On Valentines Day we had the opening of our coffee dock which was named “Coffee Buzz” after discussions between staff and our members around a catchy name. Our coffee dock is tastefully decorated with lovely colourful chairs and tables. Also as the opening fell on Valentine’s Day we decorated Coffee Buzz with all things romantic. Love was definitely in the air that day !!!! We had wonderful heart-shaped scones made freshly that morning by our catering team on the day. We had a good turnout for our first day with many members coming in to enjoy a nice tea or coffee and a chat. In the coming weeks we will be having an official opening. Phoenix is very happy to see our new coffee dock open and we are looking forward to seeing its continued success.
IT BEGAN 5 weeks ago and it is on rte 1 twice a week. There are five leaders and they each set a target weight to reach by the end of the programme. There is a huge amount of support from the local community and supermarkets. There are mornning and evening walking groups set up which benefit people with mental health issues.
My name is Nora and I’m a member here in Phoenix Clubhouse. I decided to take up a place on an arts and crafts course in one of our local Community Resource Centres. It only costs €3 for each class and they take place on the first Friday of every month.
There are 5 in the class as well as myself and another one of our club members. We also have tea and coffee facilities in the centre as well. Every month follows a different theme. Last month’s was Valentines Day and I look forward to finding out what next months theme is !!!
I am really enjoying the course and I look forward to becoming more creative every month !!!!
On Thursday the 25th January 2018 the Clubhouse was visited by Caitriona Whelan from NALA to give a talk about what services NALA offer. The National Adult Learning Agency was established in 1980. NALA offers distance learning services for those with little to no literacy skills. Some of their services include “Write on”! which is a free online course to help those struggling with maths, reading, writing and technology. You can qualify for QQI courses on their website from Levels 2 – 4. They also offer services like their freephone number which will put you through to a qualified tutor to learn for up to 30 minutes a week.
Some websites NALA recommend are “www.helpmykidtolearn.ie” and “www.makingcents.ie”.
You can visit NALA’s website at nala.ie
World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Every single one of us will experience tough times in our lives. the HSE have two dedicated websites to give us support on how to deal with the difficult times, it is also a place to learn about mental health in Ireland and how to support yourself and your loved ones. We attended an event in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the day.
Here are a few pictures from the day:
Phoenix Clubhouse hosted the coalition meeting in January 2018. This meeting was attended by all other EVE/HSE clubhouses.