CESCA is an alliance of 18 community and voluntary groups in Cork City, established in 2014, who have joined forces to better address issues of disadvantage in the city.  These groups share a common goal of social inclusion and social justice.  By working together, CESCA is effectively pooling resources and expertise, as well as addressing gaps in service provision.  CESCA has been identified as a model of good practice, both locally and nationally.

We share a commitment to work across the nine grounds named in Equality legislation:

  • Gender
  • Civil Status
  • Family Status
  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • membership of the Travelling Community
  • and a tenth: socio-economic status.


CESCA members include Ballyphehane / Togher Community Development Project (CDP), the Before 5 Family Centre, the Churchfield Community Trust, Cork Gay Project, Disability Federation Ireland, Frameworks Films, the HSE (Health Service Executive), LINC Advocating for Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Ireland, Mahon Community Development Project (CDP), Mayfield Community Development Project (CDP), Meitheal Mara, NASC (Irish Immigrant Support Centre), Northside

Community Health Initiative Cork (NICHE), Cork Simon Community, Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), SHINE, Traveler Visibility Group (TVG) and Cork YMCA.

CESCA is supported by the HSE’s Social Inclusion Services Cork.