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Gifts of the Angels Initiative by the Family Support Hub

Its that time of year again and I know we are all drawn to pleas for children and families less fortunate than ourselves who need a helping hand at Christmas Time

I personally struggle every year which charity or toy drive to support but this year have chosen to launch ‘Gifts from the Angels’.  This is something very close to my own heart and perhaps can open a little avenue for parents and families who have experienced loss of a child or baby to help make another child’s Christmas that little bit better

This idea is borne out of and dedicated to the generosity and kindness of three lovely ladies (sisters, originally from Creggan) who contacted me last year to donate gifts for local children who we know may not have any or a lot of presents under the tree to be given in memory of their daughter, niece and granddaughter who have passed away.  This touching, thoughtful act really resonated with me as I know it often is so difficult to celebrate Christmas in the same way ever again when there is a loss of a child/baby in the family.  I normally buy a soft toy and place on my daughters grave each year, only to remove it soiled and weather beaten in January so its giving me an opportunity to spoil a little girl in her honour.

This is an open invitation for anyone who has experienced or been affected by baby/child loss to buy a toy or make a donation in their memory.

Drop off dates, 27th November – 15th December and there will be a ribbon and card for you to write your loved ones name and place on the memory tree.  If you wish to wrap it, please label it with age, boy/girl and bring to Sharon at OLT and place under the tree

It’s a Wonderful Life

Fancy a cinema screening of the most iconic Christmas Movie EVER?

Your GP Practice is offering this FREE experience to local people – get in touch with your GP Social work team and find out how to register

Dander Ball

The GOAL for Our Loving Life Living Longer programme is to provide opportunities for people over 50 to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

If you enjoy football and have been looking for an excuse to lace the trainers back up, then get in touch for a game of walking football.

We meet Wednesdays 11am Bishops field indoor hall

contact Jonathan 71373870 or jonathan@olt.ie

Ceile Dancing Programme coming soon…

As part of our Loving Life Living Longer National Lottery community funded 50+ programme we are delighted to announce our 6 week Ceile Dance programme which will be Delivered by Arlene McLaughlin.

Starting Thursday 9th November 12pm this will be a great opportunity to get the dancing shoes on, be physically active and meet new people

Spaces are limited if interested contact Jonathan@olt.ie or 71373870

More Culinary Delights at OLT’s Airfryer Masterclass with Seana

An Airfyer Masterclass with the legendary Seana McAirfryer saw another full house at the Old Library Trust on Tuesday night for a culinary feast of delicacies served up through airfrying and pressure cooking.

Thanks to continued funding from Safefood as part of their Community Food Initiative project, over 50 took up the complimentary offer to come along and see Seana at work on the implement she has mastered over this past few years. There was also an opportunity to ask questions, sample the food on offer and have a night’s craic.

The event showcased how to use an airfryer, how to create simple healthy meals at low cost and the intention was to give parents and families the opportunity to learn quick and easy recipes along with nutritional support from Seana.

Served up under the Healthy Living Centre at the OLT, event organiser Julie White said she was once again delighted with the turnout from both male and females and also made mention of the broad age group who came along.

‘Once again this year we had a great turnout for the event. Our Master Chef Seana is so relaxed and makes everyone feel comfortable. That in turn made for a fun evening, and from what I was told, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

Julie also thanked the management of the Old Library Trust who donated three airfryers to raffle on the night.

Feedback after the event was extremely positive on Tuesday night and Julie added that it was encouraging to see so many people wanting to learn more on how they can get the most from their house appliances and, more importantly, eat well.

Speaking after Tuesday’s Masterclass, an audience participant said she not only learned so much but really enjoyed the social aspect and the food. ‘I enjoyed every minute, from the food, to the company and I could listen to that wee girl all night. It was great!’

This is one of many similar events the Old Library Trust will be running between now and Christmas.

For more information contract at reception@olt.ie or call 028 71373870.

AIRFRYER MASTERCLASS AT OLT!. . . . .Seana McAirfryer gives a one-off airfrying cookery masterclass at the Old Library Trust on Tuesday evening. The event showcased how to use an airfryer, how to create simple, healthy meals at low cost giving parents and families the opportunity to learn quick and easy recipes along with nutritional support. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
AIRFRYER MASTERCLASS AT OLT!. . . . .Seana McAirfryer pictured with some of the audience at Tuesday’s Airfrying Cookery Masterclass at the Old Library Trust on Tuesday evening. The event showcased how to use an airfryer, how to create simple, healthy meals at low cost giving parents and families the opportunity to learn quick and easy recipes along with nutritional support. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Seana serving up a stew to Sadie Harrigan and Fidelis Kerr on Tuesday evening.
Airfryer Pizza Testing for Katrina Kealey, Siobhan Logue and Josephine Doherty on Tuesday evening.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION. . . . .Siobhan Logue helping out Sienna on Tuesday evening at Old Library Trust, Creggan.
The Old Library Trust’s Julie White serving up some of the delicacies made at Tuesday night’s Masterclass. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Seana McAirfryer discusses stews with some of the audience at Tuesday night’s Masterclass.
Stew time for Eileen O’Doherty, Margaret Smith and Maureen McCauley.
First up for stew was Mark McCafferty at Tuesday night’s masterclass.

Spooky Bingo a Major Success

The annual Halloween Spooky bingo 2023 was hailed a major success once again with nearly 100 local residents coming along for an evening of bingo, entertainment, craic and refreshments with a great range of cash prizes to help during these challenging times.

Our very own Wendy McLaughlin and Micheal doherty led the evening which had everyone smiling the whole way through. Micheal sang a range of different songs in between each book and had everyone on their feet dancing towards the end.

Thank you to everyone that came along and to everyone that made it happen!

Pictures and video below. Enjoy!