VENUE: Family Centre, Chapel St, Castlebar
Session 1: 11.00AM – 11.40AM
Session 2 Lunchtime: 1.10PM – 1.45PM
“Flourish facilitating social connectedness in the community in a unique and natural way”
Flourish is one of the support services based and organised by The Family Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. It offers adults at risk of social isolation a free and confidential in-depth support service to link with people, social activities and hobbies that may enhance their health and wellbeing. Contact 094 9025900 to make an appointment to meet with the project worker and hear all about what’s available in your area, and also the menu of courses available as part of the Flourish Project.
This Mindfulness drop-in session is part of the Flourish Project at the Family Centre. This session is open to adults who wish to enhance their wellbeing. This is a guided practical session in Mindfulness techniques including gentle exercise, & relaxation. No experience necessary to attend. Come and join others in this relaxed environment and take this opportunity for yourself to quieten for 45 minutes at the start of a week and learn how it can energise you for the week ahead. We have two sessions available on this day to also facilitate people who are working.
VENUE: Westport Library
Guest Speaker: Joanne O’Riordan and panel discussion. No Limbs No Limits charts the incredible life story of Joanne O’Riordan who will give us an in-depth look at what it’s like to live with the most unimaginable disability. Joanne has overcome many barriers, achieved enormous success both in school, at home and within her local community. A panel discussion and Q&A session will also be part of the event.
Sign language interpreter present
Mayo County Council
VENUE: Mayo Mental Health Association
Time: 2.00 – 3.00PM
This is an introduction to the MHFA course, which is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours) that teaches people how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. They will learn a framework for communication, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
Emerging mental health problems covered include:
✓ Substance Misuse
Mental health crises covered include:
✓ Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
✓ Panic attacks
✓ Traumatic events
✓ Severe psychotic states
✓ Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
✓ Aggressive behaviours
The course format caters for all learning styles with opportunities to participate, discuss scenarios and practice skills. Our instructors provide a comfortable learning environment and are trained to support your participation and learning. Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion.
VENUE: Westport Family & Community Resource Centre
Time: 10.00AM – 12 noon
Westport Family and Community Resource Centre and Diversity Mayo will jointly host a Ladies Coffee Morning in Westport FCRC, The Fairgreen on Monday 15th October from 10.00am- 12 noon. The ‘Coffee & Connect Westport’ event is an opportunity for women living in the Westport community to come together for a chat, in a friendly, social environment, celebrating all that connects us as women and members of the Mayo community. Following this initial event we hope to set up a Women’s Group in the area, promoting inclusion, equality and diversity. The group will provide a space to connect with & support your female peers. We would love to have a broad range of input, interests, backgrounds and cultures involved in shaping the group. If you are a woman, living in Westport & would like to meet some new people please join us!
VENUE: The Linenhall
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM
The workshops are a fun relaxed experience! No really! Fighting Words consciously tears down the barriers to writing – things like fear of failure, literacy problems, low confidence, peer pressure – and replaces them with a new inviting and dynamic starting point. It begins by exploring the most democratic language of all – the one that came even before words – imagination. The workshops start with the natural human compulsion that gives birth to writing – storytelling and the art of play. Combining the three engines of creativity – play, imagination and storytelling – in a structured and smart way, something extraordinary happens. A collective exercise that uses role play, theatre techniques and fun results in the participants feeling more relaxed, where they are not judged or criticised, fears are eased and so they produce confident work The world of writing is being explored as a collaborative, enjoyable and mentored experience, it becomes a world of possibility, not fear. Of new permissions, not restrictions. Of Original art not formulaic assignments. Then at a some crucial or turning point in the story the participants break off to come up with their own ending and finish the story individually with the support of volunteers.