayfield CDP) was established in 1990 when funding for Community Development was made available by the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
When the Project began, office space was rented in Newbury House Family Centre and work began on developing responses to needs which had been identified. The Project continued to grow over the years and extra staff was employed. In December 2001 a bungalow at 328 Old Youghal Road went on the market and this time the vendors were willing to sell it to us, subject to planning permission for change of use being granted to the CDP. This property was particularly suitable being just across the road from Newbury House.
Health promotion Mayfield is a member of the Cork Cancer Action Network and on 31st January 2018 the network launched the cervical cancer prevention campaign in conjunction with the HSE and the National Screening Programme. The All Ireland Senior Camogie Champions of 2017 were involved in a photo shoot to highlight the campaign under the title: ‘Share the Wisdom’. The Lord Mayor of Cork Mr. Tony Fitzgerald, the Lady Mayoress and their two daughters were in attendance and spoke at the event. A service user of the national screening service spoke of how early detection ensured she received treatment and a positive prognosis. The launch was attended by a significant number of people and had a positive impact on all.
We Can Quit The We Can Quit community-based cancer prevention programme was run in Mayfield in Spring and Autumn 2018. Eight women registered for the programme in the Spring with five completing the programme and four women quit. In preparation for the Autumn programme the Mayfield Health Action Zone engaged a previous participant to advertise and promote the programme and contact women in advance of its commencement. We Can Quit had a stand at the Learning Neighbourhood EXPO on 20th September in Mayfield Sports and Leisure Centre. Fourteen women registered for the programme with six completing the programme and five quitting. These numbers indicated to the network the importance of engaging a Coordinator in advance of each programme.
Local Community Safety Forum and Joint Policing Committee Representatives from the Project attend the local community safety forum where environmental, community and anti-social behaviour issues are discussed between residents, the City Council and the Garda Siochana. The Centre Manager represents those involved in social inclusion within the community sector on the Joint Policing Committee.
Old Youghal Road CE Project Mayfield ICDP supports the Old Youghal Road Project by having the Centre Manager serving as a Director on the Board. The Project is greatly enhanced by the involvement of Community Employment participants with two previous participants securing employment with the CDP.
Cork Social and Sporting Development CLG The invaluable contribution of Community Employment participants from Cork Social and Sporting Development CLG enhances the provision of services within the Resource Office. Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project works closely with CSSD by serving on its Board and as its nominated Garda Vetting officer.
Social Inclusion Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project as a member of CESCA (Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance) was on the steering group for the annual Equality Day on 10th December 2018. The title of the conference in 2018 was “What works for women – Accessing the work place.”
There were two speakers at the conference, Senator Alice Mary Higgins and Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire of U.C.C. The six workshops focused on themes such as rural isolation, disability, prisoners re-entering society and women within the immigrant community.
Men’s Shed The CDP supported the Men’s Shed with small grant applications which are enabling them to build up the Men’s Shed choir and the workshop in Mayfield Community School.