The Nagle Centre was founded in 2003 to provide computer training to the parents of girls attending the Presentation Schools – both Primary and Secondary in Waterford city. Its inception was aimed at addressing a lack of computer training facilities in the local area and its purpose was to encourage active participation in their children’s education and to bridge any gap in their own.
The remit has expanded greatly since then but the ethos remains the same – to offer affordable computer training to the local and wider community with an emphasis on supporting marginalised communities. The centre has actively engaged with new communities to promote education through computer training, source funding and liaised with partners such as the Integration & Support Unit – ISU.
There is a deep understanding held within the centre’s staff of the barriers that people face in Education and we have taken progressive steps in reducing these barriers. For instance, courses are constructed to work with the learner and at their own pace. Classes take place in a welcoming and open environment and all students participate in an assessment process which establishes training needs and learning styles to optimise the learning experience for the student. Any learner who does not have access to a computer can borrow a laptop from the centre to practice and develop their computer skills.
Furthermore, the centre offers a number of free mentoring sessions every week which provides a space for learners to come and practice and have expert advice on hand if needed. The centre also runs a number of Awards Nights throughout each year which showcases our learners’ achievements to their families, friends and the wider community.
Integration has always been a key principle with in the centre and to date we have not run gender or ethnic specific classes. The centre offers customised training programmes which focuses on the specific requirements of learners whether on a one-to-one or small group setting. These customised training programmes can be accredited or non-accredited depending on specific requirements.
The centre is a registered QQI provider and offers programmes at levels 3, 4 and 5. We are also an ECDL, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and SAGE certified training centre.
Nano Nagle Place
Nano Nagle Place
Seven years ago the buildings of the South Presentation Convent were in a perilous position. As the area around the convent changed, the need for the school complex the site housed declined and the school closed its doors in 2006. Most of the buildings, some over 200 years old, sat empty with just a few resident sisters to maintain them.
The Presentation Sisters had to plan for the future. With so many listed buildings housed upon it, the site was of little development value. What was to be done?
The Presentation Sisters decided to act, just as their foundress had done nearly two hundred and fifty years before. They set up a company, appointed a voluntary board, and put in place plans to redevelop ‘South Pres’ as a special place for the people of Cork City.
The heritage buildings have been lovingly regenerated, they now house educational charities and rooms are also available to let by community groups, charities and local businesses. The chapel has been turned into a heritage centre that engagingly tells the story of Nano Nagle and the city in which she worked to educate and care for the poor. It allows the visitor to explore the incredible spread of the Presentation Order, the changing lives of the sisters who have dedicated their lives to that order and the remarkable work they still carry out as educationalists and campaigners for social justice. Come and visit Nano Nagle Place, get involved and become part of our story.
Warrenmount Centre aims to meet the needs of the local community by building confidence and developing skills. Learning in the Centre is person–centred and informal.
When Warrenmount Centre opened its doors in 1995 it was not possible to visualise or consider what it might look like twenty and more years later. From small beginnings it now holds its place in the local area, nationally and internationally, as a model of good practice in community education. You will find an overview of the Centre’s history, year by year below.
The Centre is located in the Liberties area of Dublin 8, close to Newmarket Square and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Just off Mill Street, the building we are in dates from the late 17th / early 18th century and was home to Nathaniel Warren who became High Sheriff of Dublin 1773-1774 and later Lord Mayor 1782-1783. He named his residence “Warrenmount”. In 1813 Warrenmount was acquired and the house transformed into a Carmelite convent, St. Teresa’s, and a school for girls was opened.
In 1889 the Carmelites asked the Pope for permission to return to full contemplative life which was agreed. Their wish, however, was that the school should not be abandoned but should be handed over to a community of Irish nuns. In 1892 the Carmelites said good-bye to their monastery of Saint Teresa at Warrenmount and the following day seven Sisters from Presentation Convent Clondalkin came to Warrenmount.
The Presentation Sisters moved into a new convent building on the grounds in 2008, and in 2011 the house, where Warrenmount Community Education Centre is located, was completely renovated. Today’s adult learners attending classes at the Centre have modern facilities in comfortable, warm rooms with up to date IT equipment.
Churchfield Community Trust
Churchfield Community Trust
In September 1994 a member from each of the three Religious congregations – Presentation Brothers, Presentation Sisters and Christian Brothers opened the door to a group of young people, boys and girls aged fifteen and sixteen, in The Hut Gurranabraher, Cork. It was the beginning of a joint project on behalf of young people at risk in the area, and was named ‘Presentation Family Community Project’.
Developments and Funding
Since that small start many things have changed- the location, name, clientele, project team, work programme, management structure and funding. What has remained constant is the underlying caring philosophy, supported by the trustees of the Three congregations. The three team members formed Community for each other through at first living in their congregational houses. In 1996 a house was purchased at 109 Knock free Ave and it was shared as a home for both project and community.
Presentation Sisters and Brothers and Christian Brothers are no longer involved in the day to day running of the project which is now entirely staffed by lay people. Core funding is provided by the Probation Service. Other costs are met principally by the Young Peoples Facilities Fund, also by Cork City Council, City of Cork VEC, Health Service Executive, and also by the Trustees. We are also supported in practical ways by business in the community. North Side Community Enterprises pay the project members through the Community Employment Scheme.
A Board of Management has been in place since 1999 to guide and support the working of the project. They in turn link in with our trustees through the Chairperson.
- 1996 – Purchase of 109 Knockfree Ave.
- October 2004 – Purchase of 107 Knockfree Ave.
- 2004 – Renovation of 107 and 109 Knockfree Ave.
- 2004 – Building of Work Shop.
- 2007 – Official Opening of Extended premises by Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork Donal Counihan.
- 2008 – Development of extensive Garden Project.
- 2008 – Building of Glass house Garden Area.
- 2008 – Opening of Garden Café Training Restaurant under licence from Cork City Council.
- 2012 – Continous development of Garden Cafe Project.
The Tara Centre, Omagh was founded in 1996 on the conviction that a radical new vision is needed for humanity and its relationship to the Cosmos.
Many people in Northern Ireland are seeking to build a society which encourages a sense of the sacred in all aspects of life, where diversity can be experienced as enrichment and pain as the raw material of deep personal transformation. They are wondering whether and how to invest their own lives in making a difference.
Inspired by a vision of global awareness, the Tara Centre provides a safe, nurturing environment in which:
- to heal and transcend pain and trauma;
- to bring hope to those in despair;
- to build an inclusive community of peace and reconciliation;
- to support those who seek to free themselves from the poverty trap and its negative consequences
- to educate beyond narrow, divisive, tribal loyalties
- to educate towards a deep, active and enlightened awareness of this amazing universe of which humanity forms an integral part.
The holistic philosophy which informs the Tara Centre’s vision encourages intellectual enquiry and shapes a wide range of healing and life-enhancing initiatives. These are experienced in the caring environment of a healing community and a warm welcoming building where the entire ethos breathes respect.
At the Tara Centre, people often find a new direction for their lives. They come in touch with deep inner resources, and are reminded that there are others who share their values about life and its meaning, and find inspiration in a communal quest.
Mount Saint Anne’s
Mount Saint Anne’s
Mount Saint Anne’s is a Retreat and Conference Centre founded by the Presentation Sisters in Ireland.
As Presentation Sisters, we are committed to a spirituality of being in communion that seeks God in the interconnectedness of all life and nurtures a longing to create a more compassionate, just and sustainable world.
Nano Nagle, our Foundress, led a deeply spiritual life. Her faith sustained her in her life of service. Here at Mount Saint Anne’s we offer a range of opportunities for individuals and groups to take time out for reflection and to deepen their understanding of the movement of the Spirit in their lives; time to explore how they too can live life in all its fullness.
Faith has been described as ‘a love of truth, a personal dedication to truth, and a practical living out of life according to the truth’. We strive to create the conditions where individuals and groups can be quiet and open their hearts to the silent presence of the spirit.
“The life of faith, of Christian faith in particular, is as much about being able to ask the big questions of life and being able to live with the ambiguities as it is about having answers to the troubling questions of existence.” – Dermot Lane
In its edition of 7th March 2009, the Tablet wrote about Clann Credo, a social bank established by the Presentation Sisters:
A Catholic bank in Ireland set up by nuns claims it is weathering the recession because of its ethical approach to business. As banks and credit unions across the country continue to suffer dramaticdownturns in the face of economic turmoil, the Dublin-based Clann Credo says it has encountered no problems over the past few months. It says it invests only in ethically credible companies and lent seven million euros (£6.2m) to charities last year.
Set up by the Presentation Sisters in 1996, it has funded more than 2OO community and voluntary projects in Ireland. Its revenue is derived from contributions from more than 2O Religious congregations and from the Government’s 25-million euro (£22.3m) seed-capital fund for social projects.
Clann Credo’s stability is now being hailed as a model for ethical investment by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), a coalition of British and Irish Churches and other groups. “One thing this crisis has shown is the volatility of the non-ethical mainstream,” said ECCR coordinator Myles Litvinof.
By its own description, Clan Credo is “the leading provider of social finance to community-based projects in Ireland“. It is a not-for-profit organisation that “provides repayable finance to community and voluntary organisations and charities that find it difficult to access funding from mainstream financial institutions. All projects are evaluated on their potential to make a social as well as a financial return.”
Pointing to the short-term nature of much financial activity, Mr Litvinof urged investors to learn from Clann Credo. “If more people investing are conscious of sustainability, we are going to get fewer of these [economic] crises,” he said. “This is an opportunity to get people to redirect savings; with faith communities in particular, it’s time to think about the long term.”
Meanwhile, Ireland’s most senior Catholic churchmen have expressed concern that irresponsible and destructive behaviour in the corporate world have damaged the fabric of society and brought the world economy to a dangerous and uncertain state. Speaking at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that individual bad behaviour led to a negative trend which was socially destructive. “When individuals lose a sense of integrity in their own lives, their destructive behaviour begins to negatively influence society with consequences especially for the weakest. This is what we see in the economic crisis,” said the archbishop.
The same day, the Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, hit out at reckless choices and bad judgement that had brought the world economy to a dangerous and uncertain state. The Archbishop of Armagh made his comments as he formally launched Trocaire’s Lenten campaign in County Louth. Calling on the Irish public to support the aid agency, Cardinal Brady said: “We need to have the generosity to address the extreme poverty in developing countries at the same time as addressing the scandal of continuing poverty in our own society.”
[Written by Paul Keenan and Sarah MacDonald for The Tablet]
iScoil is an inclusive on-line learning community offering a pathway to education and employment for young people aged 13-16 years who are out of mainstream education. iScoil was developed by Presentation Ireland and funded by the Presentation Sisters to meet the needs of these young people by using digital technology to re-engage them in learning. iScoil is now a registered charity and limited company.
iScoil aims to:
- Engage young people in learning
- Build confidence, self-esteem and social development
- Offer accreditation opportunities
- Support progression to further education and employment.
How it Works
The majority of iScoil’s referrals are made by TUSLA Education Welfare Officers for early school leavers aged between 13-16 years. Each referral is reviewed carefully to ensure that iScoil is in the best interests of the young person referred.
2. Getting Started
When accepted each student receives an iScoil pack that provides all information required to log in to their system. Once online students start with some basic learning activities and exercises designed to allow iScoil tutors assess learning styles and interests. Students are assigned an individual online mentor and introduced to online subject tutors who are always available to contact and provide help and support.
3. Personal Learning Plan
iScoil tutors will build a personalised learning plan on their system that is designed to bring out the best of the student’s abilities and be reflective of their interests. Each day the student completes work from this learning plan and online tutors and mentors review the work, provide feedback and adapt the next day’s learning plan as required.
Challenge 2 Change
Challenge 2 Change
Challenge to Change (C2C) is a development education project aimed at young people attending primary and post-primary schools of Presentation ethos. It seeks to raise awareness, to bring about a greater understanding of global inequality and to allow young people see the impact of a changing global environment. It empowers students to explore ways in which their actions at local level can impinge for the better on issues such as injustice, human rights, fair trade, racism and exploitation.
The Vision of the project is driven by the Presentation charism and ethos. Justice, human rights, sustainability and promoting right relationships are central to the Presentation mission.
Participation by the students and the wider community in C2C projects brings about a heightened awareness, a social consciousness, a broader vision and an appreciation of development issues.
Challenge to Change update – March 2019
This year is the fifteenth successive year of C2C. Involvement in Challenge to Change is one practical way of making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) real.
C2C are delighted to welcome 35 schools to the project this year. These projects represent hard work and engagement on the SDG’s and issues of justice, human rights and sustainability by students exploring how local actions can have a global impact.
Your projects this year are truly amazing in their variety and in the clever ways you have found to get your message out to the rest of us. And what important messages they are!! You are not only learning, but you are also teaching the rest of us some very important facts.
The 2019 Seminars are on Wednesday 8th May and 15th May. These seminars are a great opportunity to see the work and to engage directly with students and teachers.
While there is no charge for the seminars, you will need to book in advance to facilitate the practical organisation of each seminar.
To get a flavour of the 2018-2019 projects see the Challenge to Change Update Magazine below: