Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Living Scenes




Crossing the Divide-Intergenerational Learning


Press Release- 'Crossing the Divide'

On Tuesday May 16th, Director for the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, Professor Tom Scharf presented participants of the Living scenes Intergenerational Programme with portfolios of their work at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Mill Street.
As this extremely successful programme drew to a close for another year, Professor Scharf spoke of 'the lovely opportunities provided for the participants to learn from each other and to experience life through the eyes of another generation.'

Through weekly art, music, drama and creative writing workshops, NUI Galway's Living Scenes Programme provides opportunities for teenagers and older adults to learn together, share experiences and build important bonds of mutual respect and understanding.
Emphasis is on the holistic development of the participants, promoting equality, personal development and confidence buildingin an atmosphere of cross- generational awareness and respect.

NUI Galway's Dr. Mary Surlis-who originally devised and continues to develop this innovative programme, is the Living Scenes Director.
'Living Scenes is about adopting an open, inclusive and consultative approach to learning' she informs us. To date, almost 1,500 participants have been part of our programme in some form, the highest of any intergenerational learning initiative of its kind across Ireland, or even Europe.

Hedy Gibbons, the programme's creative writing facilitator spoke of "the joy of working with this group" and how wonderful it was that group incorporated their own individual into their work.
Hedy then introduced several members of the group and encouraged them to read some of their work.

Loretta Needham, manager of Croí na Gaillimhe then thanked NUI Galway for extending their programme into the community .
It was a truly lovely and inspiring afternoon where all participants where participants voiced their over-whelming positive experiences and memories of Living Scenes 2011-2012.

Monthly Tea Dance

Would you like to socialise more? Meet people with similar interests? Be more active?

Then come along to our Tea Dance for older people on the first Friday of every month!
Join us for a cup of tea, a friendly chat and a listen to our inhouse musicians for an hour or two.
There's no admission fee but you feel free to make a small donation towards tea and cakes if you like.

So, this Friday sees us host our monthly Tea Dance at Croí na Gaillimhe, 1 Mill Street from 2pm-4pm.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tea Party Fundraiser in aid of Féilecáin

Afternoon Tea Party Fundraiser in aid of Féileacáin

Tuesday the 15th of May saw Croí na Gaillimhe host an afternoon Tea Party fundraiser in aid of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland-Féileacáin.
Organised by Ann Costello and Jacinta Murphy (Regional Development Officer with Féileacáin), the event was a wonderful way of gathering those who have experienced loss and grief themselves or indirectly through family and friends. It was truly wonderul to see such an  enormous show of support from members of the community and the organisation itself, both young and old.
Delicious cakes, tarts, homemade crafts and garments were kindly donated by members of the club on the day as well as several raffle prizes.

An extremely sad and touching cause but a massive success on the day.
Well done to all involved.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Busy Week

Well, it has been a busy week here at Croí na Gaillimhe!

First up on Monday, the new Life Skills course took place; the course is run by AWARE and will take place on Monday mornings over the next 6 weeks from 10am to 11.30am. All places on this course are currently completely booked but anyone interested in the programme, should contact AWARE at either www.aware.ie or on 1890 303 302 for further information.

Our second event was certainly very exciting as the fantastic intergenerational project ‘Living Scenes’ draws to a close for another year. All the participants joined members of the Social Club, SVP and representatives from Galway Community College and NUI, Galway to celebrate their achievements. Ably introduced by Loretta, Professor Tom Scharf, Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, Ireland spoke of the lovely opportunities provided by the project for the participants to learn from each other and to experience life through the eyes of another generation. 

Next Hedy Gibbons, our wonderful creative facilitator spoke about the joy of working with the group and how they incorporated their own individual experiences into their work. Hedy then introduced several members of the group who read from the wide range of pieces that they had created over the past few months during the creative writing module.

Maria Moore, from Galway Community College, explained how they combined artwork with each stage of the programme this year; leading to the creation of some of the beautiful pieces of artwork currently on display in the centre. 

Dr. Mary Surlis, spoke about the impact of the programme throughout the country but also on an individual level for the participants. 

Perhaps the most momentous point of the afternoon was still to come; Maria Moore invited each participant to receive their certificate and booklet of creative writing and art work. 

It was a truly lovely afternoon where all participants gave voice to their over-whelming positive experiences and memories of the Living Scenes programme 2011 – 2012.

Keep an eye out for photos which will be posted shortly!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Life Skills Course with AWARE

We are delighted to now be taking applications for our new Life Skills programme Living Life to the Full. In association with trainer William Corless and AWARE, we are holding the course below in Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre. 




The course will run for 6 weeks commencing Monday 14th of May from 9.15a.m – 11.00.a.m. 
Dates: Monday 14th, 21st, 28th May 
            Monday 11th, 18th 25th June 

Each week the course will run for 1 ¾ hours. 

This free programme, which takes the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and applies them in a group setting, is aimed at providing information and practical life skills training for individuals who experience mild to moderate depression or anxiety. 

The programme is available in locations nationwide and consists of weekly 90-minute sessions over a period of 6 weeks. Click here for more information

If all of the statements below apply to you, then you could benefit from Aware’s Life Skills programme. 

  1. I am currently affected by mild to moderate depression or anxiety 
  2. I would like to make some changes in my life and am prepared to try new ways of dealing with life's challenges 
  3. I am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or a significant trauma . 
  4. I can commit to attending all six sessions of the programme 
  5. I have basic reading skills 
  6. I feel quite comfortable in a group setting 
  7. I feel I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of each session i.e. about 90 minutes 
 
The programme includes the following topics:- 


 Who is the programme aimed at? 
The programme is aimed at individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate depression and who can commit to attending one session per week for six weeks. 

How many sessions are there? 
There are six sessions – one session per week for six consecutive weeks, except in the case of Monday sessions, when Bank Holidays will be skipped. 

How long do sessions last? 
Each session lasts 90 minutes. 

Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?  
All attendees will have opportunities to share with the group, but nobody will ever be obliged to share personal information or experiences. 

Do I have to attend all sessions? 
 Yes, you must commit to attending all six sessions. 

How many people are in the group? Each group will have a maximum of 25 people and there must be a minimum of 15 people for a group to go ahead. 

Is this programme only for individuals of 18 years and over? 
Yes, only individuals of 18 and over may take part in Aware's Life Skills programme. 

Is this programme right for me? 
If the statements below apply to you, then you could benefit from this programme.
  1. I am currently affected by mild to moderate depression or anxiety.
  2. I would like to make some changes in my life and am prepared to try new ways of dealing with life's challenges.
  3. I am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or a significant trauma.
  4. I can commit to attending all six sessions of the programme.
  5. I have basic reading skills. 
  6. I feel quite comfortable in a group setting.
  7. I feel I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of each session i.e. about 90 minutes. 

If all seven of these statements apply to you, then you are suitable for Aware's Life Skills programme. 

Note: You will be invited to give feedback on the programme upon completion. 

When will you be offering this programme?
The first sessions of Aware's Life Skills programme will commence in May 2012. Click the button below to get details of group locations and dates, and to apply for your place.



   When will you be offering this programme?
Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, 
1 Mill Street, Galway 
091 – 895203

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fundraiser - Table Quiz

A table quiz will be held in Lohan's Bar & Restaurant in Salthill on Friday 11th May at 8pm. All money raised at the event will go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the West io Ireland. 

The table quiz will begin at 8pm and there will be finger food and spot prizes galore!! 
The cost per person is €10 and tables can consist of 4 people.



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