Monday, February 28, 2011

Learning Tree Bears Fruit at Croí na Gaillimhe

At Croí na Gaillimhe, we have just held our second 'AONTAS Adult Learning Festival'. The Festival is a national event and is run thoughout the country from the 21st - 25th February 2011.

The aim of our Adult Learning Festival is to celebrate all the different aspects of learning that take place at Croí na Gaillimhe, from bingo and sports games such as 'boccia' to Internet Workshops and line dancing classes! 


As part of our Festival, our 'Learning Tree' was officially unveiled on Wednesday 23rd February by members of the Estonian ANDRAS organisation in Ireland as part of the Gruntvig exchange. ANDRAS is the non-profit organisation of Estonian Adult Educators and has worked in partnership with the Irish equivalent
organisation AONTAS

As our very honoured guests, the group from Estonia helped to launch our Festival by unveiling our magnificent Learning Tree. Adult Learners at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Society of St Vincent de Paul, decorated the tree with reflections and thoughts on their experience of learning at the Centre. 


Here is just a small sample of their wonderful comments:
From a participant of Movement and Relaxation Class “Attending the centre is an amazing experience of peace and tranquility and gives a great sense of well being and connectedness”.  “It is good to be active” said an older person who takes a line dancing class.   

The 'Learning Tree' will be displayed at Croí na Gaillimhe throughout March. After the unveiling, a brief presentation was made to the ANDRAS group to say Thank you from the staff, volunteers and learners at the Centre.


Several of our enthusiastic learners gave a brief account of their learning experiences at Croí na Gaillimhe. They all spoke of the joy and the fun they experienced in learning and most of all, they mentioned the friendships they had made - or in many cases, renewed!


Also on the afternoon music was provided by our  gifted musicians John Fallon, Padraic Keane and Sean Hughes. They gave a brief demonstration of traditional Irish music and instruments such as the uileann pipes and fiddle before playing a variety of songs and encouraging all the participants to dance. 

While enjoying the display of Irish dancing - and showing great ability! - our guests - agreed to demonstrate a traditional Estonian dance. The dance proved hughly popular with everyone present and an encore was required!


An unforgettable afternoon full of full and laughter lead to a fantastic celebration  - and one we will not forget in a hurry. Let's look forward to the next Adult Learning Festival and in the meantime enjoying all the classes and clubs that are still to come!


 

New Photos from Adult Learning Festival

Check out our Photo page to see all new photos taken at our Adult Learning Festival 2011!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Launch of the AONTAS Adult Learning Festival 2011

The staff at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the launch of our 'AONTAS Adult Learning Festival 2011', which will take place on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at 2pm at Croí na Gaillimhe. 


AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary organisation, which promotes the importance of adult and community education as a key part of lifelong learning. Since their foundation in 1969, AONTAS has worked to ensure that all adults throughout Ireland have access to 'appropriate and affordable learning opportunities throughout their lives, thus enabling them to contribute to and participate in the economic, social, civic and cultural development of Irish society'. (http://www.aontas.com/about/whoweare.html)

 

We are launching our 'AONTAS Adult Learning Festival 2011' on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm and we are celebrating all aspects of learning that take place at Croí na Gaillimhe, from bingo and sports games such as 'boccia' to Internet Workshops and line dancing classes! We are very fortunate to have members of ANDRAS joining us for this special event. ANDRAS is the Adult Learning Organisation in Estonia and as our very honoured guests, they will be launching our 'Festival' by unveiling our magnificent 'Learning Tree'! 

 

Also joining us for the afternoon will be our gifted musicians John Fallon, Padraic Keane and Sean Hughes. Several of our enthusiastic learners will give a brief account of their learning experiences at Croí na Gaillimhe.

 

So come along on Wednesday at 2pm and help us to celebrate the successful clubs and classes that we have had so far and those that are still to come!!

 

 


 


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Press Release for the 11th January 2011

Learning Tree bears fruits at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, 
St Vincent de Paul

A 'Learning Tree', which symbolises the highs and lows of adult learning will be unveiled on Wednesday February 23rd by  the non-profit association of Estonian Adult Educators,  ANDRAS. The activities of AEAE Andras include: organising campaigns and events highlighting the value of education such as the Adult Learners Week and Adult Education Forum; participating in various international and European Social Fund projects focused upon adult learning; recognising the profession of an andragogue and attributing professional qualifications; consulting member organisations and engaging them in the EU projects advancing the development of adult education.

Adult Learners at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Society of St Vincent de Paul, decorated the tree with reflections and thoughts on their experience of learning at the centre. 

Some of the reflections on the tree include comments from a Training for Transformation (TFT)participants;   
 “TFT is a way to open up as a listener, communicator and a friend”  and anothers comments were “TFT is a journey of learning about myself and how to work better with others by respecting them and myself”.  
   
From a participant of Movement and Relaxation Class “Attending the centre is an amazing experience of peace and tranquility and gives a great sense of well being and connectedness”.  “It is good to be active” said an older person who takes a line dancing class.   
The Friday Writers Group who regularly uses the centre contends that “I attend the creative writing and art class both are excellent classes.  I think we are fortunate to have such wonderful people who give their time for the benefit of others and also to have these wonderful facilities”. “A wonderful “Treasure House” is Croí na Gaillimhe; A choice of classes, new friends and plenty of laughter.” “Love coming here, it has changed my life.  Now I know I have somewhere to go on leaving my home”. “ I have gained confidence to speak in crowds”.  “We smile more”. “Our little bit of heaven and angels all around us to fulfill our need with skills and games to play and help us to feel useful again –  knitting, painting to brighten our day. God bless our angels”.

The 'Learning Tree' was displayed at the centre to mark the AONTAS Adult Learner’s Festival, which took place from February 21st to 25th.  The Centre also held a free afternoon of mobile phone training  for the older members of the community. For the more artistic we had a showing of 2 films from the Sistine Ceiling and Van Gogh.

Commenting on the event Loretta Needham, Centre Manager, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre says  “The Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre is a place where friendships are born and connections are made, it is great to see the non-profit association of Estonian Adult Educators Andras here today to celebrate learning with us.  She reminded the group present that “connection is the oil that eases away the loneliness. Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling in which a person experiences a strong sense of emptiness and solitude resulting from inadequate levels of social relationships. ”

Croí na Gaillimhe provides a Dinner Club for older people on Mondays  and Wednesdays  at 1.00pm. and a  social club for older people on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 2.00p.m.  Activities are organised such as Art, Pottery, Games Cards and Music in consultation with the group.  A Knitting Club meets on a Tuesday afternoon. Other training courses take place such as computers, drawing classes, movement and relaxation, line dancing and creative writing. The centre brings in organisations to deliver education options not currently available in the area- like Banúlacht training in ecomomic  literacy for women and Training for Transformation a community leadership programme that seeks to provide skills for community activists takes place in the Centre.
Given the work of the centre involves both older and younger people, Croí na Gallimhe is piloting a community model of intergenerational learning in collaboration with NUI Galway  and Galway Community College currently.  This programme called The Living Scenes focus on positively impacting the lives of both groups through empowering, enabling and relationship building in a learning environment which allows both groups to develop, bond and form new relationships and friendship.  The programme has specifically designed learning modules in Art, Music, Drama and Writing.
This is the fifth year that AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, has co-ordinated the Adult Learners’ Festival. 
‘We know that adult learners and adult learning centres do vital work on a daily basis, and this is even more apparent during a time of economic recession’ said AONTAS Director Berni Brady.  ‘Centres such as Croí na Gallimhe are providing opportunities for people to learn new skills, but also they provide a valuable social role at a time like this.’
For more information contact
Loretta Needham, 091 895203


 
Notes to Editor
  1. Photographs of the event are available on request. 
  2. AONTAS – AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation. AONTAS believes that all adults in Ireland should have equal access to learning opportunities. AONTAS believes that adult learning has a hugely important role to play in the economic and social future of Ireland.  For more information about AONTAS visit www.aontas.com.
  3. The AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival ran from February 21st to 25th February this year.  For more information visit www.adultlearnersfestival.com.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mobile Phone Training Workshop

Our “Mobile Phone Training Workshop" will take place on Monday 21st February 2011 at 2pm. The workshop is open to all older people.


Our “Mobile Phone Training Workshop" is a fun workshop aimed at helping older people to learn how to use their mobile phones. Participants can learn how to make and receive calls, text messages, add contacts and purchase credit, in a friendly and fun environment.

We will also provide all participants with a useful manual that they can take home with them.

While it is not essential to pre-book, it is recommended. Please contact Maria by phoning 
091 - 895203 or emailing mflahertysvp@gmail.com

The “Mobile Phone Training Workshop" is just one of our many events to celebrate the 5th AONTAS nationwide Adult Learners' Festival will take place from February 21st to February 25th 2011! 

AONTAS believes that all adults in Ireland should have equal access to learning opportunities.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Art Film Screening

We would like to invite you to the first Croí na Gaillimhe 'Art Film Screening' as part of our Celebrations for the AONTAS Adult Learning Festival. The screening will take place on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 at 11am.

We are showing two films; the Sistine Chapel and an biography of Vincent Van Gogh. This is our first art film screening and while open to all who are interested, it will be of particular to those why attended are drawing and painting classes.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope that you can join us for this lovely morning event. 


While it is not essential to pre-book, it is recommended. Please contact Anna-Marie or Maria by phoning 091 - 895203.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Voter Awareness Programme

The ‘Voter Awareness Programme’ that will be taking place at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre on Monday 14th February 2011 from 10.45am to 1pm. The course is run by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice and is aimed at making people aware of the power and impact of every vote – of THEIR vote. There is no cost to attend the course.

Many people are becoming increasingly disinterested in the political and less inclined to vote, so the idea behind the course is to remind people that general elections impact on your family, community and country, as the government will ultimately have a responsibility for areas such as health, social welfare, education and employment.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Election 2011 ~ Are you Registered!

The Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre (SVP) are working with the Community Garda based in Mill Street to ensure that anyone who is not already registered to vote, can be easily added to the Supplementary Register. 

Sometimes people are not comfortable with visiting a police station or are nervous about filling about forms. This is where the Croí na Gaillimhe Centre and Community Garda come in; people can visit Croí na Gaillimhe at 1 Mill Street on Thursday 3rd February between 1pm and 2.30pm. All they  need to bring is a photo ID as we can provide the forms and assist in filling out the forms. They will then be added to the Supplementary Register. 


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