Thursday, August 31, 2017

English Classes

Conversational English Classes 
Registration for this very popular class is Tuesday the 5th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm

September 2017 Timetable

September 2017 Timetable

Registration day 12th September 9.30am -12.30pm

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mayoral Award Winners Croí na Gaillimhe Homework Club

 Mayoral Awards  

 Croí na Gaillimhe we delighted to be the winners in the ''Children & Youth Support Award''

The Croí na Gaillimhe Homework Club takes places in the Eglinton Direct Provision Centre and started on the 8th September 2014.  It provides homework support to up to 31 children living in the centre in Salthill, it has two part time staff and approximately 20 volunteers working with the children the club runs from 2.30m to 6.30pm Monday to Thursday, the majority of the children attending the club are in primary school ranging from senior infant to sixth class  also there are a number of older children in secondary school. 
Our volunteers are very dedicated and come with a wide range of skills and expertise and have contributed greatly to the success of the club so far.
This project was funded by the Maureen O'Connell bequest and supported by a steering committee, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre and Christ the King, St Vincent De Paul Conference 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Young Hearts mixing it up at Croí na Gaillimhe 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Galway Guide to Leaving Direct Provision - Launch of booklet created by Croí na Gaillimhe

Croí na Gaillimhe  launch booklet  ''Galway Guide to Leaving Direct Provision''
The launch took place in the Eglintion direct provision hostel Hildegarde Naughton TD. officially launched the booklet, and Maragaret Lagara spoke about her experience of leaving direct provision. Loretta Needham manager of Croí na Gaillimhe spoke about the reason for creating this booklet and the other areas in which Croí na Gaillimhe can work with asylum seekers these include the Homework Club, help with the asylum interview process, OWLs Basketball, 'One World Voice Choir' and Failte Isteach Conversational English and all the other classes available in Croí na

Gaillimhe Resource Centre.

OWL's Ladies Basketball

OWL's Ladies Basketball Friday Mornings
Westside Community Centre 10am -11am 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dramatic Preparations

Dramatic Preparations 

The third session of Young Hearts for 2017 was facilitated by Luke Morgan and the participants are becoming comfortable with the variety of activities which take place each week to release their dramatic sides.

There were 7 adults and 11 Transition years this week, as the last of the adult holiday makers returns. Last week Luke worked with the group and they identified 5 different scenarios which they would like to develop. This week we developed plots and soundscapes for the play. 
Last week Luke worked on movement with the group, getting them to move and play together, while developing ideas for the show. This week he focused on plot, with a fun writing exercise. 
Each person was provided with a pen and paper and arranged in groups around tables. Letters were chosen by each person and written up on a board. Luke offered 5 plot devices. The first letter chosen was the beginning of the first sentence, describing an alien. After 90 seconds, the sheet was passed on and after reading the piece we had to add to it, using a plot device and starting with ta different letter.  This continued until the end of the story. We spent time reading them aloud and laughing at the twists and turns of the plot. 
By the time we broke for tea a huge amount of writing had been completed despite the initial reluctance of some of the participants.
 In the second part of the session the participants stood in a circle and each made a noise which they thought an alien would make. Luke directed the session which was very fun, if very odd to those other users of the centre who passed by. There were grunts, squeals, barking, as well as shushing.
Luke then directed a mirroring exercise, initially in pairs and then using the full group. I was lucky enough to have a partner who decided to run me through some strenuous stretching exercises! 
He finished with a brainstorming exercise to help visualise an alien. There were loads of suggestions and the 3 participants who ‘moved’ like aliens were brave souls indeed. Thanks once again to Luke for his enthusiasm, preparation and hard work and his sense of fun….

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year, New Drama 2017

Young Hearts Intergenerational Programme 2017

The first session of Young Hearts for 2017 was facilitated by Luke Morgan. 
Luke has embraced the task of improvising a piece of drama with the Young Hearts.          He has met with the group on several occasions and they discussed some of their   interests and issues during those conversations, the final piece will develop during the weekly sessions. 
The fourteen TYs helped set up the room in advance of the workshops, moving tables     and chairs etc. They were joined by five adults and by 10.30am they were ready to go.       We reviewed the wet and windy carol singing fundraiser, with several older participants suggesting that we find an alternative venue (sheltered from the elements) as they were very cold on the day. We agreed to consider some different possibilities for next year. 
Following my welcome, Luke Morgan took over the facilitating of the group. He began           by getting every single person up and active, guiding us through some gentle stretching exercise. It was great to get up and stretch, even if some of the adults jokingly wondered whether he had noticed their age! The laughs continued as we warmed up vocally as well  as physically. Luke transformed the group into animals, pirates aboard a ship as well as shoppers covering up some distress. He gently encouraged even the most reluctant participant and by the end of the morning had us all in fits of laughter.
The tea break provided a welcome break as well as a chance to cool down… 
In the second part of the session we returned to the circle of chairs. 
Luke asked for some examples of scenarios which would give a positive as well as a negative interpretation of the words they had identified as important in a previous session.  This allowed time for participants to engage in some thoughtful discussion as well as sharing life experiences. Luke had different group members re-enact these events. 
They did them several times to demonstrate what they would look like in a positive as well as negative way. Some were serious and others light hearted. Some of the words raised heart breakingly sad stories of oppression and inequality, which gave the group plenty to think about. 
By the end of the session Luke had managed to completely energise the group,
 invigorating and enthusing even the most jaded participants. Thanks once again to Luke 
for his energy. It is great to be back in Young Hearts. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mens Group & Tai Chi

TAI CHI @ The Mens's Social Club 

Get your New Year off to a great start and come along to the Men's Social Club 
on Thursdays here at Croí na Gaillimhe from 3pm to 5pm, the club in cludes a FREE 1 hour
 Tai Chi class from 4pm to 5pm and is open to all men, so come along and join in.
For more information contact 091-895203


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