Pathways – All the news from An Cosán – July

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Welcome to the July edition of our bi-monthly e-zine, containing all the exciting news and opportunities from An Cosán! As we recently held our annual AGM, it gave us a wonderful moment to look back at the year past, and to see that despite the challenges and hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to improve the lives of those we work with and journey together on the path to a brighter future.

An Cosán continues to grow in service of our mission of ensuring that no one is left behind. Over the past few months, I have been delighted to welcome three new members to our Senior Management Team. We are joined by Adelaide Nic Chárthaigh (Adult Community Education Manager), Bronagh Moore (Corporate Services Manager) and Carole Byrne (Finance Manager), who bring a depth of skill and passion to drive our work forward.

In these times, leadership is vital and together as an organisation we will continue to lead in the delivery of vital community education and early years services.

Recently, we have been advocating through a range of national platforms for policy and practice to end the digital divide and bring about true digital inclusion. As we near a new academic year, it is important to deliver on providing all the learners in our communities with the supports and tools they need to succeed in education.

Yours in solidarity,
Heydi Foster
CEO, An Cosán


Learner Voice: Niamh’s Story

Our learner’s show incredible resilience throughout their lives to achieve great things through education, like Niamh who has pursued the path of lifelong learning. We are here to support learners with what they need to overcome the challenges they face, so that they can succeed. Read Niamh’s Story to learn how these supports can make a real difference>>>>


The Path of Lifelong Learning

We have a range of great courses starting this September across our Access, Further and Higher Education programmes!

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, contact us at info@ancosan.ie, or join our next Online Information Session
Learn more about the Funding Supports that you may be eligible for to support your return to education.


Course Spotlights
(Click the links below to learn more)


Learning from the Start

Our Early Years Educators are always finding great new ways to create a fun and educational experience for the little ones in our Early Years centres.

Recently the children worked on projects like making play dough (encouraging their curiosity and developing their motor skills), painting outside (learning about concepts like evaporation), learning about letterforms, and a whole range of activities to develop their growing minds!



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

Our Partner Goodbody shortlisted for Award

The partnership between An Cosán and Goodbody Stokebrokers for their Apprenticeship programme has been shortlisted for a Sustainable Business Impact award by Chambers Ireland. Goodbody have been a wonderful partner to An Cosán, and have provided us with vital pro bono and financial support over the past 3 years. Learn more >>


NESC: Digital Inclusion In Ireland Report

This month our CEO Heydi spoke at the launch of a report by the National Economic & Social Council on ‘Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices & Skills’, sharing the experience of communities impacted by digital exclusion, and how our Digital Stepping Stones assessment tool can help identify skill levels and signpost further learning.  Learn more >>


Erasmus+  Fatherhood Project

If you are a young father (aged 18-30) or support young fathers, we want to hear from you and invite you to take part in an interview or to complete a short online survey.  We invite our Community Partners and wider networks to share the survey to any young fathers you may know. You can share the following links on Twitter Facebook  LinkedIn & Instagram

Learn more >>


Technology Enhanced Learning for Community Educators

We are delighted to be able to design and deliver a new Technology Enhanced Learning (non-accredited) tailored training programme for Community Educators and Community Partners in Autumn 2021 (made possible by the RTE Comic Relief Fund through the Community Foundation for Ireland).  To register your interest and get more information contact Maria on m.flanagan@ancosan.ie


Around the World Challenge

We want to say a huge thank you and well done to all our families, little ones and staff who took part in the recent Around the World challenge.
They’ve raised vital funds for our Early Years centres, and along with supporters of 100 other charities together travelled 42,000km! You can still support us, every donation counts!


Digital Inclusion Tools

We are committed to ensuring everyone has the tools they need to succeed in our increasingly digital world!

Digital Stepping Stones: Check out our free foundation level digital skills assessment tool with digital learning links at www.digitalsteppingstones.ie/

Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy: Providing free training on employment skills, find out more:


Supporting You

Our wraparound supports are provided to our learners and members of our community to support them with the challenges they may face.

  • Mentoring
  • Counselling
  • Tutoring
  • Early Years
  • Family supports


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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