Pathways – All the news from An Cosán

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Welcome to our bi-monthly e-zine where we’ll be sharing all the exciting news and opportunities from An Cosán! We look forward to sharing the story of our learners, the impact we are having for communities around Ireland, and information on upcoming courses and events.

Despite the upheaval of the past year, we have continued and expanded our services to provide a pathway of lifelong learning for the most marginalised communities in Ireland. Whether it is for our littles ones receiving the best Early Years education and care, or for our adult learners elevating themselves and their communities through lifelong learning, or those supported through our wraparound and community services such as counselling – An Cosán is working tirelessly to support our community no matter what the challenge.

We’ve had a busy start to the year, with events like our International Women’s Day celebration, the launch of our Irish Aid project and webinars bringing our models of education to new partners. We’ve also continued to strengthen and develop our organisation, while most of all keeping our focus on ensuring our communities have the supports they need to weather this trying time and continue to receive the best education opportunities that will allow them to fight poverty and end the digital divide.

Yours in solidarity,
Heydi Foster
CEO, An Cosán


The Path of Lifelong Learning

At An Cosán, we support you no matter what stage you are at in your learning journey, with programmes in Access, Further and Higher Education.

Central to our education approach is ensuring that learners have the support they need to succeed, so whether that’s mentoring, tutoring, counselling, early years education, digital skills, our wraparound supports will allow you to follow your path!

Upcoming Courses

Click the links above to find out more, or join our next Online Information Session


Learning from the Start

We know the importance of giving our little ones the very best start in life. That’s why across our seven Early Years Education and Care centres our Early Years professionals use the Highscope Curriculum to create a fun and educational environment.

Recently the children worked on projects like planting (sparking their love of nature and science), building blocks (expanding their creative and maths skills), and a whole range of activities to develop their growing minds.

Find out more about our Early Years Education & Care Programmes



Find out about the latest news and opportunities from An Cosán!


Irish Aid Project Launch

On Friday April 23rd, we were delighted to launch our new Irish Aid project, working to increase the quality and integration of Development Education in Higher Education programmes in Social Enterprise, Community Development and Leadership.

Learn more >>


National Forum Webinar

Our recent webinar on “Social Action models of Teaching and Learning for Social Enterprise development”, featured speakers Sheila Cannon, Rosemary Kunene and Susie Cahn, held in partnership with IT Carlow and the National Forum on Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

Learn more >>


EU Fatherhood Project

An Cosán have commenced work on an EU Erasmus + Programme titled Fatherhood (gender roles and parenting), which builds on an innovative approach to youth training, to meet the needs of young fathers (18-30 years old) providing training and support in their parenting role.



RTÉ Comic Relief 

Thanks to RTE’s Comic Relief Fund, we are delighted to be able to design and deliver a tailored Technology Enhanced Learning Unaccredited module for Community based organisations & Community Educators. We invite partners who are interested in joining the Advisory Group or securing a place for your organisation later this year to contact Maria Flanagan.


TALK: Nurturing our Longevity Dividend

As part of this year’s Bealtaine Festival, we have a great online talk coming up with Professor Desmond O’Neill from Trinity College Dublin on ‘Ageing: Nurturing our Longevity Dividend’ on Thursday 20th May, in collaboration with Academic Primary Care Centre.

To book your place contact Avril at a.hannifin@ancosan.ie


Our eLearning Tools

Following a two-year ERASMUS+ project that kicked off in 2018, An Cosán and our partners are excited to share SCOPE. SCOPE is a free, online training programme that provides training in Governance, Fundraising, Risk Management, Financial Management and Communications.

Click here to start training today


To find out about the supports we offer, contact us at
01 462 8488, info@ancosan.ie or on our website.

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