Life Long Learning Supports

Education Supports

BCP offers a range of supports to help those living in our community to access further or higher education and training. We provide one-to-one support with SUSI/CAO applications as well as information on the range of grants, bursaries and other funding opportunities available to students. In addition, BCP launches an Education Resource Fund for local students every summer. This fund can help with the cost of travel, books or IT and other equipment associated with further and higher education courses. 

Since 2019, BCP have also run the Cherry Orchard Leaders in Learning Fund on behalf of the Cherry Orchard Development Plan working group. This is a scholarship of up to €1,500 for pioneering students living in the Cherry Orchard area. 

The Education Department’s activities are informed by the D10 Education Task Force, a network of professional educators working in the local area. To find out more about the Task Force, please click here:

One-to-One Guidance & Support

One-to-one information and guidance is still available via email, phone, Zoom and in-person when possible. Please contact 01 623 5612 to book an appointment.

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is Ireland’s national awarding authority for all further and higher education grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education, in approved full time third level courses. BCP offers one-to-one supports as well as group workshops on how to apply for SUSI.

A recording of our BCP SUSI workshop is available here:

Education Projects and Programmes

As well as the services and programmes above, the Life Long Learning team work on a wide variety of projects in the Ballyfermot area. For more information click here.

Job Plan

Job Plan is a community-based rehabilitation programme for individuals with a history of substance or alcohol use. The programme runs twice a year for 5 mornings a week for 20 weeks. It offers a quiet and safe space to find structure and routine which allows participants to develop key practical skills at their own pace.

The focus of the Job Plan programme is to increase self-belief for accessing employment, education and further training while addressing substance misuse issues.
In terms of addressing substance misuse, participates learn through group work and one to one work about their use, learn new skills to prevent relapse and to address underlying causes of their substance use.

The Programme:

  • Practical skills development
  • Health Promotion
  • Building and Maintaining Motivation
  • Community Re-Integration
  • Employability Skills
  • Therapeutic group work and one to one work
  • QQI level 3 qualification

BCP also supports people seeking employment or learning opportunities by putting on training and courses to give people new skills and if these interest you please get in touch.

What is your Ability?
If you are aged under 29, are struggling with poor mental health or other issues that you feel are holding you back and you feel you need extra support in some way, we are happy to work with you in a way that you are comfortable with. If you need more details, please ring the office on 01 – 623 5612.
IGNITE Programme
Ignite is a programme specifically designed for people who are parenting alone and are considering their next move in terms of Education, Training and Employment. Give Jessica a call on 01 – 623 5612 to register.
Build your IT & Practical skills.
Aimed at beginner and intermediate levels of knowledge, BCP understands the importance of technology and solid IT skills.
KICKSTART IT and CLICK programmes.
Aimed at beginner and intermediate levels of knowledge, BCP understands the importance of technology and solid IT skills.
Programmes on offer include Kickstart IT which is an introduction to computers or a refresher to brush up on your computer skills. We also offer CLICK – a practical hands-on course to help you use IT for job search and help you to register on websites like Careers Portal, JobsIreland, Revenue and MyGovID. Contact us on 01 – 623 5612 and ask for Jessica to find out more.