The Old Library Trust delivered another successful CFI programme in partnership with Sean Dolans GAC and local children, young people and families at the new facility in Creevagh heights.
Over 100 people came along for information sessions on good food and nutrition as well as viewing cooking demonstration and taking part in physical activity.
Julie White CFI coordinator at the OLT hailed the event a massive success stating,
‘Thank you to all those parents who took time out to support the event and ask questions to help support their children and families to make some small changes in the pursuit of a healthier balanced lifestyle. Well done to all the children for their energy in the physical activity and of course for sampling some new foods’
This event of funded by Safefood with more events later in the new year.
Over 100 local residents from the Moor ward attended the launch of the new Older adults Project ‘Loving life living longer’ at the Bishops Gate Hotel funded by the National lottery Community Fund and led by the Bogside & Brandywell health forum in partnership with Ourselves at the Old Library Trust.
This project will provide a wide range of support to older adults over the next four years to help reduce social isolation, improve community connections and get resident more social, active and mentally stronger.
Thank you to National lottery players for making this a reality and supporting older adults across the Moor ward!
Staff from the Old Library Trust & The Bogside and Brandywell Health forum came together recently to take part in a workshop that looked at partnership working and how both organisations can work smarter & more efficient for the benefit of local residents.
Activities on the day included discussion around Family support, children and young people, Older adults and dementia, Healthy lifestyles, good food and nutrition, Drugs and alcohol issues and long term condition management.
Thank you to all the staff for a really worthwhile day.
New children’s commissioner for NI Chris Quinn took time out recently to visit Creggan and speak to community leaders about the strengths and challenges that children, young people and families are facing.
The Trip facilitated by George McGowan begun with a tour of the Old Library trust followed by conversations with staff from the Old Library Trust, The Family support Hub and Surestart Edenballymore.
Next up was a visit to St. Mary s Youth Club in Creggan and a chat with youth leader Peter Nixon and many of the young people.
Chris finished the afternoon by visiting the team at Sean Dolans lead by current Chairperson Eamonn McGinley. Chris was extremely impresses with everyone ne met and in particular the passion and commitment from community leaders in the area.
Chris hope to get back down for further conversations in the new year to hear more
‘Busy and Successful’ DEEDS ‘One Stop Shop’ on Dementia at Foyleside
A ‘One Stop Shop’ for information on Dementia coordinated by the Old Library Trusts DEEDS project (Dementia Engaged and Empowered, Derry and Strabane) in partnership with the Western Health & Social Care Trust marked World Alzheimer’s Day at Foyleside Shopping Centre on Thursday, September 21 with over 16 stalls from relevant services in attendance showcasing education, information, awareness, technology, events, one to one caring and family support to individuals and families experiencing Dementia in their lives.
The successful event was held to raise awareness of the services that are available in the Derry and Strabane area and was the third successful events held over the week. There were stalls from DEEDS, Age and Dementia Friendly Derry and Strabane District Council, the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia NI, Praxis Floating Support, Carers Support WHSCT, Learning Disability and Dementia Nurse; E-Care Well (UU), Falls Prevention, CARE Project, Gable and the Millennium Forum’s Access Programme for Dementia.
Speaking at Foyleside and opening proceedings on Thursday morning, the city and district’s Deputy Mayor Jason Barr encouraged anyone experiencing Dementia in their lives to contact DEEDS so they could assist them in making the right choices for their loved ones. He said:
‘I was delighted to mark World Alzheimer’s Day by attending this DEEDS event in partnership with the WHSCT which brought together the many dementia help and support groups that exist in our Council area under one roof.
‘A dementia diagnosis is life-changing for both the individual and their support network of family and friends, however, there are many excellent resources available locally to help manage the condition and allow everyone impacted to get the most out of life.
‘I would encourage anyone living or experiencing the impact of dementia to make contact with Sinead at DEEDS to learn more about making the right choices and accessing the resources available.’
Delighted with the success of Thursday’s event, the Old Library Trust’s Sinead Devine (DEEDS Co-ordinator) described the event as a very successful two-hours ‘one stop shop’ where all the stalls were exceptionally busy.
‘Marking World Alzheimer’s Day, we were absolutely delighted with the turnout. All stallholders said they were active with questions from members of the public looking for information. It was also great to see the city and district’s Deputy Mayor Jason Barr come along and show his support. The council recently passed a unanimous motion to support dementia awareness training for council staff so it great to see the Councillor Barr highlighting the ‘One Stop Shop for Dementia reinforcing Council commitment to a Dementia friendly City and district.’
‘Today, people got an opportunity to talk to experienced professionals and ask questions pertinent to their own personal situations.’
Sinead stressed that everyone should look for the early signs of dementia among their older family members and loved ones, adding: ‘Maybe you have noticed a loved one with memory issues. Or have a family member with a recent diagnosis and need to know what support is out there. Maybe you are caring for someone with dementia and need support for yourself. I sincerely hope Thursday served as an ideal opportunity to see what services are available to you and your loved one. There is help out there. Please don’t feel alone’.
Anyone looking for further information should contact Sinead at 02871 373870 during working hours, Monday-Friday.
The Recovery Walk NI is the largest outdoor recovery event in Northern Ireland, supported by various organisations and community groups throughout NI. Held during International Recovery Month, The Recovery Walk NI is family friendly and highly invitational event to honour those we have lost to substance use, to celebrate those currently navigating recovery, and to highlight why recovery is so important within our communities
The walk is an excellent way to bring addiction, substance use, and recovery out of the shadows. build new connections and support networks and meet others navigating life after addiction. As well as the walk there will be access to support and information stalls, food, music and fun on the day.
The Route Leaving Ebrington Square @ 10.00am Walk to NW Transport Hub Travel by Road up Duke Street – Across Craigavon bridge – Carslile Road – Ferryquay Street – The Diamond – Shipquay Street. Whittaker Street – across Foyle |Embankment – cross peace bridge. Arrive Ebrington Square @ 11.00am
On completion there will be access to service and information stalls, a Mayoral address; food; music and a family atmosphere. Brought to you in partnership with: ARC Fitness Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum The Northlands Centre Developing Healthy Communities HURT The National Lottery Community Fund