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Check out what is happening in Greencastle Community Centre in December.

Parents Plus Adolescents Programme coming to Inishowen.

PARENTS PLUS ADOLESCENTS PROGRAMME The Parents Plus Adolescents Programme is a practical positive course in parenting adolescents (aged 11to 16) focusing on effective communication, problem solving and building positive relations. Topics include: Getting to know and connecting with your teenager Communicating positively and effectively Building your teenager’s self-esteem and confidence Negotiating rules and boundaries Teaching […]

The Parent Hub will have a stand at this event this Friday in Carndonagh. Come along for a fun morning and plenty of information on how to have a happy healthy Christmas!

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Too Much Sugar!

This Community Food Initiative is a workshop facilitated by Niamh Britton -Nutritionist and is aimed at parents with young children. It looks at top tips for healthy eating and natural sugars alternatives.  Benefits of avoiding sugar! Sugar free treats!

DATE: Wednesday, November 23rd
TIME: 6pm—7pm
VENUE: Clonmany Youth & Community Centre
Book Your Place by calling IDP 9362218 Or Tracy 086-217-1289

The National Parents Council Primary has been asked to address the Joint Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs on staffing and pupil ratios, facilities and transport in Rural and Island schools.

They have  compiled a short survey to find out more from parents of children who attend rural and island schools.

Please click this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rural_or_Island_Schools to take the very short survey. The closing date for this survey is 11.45pm on Thursday the 24th of November 2016

The highly successful MEET-Motivate Educate and Exercise Together Project will commence in Letterkenny on 22nd November 2016 @ Errigal College.

The evaluated programmes (Univ. of Ulster) has already supported over 200 families in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole family improving their well-being, nutritional intake and physical activity.
The MEET project aims to tackle childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles through the provision of community based family centred programmes in Donegal. The MEET project consists of 2 programmes;
  • ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ (Prevention) 8 weeks in duration for parents/guardians of children between 0-5 years. (Adults only)
  • ‘Making A Difference’ (Management) 12 weeks in duration for families with children from 6-12 years. (Adults and Children)
Both programmes contain; Cooking Skills, Nutritional Information, Exercise and Motivation to Change
 
MEET programmes are delivered FREE OF CHARGE!!
Please contact Kirsty on 0863960117 or lyfsmeet@gmail.com (Places are limited)

Press Release from Bread and Roses Theatre Company for

“Waving, Not Drowning, The Mental Health Roadshow”

 

One in four of us will have mental health problems at some stage in our lives.  This simple statement throws up a host of questions:

Why?

What’s life like for the one in ten of us in Ireland suffering from depression?

For the family and friends of the 451 individuals who took their own lives last year?

Why aren’t we doing more to help those who become unwell, and to promote good mental health?

And, why is it ok to talk about diabetes, but so hard to talk about schizophrenia?

Bread and Roses Theatre Company’s pioneering new production ‘Waving, Not Drowning, The Mental Health Roadshow’ is an imaginative attempt to address these concerns.  A montage of original short plays, sketches and songs, this exuberant theatrical experiment will premiere at An Grianan Theatre Wednesday, November 23 at 8 pm.

Initiated by Mark McCollum, Tanya McLaughlin and Kathleen McCreery, the project began last January.  Ten writers and actors were chosen to attend weekly workshops.

‘We all felt passionately about it, we had all been touched by it in some way,’ said Mark, ‘and a number of participants had professional experience in the mental health field.’  The group entered into an intensive period of research, interviewing users of the mental health services, and inviting guest speakers including a GP, a psychologist and a TD.

Kathleen, a trained counsellor as well as an experienced playwright and teacher of creative writing, facilitated the workshops and mentored the writers as they began to develop plots and characters.  ‘We wanted to ensure that the voices of those who are struggling, and those who care for them and work with them are heard,’ she said.  ‘We had no blueprint, and no idea what would come out of the process.  I’m delighted to say that after months of hard work, we have been rewarded with some impressive scripts.  The montage framework allows us to tackle a range of subjects, from bullying to bereavement, from social anxiety to self-harm.’

The creative team includes Natalia Colmenarejo, Niall Cranney, Aideen Devine, Anne Gallagher, Sinead Gallagher, Brenda Kelly, Cassie Riggs, Aoife Toner, and Kathleen herself.  There’s a story about a young woman who hears voices, a stressed family doctor, a first-time mother with post-natal depression.

Heavy stuff, you might think, but as Tanya McLaughlin, production manager for the project points out, ‘There is a lot of humour too, some really funny situations and witty dialogue. People who saw our first production ‘Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!’ last year at the Earagail Arts Festival and recall the company’s polished performance of Dario Fo’s classic farce won’t be disappointed.’

The cast comes from both sides of the border.  Cassie, Anne and Aoife will be joined by Derry-based Ronan Carr, and by Michael Devlin, who showed his commitment to the cause of mental health when he raised over €5,000 for Pieta House walking the Pacific Crest Way from Mexico to British Columbia.

Tickets are €12.50 and €10 concessions, and block bookings of 10 or more will also get the discount.

Thanks to support from Donegal County Council Arts Services, Bread and Roses are planning to tour the show January through March 2017.  The Roadshow is suitable for community centres, colleges, transition year students, trade unions and work places, festivals and fund-raisers as well as theatres and art centres.  If you would like to arrange a performance contact Tanya, wavingnotdrowning.roadshow@gmail.com, +353 (0)83150 7030.