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Month: May 2017

30 May, 2017

Summer fun and activities at Spraoi agus Spórt in Carndonagh

Here at Spraoi agus Spórt in Carndonagh we have a fantastic summer programme lined up this year, 9 weeks of back to back fully inclusive activities to suit all ages from 3-16 years.  We will also continue with our daily Parent & Toddler groups too. Click here to download the Summer Camps 2017 Brochure. Places can be […]

29 May, 2017

International Parents’ Day 1st June at Donegal Town Family Resource Centre

Come along to the Parents and Grand-parents coffee and pamper morning in Donegal Town FRC on Thursday 1st June 11am – 1pm. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the vital role that parents and grand-parents play in the lives of their children and grand-children. Come and be pampered at this FREE event!

29 May, 2017

25 May, 2017

International Parents’ Day at Spraoi agus Spórt Carndonagh

                   International Parents’ Day Family Fun on Thursday June 1st          5K Fun Run/Walk Friday June 2nd Spraoi agus Spórt Carndonagh are having a Family Fun morning on Thursday 1st June from 10am at the Spraoi agus Spórt unit in Carndonagh. Refreshments, face painting, messy […]

22 May, 2017

Capturing the moment – calling out to mums and babies

Hi I work on the Early Intervention Team in Donegal. I am currently doing a course – the Infant Care Index – which looks at the interaction between mothers and babies. As part of the course we use video observations of mothers playing with their babies. The videos we have been using are from the […]

22 May, 2017

From Stress to Success – free seminar

From Stress to Success – Taking the Controls How to turn negative stress into positive energy This informative and entertaining seminar will cover the main points of the highly regarded Stress Control programme and much more. Given by Dr Mark Harrold Clinical Psychologist, Author and Broadcaster On Saturday, May 27th 10-1 Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, […]

15 May, 2017

Young Adult Support Group

                                                    Donegal Youth Service in association with AWARE and Mental Health Ireland set up a Young Adult Mental Health Support Group in January 2016 in response to a request from young people and staff, for a specially tailored programme for  young adults aged 18 – 25 years. The programme was designed in line with the  latest research and in a way that respects young people developmentally, while catering to  a young adult’s unique life-stage issues, their individual and group  identity.

The group meets weekly in a welcoming, accessible,  community-based, non-judgemental and non-stigmatizing setting in which  young people feel comfortable. Through the creation of supportive social networks and by by providing a sense of belonging and connectedness,  mental well-being can be improved. Uniquely, this programme is  co-designed, so all participants in the first few sessions decide what  they want to do as a group and in what direction they want it to go.

We are setting up a new mental health support group after the fantastic  success we had with last year’s group and are putting a call out to  anyone who feels that they or someone they know may benefit from this  group. If you know any young people who may be interested please pass on the details. They can also contact  louise.lynch@donegalyouthservice.ie for more information.

Here’s what last years participant’s said:

“It was so chilled that I could doodle or draw while the group was on, the informality was perfect, even the way we sat in a loose circle, it allowed us to relax and bond. It allowed you to engage in a way that suits you” (Female, 23 years)

“I really enjoyed I, it was really comfortable, people were open and  there was no awkwardness. I would recommend it; I learned a good bit  from it. I changed some habits and perspectives on things for the more  positive and now I manage myself much better. There is generally an  all-round improvement in my life” (Male, 19 years)

“I loved the discussions, it wasn’t always personal problems – everybody debated ideas, explored and analysed concepts and ideas in mental health, I don’t have the opportunity to talk about these things anywhere else.” (Female, 21 years)

“My worries became smaller when I started letting people know how I was feeling, I realised from the group that sharing your problems works and I got tips on how to deal with stuff when I needed it which I then used. I have skills now” (Male, 25 years)

“I came to the group because I felt so low, like I was stuck in a hole, stuck in self-pity, it really shakes you out of that through hearing other people’s stories and the little things, it all helps you realise you’re not going to get any better doing the same thing that doesn’t work and you become aware that you need to learn new ways of coping.” (Female, 22 years)

“I found it really helpful for dealing with problems because after a few weeks we became friends and it was a such a good support knowing someone was there for you”  (Male, 20 years)

“The environment was laid back and chilled, you’d never feel judged, it is a safe space to talk, I feel more confident now to speak about mental health and being here did that”” (Female, 25years)

“When you are young, you don’t have a lot of control – parents, school, routine, doctors, structures, systems – this place is like a space to be who you are, you’re not restricted. The social aspect is brilliant, you meet people and actually get out of the house, this was the one day a week I’d actually socialise and I need it because I can get isolated.” (Female 23 years)