COMPUTER CLASSES BEGIN
We are delighted that our IT Activity Room is being used by clients and volunteers who have been benefiting from our computer classes which started this month. There are desktops, laptops, printers, modified keyboard & mouse, headsets, projector and screen to facilitate this learning and fun environment.
These classes are designed to introduce learners to the world of computers and the internet in an informal, fun and interactive way. Gerry White from Clare Local Development Company has facilitated these classes using equipment provided by LEADER for educational purposes. This introductory course will be follow up early next year now that the basics have been introduced.
We already use our computers and printers for arts and crafts and as a resource for our non national clients to read stories, poetry and items of interest from home in their own language
MEDITATION — “QUIET TIME FOR ME”
This Group is being facilitated by Anne O’Sullivan Fannin and its goal is to lead to a mind that is quieted and free from stress by use of quiet contemplation, reflection and visualisation. Its objective is to improve life by providing both physical and emotional benefits that will change your life in a positive way. This is currently being run each Wednesday
We facilitated this information meeting for Parkinson’s patients and carers which focused on Managing Anxiety Symptoms as presented by Eilis Lenihan (Senior Occupational Therapist). We are currently working on providing Set Dancing Classes in association with the Parkinson’s Association and the University of Limerick
COLDS & FLU MANAGEMENT
This Health Promotion session is being facilitated by Andrew from Hillary’s Pharmacy in which he discusses this and provides a Questions and Answers session afterwards for our clients and volunteers
Elaine Cunniffe (Development Officer for Clare and North Tipperary for Mental Health Ireland provided us with an information session as to the importance of our mental health and spoke specifically about topics in which our clients had an expressed interest in
This group also held their monthly meeting with us this month and enjoyed taking part in some physical activity whilst here. They will meet here again in January 2014 and each month thereafter
ACTIVITES DURING NOVEMBER
We were delighted to have Brian Flynn back to entertain us again while we enjoyed afternoon tea from our baking demonstrations. Frances had Christmas themed art classes in preparation for the festive season while Bridget and Lucy provided instruction on how to make floral table arrangements