Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Press Release: President Higgins recognizes outstanding achievement of Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource (St Vincent de Paul) centre is based in the heart of Galway and is the proud recipient of an AONTAS Star Award. President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins presented the award to five outstanding initiatives at a special ceremony on Monday 20th, at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Monday. Over 250 people involved from the adult and community education sector were in attendance at the event.
Croí na Gaillimhe is a St Vincent de Paul resource centre based in Galway city which provides a number of services and facilities to the local community.  These include adult education courses, a dinner and social club for older people, art and relaxation and computer classes. The centre has developed a highly innovative intergenerational learning programmed together with  NUI Galway based on a programme called “Living Scenes” which brings older people together with transition year students. Participants in this year long project completed modules in creative writing and art, and even appeared on stage.  The culmination of the work was the “Rising Tide” Booklet which brings together learning from the project. 

Speaking at the awards, President Higgins said, 'We know that career and indeed other opportunities are often determined by the level of educational attainment we achieve. For some the lifelong learning journey has been a natural progression through primary and second level and onwards but for others that experience may have been very different and the path of reengagement with the world of education may seem daunting and uncertain. Many of the groups nominated for the Awards today have done wonderful work within communities in helping others with previously low levels of education to resume the journey.  We know we work best when we work together and it is also something we are renowned for in Ireland, that sense of community working together, in the cause of helping our own community or others, bringing about positive, effective and often life-enhancing changes, evidence if was needed that we Irish are creative, resourceful, talented and warm people with a firm sense of common decency and justice”.

The words of the President resonated strongly with Centre Manager, Loretta Needham.
Reacting to the announcement, Ms Needham said “This award recognizes all the hard work of the St Vincent de Paul, our volunteers, staff and the people who take part in our services and makes Croí na Gaillimhe a warm and welcoming place for so many people in Galway City.  Over the past number of years we have built up the number of education opportunities for  people in the area.  During these difficult times our services are even more needed- helping people combat isolation, make friends and creating strong links across different generations.”

Croí na Gaillimhe was one of seven shortlisted projects in the Connaught category for the Awards.  This is the sixth year that AONTAS has organized the STAR Awards.  Speaking at the ceremony AONTAS Director Bernie Brady said “The nominations give an insight into how adult education can respond to the learning needs of adults. Initiatives that have been shortlisted for these awards have really demonstrated strong outcomes to their work - helping people move onto further and higher education and employment. Through collaboration at local level, these initiatives are enhancing education services for people, contributing to the development of their communities and seeding ideas for small but sustainable social enterprises. For many adults around the country who are feeling disillusioned in these difficult times, adult education is offering them a second chance

Funding for this project is from the Maureen O’Connell Fund of the St Vincent de Paul.

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Notes to Editor
  1. Contact details: Loretta Needham, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, 1 Mill Street , Galway. Telephone: 091 895203 Email: Lneedhamsvp@eircom.net
  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.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Talk Takes Place Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday 28th February at 3pm, a talk will talk place at Croí na Gaillimhe on the topic of ‘Falls Prevention and Foot Health’. The talk will be given by Amanda Walsh who is a lecturer in Podiatry at NUI, Galway.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Photos from the Star Awards 2012

Harry Kenney, (Secretary)  President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Loretta Needham (Manager)
Loretta Needham and Margaret Ayo Lagara

Harry Kenney, (Secretary) President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Loretta Needham (Manager), Hannah Boyle, Grainne Connaughton, Margaret Ayo Lagara and Maria Flaherty


Monday, February 20, 2012

President Higgins presents STAR Awards to outstanding adult learning initiatives


Today (Monday 20th February 2012) President Michael D. Higgins recognised the achievements of five outstanding adult education initiatives at the AONTAS STAR Awards Ceremony at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. President Higgins announced the winners in five categories - Munster, Leinster, Connaught, Ulster and Nationwide, and presented them with their awards at a special ceremony which began at 11.30 am. Over 250 people attended the ceremony.

Speaking at the awards, President Higgins said, 'We know that career and indeed other opportunities are often determined by the level of educational attainment we achieve. For some the lifelong learning journey has been a natural progression through primary and second level and onwards but for others that experience may have been very different and the path of reengagement with the world of education may seem daunting and uncertain. Many of the groups nominated for the Awards today have done wonderful work within communities in helping others with previously low levels of education to resume the journey.'

Award winners this year include Age Action Ireland for their 'Getting Started' programme, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre (a St Vincent de Paul centre in Galway), Limerick Community Education Network and the Knockmay Women's Quilting Project from Portaoise. 'Destined'- a bespoke learning and development programme for people with intellectual disabilities was the recipient of the Ulster Award. Music at the ceremony was provided by the Ballymun Lullaby Choir which includes a string group, a brass group and a choir group.

This is the sixth year that AONTAS has organised the STAR Awards. Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS said 'The STAR Awards has gone from strength to strength each year. When we started the initiative back in 2007 we received 43 nominations. This year, AONTAS received 119 nominations. The nominations give an insight into how adult education can respond to the learning needs of adults. Initiatives that have been shortlisted for these awards have really demonstrated strong outcomes to their work - helping people move onto further and higher education and employment. Through collaboration at local level, these initiatives are enhancing education services for people, contributing to the development of their communities and seeding ideas for small but sustainable social enterprises. For many adults around the country who are feeling disillusioned in these difficult times, adult education is offering them a second chance.'

Some of the initiatives shortlisted were developed by local VECs. Others have strong support from the private sector through the involvement of companies like Google and Intel. A number of organisations in the community and voluntary sector also featured in the shortlist - they include Focus Ireland, Age Action and the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU).

The Judging Panel for the STAR Awards this year brings together a number of experts in adult and community education. The panel includes representation from the VEC sector, Teagasc, Pobal, the NQAI (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), the community sector, the Small Firms Association (SFA) and academia. The Judges had a difficult task in deciding on the winners this year. The initial 119 nominations were reduced to a shortlist of 41 projects. In early February, the judges travelled around the country to meet with the shortlisted projects. Speaking on behalf of the Judges, Claire Byrne from the NQAI said 'The winning projects demonstrated a high level of collaboration, imagination, entrepreneurial spirit and actively involved learners themselves. This really gave them the X factor.'

The STAR Awards is the opening event for the AONTAS AdultLearners' Festival, which takes place from February 20th to 24th. Over 350 events will take placed during the week of the Festival.

The winning project is .....





Yes, indeed the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre was the recipient of the 2012 AONTAS Star Award for the Connacht region!! Congratulations to all learners, volunteers and staff at the centre. 

Also well done to all of those who were shortlisted in the competition and a sincere 'Thank You' to the staff of Aontas for a fantastic event at the Burlington.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Looking at the Economy

Looking at the Economy

Monday, February 13, 2012

Looking at the Economy Through Women’s Eyes Course 2012


The very successful Banúlacht course, ‘Looking at the Economy Through the Eyes of Women’ 
returns to Croí na Gaillimhe for a second run during Spring of 2012. Originally run here in 2010, the course proved highly popular and the aim of the course was to explore 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 programme will take place over the course of 4 Fridays throughout February and March. Foccussing on the topics of 


        •  Women, care and the economy
        •   Economic growth and wellbeing
        •   Going global: introduction to two sides of globalisation - consumers      and producers 
        •    Women’s economic human rights  

 For more information on the course, then please contact Loretta at 091 - 895203.

This course is run by Banúlacht – Women in Ireland in Global Solidarity.
 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Reminder about our talk on Falls Prevention and Foot Health

Just a quick reminder that in just over two weeks time, on Tuesday 28th February at 3pm, a talk will talk place at Croí na Gaillimhe on the topic of ‘Falls Prevention and Foot Health’. The talk will be given by Amanda Walsh who is a lecturer in Podiatry at NUI, Galway.
The talk is of particular relevance to older members of the community but is open to anyone who might be interested. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Money Management and Budgeting Course


'Money Management and Budgeting Course' will be run at Croí na Gaillimhe during Spring 2012. The course is developed and run by the VEC. The course will run for 6 session, with each session lasting 2 ½ hour (a total of 15 hours).

The objectives of the course include;

To develop in participants:
  • An awareness of the importance of maintaining control over money
  • The knowledge and skills required for the effective management of money, and for planning ahead 
  • The skills necessary to establish and maintain an effective home money management system
  • An awareness of the importance of saving, and the factors to consider in deciding how and where to save
  • An awareness of credit options available and the skills required for the responsible use of credit
  • An awareness of healthy and nutritious meals which can be prepared on a low budget
A wide range of topics will be covered throughout the course. These include
  • Attitudes to money
  • Developing a spending diary
  • Control of money
  • Budgeting and budgeting tools
  • Budgeting strategies and management techniques
  • Paying and prioritising bills
  • Record Keeping
  • Savings – the why and the how
  • The credit trail and debt (MABS to deliver)
  • Shopping and cooking healthily on a budget
 
Please contact the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre on 091 – 895203 for further information.





Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Star Awards Judging

The judging for the Aontas Star Awards 2012 takes place today at
Croí na Gaillimhe. 

Best of luck to all of the contestants, to have gotten this far, we obviously all have something special!! 


Friday, February 3, 2012

Star Awards Press Release

Five Galway education organisations make the shortlist for Connaught AONTAS STAR Awards 2012

A community garden, a theatre company which provides training for adults with intellectual disabilities, a home and garden makeover project, a Men’s Shed and a resource centre catering to the needs of older people have all been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award in the Connaught category. 

Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden is a partnership initiative developed by City of Galway VEC, Galway Partnership, Galway Co. Council and other agencies. The Clifden Home and Garden Programme was developed by County Galway VEC, the HSE and other agencies and provided skills and resources for low income families to improve their homes. Cumann na bhFear is a community Men’s Shed based in Galway and part of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre is a St Vincent de Paul resource centre in Galway city, and the Blue Teapot Company provides accredited training in the performing arts. 

The STAR Awards recognise outstanding examples of adult education in Ireland. This year five Awards will be given – four provincial awards and one nationwide award. The STAR Awards is now in its sixth year, with the number of entries increasing from last year. This year AONTAS received 119 entries from adult education organisations all around the country. The winners will be announced at the STAR Awards Ceremony on February 20th.

The shortlist was developed by an Independent Judging Panel, who will now hit the road to meet with the seven hopeful groups. ‘These projects are great examples of the diversity of adult learning’, said AONTAS Director Berni Brady. The next judging phase involves regional meetings with the shortlisted projects. During these meetings, organisations will be given the opportunity to talk to the judging panel and show why they should receive a STAR Award. ‘We’re encouraging the shortlisted groups to bring learners who have benefited from their services, or to show some of the work that they have done,’ explained Ms Brady. The judges will then make a decision on a winner and a highly commended award in that category and the names will be kept secret until the ceremony. 

The judges will meet with shortlisted projects in the Connaught Category at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Mill Street Co. Galway on Tuesday the 7th of February from 11 am.

For more information/ contact Niamh Farren, Communications Officer, AONTAS 01 406 8220/087 911 0569 

Note to Editor 
1. The STAR Awards is an initiative organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The Awards showcase teamwork and award recognition to adult learning organisations. More information about the awards and the Adult Learners’ Festival is available from www.adultlearnersfestival.com. 
2. Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 20th at the Burlington Hotel.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Personal Development Course


We are intending to run a personal development course entitled 'The Way Forward' at Croí na Gaillimhe shortly.
The programme will focus on the following areas;
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication & Assertiveness
The programme would be delivered as 4 x 2 ½ hour facilitated highly interactive workshops, and would comprise of practical exercises,     discussion, role-plays as well as tutor presentation.   Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss specific individual concerns which are then addressed as part of the overall programme.

The actual start date for the course will depend on demand. 

Looking at the Economy Through Women’s Eyes Course 2012


The very successful Banúlacht course, ‘Looking at the Economy Through the Eyes of Women’ 
returns to Croí na Gaillimhe for a second run during Spring of 2012. Originally run here in 2010, the course proved highly popular and the aim of the course was to explore 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 programme will take place over the course of 4 Fridays throughout February and March. Foccussing on the topics of 


        •  Women, care and the economy
        •   Economic growth and wellbeing
        •   Going global: introduction to two sides of globalisation - consumers      and producers 
        •    Women’s economic human rights  

 For more information on the course, then please contact Loretta at 091 - 895203.

This course is run by Banúlacht – Women in Ireland in Global Solidarity.
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Talk Falls Prevention and Foot Health

On Tuesday 28th February at 3pm, a talk will talk place at Croí na Gaillimhe on the topic of ‘Falls Prevention and Foot Health’. The talk will be given by Amanda Walsh who is a lecturer in Podiatry at NUI, Galway.

The talk is of particular relevance to older members of the community but is open to anyone who might be interested.

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