Corpus Christi Jan 11

COMMUNITY COMPANIONS: Corpus Christi Community Companions is up and running, for over three years in Moyross. The aim of the Companions is to get out and support local people by providing a listening ear and just “wasting time” with them. The project was developed on the initiative of the Parish and is geared to enhancing the confidence in individuals and the community through basic one-to-one contact. Some people feel isolated and that nobody cares about or listens to them. We need to reconnect with each other and feel that we are part of a caring community. This project aims to help achieve this. The Companions visit residents in their own homes and are out and about on the street and at different community events around the estate, so they have become very familiar faces. When the Companions meet people, they often introduce themselves by explaining that they are just normal regular people there to spend time with other normal regular people. They might talk about how all of us in life have moments when sometimes it can help to talk to someone outside of loved ones and friends, who is just going to listen without telling you what to do, telling you you’re right or wrong or talking about you to others. Many people know about how others can sometimes fuss, jump in with answers, judge, or simply not hear how they are feeling. And then, there are times when there just seems to be no answers to difficult situations at a given time and so ‘just letting off steam’ in a safe space is all that is needed. At the same time, the Companions are not always about the lows of life. Sometimes it can be hard for people to talk about the things they are proud of – achievements, children, hopes, results or whatever. The Companions are there to hear about these things too. As well as actively and empathically listening to adults in their homes, on the phone, on the street, in other public spaces or during their drop-in facility, the Companions: encourage people in their plans, interests or activities; source information on opportunities, facilities and services; befriend people who are isolated, lonely or alone; are regularly present on the street whatever the weather and during in- and out-of-office hours. Anne Marie, Breda and Siobhan can be contacted on 061 329 606.

COMMUNITY COMPANIONS: Corpus Christi Community Companions is up and running, for over three years in Moyross. The aim of the Companions is to get out and support local people by providing a listening ear and just “wasting time” with them. The project was developed on the initiative of the Parish and is geared to enhancing the confidence in individuals and the community through basic one-to-one contact. Some people feel isolated and that nobody cares about or listens to them. We need to reconnect with each other and feel that we are part of a caring community. This project aims to help achieve this. The Companions visit residents in their own homes and are out and about on the street and at different community events around the estate, so they have become very familiar faces. When the Companions meet people, they often introduce themselves by explaining that they are just normal regular people there to spend time with other normal regular people. They might talk about how all of us in life have moments when sometimes it can help to talk to someone outside of loved ones and friends, who is just going to listen without telling you what to do, telling you you’re right or wrong or talking about you to others. Many people know about how others can sometimes fuss, jump in with answers, judge, or simply not hear how they are feeling. And then, there are times when there just seems to be no answers to difficult situations at a given time and so ‘just letting off steam’ in a safe space is all that is needed. At the same time, the Companions are not always about the lows of life. Sometimes it can be hard for people to talk about the things they are proud of – achievements, children, hopes, results or whatever. The Companions are there to hear about these things too. As well as actively and empathically listening to adults in their homes, on the phone, on the street, in other public spaces or during their drop-in facility, the Companions: encourage people in their plans, interests or activities; source information on opportunities, facilities and services; befriend people who are isolated, lonely or alone; are regularly present on the street whatever the weather and during in- and out-of-office hours. Anne Marie, Breda and Siobhan can be contacted on 061 329 606.

ADAPT SERVICES: Since 1974, ADAPT has provided services and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse. If you have children, we have services for them as well. We are open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day. Caring and experienced staff who understand domestic abuse will listen and support you to talk things through and help you decide what you want to do. Our priority is your safety and the safety of your children. Violence against women is wrong. It is a criminal offence and there is neither an acceptable nor tolerable level of violence. Services provided are Emergency Accommodation/24 hour Refuge. Information is also provided on Emotional Supports, Safety Supports, Practical Supports, Child Related Supports, Court and Other Accompaniment, Advocacy, Counselling and Referral, Aftercare, Outreach Services, 24 Hour Helpline, Children Services, Training & Development, Transitional Housing, Education programmes for Women. Additional services for children include: Childcare Support, Educational Support including School Placement, Homework Club and One to One Therapeutic Work.

For further information, please telephone: 061 412 354 or the Helpline on: 1800 200 504 or you can email: administration@adaptservices.ie

MOYROSS COMMUNITY BINGO: The Moyross Community Bingo is held every Tuesday at 8.45p.m. in the Moyross Community Centre. There are prizes of over €800 on offer. The Moyross Community Bus will pick up residents from Ballynanty, Kileely and Moyross each week. All are welcome. For further information, please phone 061 326 057.

CITIZEN APPLICATION SUPPORT SERVICE: A Free Citizenship Application Support Service for Immigrants, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, in the New Communities Partnership, 41 William Street, Limerick. Citizenship Application Support Service is a new, free, high quality, confidential citizenship service, to support immigrants who are applying for Irish citizenship. The Citizenship Application Support Service is a project of the New Communities Partnership and is aimed at applicants intending to apply for naturalisation as Irish Citizens. The Service will ensure that applications for Irish citizenship are correctly completed in line with the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) and the Department of Justice and Law Reform guidelines. The Service will operate a series of nationwide help desks and phone lines around the country. The service will be manned by community liaison volunteers from 55 different ethnic minority groups, speaking25 languages. For further information, please telephone 061 469 882 or Email: ncplimerick@newcommunities.ie Web: www.newcommunities.ie

MOYROSS MONKS: Every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm, the Moyross Monks warmly welcome you to a few hours of Adoration, Food and Fun in the John Paul The Great Catholic Centre, 47 Delmege Park, Moyross. Everyone is welcome. For further details, please telephone 061 458 071.

FREE SAFETY TRAINING: Management Accident Control Ltd specialise in safety training, audits, policies and reports. They are offering their services free of charge (for a limited period) for any company who makes a donation to the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation. If you would like to avail of this service, please contact John McDonnell, MAC Ltd on 061-333 777.

CITY COUNCIL: Limerick City Council Housing Department representative, Sheila O’Brien is available at Moyross Action Centre on Mondays & Wednesdays. To make an appointment, you can contact Sheila on 061 407 205.