Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Christmas from Croí na Gaillimhe

All the staff and volunteers at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre would like to wish you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2012.

Croí na Gaillimhe is closing on Wednesday 21st December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at 9am. We hope that you will all be able to join us again in the New Year.

Best Wishes,

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Party and Christmas Card Launch

Our annual Dinner and Social Club Christmas Party was held on Wednesday 14th December and was a fantastic success – not least because of a special visitor!! Yes indeed the ‘man in red, Santa Claus, paid us a visit bringing with him lots of good cheer and laughter.

The Social Club Room – and indeed the building in general – was transformed into a Christmas wonderland of decorations and it was in this location setting that the festivities began at 1pm with a delicious two course festive dinner and was followed by the grand raffle and live music. 

Of course Croí na Gaillimhe is a very busy place and there was also a second focus for the day. It was also the launch of the Croí na Gaillimhe Christmas Cards and the 2nd edition of our newsletter. The card (pictured below) features a rather beautiful snow scene of the Croí na Gaillimhe at night with greetings both ‘as gaeilge’ and in English. The magazine meanwhile is full of articles related both to the centre and life in Galway. A must read for anyone with a connection to or interest in the city! 


Photos Courtesy of the Connaught Tribune Newspaper.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Working Together - Knitters, Men's Club & Intergenerational!

Over the past few weeks, both our Knitting Club and Men's Social Club have been a hive of industry. Of course, that is not to say, that the clubs are not usual active but this time around this has a particular focus in common. 

Emmie has suggested that the knitters create a crib for Croí na Gaillimhe for Christmas. The club jumped onto the idea with gusto and have been extra bust knitting their figures. Now that the figures (complete with sheep and donkey!) were completed we just needed to find the right home for the crib. After some discussion we opted to locate the family to the windowsill in the Social Club Room. 

It looked fantastic but one element seemed to be missing – the actual crib building itself. And this is where our Men’s Club played such as pivotal role. In one afternoon, they designed and built a sanctuary for our knitted figures to shelter.  To finish off the work, they added an angel and star designed by the Living Scenes participants last year for our Christmas display. 

The Crib can now be seen in the Social Club throughout December and into early January. It really is a lovely festive idea and it is certainly one that all staff, volunteers and participants can enjoy!! 

Thank you so much to the amazing efforts of everyone involved.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

ALá Performance takes place tomorrow

Don't forget that the Theatre performance takes place tomorrow!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Holidays

Just a quick post to let you know if our Christmas and New Year Holiday plans. Croí na Gaillimhe will close at 5pm on Wednesday 21st December. This is also the last day of the Dinner and Social Club.

Croí na Gaillimhe  will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at 9am. The Dinner & Social Club will start back  the following day on Wednesday 3rd January. 

The Tea Dance will not take place in Janaury but will return on Friday 3rd of February 2012.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Party Invite

We would like to invite you to the annual Croi na Gaillimhe Christmas Party! The party will take place on Wednesday 14th December at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. 
We will have live music, a fabulous raffle - with some very exicting prizes! Not will be lots of festive food and not forgetting a very special guest! Who could it be...?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Alá Community Theatre performs at Croí na Gaillimhe

Alá is a community theatre project which develops 'Forum Theatre' projects, working with older people to develop theatre pieces on issues of ageism.

Forum Theatre is a form of theatre that encourages the interaction of the audience and explores different options for dealing with a problem or issue. First the audience watches the play and then a discussion takes place.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Men's Social Club

Commencing on Thursday 10th November, the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre are launching a new 'Social Club for Men'. The club will run every Thursday afternoon from 3pm - 5pm and is open to all men. Activities at the club will include watching movies, playing cards and a chat.

If you would like some more information then please phone Kevin on 091 895203.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scary Halloween Party

Anyone who happened to be in the vicinity of Mill Street on Wednesday, 26th October last, could well be forgiven for thinking that they had arrived at a magical get together; in fact, what was actually happening was Croí na Gaillimhe’s annual Halloween Party! The event, which was part of “Social Inclusion Week”, in conjunction with Westside C.D.P., began with lunch which was provided by COPE Galway Community Catering and served by a number of the Resource Centre’s volunteers.
 The room was beautifully decorated with Halloween images for the event and staff members, Maria, Anna Marie, and volunteers Kevin and Niamh, together with Vernice from Westside C.D.P. kept a watchful eye on proceedings. Most of the guests in attendance were suitably attired for the occasion, with many dressed as witches and ghouls of all descriptions! The energy and enthusiasm of all concerned was very much in evidence judging by the efforts made at both decorating and indeed, the costumes.

Following the delicious lunch the room was swiftly transformed into a ballroom area, as tables and chairs were removed by staff and volunteers. Musicians John Fallon, Michael Farragher, Kieran Connolly and Clíona Ball provided the excellent    music for the afternoon as guests took to the floor in true “round the house and mind the dresser” style! Indeed, as the dancing continued many of the couples on the floor would have looked very much at home as participants in Strictly Come Dancing!

As the proceedings came to a close everyone present was in complete agreement that it had been an excellent afternoon’s entertainment. At that point the only thing remaining to be done was to hang up their witches’ hats and brooms for another year and begin making preparations for the Christmas Party; the next big event on their social calendar!

Article: Written by Sean Connelly
Photos: Niamh and Maria

Friday, October 21, 2011

Celebrate Halloween at Croí na Gaillimhe

Celebrate Halloween at Croí na Gaillimhe!!

Come along on Wednesday 26th October for our Annual Halloween Party for Older People

Join us for a cup of tea and Halloween treats, live music and lots of fun and frolics!! You never know who you might see!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Training for Transformation

The new  Training for Transformation (TFT) will commence this Friday evening the 15th October at 7.30pm and the course will continue on Saturday 16th October at 10am.

Focussing on the following 5 areas of learning; 
                Days 1 & 2 Personal development 
                Days 3 & 4 Group skills 
                Days 5 & 6 Social analysis 
                Days 7 & 8 Community development 
                Days 9 & 10 Organisational development

Training for Transformation (TFT) is a series of workshops aimed by enabling people to work effectively together on issues relevant to their local community. TFT has been used widely in Ireland for community development purposes. The programme works with both professional people and volunteers.

Training for Transformation (TFT) is essentially about enabling people to work effectively together on issues relevant to their local community. 

The Training for Transformation course itself will be commencing in Galway on the following dates: October 14th and 15th, November 11th and 12th, December 2nd and 3rd, January 13th and 14th, February 10th and 11th and March 9th and 10th. Friday evening from 7.30pm to 10.00pm and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.
Training for Transformation is open to all people and is aimed in particular volunteers, Sport organisations, Church groups, Family Resource Centres, Youth workers, refugees and Community leaders.

If you are interested in joining the programme then please contact Loretta Needham at 091 895203 for further information.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Positive Ageing Week 2011

Well, as Positive Ageing Week 2011 draws to a close it has certainly been a busy week with events ranging from relaxation sessions to massages to workshops here at Croí na Gaillimhe. Our week long celebration of events kicked off on Monday 26th September at 2pm when our 'Group Relaxation' took place at the Social Club.

Bernadette lead the group through a 30 relaxation session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of the group. She then took people for individual Reiki sessions while Michelle gave wonderful mini hand massages to anyone who felt in need of a little pampering!

Meanwhile, Hasfa took the Club participants through a great programme of gentle exercises she had planned before a riotious game of boccia!!

It was a lively afternoon and definitely a series of events that we are hoping to run again!
After a slightly quieter Tuesday with just the usual classes, we returned to our full 'Positive Ageing Week' schedule on Wednesday 28th September with a second group relaxation session, this time facilitated by Elizabeth, before the flower arranging workshop took place. This is the first time that we have held such an event at Croí na Gaillimhe an judging by the reactions of the participants, it certainly will not be the last time either!! Check out just some of the beautiful poesies they designed below. Thanks to Eileen for giving her time and energy to the event.

On Thursday 29th, we were all treated to a beautiful dvd showcasing the Johann Strauss Orchestra as preformed by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Lasting for 90 the music both entertained and thrilled the audience, who were almost inclined to dance the afternoon way!!

Our final series of events took place on Friday 30th; firstup was a Mobile Phone Workshop followed by our first ever 'Knit-A-Thon'. Run in conjunction with the Galway Volunteer Centre (Friday was also National Volunteer Day) and NUI, Galway; students from the univeristy knitting club joined our own knitters to continue making hats for the 'innocent Bit Knit 2011'. Afterwards, we all joined the regular Tea Dance attendees for a big 'Hooley' to celebrate Positive Ageing Week 2011.

It certainly was a hectic week, but what a successful one!! We are looking forward to the PAW 2012 already!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Updated Timetable

Movement & Relaxation: 10.30am – 12pm       Start date: 17th October 

Dinner for Older People: 1pm Price: €6

Social Club: 2pm Social activities include card / board games, movies, boccia, bingo

Computers for Beginners: 7pm

Beginners Drawing: 11am – 1pm  

Living Scenes - ‘Intergenerational Project with NUI Galway’:  10.30am – 1pm

Knitting Club: 2.30pm – 4pm        

Painting: 10am – 11.30am  

Beginner Computers: 10.30am – 12.30pm     

Dinner for Older People: 1pm Price: €6

Social Club: 2pm Social activities: card / board games, movies, boccia, bingo

       Social Club for Men:  7.30pm     Start Date to date to be confirmed

Dancing for Older People: Beginners at 10am
Improvers at 11am    

Beginner Computers: 10.30am – 12.30pm     

Creative Writing: 10.30am – 12.30pm                                   

Tea Dance: 2pm – 4pm 1st Friday of every month   

Computers, Drawing, Dancing, Painting, Movement & Relaxation and Creative Writing courses cost €50 for the waged / private pension or €20 public pensions / unemployed / refugees. Courses last for 8 weeks except for Movement and Relaxation which is a 6 week course. 

The Dinner costs €6 for two courses plus tea / biscuits and takes place on Monday & Wednesday at 1pm. The cost is €6.00 and the dinner is ordered the day before.

This timetable is subject to change without notification. Classes will take place subject to numbers.

Positive Ageing Week 2011

Positive Ageing Week 2011 has arrived!! 

Positive Ageing Week 2011 runs from Friday 23rd September - Saturday 1st October and is a festival which aims to celebrate and highlight the positive aspects of ageing, while also stepping away from the negative connotations that also surround ageing.

At Croí na Gaillimhe, we are holding a number of events to celebrate and promote Positive Ageing Week. Ranging from group relaxation sessions, to ‘Go for Life’ exercise sessions, flower arranging to mobile phone workshops and a ‘Hooley’, we really do have something for everyone. Have a look at our list of events below and see what might interest you!

Day / Time:

Mon 26th @ 2pm

Group relaxation with gentle ‘Go for Life’ exercises followed by individual hand and back massages.

Wed 28th @ 2pm

Group relaxation followed followed by a ‘Flower Arranging Workshop’ (Making Small Poesy).

Thurs @ 2.30pm

‘Forever Vienna – Johann  Strauss Orchestra’

Fri 30th afternoon from 1pm onwards

Mobile Phone Workshop
Knit A Thon 1 – 2pm
Hooley!! @ 2pm

Monday, September 19, 2011

More New Classes Start this Week!


Dig out your dancing shoes!! Maureen’s fantastic dancing classes have returned for another 8 week run.

Maureen is running two classes; a class for beginners at 10am and a second class for improvers at 11am. Incorporating modern line dancing, tango, jazz and a little swing, it’s not a class to be missed, come along on Thursday 15th to join in the fun.


Tuesday 20th September will be a busy day as we have two classes returning!! First of all, a brand new Drawing class will commence at 11am on Tuesday. This promises to be an exciting class and is filling up very quickly so if you are interested then book your place now!! Place Anna-Marie on 091 – 895203.


Also, our ever popular Knitting Club are back at 2.30pm! Yes, indeed, it’s that time of the year when we need to start preparing for the ‘Big Chill’ so dig out your knitting needles and join and knitters!!


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