Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Christmas from Croí na Gaillimhe

All the staff and volunteers at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre would like to wish you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2011.

Croí na Gaillimhe is closing on Wednesday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2011 at 9am. We hope that you will all be able to join us again in the New Year.

Best Wishes,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa Pays a Visit to Croí na Gaillimhe!!

The Croí na Gaillimhe 'Christmas Dinner and Party' took place on Wednesday 15th of December. A delicious Christmas themed dinner was cooked by COPE Galway and readily enjoyed by all. After the dinner, a special guest put in a surprise appearance! Santa Clause arrived to ensure that everyone had behaved themselves throughout the year and was on hand to distribute some lovely presents to those present. Ably assisted by some of his elves, Santa then held a raffle and gave away some more Christmas gifts. Our musicians, John and Bill then provided plenty of lively music so everyone could dance the afternoon away!







Thursday, December 2, 2010

The cold spell continues...

The weather has been incredibly cold recently and it looks as though the cold spell will continue for a while longer. Croí na Gaillimhe's popular knitting is knitting their way through the best freeze. 

Beginner or expert there is room for everyone in our club, just pop along on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm. 
 
By the way: there's no cost to join the club just a small contribution to tea / coffee.


Knit

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Busy Month

November, is proving to be a very busy month at Croí na Gaillimhe as new Computer, Drawing and Movement and Relaxation classeshave started. At the end on the month we are starting a new series of 'Computer Workshops'. The workshops will be run on a regular basis and each workshop will focus on a particular topic such as 'Skype' and 'Internet'. The workshop will run for 2 1/2 hours, providing all participants with good  working knowledge of the topic. There is a short tea/ coffee break and participants will receive a course booklet containing all the notes and slides used during the class. The first workshop is booked out, so don't forget to phone and book a place on the  next workshop, 'Internet' on Tuesday 7th December at 10am. Phone 091 - 895203.

The Monday and Wednesday, Dinner and Social Club are becoming more popular by the week and the Boccia and Bingo contests continue with some fantastic (and tasty!) bingo  prizes to be won! 
The Lifeskills course will  return in January. Wonderful timing for all those who  will like to develop their own potential by learning some time management and de-stressing techniques. 

Also, as the end on the month draws closer, so does our next 'Tea Dance'. Don't miss out on the fun and join us at 2pm on Friday 4th December.

Keep  an eye on our  Photos page and the slideshow above to see some new photos taken at these events.

Presidential Visit!

Wonderful news, the offical opening of the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre (SVP) will take place on Tuesday 11th January with the President Mary McAleese. We are all looking forward to this exciting event! Keep an eye on the blog for more photos and information.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Tea Dance

Don't forget that Croí na Gaillimhe will be holding our 5th monthly 'Tea Dance' this Friday 5th November at out Resource Centre on Mill Street. We are delighted to welcome the return of popular accordian player John Fallon, with the great Bill Heaney on guitar and the fantastic musicial talents of the Claddagh Music Society on Friday 5th November at 2pm.

 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween at Croí na Gaillimhe!!

Celebrate Halloween at Croí na Gaillimhe!!

Come along on Wednesday 27th October for our Annual Halloween Party for Older People

Join us for a cup of tea and Halloween treats, live music and lots of fun and frolics!! You never know who you might see!


Living Scenes

The Living Scenes is proving a huge success. The students from Móinín na gCiseach (Moneenageisha Community School) and older have worked together on an art project to design their own masks. Pictures of just some of their amazing work can be seen below.

 

Friday, October 1, 2010

National Volunteer Day 2010

National Volunteer Day 2010, took place on Friday 1st October. Our own volunteers were joined by an enthusiastic group from ACC Bank who ensured that Croí na Gaillimhe received a great face-lift by painting some external doors and carrying out a major cleanup of the green areas around the building. After a busy day of cutting grass and clearing away weeds and wild plants, the group planted new bulbs to create a bright and cheerful garden for next spring. The group then joined in the char and craic at our Tea Dance.
Check out the new photos

New Photos!

Don't forget to check out our photo page to see out new photos from our Positive Ageing Week celebrations and National Volunteer Day efforts.



  

Successful Positive Ageing Week 2010

As Positive Ageing Week 2010, draws to a close, Croí na Gaillimhe ends our successful run of events with the return of our popular Tea Dance. The celebrations began on Monday afternoon, with the arrival of our community Garda to give an informative talk on 'Security & Safety' issues for older people. Later, Emer Maher joined the social club for a group relaxation class. A combination of relaxation exercises and 'de-stressing' techniques led to a very relaxed and uplifting afternoon for all.

On Tuesday 28th September, a ‘Craft Fair’ took place at the Centre in the afternoon. During the Fair, participants from the Knitting Club gave knitting demonstrations and displayed their fantastic array of jumpers, hats and bags. Catherine Corcoran held a card making demonstration which was very popular with everyone who attended. Also, a number of ladies from the Galway Refugee Support Group came along to display their beautiful hand-made handbags and dresses. They kindly demonstrated their skills and enthusiasm joined in the card-making demonstrations.

Due to the success of the events of Monday, Emer kindly returned on Wednesday afternoon to give another group relaxation class which, once again, was a fantastic success and we look forward to Emer joining us for another afternoon in the future. The Garda Síochana gave another talk on issues relevant to older people.

The Friday Tea Dance was a musical triumph due to the combined talents, of John, Bill & the Claddagh Music Society, who provided a range of live music to keep participants on their toes. Have a look at our photo page for more photos taken during the week's celebrations.

Of course, Croí na Gaillimhe had a second reason to celebrate this week, as the ‘National Volunteer Day’ occurred on Friday 1st October. Our own volunteers were joined by an enthusiastic group from ACC Bank who ensured that Croí na Gaillimhe received a face-lift by painting some outside areas and planting new plants for the spring.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Galway Calendar of Events 2010 for Positive Ageing Week

The below calendar lists off the events taking place in Galway City from Monday 27th September to Saturday 2nd October to celebrate Positive Ageing Week.

Galway Calendar of Events 2010

Directory of Services for Older People in Galway City

A Directory of Services for older People has recently been launched in Galway City. The Directory is the result of reseach undertaken by Galway Healthy Cities project. The research asked older people for their views on the extened to which Galway is an 'age-friendly' city. As a result, a number of agencies and groups (including the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre) worked together to complile a comprehensive directory of the community, voluntary organisations, HSE and other public services available in Galway city and also, details of national organistions.

The below link will open the document.
Directory of Services for Older People - Galway

Positive Ageing Week 2010

Positive Ageing Week 2010 takes place from Friday 24th September until Saturday 2nd October and over 800 events will be held nationwide to celebrate. Positive Ageing Week is now in its eight year and the aim of the programme is to focus on the positive aspects of ageing. It is easy to place an emphasis on the negative side, but with Positive Ageing Week, we celebrate the achievements of older people, and the contribution made by older people to their communities, along with celebrating the support services provided to older people in our community.

Positive Ageing Week is run by Age Action Ireland and local groups and is sponsored by ESB Customer Supply. It forms part of Age Action’s celebration of the UN ‘International Day of Older Persons’ (1st October). Events and activities are organised by active retirement groups, local voluntary groups, nursing homes, libraries, commercial organisations and individual older people themselves.

Galway is one of the 15 ‘Positive Ageing Towns’ in Ireland for 2010 and is joined as a Positive Ageing Week host town by Arklow, Athy, Ballymun, Boyle, Cashel, Drogheda, Dublin, Dundalk, Dungarvan, Midleton, Sligo, Trim, Tullamore and Waterford.

As part of the Positive Ageing Week celebrations in Galway, the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre will be hosting a number of events.

Monday 27th September from 2pm – 3.30pm
On Monday 27th September, members of the Garda Síochana will give a chat on ‘Safety and Security’ advice for older people and afterwards a group relaxation class will take place with Emer Maher. Emer has previously worked with us during Positive Ageing Week last year and her sessions were a great success, so we are all looking forward to an informative and stress-less afternoon!

Tuesday 28th September from 2.30pm – 3.30pm
On Tuesday 28th September, a ‘Craft Fair’ will take place at the Centre at 2.30pm. During the Fair, participants from the Knitting Club, Painting & Drawing Classes, and Pottery Classes will display their art work. There will also be knitting, pottery and card making demonstrations.

Wednesday 29th September from 2pm – 3.30pm
On Wednesday 29th September, the Garda Síochana will give another talk on issues relevant to older people and Emer will return for a group relaxation class.

Friday 1st October from 2pm – 4pm
Our Positive Ageing Week celebrations, will conclude on Friday 1st October with our popular ‘Tea Dance and live music’. We will be joined by several musicians on the day to provide a mix of different genres of music. All are welcome to join us for the final celebration.

Tea and biscuits will be provided at all events and each event is open to the public and free of charge, although a contribution to tea/coffee/biscuits would be appreciated.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Timetable for September 2010

Our new Croí na Gaillimhe timetable is now available. We will be running classes in Computing, Movement & Relaxation, Drawing, Creative Writing and Line Dancing. Also, our popular Knitting club will continue and the Croí na Gaillimhe 'Delicious Dinners' will take place on both Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1pm, followed by the Social Club.

For more information, then please phone us at 091 - 895203 or e-mail us at info@croi-na-gaillimhe.org

September Timetable for Blog

Friday, August 27, 2010

'Comhaltas Corafinne' Play at Social Club

he young musicians from 'Comhaltas Corafinne' provided fantastic traditional Irish music at our Social Club this week. The multi-award winning musicians, who have recently won their 3rd All Ireland title,performed to an excited audience for 2 hours. Responding to some requests from the audience, the group played a mix of traditional Irish jigs ands reels and waltzes.

It's always a sign of a successful event when the audience decides to dance along, as was the case, when a dance space was quickly formed to accommodate the dancing enthusiasts! Several members of the audience also joined in by performing a few songs with 'Comhaltas Corafinne'.


The sincere thanks from everyone at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre go to our Community Gardaí and to the 'Comhaltas Corafinne' for their time and efforts. We all had an amazing afternoon and look forward to working together again.












For some more photos from the event check out our photo page.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Comhaltas Corafinne

Don't forget that the Comhaltas Corafinne musicians will be joining us tomorrow during the Social Club from 2pm - 4pm.

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Volunteering Opportunity!

We are continually seeking volunteers to help us run our classes and programmes. We are hoping to start a 'Beginners Calligaphy' course in September and we now looking for volunteers! If you would like more information, then check out our Volunteering page.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Social Club

Our Social Club continues on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm onwards. Yesterday, we had a lovely surprise when our Community Gardaí accompanied several musicians from the Comhaltas Corafinne music group. The musicians were absolutely fantastic and everyone really enjoyed their performance. We're excited about the group returning to the club on Wednesday 25th September for a longer peformance. Don't miss out! Come along for music, chat and plenty of fun at 2pm.


Popular Tea Dance Continues

Croí na Gaillimhe held our 2nd monthly 'Tea Dance' on Friday 6th August at out Resource Centre on Mill Street. We were delighted to welcome the return of popular accordian player John Fallon, who kept our audience dancing all afternoon! John was accompanied on Friday by Henry Geraghty, who sang played some wonderful traditional music. We are now looking forward to our next Tea Dance which will take place on Friday 3rd September at 2pm. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Volunteering Opportunities

Almost all of our classes and clubs are supported by our fantastic volunteers - we couldn't manage without them!! If you are interested in volunteering with us, then have a quick look at the opportunites below or give us contact us at 091 - 895203 or info@croi-na-gaillimhe.org

This page will be updated regularly, and any volunteering opportunites will also be advertised on our Facebook page and the Galway Volunteer Centre wesbite. 
  
We are currently looking for:
  • Art Tutor
  • Community Catering Assistant
  • Computer class tutors
  • Flower Arranger
  • Music
  • Quilting Tutor
  • Relief Receptionist
  • Social Club Helper
  • Tea Dance Helper
For more information,see our 'Volunteering Opportunities' page by clicking on the below link, or using the tab above.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Don't Forget Your Dancing Shoes!!!

Croí na Gaillimhe's popular 'Tea Dance' returns Friday 6th August from 2pm - 4pm. There is no admission fee, but a small contribution to tea / coffee and some delicious cakes!
Don't miss out - even if you don't feel like dancing, come along and see the fun!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Life Skills Course

There is a new Life Skills course starting at Croí na Gaillimhe next Thursday. 
The course is open to all but is aimed in particular at people who are recently unemployed. The course focuses on harnessing skills and developing your confidence.

 
Some of the aims and objectives of the course include:
  • confidence building
  • goal setting / achieving
  • stress management

 
The start date for the course is Thursday 22nd July from 11am to 1pm. The course will run for 6 weeks and the fee is €50. The venue is the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre at 1 Mill Street.

 

 
For further information, phone 091 895203 or e-mail Maria

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Successful Tea Dance

Croí na Gaillimhe held our first ‘Tea Dance’ on Friday 2nd July 2010. It proved to be very successful with a great turnover – and many familiar faces. With a combination of live Irish music and some old favourites on CD, there was music and dancing to suit all tastes! A relaxed atmosphere lead to an enjoyable afternoon and we are all looking forward to the next Dance!
Don't forget to check out our Photo section to see some more photos!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Launch of the Living Scenes Programme with Croí na Gaillimhe, NUIG and Galway Community College

NUI Galway, in collaboration with St Vincent de Paul, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre and Galway Community College, yesterday (Tuesday, 22 June) launched a new community model of Intergenerational Learning, adapting the University’s current Living Scenes Intergenerational Programme, which has been operating in Irish Secondary Schools for the last ten years.

Pictured at the launch of the 'Living Scenes' Programme (l-r) : Seamus O’Grady, NUI Galway; Rita Duffy, Principal Galway Community College, Séamus MacMathúna and Mary Surlis, NUI Galway; Michael McCann, Education Officer and Loretta Needham of Croí na Gaillimhe SVP.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Photos taken at the AIB Better Ireland Awards Presentation

The photos that were taken at the AIB Better Ireland Awards Presentation on the 14th April 2010, have been added to our 'Photos' page.

Croí na Gaillimhe was shortlisted for the AIB Better Ireland Awards 2009 / 2010! The programme is run by the AIB and is aimed at providing funding for projects that support and help children. We are one of three projects chosen by our local branch and after a very competitive vote, we were delighted to come second in the competition and to receive €3,000.00 towards our 'Living Scenes' Intergenerational project. The below photos were taken at the AIB Better Ireland Awards Presentation on 14th April 2010.

 

Tea Dance

Don't forget that our 'Tea Dance' will start this Friday, 2nd July at 2pm. There is no admission cost, but a small contribution to the lovely tea and homecakes.

Tea Dance poster
   

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Photos

There are some new photos on our photo page at Croí na Gaillimhe. Check it out straight away!

Monday, June 21, 2010

NEW!!! Wednesday Dinner and Social Club Photos

Here is a small selection of photos taken at our very successful 'Delicious Dinners' at Croí na Gaillimhe on Wednesday afternoons, followed by our Social Club. The Dinners take place at 1pm on Wednesday at a cost of €6.00 for a two course dinner (main course and dessert) followed by tea / coffee and biscuits. The Social Club takes place from 2- 3.30pm. There is no cost for the Social Club and new-comers are always welcome. Our activities include card games, board games, movies, indoor bowling, bingo and much more. Come along for a cup of tea and a friendly chat.









Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Summer Timetable

We have a new 'Summer Timetable' that will run from the 14th June until 31st August 2010.
                                                              


Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Lifeskills Talk and New Life SKills Course Available

Are you recently unemployed and looking for some easy methods of releasing all that stress and more? Come to a relaxing and fun talk in Croí na Gaillimhe to give you some easy and manageable tools to help manage your stress.

Emer is a Qualified Holistic Therapist/Lifeskills Consultant who has trained in various Therapies from Chinese Medicine to Aromatherapy. On the morning Emer will be giving some information on what exactly Lifeskills is all about and show you gentle methods of relaxation/mediations, gentle exercises to simple techniques which are manageable in everyone’s everyday life, helping you manage your stress, reducing and relieving everyday tension, managing pain, promoting relaxation, good health and well-being.

Lifeskills is based on the knowledge that the mind and body are closely intertwined and reflect each other. Emer consolidates her existing knowledge with her Lifeskills Training.

Emer will also be running a six-week 'Life Skills' course at Croí na Gaillimhe. Some of the aims and objectives of this course will include:
  • Confidence Building
  • Discover your strengths and recognise your potential
  • Goal setting and achieving
  • Time management and budgets
  • Stress management
  • Visualisation and relaxation techniques
The free LIFESKILLS talk takes place on Friday 9th July at 11am

The LIFESKILLS course starts on Thursday 22nd July at 11am - 1pm. The cost of the course is €50.


If you have any queries please contact Loretta or Maria at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre at 091 895203



Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Computer Classes - Update!

Croí na Gaillimhe's popular 'Computers for Beginners' course will commence on Wednesday 16th and Monday 21st of June and will run for 6 weeks. The Wednesday class will run from 11am - 1pm with a short tea break. The Monday class will run from 2pm - 4pm, also with a short tea break.

The topics covered on the courses include:
  • Introduction to using a Mouse and Keyboard
  • Desktop
  • Starting the Interent / Searching for Information
  • Downloading Pictures
  • Setting up an e-mail account / Sending e-mails and attachements
There is also an 'optional ' module, where students can choose to between an intoduction to photography, on-line banking and registering motor tax online among others.

The cost of the course is €50 for the waged and €20 for the unwaged / retired. 

As always there is a waiting list for our ever popular classes, but don't let this put you off! Phone us on 091 - 895203 to check the availability and we fill fit you in as soon as a place is available.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tea Dances

Starting on Friday 2nd July, Croí na Gaillimhe will be holding a 'Tea Dance' on the first Friday of every month. The Tea Dance will run from 2pm -4pm. There is no entrance fee, although we do ask for a small contribution for the tea / coffee and delicious cakes that will be provided.

Join us for a cup of tea, a friendly chat and a boogie! For more information just phone us on 091 895203 or just pop in!! See our poster below for further details.
Tea Dance poster

New Computer Classes for Beginners

Croí na Gaillimhe's popular 'Computers for Beginners' course will commence on Wednesday 16th and Monday 21st of June and will run for 6 weeks. As always there is a waiting list for our ever popular classes, but don't let this put you off! Phone us on 091 895203 to check the availability and we fill fit you in as soon as a place is available.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Struggling with literacy, numeracy and now, recession

According to the last international survey, one in four - that is, about half a million - Irish adults have problems reading and writing. With such a large proporation of Irish population needing support, it is no wonder that the National Adult Literacy Agency is kept busy.

The below article appeared in the 'Irish Times' on Wednesday 26th May 2010. The article focuses on the literacy problems faced by so many of our population and just how the current recession is adding to the problem. The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can participate fully in our society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Successful Banúlacht Course Finishes but Awareness Continues to Grows

The very successful Banúlacht course, ‘Looking at the Economy Through the Eyes of Women’ finished last week. The course explored the role of women in the economy, with a particular emphasis on the care economy. A topic that is of great current relevance and importance. The participants were shocked to learn of the horrific working conditions faced by women working in the flower industry in Africa and Latin America. It has raised a great sense of awareness in the participants who are now hoping to spread this sense of awareness throughout the general public.

An article, regarding the course appeared in last Friday’s ‘Galway City Tribune’, 28th May 2010. The article can be read by clicking on the link below.

Banulacht:Looking at the Economy Through Womens Eyes’ or by clicking on the image below to make it bigger.

Banúlacht ‘Looking at the Economy Through Women’s Eyes’

Galway Advertiser - Croí na Gaillimhe Social club for older people

An article about the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre appeared in last Thursday's 'Galway Advertiser', 27th May 2010. The article mentions the different classes and clubs that take place at the Centre.
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Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre caters for all age groups particularly older people. It has a social club every Wednesday at 2pm which aims to reduce isolation and loneliness. Activities are organised including art, pottery, games, cards, music, or simply having the ‘tea and a chat’.

Its knitting club is held on Monday afternoons and is a feature of the recent revival of hand knitting. The knitting club fulfil many purposes: to get together with other knitters, to learn or develop the skills of hand knitting. The most important thing is they are great fun. Men are welcome.

The Centre provides computer training to encourage the usage of computers and the Internet. Loretta Needham, Manager of Croí na Gaillimhe explains “that all our tutors are volunteers who bring enthusiasm, energy and an eagerness to facilitate which has proved very positive and successful.”

“We cater for people’s creative side by providing classes in creative writing and art. A participant contends said that it is a weekly treat to come into the centre, a lovely setting with the water surrounding the building which inspires our creativity”.

“People’s physical needs are met by line dancing classes made famous by Maureen who incorporates traditional, modern and folk. She said “It’s like strictly come dancing with a Latin Swing”. For those who prefer to go at a slower phase we have Movement and Relaxation Courses.”

“The work of the centre involves both older and younger people, the centre is piloting a community model of Integenerational Learning called “Living Scenes” in collaboration with NUI Galway and Galway Community College, Moneenageisha.

The project is assisted by the Maureen O’Connell Fund of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.



Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre,
1, Mill Street, Galway
091 895203

The article is available online at: Croí na Gaillimhe Social Club

Well Known Galway Columnist to Give 'Creative Writing' course

The well-known 'Galway City Tribune' columnist Charlie Adley will be giving a new 'Creative Writing' course at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, starting on Thursday 3rd June at 11am.

See the poster below for further details:
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Creative Writing Poster

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Beginners Creative Writing for Older People

Do you have a love for words? Then why not join us for this new course in beginners creative writing for older people.

Come along and take inspiration from our idyllic surroundings in the heart of Galway city and let it uncover the creative writer inside you!

Join us on Thursday 3rd June from 11am at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, St Vincent de Paul, 1 Mill Street, Galway.

The cost of the course is €50 for waged and €20 for the unwaged.
Book straight away by calling: Anna-Marie or Maria on 091 895203.

This project is assisted by the Maureen O’Connell Fund of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Celebrate the 'Bealtaine Festival for Older People'

Celebrate the 'Bealtaine Festival' with COPE Galway - Coffee morning, art exhibition and music in Sonas Day Centre, 1 Walter Macken Place, on Friday 21st May at 11am. Join in celebrating the 'Bealtaine Festival .

Tea, coffee home made scones and refreshments will be provided on the morning. All welcome. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Our new brochure

Large Leaflet

Croí na Gaillimhe’s Delicious Dinners!

Croí na Gaillimhe is working with COPE Galway Community Catering to provide 'Delicious Dinners' for our older clients on a Wednesday. The dinner takes place at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon at the Center, where you can enjoy your meal while taking in our peaceful surroundings at the heart of Galway City. It's a great opportunity to meet and chat while having a nutritious two course dinner (main course and dessert) only €6.00
Since starting in January, 'Croí na Gaillimhe’s Delicious Dinners' are proving to be a huge success. Many people also join us for our popular 'Social Club' afterwards at 2pm.

The Social Club takes place every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm and is open to all older people. Why not join us for a cup of tea and a friendly chat.
We have different activities including card games, board games, movies, indoor bowling, bingo among many others.

Remember: If you are tired of cooking all of the time, then, why not join us every Wednesday at 1pm for a delicious dinner and a dessert for only €6!

For more information contact Anna Marie at 091 895203

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Photos

Don't forget to check out some new photos taken at during classes and events at Croí na Gaillimhe. Just link on either of the following links. Visit our album or alternatively to see even more photos visit the Croí na Gaillimhe Photo Gallery

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Movement & Relaxation Course for Older People

Tired of the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Then come along and join us for this new course of gentle exercises and relaxation techniques for older people.
Take some well deserved time out and enjoy relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre.
Join us on Wednesday 5th May from 10.30am at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, St Vincent de Paul, 1 Mill Street , Galway.
The cost of the course is €50 for waged and €20 for the unwaged.
Book straight away by calling: Anna-Marie or Maria on 091 895203.

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Timetable - New Drawing Classes also Movement & Relaxation Classes

Timetable for Blog

New Classes

Great news! We have new classes starting this month. We will start a new 'Intermediate Drawing' class on Tuesday 20th April at 11. Followed by 'Painting' at 2pm. And the new 'Beginners Drawing' will commence on Wednesday 21st April at 10am. Line dancing will continue as normal and we will run computer classes for beginners for Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Monday:
Beginners Computers   11am
Knitting Club                2.30pm

Tuesday:
Painting                       11am
Intermediate Drawing    2pm
Deafhear.ie Information Session 3pm

Wednesday:
Beginners Drawing         10am
Movement & Relaxation 10.30am
Beginners Computers     11am
Dinner Club                   1pm
Social Club                    2pm

Thursday:
Line dancing (beginners) 10am
Line dancing (improvers) 11am
Beginners Computers 11am

Friday:
Creative Writing 10.30am

If you are interested in any of our classes or would like some more information, then please either e-mail us at Croí na Gaillimhe or phone 091 - 895203.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Easter and new classes!!

Just to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and to let you know that
we will be closed on Monday 5th April. However, computer, knitting and drawing classes will continue as normal over Easter. Line dancing will commence on 15th April at 10am for beginners and 11am for improvers. The new computer courses will also begin towards the end of the month.

Don't miss out on a place - call us at 091 - 895203 or send an email to
Croi na Gaillimhe!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thank You!

A sincere 'Thank You' to everyone who voted for Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, St. Vincent de Paul, in the AIB Better Ireland Awards 2009 / 2010. Thanks to all of the votes we received, we were lucky to win second place and so have won a fantastic €3000.00 which will be used to support the 'Living Scenes' project. The project will start next September at the centre.

Friday, March 12, 2010

St. Patrick's Celebration

A 'St. Patrick’s Celebration' organised by Croí na Gaillimhe and COPE Galway and Age Action was held on Thursday 11th March at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre. The event included a delicious dinner, shared experiences from adult learners, a fantastic group relaxation session, individual neck massages, an Irish Dancing display by a Irish Dancing World Champion; finishing off with a group sing song. The participants joined us form all over Galway city to celebrate both St. Patrick's Day and also the joys of learning and celebrating together. The event was a huge success; we are all looking forward to the next celebration!! Have a look at the fantastic photos taken at the event by checking out our website Croí na Gaillimhe Photos

This is the second occasion that Croí na Gaillimhe, COPE Galway and Age Action have organised such a Celebration. The first event was called ‘Get Up & Go’and was held on the 30th September 2009. The aim of the event was to encourage older people to 'Get Up and Go' - to promote the clubs, classes and groups available for older people, where they can meet to learn and also to socialise. If you would like to see some of the photos taken at the 'Get Up and Go', then check out our website Croí na Gaillimhe Photos

We are looking forward to many more events.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Voting Lines are Open Until 15th March

Don't forget: Voting Lines in the AIB Better Ireland Awards are Open Until 15th March.

To vote by text:
Text EYRE followed by a space, followed by B to 51303 (standard SMS rates apply).
To vote online:
Click on www.betterireland.ie select Eyre Sq branch and choose your group.

Successful Celebration

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre held two very successful events to celebrate the 'AONTAS Adult Learning Festival'. We invited participants from current and previous courses to join us in our Celebration. On Tuesday morning many learners reunited to enjoy a free computer lesson and then on Wednesday afternoon over 40 learners participated in our 'Celebrate Learning' event. The Mayor of the City of Galway, Declan McDonnell attended to hear some of their stories and to unveil our 'Learning Tree'. The 'Learning Tree' will remain in the Social Club for the next few days. Come in and have a look - let us know what you think! :)


Keep an eye on the blog to see some photos from the event.


To learn more about the classes / clubs at Croí na Gaillimhe phone 091 895203 or pop in to see us at 1 Mill Street, Galway.
For more information on AONTAS check their website www.aontas.com

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Croí na Gaillimhe and AONTAS Celebrate Adult Learners

The annual AONTAS Adult Learners Festival takes place from the 22nd - 26th February and Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre are holding several events to celebrate!!

On Wednesday 23rd we are holding a 'Celebrate Learning' event from 2.30pm onwards. All those who attend classes / clubs at Croí na Gaillimhe are invited to join us for the celebration where we will share stories and experiences. At the event we will unveil our ´Learning Tree´ when learners are encouraged to write or draw about the impact adult learning has made on their lives and hang it on the learning tree. The Mayor of the City of Galway, Declan McDonnell will also be in attendance to unveil our ´Learning Tree´ and talk with participants about their experiences! Refreshments will be served and this is a free event.

ALL ADULT LEARNERS ARE WELCOME.Come along - looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Keep voting!!

Thanks to everyone who had voted so far. We can still vote until the 15th March so please keep voting (online and texting) as often as you can to help us win.

To vote by text: Text EYRE followed by a space, followed by B to 51303 (standard SMS rates apply). You can vote by text as many times a day as you like.

To vote online: Click on www.betterireland.ie select Eyre Sq branch and choose your group.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

AONTAS Adult Learners Festival

The annual AONTAS Adult Learners Festival takes place from the 22nd - 26th February and Croí na Gaillimhe are holding several events to celebrate!!

First of all we are holding a 'Silver Surfers' morning at the Centre on Tuesday 23rd. From 11am - 1pm on Tuesday morning all older learners will be given a free 30 minute session of Internet and e-mailing. Volunteers will be available to assist with any enquiries. Just call 091 - 895203 for further information.

On Wednesday 23rd we are holding a 'Celebrate Learning' event from 2.30pm onwards. All those who attend classes / clubs at the Centre are invited to join us for the celebration where we will share stories and experiences. At the event we will unveil our 'Learning Tree' when learners are encouraged to write or draw about the impact adult learning has made on their lives and hang it on the learning tree.
Come along - looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vote for Croi na Gaillimhe Resource Centre!

Both online and text voting lines are now open until 15th March
To vote by text: Text EYRE followed by a space, followed by B to 51303 (standard SMS rates apply). You can vote by text as many times a day as you like.

To vote online: Click on www.betterireland.ie select Eyre Sq branch and choose your group.

Please vote any many times as you over the next few weeks.Thanks very much!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Time to get voting!

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Society of St Vincent de Paul, 1 Mill Street, Galway were shortlisted for the local AIB Branch and are now through to the voting phase of the AIB Better Ireland Programme which takes place from the 15th February to the 15th March 2010.


The project we are shortlisted for is collaborative initiative with theNational University of Ireland Galway.

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Society of St Vincent de Paul proposes to support vulnerable children through the implementation of an Intergenerational Programme of learning. This programme will target specifically children from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds and retired older adults. The National University of Ireland Galway has agreed to outreach “Living Scenes Model” of intergenerational learning and will provide facilitator training, monitoring and ongoing evaluation and support for this programme in Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre. Detailed University Research carried out on the “Living Scenes Programmes” over the last ten years clearly indicates the powerful and positive impact of Intergenerational Learning on the lives of the children involved.

You can support us by Voting between the 15th of February and the 15th of March 2010.

To Vote – Texting and Online

To vote by text: Text EYRE followed by a space, followed by B to 51303 (standard SMS rates apply).
To vote online: Click on www.betterireland.ie select Eyre Sq branch and choose your group.

Thanks in advance for all of your support! :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Return of the Dancers

Maureen's ever popular 'Line Dancing' classes returned this week. The classes run on a Thursday morning. The first class from 10.00 to 11.00 is aimed at beginners. The second class runs from 11.00 to 12.00 and is aimed at Improvers. Both classes are lots of fun!

The classes incorporate traditional and modern line-dancing, and adds an international flavour with Latin, a little Swing, folk dancing and group dancing - just like in Strictly Come Dancing!! The classes got off to a fantastic start but it´s not too late to enrol so come along on Thursday morning at 10am if you want to join in the fun.
If you are interested in joining the class or would like more information, then contact us at either 091 - 895203 or info@croi-na-gaillimhe.org

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Relaxation Class is a great success!!

The Movement and Relaxation course returned this week on Tuesday morning. It is proving to be a great success and is fast becoming one of our most popular courses. The class runs from 11am to 12pmto Tuesday and places are still available. The cost of the course is €20.

Either pop in or call us at 091 895203 if you are interested in the course.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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AIB Better Ireland Awards 2009 / 2010

Wonderful news!! Croi na Gaillimhe Resource Centre has been shortlisted for the AIB Better Ireland Awards 2009 / 2010! The programme is run by the AIB and is aimed at providing funding for projects that support and help children.

We are one of three projects chosen by our local branch. The next step is a public vote. The local vote takes place from 15th February to 15th March 2010. The public vote can be through text messages and online.

We will have more information on the vote soon. Don't forget to vote!!!! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A busy week ahead!!

We have a busy week ahead at the Croi na Gaillimhe Resource Centre - our new 'Movement & Relaxation' programme starts on Tuesday morning at 11am. Our previous course proved very popular so if you are interested then ring 091 - 895203 to book a place!

Also returning this week are our very enjoyable 'Line Dancing' classes on Thursday morning. Maureen will be running two classes; the first at 10am for beginners and the second at 11am for improvers. Book early not to be disappointed.

Our more information check out our website at http://www.croi-na-gaillimhe.org/ or our Facebook page, just look for Croi na Gaillimhe.

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