“Moving On” has been launched!

What a wonderful, heart warming event we had at the City Hall on 12th August 2016. My thanks to Cllr Joe Kevanagh, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork for being so giving of his time and patient with all the people who wanted their photo taken with him! Thanks to the CEO of Cheshire Ireland for […]

Student Blog 3 J Fitzgibbon

I found my participation as a student volunteer with this project created a deeper interest in the historical and contemporary policies and issues around institutional care for citizens with disabilities in Ireland.  Although, I considered myself politically engaged I hadn’t given much consideration to this topic previously.  However, listening to Matt and Val’s stories of […]

Student Blog 2 Dave Walker

Digital Storytelling/Archiving as Pedagogic Resource Personal Learning Blog Personal Background: I’m a mature student (60yrs old) and have a long history of activism in a variety of causes from Environmental, through Anti-whaling, Animal Cruelty, Banning Foxhunting, Food safety and pesticide usage, Anti-racism protests, Migrant Rights & Equality, CND and Stop the Arms Trade to campaigns […]

Aaron Kohrs Student UCC

Reflection Whilst completing a work placement with Gertrude Cotter, I became familiar and fond of Val Browne, and Matthew Whitney and soon saw beyond their disabilities. I learned not only about what work needs to be done in regard to disability policy and societal attitude, but how to change it — through relationships, engagement, and […]

What I learned – GC Reflections

First Day on the Job I was a bit nervous.   A new job in a field I had never worked in before. My first encounter with Matthew was a pretty low key affair.  That distinctive, deep, articulate voice… “Hello. I’m Matthew”. That equally distinctive ability to make someone feel at ease.  Two minutes after meeting […]

Social Roles Valorisation

“Social Role Valorization, or SRV for short, is a dynamic set of ideas useful for making positive change in the lives of people disadvantaged because of their status in society.  SRV is utilized mainly in service to children and adults with impairments as well as elders, but it can be helpful to uplift the social […]