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!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Classes Start this Week!

Just a quick reminder about the classes which are starting this week – don’t miss out!!

First up this week, we are starting off with our computer classes; the ‘Beginners Computer Class’ returns this week on Monday 12th September at 7pm – 9pm. The class will also run on Wednesday 14th September from 10.30am- 12.30pm.
Join our new painting class this Wednesday at 10.30am and spend an enjoyable morning discovering your inner artist. The class is aimed at beginners so why not relax and learn a new skill at Croí na Gaillimhe?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Launch of SVP Report of the Commission on Older People

“Loneliness is the biggest individual problem faced by older people living alone”. This poignant issue was highlighted earlier this week, when the SVP Report of the Commission on Older People was launched on Wednesday 7th September in Dublin.

The Commission was established in 2010 in a bid to understand the experiences of life as an older person in Ireland today and the implications of daily lives for both government and SVP policy and planning. To this end, the Commission, worked for over a year with SVP staff and members along with two researchers, Kathy Walsh and Brian Harvey to carry out a consultation process throughout the country involving members, clients, staff and volunteers.

The findings of the Commission have been published in full in the report, ‘Society of St. Vincent de Paul Report of the Commission of Older People. Older People – Experiences and Issues’.

The main findings can be categorised as follows;
Experiences and Feelings about Ageing
Social Connection
Income adequacy and fuel poverty
Public Services: Access and Quality
Government Policy: What SVP should call on the Government to do?
Informing the Work and Services of SVP
How the Consultation was Carried Out

Another significant issue which was recognised by the report is the problem over the availability of public transport, with the problem effecting people in both urban and rural areas. Again, the issue transport could be said to add to the concern of isolation as people find it increasingly to leave their homes, be it to travel to the local shops or to visit a friend.

A central element of the report in the fact that the numerous obstacles facing them, older people in Ireland generally tend to have a positive outlook and consider that Ireland is a good country in which to grow older.

The full report can be downloaded from this link to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul website and the link at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, the Executive Summary can be downloaded and read from this page.

SVP - Report of the Commission - Older People Executive Summary

Monday, September 5, 2011

Training for Transformation Information sessions

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.

Five areas of learning are brought together in the programme:

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

This October, TFT will commence at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre and the programme will be open to all interested people.

Tft - Free Talk Poster 2011


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