A busy year ahead for Knockanrawley Resource Centre

As we commence 2012, Ruth Smith from the Knockanrawley Resource Centre informed the Nationalist of the projects and plans taking place for the year ahead.

“ We hope that this year, although things will be challenging, our local community (that’s all of us) will work together to support each other in ways that make life easier.

We will be doing what we can and as you know Knockanrawley Resource Centre’s doors are always open to you,the peole of Tipperary,” said Ruth.

The following is an outline of the new projects at the centre as well as the usual services such as the on-going Family Therapy and Counselling service, Daisychain Childcare and the morning and evening Women’s & Men’s groups, Parent & Family Support Programme, along with resident group support and Tipperary Women’s Network.

Allotments – These are in our Organic Garden. We had a few in 2011, which worked well, and we are now expanding the project with the support of our new Allotment Development Officer, Sinead Corcoran.

There are 11 allotments; a few already are taken. They are of varying size, from 4 metres squared up to 10m x 4m maximum.

There will be a very small yearly rent of €10. Priority will be given to people on social welfare payments but not essential.

Sinead will be around to do training on growing produce and help you to get going.

If you want to volunteer in the garden generally or to help Sinead to set up the allotments, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings are the best times to join us in our outdoor space and be part of our team.

Contact her on 062 52688 if you’re interested.

Computers – If you haven’t switched a computer on or if you are confident, we have the course for you:

Absolute Beginners free afternoon courses will be running between now and June, covering internet and email to help you keep contact with family living abroad.

ECDL will be delivered as a 60 hour course, two mornings a week for people on Social Welfare payments.

There will also be other IT skills courses in February, we hope, subject to funding.

Food Hygiene – Get your EHOA certificate. It is over 2 days with a morning to take the exam. It costs €100 and is a recognised qualification in the catering industry.

Go 4 Fit – This is a women’s fitness programme taking place on Thursday mornings at 10.30am, starting this Thursday, January 19.

Parenting Alone Group for Mothers – This group is on Thursday mornings for sharing, support and personal development. Rainbows - These are peer support groups developed to provide children with support after painful loss in their lives, for example, when parents separate. The purpose of the support groups is to provide those grieving an opportunity to share their feelings in an accepting environment, supported by trained, caring and compassionate adults. If your child could benefit from this type of support, contact us and we can take your name for the next group and give you more details.

T’ai Chi and Chi Gung classes - Starting the end of January, subject to sufficient numbers. More details available, if interested, at Knockanrawley Resource Centre reception.

If you want to know more about any of the above, please contact us on 062 52688.