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Raphoe Family Resource Centre provide Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email.  If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call.  If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.

Baby Massage

Baby Massage with Ciara Mc Ateer will take place in the Family Resource Centre starting Thursday 11th April at 10.00AM for 4 weeks.  This course is suitable from 6 weeks to pre-crawling.  With gentle postpartum yoga moves (very very gentle – for mums).  A beautiful class for both baby and mum.  Finished with a gorgeous guided relaxation, bliss at a time when mums really need the extra care shown to them too.  This class is free of charge to book your place contact Laura on 0749145796/0873350658.  This programme is funded by Donegal CYPSC and Healthy Ireland.

Community Garda Drop in Clinic

The Community Garda Drop In will take place on Thursday 7th March 2024 between 6pm-7pm. If you need passport/forms signed/stamped or information or guidance, feel free to call in. *NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY*

Women’s Group

Our women’s group meet every second Monday night at 8PM (next meeting Monday 26th  February) in the Family Resource Centre, We are looking forward to a year of jam packed activities and fun!!  Everyone welcome to join the fun! For more info contact Laura on 0749145796/0873641503

Little Smiles with Big Dreams Mother & Toddler Group

Raphoe Family Resource Centre’s Little Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group meet every Wednesday morning from 10.30 to 12 Noon. A great way to increase your little one’s confidence and get to know others of similar age. Cost €2 per child. The group hosts fun activities and workshops throughout the year. Everyone welcome to come along and join the fun!  Contact Laura if you have any further queries on 0873350658.

Raphoe Men’s Shed                                                                                                              The Men’s Shed group meet every Thursday at 12 Noon in “The Shed”. The shed is back in full swing for 2024!.  If you have a few hours to spare why not come along and join in!  New members are always welcome for a cuppa in the shed!  For more info contact Marie on 0749145796/0873641503.

Family Support                                                                                                                               As a parent or guardian, parenting is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, however the Family Resource Centre recognises at times life throws up challenges and these can be overwhelming.  Some examples of the support we can offer; making routines, establishing boundaries and dealing with challenging behaviours.

The Family Resource Centre can help through listening ear, parenting programmes, one to one support, and a drop-in clinic to offer support on issues that are affecting home life.

We also provide sign posting or referrals to other services. For any further information please call Laura our Family Support Community Development Worker on 08733350658.

Raphoe Walking Group

Raphoe Walking Group will continue to meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC.  Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!!

Seniors Alert Scheme

Raphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme, please contact us on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.

S.T.A.R.T Project                                                                                                             Would you like to talk to someone about your concerns around drugs/alcohol? Free, confidential – non-judgemental service providing up to date information and practical supports, including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness practices, Brief Solution Focus Therapy and the Smart Recovery Principles. Drop in Group/Individuals every Tuesday 10am-12pm in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Letterkenny C.D.P is a community Development Project providing a Community Response to Alcohol/Drug misuse throughout Co. Donegal. We provide non-judgemental support guidance and education to drug/alcohol users, their families and the community. Contact our Outreach worker for the Finn Valley area, Karen Gallen on 087 388 5080

OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS

Living Well

A programme for adults living with a long term health condition. Delivered over 6 workshops (2.5 hrs x 6), it is delivered by trained leaders, most of whom are also living with a long term health condition.  You will develop self management skills and confidence to live well with your health condition. Starts Thursday 14th March from 10.30AM – 1PM in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Lifford.  To book your place contact livingwell.nw@hse.ie or call 0871800286. (Long term health conditions include (but are not limited to) COPD, asthma, diabetes, stroke, heart conditions, MS, arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain and depression

Raphoe Boxing Club

It was to be another very successful weekend for the local boxing club with boxers Taylor Parke, Rian Patton and Ryley Doherty winning Ulster Championship titles and booking their place in the national finals that get underway in Casherea, County Roscommon on the weekend of Friday 1st, 2nd & 3rd March.  Boxers Jack Mc Elroy and Ryley Doherty will be in action on Friday night next at a major boxing promotion in the Maldron Hotel, Derry.  Good wishes lads from all your clubmates.

Big Brother Big Sister Programme

Big Brother Big Sister is again calling on adult volunteers to step forward and give just one hour a week to meet with a young person from age 8-18 for whom life may be a little challenging. Your support can make a real difference. We are currently looking for both male and female volunteers in the Letterkenny and surrounding areas. Contact us today, Julie 0860484459 Finghin: 0868213756 or alternatively click the link here: https://www.foroige.ie/express-your-interest

Age Action – Care & Repair, Volunteers needed

Age Action’s Care and repair does small DIY jobs, free of charge, for older people to help them maintain their homes and independence.  We are currently recruiting volunteers for this role who have skills in small repairs and home improvements, as well as their own basic tools and transport.  Care and repair volunteers can do minor home decorating, tack down carpets, change light bulbs, move furniture, hang pictures, basic gardening and much more!

We are currently piloting the programme in Donegal and are looking for volunteers in the following areas:                                          Letterkenny           Stranorlar        Drumkeen       Raphoe

                                          Lifford                    Ballybofey       Convoy

If you are interested in this role please contact us on: 014756989, volunteering@ageaction.ie

Wellness Café

Connect in a safe place with friendly people who put the We in Wellness, Drop into Lifford Courthouse on Wednesdays between11.00AM and 12.30PM. For more information telephone 0749141430 Facebook: @donegalwellnesscafes

Donegal Volunteer Centre

Looking to volunteer locally, we have a wide range of volunteer roles available! For more information contact Eamonn on 0871039730/Office 07491 26740

The Volt House/Suile Centre

Donegal County Council is hosting a “Drop In Event” on Tuesday February 27th, from 11am to 2pm in the Suile Centre, The Volt House, Raphoe, for anyone seeking information on the grants available (up to €84,000) to refurbish Vacant or Derelict properties. No appointments necessary, Everyone Welcome.

Raphoe Community In Action are having their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6th March at 8pm in the Suile Centre, The Volt House, Raphoe. 

Raphoe Community in action was set up in 1998 as the umbrella organisation for all voluntary groups in Raphoe. There were originally 18 organisations involved in the purchase of the Volt House and developing it as a Community Resource Centre. Over the past 25 years the Volt house has brought a great sense of Community into our town and is involved in projects that bring young and old together in a spirit of community and personal well being. If you are involved with any voluntary group or an interested individual please come along on March 6th at 8pm, to find out more about RCIA, and perhaps get involved with the great work they do, and have your say on what is happening in our town.

Our usual classes continue each week with

Monday Yoga, Pilates Tin Whistle

Tuesday Yoga

Wednesday Rinka (Kids exercise through dance and fun with Eibhlin)

Thursday Pilates

Friday Seniors Friday Club.

We also have The Volt House ladies, and the Diamond Writers who meet on a regular basis, new members always welcome.

For further information please call 074 9173966 or email raphoe.volthouse@gmail.com

Raphoe Tidy Towns

Public Notice Tidy Towns Job Vacancy

Are you interested in accounts and secretarial work? Part Time 19.5 hrs per week Administration-Secretarial person required. Eligibility for Community Employment will apply. Training will be provided in advance. Please forward your name & CV details to the Supervisor including date of birth and PPS Number to Raphoe Tidy Towns Volt House Raphoe or email your details to martin@raphoetidy.com Thank You.

Raphoe Seniors Friday Club has resumed for 2024. If anyone would like to volunteer to help on a Friday for a couple of hrs, please feel free to call in any Friday to the Suile Hall behind the Volt House from 10.30am. If you have a senior family member or neighbour who would like to come to the weekly Friday morning, please feel free to bring them along any Friday at 10.30am. Thank you.

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