Feb 2

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Are you interested in Volunteering? Do you have an hour or two to spare morning or evening, week day or weekend? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? If so, why not volunteer with the Daughters of Charity Service for Persons with Intellectual Disability. We are looking for committed people to be friends to our service users, to engage in various social activities, to spend quality time with our service users on a one to one or group basis. We believe that everybody has something to give. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about our Volunteer Programme, or if you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of our centres, please contact: Grainne Keane Volunteer Coordinator Daughters of Charity Services Limerick Tel: 061 501 465 / 087 2855 976 or Email: grainne.keane@lim-docservice.ie

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Are you interested in Volunteering? Do you have an hour or two to spare morning or evening, week day or weekend? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? If so, why not volunteer with the Daughters of Charity Service for Persons with Intellectual Disability. We are looking for committed people to be friends to our service users, to engage in various social activities, to spend quality time with our service users on a one to one or group basis. We believe that everybody has something to give. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about our Volunteer Programme, or if you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of our centres, please contact: Grainne Keane Volunteer Coordinator Daughters of Charity Services Limerick Tel: 061 501 465 / 087 2855 976 or Email: grainne.keane@lim-docservice.ie

CONSOLE SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console will be holding its monthly suicide bereavement support group on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9 pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick for family, friends work colleagues and community, who have been bereaved by suicide. See www.console.ie or ring 061 306 792 for further details.

NORTHSIDE WE’RE OK “GREAT LIMERICK RUN” RUNNING GROUP: It’s the time of year again, when we are dusting off our trainers and getting back out on the road to get fit for the Great Limerick Run. We meet three times a week and start our training at a low level to build fitness. This year, we are catering for all fitness levels and age groups, from 16 years up. The whole country is out running, so why don’t you join in as well. We’re a friendly group that help and encourage each other every step of the way and it’s completely free! All fitness levels and abilities are most welcome. Come and join us for an introductory session at the Youth Café in Watch House Cross at4pm on Monday, January 28.. For further more information, please telephone Trisha on 087 7438 011 or 061 459 260.

WORK ACCESS LTD: Work Access Ltd is an employment service set up to place people with varying abilities in Employment. The service is provided throughout Limerick City and County and is funded by FAS. We are committed to providing a professional employment service for people with disabilities. We endeavour to satisfy the recruitment needs of local employers. Our aim is to be client focused at all times. Work Access Ltd is an employment service that seeks to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into paid employment. The service employs a team of Job Coaches that work with individuals to help them gain and maintain employment. Support is provided to help the job applicant overcome any barriers which may exist in terms of accessing employment. The service is available to everyone with a disability including those with mental health difficulties within the Limerick city and county area. The service is free to both job applicants and employers and is funded by Fàs under the National Development Programme 2000 - 2006.

Work Access was established as a Consortium in June 2001 with members from each of the main disability organisations in Limerick. In March of 2004 a separate company was set up to run the Programme – Work Access Ltd and now the service is operating as a stand alone entity with an independent voluntary Board of Directors. The Board consists of representatives from National Learning Network, the Brothers of Charity, the Daughters of Charity, Enable Ireland, Richmond Recruitment and Dell Ireland. The service is part of the FAS Sponsored National Supported Employment Programme and there are 23 similar groups around the country. The Job Coach assists the individual in identifying the most suitable role for them within an organisation. Help is provided in exploring career options, CV preparation, interview preparation and the sourcing of suitable vacancies. In many cases the Job Coach will speak to employers regarding employment opportunities and often act as an intermediary on behalf of the job applicant. Once a position is secured support continues on an on going basis as required. Employers understand the added value that disabled employees bring to an organisation - Have you taken the time to review the value which you bring to any employer? It is important that you realise those additional qualities that disabled employees possess, which may not be present in non disabled employees. Do you have a disability or a health issue? Find it hard to get a job? Need some help getting started? Please contact Michelle Barrett at Work Access Ltd on 061 493 095. We provide a supported employment service in Limerick city and county.

LIMERICK DIOCESE PRESENTING “THE WITNESS”: Limerick Diocese is presenting The Witness, a powerful and moving musical about the life, death and resurrection of Christ, as told through the eyes of Peter - The Witness. Produced by Fr. Terry Loughran, this “must see show” is for all the family and takes place in the magnificent new Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Tickets are just €15 and are currently on sale from the Lime Tree Box Office - telephone 061 774 774. For further information, please telephone Fr. Terry Loughran on 086 8103 482.

RAINBOWS FACILITATOR TRAINING: Rainbows is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family. It aims to furnish the participants with an understanding of their new family unit; to assist in building a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct them towards a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives. Rainbows provides a safe setting in which children and teens can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences.

Facilitator training: is offered to those who are part of a Rainbows site, and were recommended by their Site Administrator for training. It consists of three parts: The initial weekend training, completion of one 12 week Rainbows program and attendance at annual enrichment evenings held locally. For any questions or queries, please call Noirin on 061 400 133.

MAYOR VISITS MOYROSS: The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin paid a visit to Limerick Youth Service’s projects in Moyross and Watch House Cross recently. Accompanied by his colleague Cllr. Tom Shortt, Mayor McLoughlin spent time chatting with young people, staff and volunteers and was given an insight into the role that LYS plays in these communities.

Mayor McLoughlin’s first port of call was the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, Watch House Cross, where exited young people proudly told the mayor of their many accomplishments, including conquering Ireland’s highest peak, Carrantuohill. The mayoral party then made the short journey to White Cross Gardens, where they were given a tour of the Family Support Centre. Yet again an excited group of staff, volunteers and young people told the mayor about the importance of the programme to the local community.ayor McLoughlin and Cllr. Shortt thanked everyone for their kindness and praised the contribution of the respective projects and clubs to young people in the community.

Congrats: Corpus Christi Parish would like to congratulate Ina Begley and Mark Daly, from Cosgrave Park, on the happy occasion of their wedding.