Tipp Town KITE high flyers take vital step

Participants completing the KITE course at the Knockanrawley Resource Centre Front Row: Jennifer Noonan (Tipp Town), Michelle Crowe (Dundrum), Louise Franklin (Tipperary Town), Deborah Maher (Goatenstown), Amanda Ryan (Tipperary Town) and Patricia O Dwyer (Golden)Back row: Boru Larby, Michael Bourke (Monard), Christine O'Connor (Tipperary Town), Josephine O'Donnell (KITE Coordinator), Patricia Power (Assistant KITE Coordinator), Cecelia Bourke (Monard), Paul Codd (Tipperary Town)and Sinead Dunne (Tipperary Town).(Missing from photo Maggie Collins, Kate Clarke and Trisha Turifi.)
As the KITE programme 2012/2013 at Knockanrawley Resource Centre draws to a close, fifteen learners successfully completed the programme.

As the KITE programme 2012/2013 at Knockanrawley Resource Centre draws to a close, fifteen learners successfully completed the programme.

The course is open to men and women and is seen as the first step to going back to work or further education. The course had a range of modules such as nutrition, health related fitness, digital media, organic gardening and many more.

Each year the group explore the options of going on to further their education and participant Paul Cadd from Tipperary Town who really enjoyed the IT modules on the course had just received the good news that he was accepted on the Access course; a one-year module in the University of Limerick.

“It’s great news that Paul has been accepted on the Access course,” said KITE Coordinator Josephine O’Donnell,

Participant Deborah Maher was a stay-at-home mum for 26 years and felt that she had lost her confidence when considering how to get back into the work-place. “KITE helped build my confidence and I feel now that I can do anything I want and it has given me strength,” said Deborah.The programme started in September for nine months until June, five mornings a week from 9.30 to 1.30. As well as the confidence building, module education and childcare and literacy help that the participants received, the nine-month KITE course also produced a KITE baby with participant Boru Larby also celebrating the announcement that he is going to be a father.

“This changes everything,” said Boru “and now I will have extra responsibilities so I’m glad I’ve been on this course to help me on my way.”Jennifer Noonan, Michelle Crowe, Louise Franklin, Deborah Maher, Amanda Ryan and Patricia O Dwyer.

Boru Larby, Michael Bourke Christine O’Connor, Josephine O’Donnell, Cecelia Bourke, Paul Codd Sinead Dunne Maggie Collins, Kate Clarke and Trisha Turifi.