Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2020

As part of the 2020 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, PAUL Partnership, in collaboration with our partner organisations, is hosting a number of exciting webinars and online events!  Read below for details…

Exploring the Meaning and Experience of Digital Exclusion Webinar

When:  Thursday 1st October 2020, 2.30pm-4pm

Where: Zoom

In 2019, the Limerick Digital Inclusion Working Group commissioned The Tavistock Institute to undertake research into the meaning and experience of digital exclusion in Limerick. Join us in this exciting webinar as the Tavistock Institute present emerging findings from their research, followed by a Panel Discussion reflecting on the research so far, digital exclusion during Covid-19, and future actions.

Outline of Event:

Presentation of Research Findings – Rachel Hastings-Caplan, Researcher, The Tavistock Institute, London

Panel Discussion:

o Brendan Ryan (Panel Facilitator), Learning Technology Development Officer, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board,

o Mary Flannery, Community Education Facilitator, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board

o Dr. Ileana Hamburg, Head of the Lifelong Learning Study Group (LLL), Institute for Work and Technology (IAT), Gelsenkirchen, Germany

o Rob O’Driscoll, Head of Digital Services, Limerick City and County Council

o Adrienne O’Connell, Education & Training Co-Ordinator, West Limerick Resources

o David Drabble, Senior Researcher, The Tavistock Institute London

This event will be of interest to citizens, service providers, and policy makers with an interest in exploring the causes and responses to digital exclusion.

For more information and to register, go to: Webinar Registration


Telephone One-to-One Support from Local Employment Service (LES) Mediators

When: Friday 1st October, 3pm to 5pm

Where: Telephone support from your local LES office:  Our Lady of Lourdes: 061 300079; Tait House Southill: 061 313020; St. Mary’s AID Nicholas St: 061 311742; Watch House Cross Moyross: 061 327788

Local Employment Service Mediators will be on hand to take telephone calls from jobseekers for one-to-one advice, information and guidance on jobs, careers, education courses and training opportunities.  This event would be of interest to any jobseeker aged 18-66 years.


Snuggles, Stories and Smiles!

Explore amazing brain facts and hear how stories and nursery rhymes can support early brain development, communication and bonding with your little ones!

Enjoy a pre-recorded story and rhyme session and join in with your child and sing along!  Hosted by ABC Start Right – Little Voices, this event will be of interest to parents/carers of babies and toddlers.

To view the recording, go to: Snuggles, Stories and Smiles

Contact Helen Ryan,, 061 419388 for further details


Feeding Limerick – Lessons from the front line of community food provision during COVID 19

When: Monday 28th of September 2020, 13.00-14.00

Where: Zoom webinar and panel discussion

During the COVID 19 pandemic and in particular during the initial ‘lockdown’ phase, community and voluntary organisations played a key role in providing food to disadvantaged communities throughout Limerick.

Hosted by the Limerick City Social Enterprise Network & Limerick Food Partnership, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss the community response to the pandemic in the initial stages of lockdown and beyond, the challenges facing community-based food providers, and the lessons learning from Covid-19.  This event would be of particular interest to people involved in Community Food Projects, Social Enterprises, and Community Groups.

To register, go to: Registration


Learning in a Changing Business World – Webinar

When: Tuesday 29th September, 10.00am – 11.30pm

Where: Zoom

Hosted by the Learning Limerick Steering Committee, in collaboration with the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum, this event brings together speakers from a number of different local business sectors in the Limerick Region to discuss how they have responded to the challenges presented by Covid-19.  The Seminar provides an exciting opportunity to hear experiences from diverse sectors and to explore the commonalities in learning for all.  Lessons that have been learned through COVID-19; and the presenters’ thoughts for the future will be shared. Skills and talent development and empowering staff during the crisis and for the future will be explored.



Incredible Years Interactive Session for Children

On Thursday 01st October, as part of Limerick Lifelong Learning Week, Dina Dinosaur, the Principal of Incredible Years Dinosaur School, will be with the Montessori class in Tait House to help the children to explore their feelings and anxieties around Covid 19.  Through the use of art, the children will be encouraged to express their feelings and talk about social distancing, washing hands, sneezing and coughing into elbows, and wearing masks.

Please note this is a private event.


For a full listing of the wide range of free online events taking place during the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2020, go to:

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