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Step Forward Halloween Celebrations

Some of our Step Forward Exercise members enjoying the Halloween Craic, with a fancy dress Party. Its not all Hard work and exercise, but fun, games and a bit of dancing too.

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FREE Food & Refreshments during these challenging times


The Old Library Trust is delighted to welcome all local people to our newly refurbished larger relaxed, open & welcoming café space to avail of our FREE provision of food & refreshments throughout the week

Whilst your here why not chat to one of the staff & get involved in one of our many programmes & services that will help improve your general health & mental wellbeing

See you all next week!

PS Newspapers, board games, wifi & TV all available.

❤️Just one thing… Please be respectful, treat the cafe like your own home & tidy up after yourself😜


2023 Happy New Year!

Now its 2023 it is important to reflect on the year that has passed but more importantly to look forward to the year ahead. Surround yourself with loved ones, friends and family and those that can support you with a renewed sense of hope, ambition and belief in a better future ahead.

2022 has been a really challenging year and 2023 will indeed have its challenges but it is important to know that no matter what your situation there is always support out there for each and everyone.

The Old Library Trust team will continue to support local people who are dealing with a wide range of issues so please just reach out, get in touch and we can assist you. We have a full range of services, programmes and activities that we know will help improve either one or a combination of your physical , social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Here’s to more positive times ahead!


From everyone at the Old Library Trust

OLT Staff Training – First Aid at Work

Following yesterday’s great training day for our staff to update their First Aid at Work, we want to say a huge thank you to Elaine from Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and Marirose from Northwest Volunteer Centre for their delivery and support

New Café Space revealed at OLT

Thanks to funding from a variety of sources the Old Library trust has been able to rethink its original Café space.

Thank you to the Belfast charity society for introducing the organisation to some new funders who understood what the organisation was trying to achieve with its new vision of the café area for local people. Tom Howard fund & Hunter Smyth alongside the National Lottery Community Fund and Derry City & Strabane District Council has meant that both capital and revenue money could be invested to help create a space that is open, welcoming, friendly, warm and offers food and refreshments during these challenging times.

Project Director George McGowan thanked everyone involved. He said,

“Thank you to all those mentioned above for supporting this new upgrade and venture that will offer local residents a safe friendly space to connect with other residents, organisations, programmes and services whilst availing of food and refreshments throughout the course of the day. We do have further plans for development in the new year and hope that other funders and partners will come with us on this new and exciting journey for the local community.”

Recognition to Paula Reynolds from the Belfast charitable society for her energy and effort in this process.

Original Cafe
Original Cafe
Original cafe
Rip out
Rip Out
Extended Floor area construction
Extended floor area construction
New counter and seating
New extended area, breakfast bar and soft seating
New area different angle
New Wall art
New extended area and soft seating

Good Food Roadshow with OLT & St. Marys Youth Club

OLT along with partners at St. Mary’s Youth club host community nutrition event.

GOOD FOOD ROADSHOW. . . . .Julie White, Old Library Trust (right), pictured with her team at the OLT’s Healthy Living Centre’s Good Food Roadshow held at St. Mary’s Youth Club, Creggan on Wednesday night last. From left are Kathleen McNaught, Wendy McLaughlin and Conor Bradley. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

The event, part of the OLT’s ‘Community Food Initiative’ programme, which saw the delivery of a one-off community event that highlighted the importance of eating and living well to families and children under 12

Held on Wednesday 30th November, the Old Library Trust, recruited the support of local cook, Laurent Pirone to deliver in person the cooking demo, alongside local kickboxing coach Daniel Quigley (Strike) to provide an evening of nutrition awareness, cooking and physical activity.

The event is one aspect of the OLT’s CFI programme and events which aims to improve the availability and access to safe & healthy food options, highlighting local organisations that are offering specialised programmes to local community. Supporting community awareness/knowledge around healthy eating in providing families with access to hot meals, and opportunities to learn more about how to cook meals at home and on a budget.

Delighted with how the project went Julie White, Healthy Lifestyle Co-Ordinator at the OLT said: ‘We have been delighted to work in partnership with our local youth club, in bringing together local chef and sports coach to provide families with an evening of food and learning that we hope can be transferred into the home life. We understand that people are facing difficulty with the current cost of living, and we hope that providing these events can equip parents and families to make better food choices that are affordable and promote good health.’

OLT Celebrate International Men’s Day

A busy health checks room during Saturday’s Old Library Trust’s Men’s Health Day.

International Men’s Day – On Saturday 19th November the Old Library Trust (OLT) held a one-off event to celebrate International Men’s Day, the OLT dedicated a day of complimentary therapies, health checks and awareness raising to provide men the opportunity to access treatment and support for their health and wellbeing. This event gave men access to detailed health screening, in blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, providing a clear indicator of their current health and staff offered help with the next steps to improve their health.

The OLT aim is to support our community, particularly men, who are at higher risk of poor mental health, suicide and who ordinarily wouldn’t avail of support services; by planning a large-scale wellness day on International Men’s Day and highlight their key theme of this year is “Helping Men and Boys”.

Local man Seamus Breslin said: ‘It’s great to see these health days in our community. Far too often, we men fail to get checked out and more should be availing of these opportunities within the Creggan community.’ ‘Regardless of age, all males should be taking part in health checks. Get your cholesterol, blood press and sugar levels checked regularly. Well done to the Old Library Trust for bringing programmes like this to the Creggan.’

Local Creggan man Seamus Breslin gets a cholesterol check with the OLT’s Jonathan Peberdy during Saturday’s Men’s Health Checks at the Old Library Trust, Creggan. The event was part of the Communitities In Transition Programme. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Another local man, Michael McGuinness, praised the OLT for their forward-thinking. ‘These things didn’t happen twenty years ago. It’s good to get your health checked out as regularly as possible and these kinds of events should help promote the importance of staying healthy, for all of us, young men as well as those the same age as myself. I even enjoyed the social aspect of today’s programme. I’m meeting people!’

Colum Millar and Denis McLaughlin fill in a survey with the assistance of Aisling Hutton, after taking part in Saturday’s Men’s Health Day at the Old Library Trust, Creggan.

Julie White, Communities in Transition Project Co-Ordinator at The Old Library Trust also highlighted the importance of connecting people to their community and the support available.

Julie commented: ‘Today’s event is part of our aim to raise the spirits of local men and highlight the importance of providing opportunities and access for men to engage and discuss their health and taking those key steps to making a positive change.’

‘A big thanks you also to our funders at the NI Executive Office who continue to support the work of our organisation but more importantly our residents and communities.’ The OLT will be launching new programmes and events in January and wish to encourage anyone who needs support to keep an eye out for our newsletter in 2023

Intergenerational Christmas Carol service

Our DEEDs team get together with The Inishowen Choir, Holy Childs PS, St. Johns PS & their DEEDs members to create a wonderful event getting everyone in the mood for Christmas

The event at the Healthy Living centre seen over 50 people come together to sing along to Christmas favourites and get in the festive spirit. Renditions of Little donkey, Silent night and Merry Christmas were heard with some light refreshments and socialising afterwards.

Huge numbers at our Dementia friendly Christmas Dance

145 Local older residents attend a fantastic night at the City Hotel

What a night was had at our Xmas Dementia Friendly Dinner Dance at the City Hotel were we had a beautiful dinner and dessert.  The entertainment was from one of our favourite bands Midnight Sun and they played a wonderful array of songs for everyone and the old Xmas favourites

It was the biggest crowd we had with 145 people out to join in our Dance and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves, dancing away on the floor & even a bit of line dancing

Big thankyou to the City Hotel for hosting us again and for the beautiful meal and to Philip and Micky Wilson for the entertainment.  Hope you all had a wonderful night and looking forward to seeing you all for our Easter Dance !

Christmas Jumper day in aid of Save the Children

Family First Hub & local community give back to Save the children by hosting a Christmas jumper day at the healthy living centre this week.

We would like to thank all who attended and contributed to this great cause in which we raised an amazing £500 that will be used to support local families in these challenging times

We would like to thank Fionnuala at Tesco for the hamper to raffle and refreshments; Beechwood Stores, Hassan The Barbers and the kind Netballer at OLT HLC who donated to the prizes and local families

A really special word of thanks to the Creggan Preschool & Training Trust for bringing the children over, spreading such joy and sharing some carols with our OLT DEEDS projects memory group

Raffle winners on the day were – Bridge Duffy, Aine Shearing, Teresa Brown and Jim Duffy, Hassan