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Dungarvan’s Reopening Journey

Dungarvan is firmly on the road to reopening! Thanks to the the commitment of people following expert advice, the innovation of businesses and the strength and support of our community we are slowly returning to a degree of normality. All our favourite local businesses are opening their doors again, taking care to prioritise the safety of their employees and customers who have been sorely missed. Here’s a look at what awaits.

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As retailers and business owners across Waterford City and County begin to prepare for the reopening of the City and Town Centres a new Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is being launched. The campaign, which is supported by business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan aims to encourage all Waterford people to support local in every purchase we make. The campaign wants the people of Waterford to support each other as when we act Together Waterford is Stronger.

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Thoughtful Gifting Embraced Through Chamber Vouchers ‘Thoughtful Gifting’ of Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Vouchers has been positively embraced by the general public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Chamber CEO Jenny Beresford said they were “delighted with the outcomes from the recent Thoughtful Gifting campaign. We got orders for occasions such as teachers thanks you’s, general thanks you’s and a large selection of important birthday wishes.”For the past couple of months the D&WW Chamber has offered an additional service as part of their Chamber Shopping Voucher scheme, sending a special occasion card with the customer’s own message, handwritten and delivered by post to the recipient for a special occasion. The card is purchased locally to fit the occasion and the Chamber Team promises to use ‘their best writing’ on the card!The popular Chamber Shopping Vouchers, which can be used in over 120 local businesses, are the perfect gift – versatile, convenient and with something to suit everybody. This is a practice the Chamber will continue mentions Jenny,”it will continue to be part of our offering as we are aware there are people who are reluctant to move around publically for  one reason or other and simply for the convenience  and novelty of this.”How it works: You can avail of this service by emailing your order to info@dungarvanchamber.ie. Let the Chamber know what value voucher you would like, the nature of the occasion, the message to include and please provide your phone number. A Chamber team member will ring you to double check the details, they will take the payment over phone and will then prepare the gift & message.This is a great way to safely mark special occasions with a thoughtful, practical gift that also supports local jobs and business!There is a €5 charge for card & domestic post.Chamber Vouchers are particularly important now – it is essential that we support our local economy in these trying times if we want to protect our favourite businesses and safeguard jobs in our community. By keeping our money in our local businesses, we can each be part of the recovery. Shamrock Restaurant The Moorings Dungarvan Paints and DIY Movies at Dungarvan Rosalie Gelateria KidSize Children's Shoe Shop L&K Furniture Monica's Devereux Manshop Irwins Megavision Expert Baumann Jewellers Jitterbeans James Mans Shop Shane Curran Home Company Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan Willow & Oak Dungarvan The Wine Buff Dungarvan Hallahans Family Pharmacy Wink and Elbow @Isabels Gifts Indian Ocean Restaurant Dungarvan Dungarvan Tyre Centre Ltd Topline Currans Eurospar Ireland
Thoughtful Gifting Embraced Through Chamber Vouchers ‘Thoughtful Gifting’ of Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Vouchers has been positively embraced by the general public during the Covid-19
Biggest Business Worry in Dungarvan & West WaterfordResults from our D&WW Chamber survey of members show the majority of businesses admit cashflow is their most pressing issue, followed by costs, footfall and regulations.Over 140 business owners, representing half the Chamber membership, responded to the short survey assessing their biggest concerns heading into the next 12 months. The results were stark - almost 60% of businesses said cashflow is their biggest concern. When questioned about which activities members feel the Chamber should prioritise presently and into the future the answers were also clear. Nearly 70% said their number one priority was for the D&WW Chamber to focus on the promotion of Dungarvan & West Waterford! This was followed by 56% with a second preference that the Chamber work on their behalf to influence town development plans. Next in line was the importance of continued lobbying on local issues and national Issues.Now representing over 3,000 employees and close to 290 members, the D&WWC has been delighted to welcome a significant number of new member businesses since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. ‘Being part of a network’ was the top reason for given for Chamber membership the answers showed, followed by ‘Information, updates, support & advice for business’ , next in line was Lobbying issues and also to support Town Progression.The Chamber is grateful to all the businesses who took the time to participate in the survey. The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber can now begin to set out post-Covid plans to support and benefit the entire region, confident that they are representing members’ priorities.Dan McCarthy Home Interiors Wink and Elbow Merrys Gastro Pub Movies at DungarvanCapelli Hair Salon Siobhan's Hair Salon Dungarvan Olivere's Health & Beauty Graphic Print and Signs Dungarvan Encore Stage Academy The Language People Dungarvan Nissan L&K Furniture Deise Golf World Dungarvan Country Sports Helen's Lingerie Boutique Rainbow Kids Dungarvan Shopping Centre Indian Ocean Restaurant Dungarvan Shamrock Restaurant REA Spratt D's Beauty Salon @And Chips  Fresh Food Courtyard - Dungarvan Kimmy’s Kitchen Crew's Restaurant and Accommodation Deise College Dungarvan Dungarvan Tyre Centre Ltd
Biggest Business Worry in Dungarvan & West WaterfordResults from our D&WW Chamber survey of members show the majority of businesses admit cashflow is their most pressing issue, followed by costs,
Chamber Members  TEFL.ie are sharing experiences with  Leaving Cert students in this webinar 'Life after the leaving cert'TEFL are running a campaign this week directed towards Leaving cert students and parents. Our campaign will run this week (22nd of June - 26th of June) with a lead up of social media posts/videos/promotions until Friday when we will have our webinar at 4pm on Zoom. The main reason we are launching this campaign is to give leaving cert students an alternative to university or going straight into an apprenticeship or work. The course aims at getting people TEFL qualified online and getting a teaching job abroad - potentially take a gap year and travel the world. It is basically a way of traveling while still making money. The TEFL Academy Willow & Oak Dungarvan Dungarvan College - Secondary School WWETB Adult & Community Education Hallahans Family Pharmacy Kelly's Pharmacy, Abbeyside. All That Can Be - art of John Bermingham Flour & Water LloydsPharmacy Ireland Blush House of Beauty Dungarvan Gourmet House Shamrock Restaurant The 2 Sisters Restaurant Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan Flynns Hardware Enhanced Health Dungarvan Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese
Chamber Members TEFL.ie are sharing experiences with Leaving Cert students in this webinar 'Life after the leaving cert'TEFL are running a campaign this week directed towards Leaving cert
Chamber Welcomes new Mayor &  CathaoirleachCongratulations to Cllr Damien Geoghegan  new Mayor of the City and County of Waterford which took effect this afternoon (24th June 2020). On behalf of the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, we would like to offer congratulations and best wishes to  Cllr Damien Geoghegan who finished his recent post as Dungarvan / Lismore Cathaoirleach earlier this week.Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber has acknowledged  that due to the COVID-19 crisis a more frequent collaboration has aided relationships to strengthen even more between the Chamber & the Council Executive. This  has demonstrated the importance of a constructive and strategic alliance. With the appointment of  Cllr Damien Geoghegan, a Dungarvan native as Mayor, the D&WW Chamber is  confident of  the opportunity to continue to develop a stronger relationship with Waterford Council and Councillors. D&WW Chamber is also positive that interests of both City & County will be represented and balanced. Wishing our outgoing Mayor John Pratt  best wishes in his next chapter. Also offering our  congratulations to  our new Dungarvan Lismore Cathaoirleach James Tobin who took the position on Monday 22 June. Cllr Tobin has appealed to  people to ‘shop local and support local’, among other priorities, a campaign which D&WW Chamber  dearly supports.
Chamber Welcomes new Mayor & CathaoirleachCongratulations to Cllr Damien Geoghegan new Mayor of the City and County of Waterford which took effect this afternoon (24th June 2020). On behalf of
Coping with isolation during COVID-19A recent report from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) found that 45% of people over the age of 75 reported feeling lonely some of the time and 38% of people with dementia said that they have lost friends after their diagnosis.While COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on almost all of society, those over 70 years of age have been heavily impacted.  While many of us were and are still taking sensible precautions by social distancing, for older people, cocooning was a more extreme measure put in place for those as they were in a high risk category of severe illness from the virus.COVID-19 has disrupted many support services for older people such as day care centres and respite facilities, increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation.  There is also a risk of secondary impacts on people’s health due to them not seeking help due to fear of the virus. Age is also a factor as research suggests older people are more impacted both physically and mentally by loneliness than younger people.Steven Tubbritt, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford says now that society is slowly opening up it is important to reconnect and engage with older people.  “We know that people with more social ties have better general health, are less depressed, live longer and are less likely to develop dementia.”“The past three months have been particularly hard on older generations and their feelings of loneliness and isolation were further exacerbated by the fear of COVID-19. Family members may have not been able to see their elderly parents or neighbours as often and may have stayed away to stave off the spread of the virus.”“Now that we are less restricted, it is crucially important to be there for an older family member.  Simply engaging in stimulating social activities can slow cognitive decline and the progression of dementia.”The figures surrounding loneliness and isolation are quite stark with evidence highlighting that older people experiencing high levels of loneliness are almost twice as likely to die within six years, compared to those who are not lonely. Loneliness has been associated with a broad range of adverse psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, social deviance, lower social skills, a more critical view of self, and perfectionism. Steven added, there are things all of us can do to help alleviate loneliness.  “Exercise is a great tonic, so if you can get out for a socially distant walk regularly with Mam or Dad or encourage them to get out for at least twenty minutes a day.  Exercise is vital for brain health, as when we exercise, we process short term memory.”“If you have returned to work and cannot be present as often, engage with them through technology.  If they have not already embraced technology, help and encourage them to.  Studies indicate that learning new skills helps to maintain brain health.”“To help alleviate feeling of loneliness and isolation, there is nothing better than offering your time and company.  However, if you cannot spend time with an older family member, ensure a carer, neighbour or another family member can.”Chamber Members Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes and is approved by the HSE. Its CAREGivers help clients maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping. Home Instead invite you to contact them if you have any concerns about a senior relative during these challenging and unprecedented times you can call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit https://www.homeinstead.ie/
Coping with isolation during COVID-19A recent report from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) found that 45% of people over the age of 75 reported feeling lonely some of the time and 38%
JOB VACANCIESFULL CE LICENSED DRIVER, CHILDCARE, CHEF/COOK, CARETAKER, ARTIC DRIVER & RIGID DRIVER, CLEANING OPERATIVE (PT), BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, COMMUNITY CHILDCARE.FULL CE LICENSED DRIVER-Western Brand Hatchery Cappoquin, Requires-FULL CE LICENSED DRIVER- Min. 2 years experience.Roll is for a Rigid Driver that can also provide cover for articulated work.Enquiries to 058-68233CHILDMINDER Person required to supervise children in childrens own home, 4 hours a day in school holidays, 3 hours a day after school. Monday to Friday Ballyduff/Conna area. Tel. 086-8974406CHILDMINDER REQUIRED-4 days a week to mind 18 month old baby in childminders own home. Please reply to Box No. 763, Dungarvan Leader, Mitchel Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.CHEF/COOK-Required for Busy Bar in Dungarvan Area.Flexible days, Daytime hours.Telephone: 087-914 2201CARETAKER-BLACKWATER COMMUNITY SCHOOL.The Board of Management of Blackwater Community School invites applications for the position of CARETAKER.This position will take effect from Sept. 1st 2020.This is a full time position and the ideal candidate will have several years’ maintenance experience and painting skills. A Qualification in building maintenance or a technician’s qualification would be advantageous.Letter of Application with CV an two recent references should be sent by post to-The Secretary, Board of Management, Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co. Waterford.Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th June.The appointment is made under the terms and conditions of a Caretaker in Community Schools and the salary is in accordance with DES pay scale for Caretakers. The position is subject to Garda Vetting. Canvassing will disqualify.ARTIC DRIVER/RIGID DRIVER-CAPPOQUIN LOGISTICS & Document StorageIDA Industrial Estate, Clogherane, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. www.cappoquinlogistics.comAre currently seeking applications for the following:1. ARTIC DRIVER2.  RIGID DRIVERPlease submit CV’s to: thomas@cappoquinlogistics.comPART TIME CLEANING OPERATIVECc SERVICES, KILL, CO. WATERFORD€12 an hourUrgently neededPart Time Cleaning Operative, Must be available to work weekends and unsociable hours. Immediate start required. Apply with CV.To Apply go to:  https://ie.indeed.com/jobs?q=All&l=Dungarvan%2C%20County%20Waterford&fromage=3&vjk=323ce3f50a357d92BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVEEurofins Ireland BPT- Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.Company DescriptionEurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company, which provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. The Group believes it is the world leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the leading global emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing.Job DescriptionEurofins is aggressively expanding its product testing division and intends to build a world-class service operation to deliver value to clients worldwide.Eurofins is currently recruiting for a Business Development ExecutiveThe successful person would be responsible for identification and winning of laboratory services and to achieve business plan with allocated markets/clients, Account Development Planning and Contract / commercial management.For further information go to: https://ie.indeed.com/jobs?q=All&l=Dungarvan%2C%20County%20Waterford&fromage=3&vjk=04752ab9c8ed5215EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER ROOM LEADER AND ASSISTANT=SCALLYWAGS, Lismore community childcare centre Ltd.We are currently recruiting  for the following positions-Early Years Practitioner Room Leader and Assistant.The ideal candidates must have the following:ROOM LEADER: QQI Level 6 in early Childcare & Education and 2 years experience working in childcare setting.ASSISTANT: QQI Level 5 in early Childhood Care & Education and some experience working in a childcare setting. Knowledge of Aister & Siolte Frameworks.Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.Please forward a letter of application and CV before June 26th to:Justina Flynn, Scallywags, Lismore Community Childcare Centre Ltd, Bothar Mochuda, Lismore, Co. Waterford. Or email to: scallywags.lismore@gmail.comAPPLY BEFORE JUNE 26TH 2020 UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THE ADD.
JOB VACANCIESFULL CE LICENSED DRIVER, CHILDCARE, CHEF/COOK, CARETAKER, ARTIC DRIVER & RIGID DRIVER, CLEANING OPERATIVE (PT), BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, COMMUNITY CHILDCARE.FULL CE LICENSED
Waterford and south east businesses to benefit from funding announced for WIT research centresCapital funding allocated to three Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research centres is set to further support the national economic recovery and resilience of Waterford businesses to the Covid-19 pandemic.WIT’s Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), South East Applied Materials (SEAM) research centre and Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) were among the 37 successful applicants to the €6 million Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes.Waterford-based multinationals, start-ups and local businesses focused on product or process improvement are among those to benefit from the investment.Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager at WIT in welcoming the announcement, highlighted the vital role that WIT’s Technology Gateway Centres play in supporting companies to innovate, address technical challenges and to develop new product, process or service solutions.“In the last year researchers at our three technology gateway centres, have collaborated with more than 150 companies in the life sciences, medtech, manufacturing, ICT and services sectors. Investment in research infrastructure is critical for the sustainability and competitiveness of our region. This investment by Enterprise Ireland will better position our research centres to support the technical and research challenges that companies face, enhancing resilience and competitiveness within our SME and industry base.”A joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland the Technology Gateway Programme allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market-focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions.Mark Whelan, Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme Manager said: “As part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, WIT is uniquely positioned with three very diverse Gateways that serve companies both regionally and nationally, helping them overcome challenges in terms of  new product development, manufacturing and more recently dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Since the formation of the programme in 2013, the Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), South East Applied Materials (SEAM) and Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have provided their expertise to over 500 different companies, completing over 1,300 projects worth in excess of €12 million and the presence of the three Gateways in Waterford has had a significant impact on a local and national level.”Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, recently made a visit to WIT research centre PMBRC which was awarded funding for a state of the art differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) an instrument that measures how material properties change when exposed to different temperatures. The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) is an applied research centre which aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the south east of Ireland. Under the funding announcement SEAM will upgrade its x-ray computed tomography (XMT) equipment used for product design, validation, and failure analysis in Irish industry. South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) is an industry focussed applied research centre, providing innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors, including bio-medical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering and industrial technologies. SEAM offers direct consultancy, characterisation, failure analysis and strategic research partnership programs (short, medium and long term) to support industries throughout Ireland.Smart clothing is the focus of the Smart Material and e-Textile Innovation Living Laboratory (eTex) and will allow TSSG to engage with Enterprise Ireland clients, start-ups and existing companies that wish to launch, initiate and investigate potential solutions related to new e-Textile based technology services. Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has a proven track record in translating world class research into market-ready products and services and has enabled the establishment of an eco-system of mobile service companies in the South East of Ireland and beyond.WIT On Campus WIT Arena Waterford Council
Waterford and south east businesses to benefit from funding announced for WIT research centresCapital funding allocated to three Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research centres is set to
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