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June 2024

Friends Together Choir – Summer Performance

The Friends Together Choir for Adults with a Learning Disability are hosting a special Summer Performance in the Main Foyer, Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday 4th June starting at 1:30PM. Everyone is welcome!


Learning Disability Week 2024

Learning Disability Week is being celebrated this year from the 17th to the 23rd of June.

The theme of the week is ‘Do you see me?’ all about being seen, heard and valued and challenging the barriers people with a learning disability face and celebrating what they bring to society.


May 2024

Service Users enjoying the good weather at Benbradagh Day Centre

Service Users at Cedarwood Group at Benbradagh Day Centre enjoying ice lollies and activities in the good weather. Service Users also went for a trip to the beach and enjoyed a picnic and a cake to celebrate Charlie’s Birthday! They also received a kind invitation from Lucy at Dowland Doggies to come and see the dogs at the daycare and boarding kennels. Orla Bradley, Centre Manager said: “We appreciate this very much and it was very kind of Lucy and staff to take this time out with our Service Users, thank you!”


Tir Navar Service Users enjoying the outdoors!

Service Users at Tir Navar Day Centre have been making the most of the good weather, taking part in activities outside and enjoying a trip to Lough Navar!


Recent Activities at Castlederg Outreach Centre!

Service Users at Castlederg Outreach Centre have been keeping busy with outings and activities recently including a trip to Bob and Bert’s Strabane, Ten Pin Bownling in Brunswick Alley, Cookery Creation Classes, a visit from MrWhippy Ice Cream Van and a Coffee Morning at Auld Banks, Gortin.


 

Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit enjoy the good weather!

Mr Whippy made a visit to Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit recently. Service Users and Staff enjoyed a nice treat in the good weather.


April 2024

Special Retirement tea party for Kitty at the Omagh Centre

Staff and service users at Omagh Centre held a special tea party to mark the retirement of Catherine (Kitty) McMenamin.

Ciara Rodgers, Omagh Centre Manager said: “Catherine (Kitty) has been a much loved and dedicated care assistant the Omagh Centre for over 17 years and also worked in Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex for many years. We wish Kitty a very happy and health retirement and thank her very much for the many years of caring and supporting our service users. We will miss her greatly.”


Benbradagh Service Users attend North West Regional College!

Service Users at Benbradagh Day Centre commenced their Woodwork Course that is being coordinated by North West Regional College. This is a great opportunity for our Service Users to learn a new skill. Everyone is enjoying the class and are looking forward to learning more!


  • Ongoing ALD Events and Opportunities
    Ongoing Opportunities 2023

    Lilliput Theatre CompanyLilliput Theatre Company – It’s Your Time to Shine

    • Are you an Adult with a Learning Disability?
    • Are you looking for somewhere new to go?
    • Do you want to try something new?
    • Do you want to add something special to your week?

    Activities include Leisure, Crafts, Games, Drama, Music and Dance.

    If you are interested: Call Lilliput on 073 4206 1591  or talk to your social worker or transition officer

    9 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG

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    Family Fund – Helping Disabled Children – Your Opportunity

    Help for Young Disabled Adults Aged 18-24

    Your Opportunity is a dedicated grants programme which aims to enhance the life of a disabled or seriously ill young adult.

    Can we help you? You can apply for a Your Opportunity grant if you:

    • are the main parent or carer of a disabled, or seriously ill, young adult aged 18-24, who lives at home with you
    • have not had a Your Opportunity grant on behalf of your disabled young adult, in the past 12 months
    • have lived in the UK for the last six months
    • have a low household income, or receive a benefit such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit etc.

    Please visit our website to see our full eligibility criteria and more about the scheme, at: familyfund.org.uk/help-for-18-24-year-olds

    You can get grants for digital equipment, clubs and activities, musical instruments, sports equipment, day trips and much more…

    Download and Print the leaflet for more information.


    Experiences of Social Work

    Have you or someone you know engaged with Social Work services in Northern Ireland? We are keen to learn from the experiences of people of all ages who have used social work services, have cared for someone who has used them or are close to someone who has used them. The data collected will be used to inform practice and service improvement and social work training.
    The survey can be accessed through the website www.10000morevoices.hscni.net
    You can request a printed copy by contacting us: Call: 02895 362868 (office hours) or email 10000morevoices@hscni.net
    All data collected will be anonymous.

    You can download/print the survey below:


    Tuned In Project 

    The Tuned In Project uses the digital and creative arts, media and music to support people with Learning Disabilities to be different.

    To find out more, visit the Tuned In Project Website.


    Leonard Cheshire in NI

    Leonard Cheshire help graduates with long term conditions or disabilities to secure placements with leading NI companies. More information.


    ARC NI – TILII TV Questionnaire

    ARC NI are seeking your help. We are looking to understand what you think about TILII TV.

    Click here to download/print the short Easy Read Questionnaire.


    NOW Group

    Funded Short Academies 16+

    NOW Group Funded Sort Academies

    Including expenses, completion bonus and support into employment.

    Upskill, Retrain and Gain Qualifications in:

    • Tourism
    • Hospitality
    • ICT
    • Data Analytics
    • Cyber Security

    Click here to register your interest.

    Specially delivered to assist people with learning difficulties, hidden disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. Subject to eligibility requirements.

    NOW Connects
    Now Connects is our Community Day opportunity, part funded by the Western Trust that operates four days a week in both Omagh and Enniskillen.
    Enniskillen – 27c East Bridge Street – Monday – Thursday, 9:30am-1:30pm

    Omagh – Ground Floor, Anderson House – Tuesday – Friday 10am – 2pm

    NOW Connects is a structured pre-employment programme working on supporting, developing, building independence and life skills alongside promoting health and wellbeing, to those with a learning disability, learning difficulty or neurodiverse condition across Omagh and Enniskillen. Criteria for this is 18+ and participants need to be known to the Western Trust.

    Essential Skills
    We deliver essential skills in Maths and English. Essential Skills is on a Monday from 1pm- 2pm in
    Enniskillen – currently this is via zoom, participants are encouraged to come into the Enniskillen HIVE and are
    supported by NOW staff.

    Essential skills are delivered in Omagh HIVE on a Wednesday. These are separated into two different groups, a beginner group between 2pm-3pm and an advanced group between 3pm-4pm.


    NCEPOD – Moving from Child to Adult Healthcare Services (Transition)

    NCEPOD is a national organisation that uses data to help improve the quality of care for future patients in the UK. For this work they are collecting data on young people between 13 and 24 years old.

    If you are a young person, parent/carer of a young person, who has moved from child to adult healthcare services, and would like to take part in a group discussion, or fill in an online survey to
    share your experiences to help future patients, please contact us by post, phone or email:
    transition@ncepod.org.uk Please ask permission from your parent/carer if you are under 16*

    Download/Print the Flyer Here.


    Patient Client Council – Opportunities to Get Involved 

    • Calling all those who have a learning disability and use services. A chance to tell us your ideas about how YOU want to be supported and how you think health and social care services can be better for YOU. There are different things to do with Learning Disability services that you might want to talk to us about. Our staff are experienced in working alongside YOU to support and make sure YOU HAVE YOUR SAY. If YOU would like to join this group, call Suzanne Collins, Projects Co-Ordinator 07423 810015 or email suzanne.collins@pcc-ni.net . Click Here to download/print the flyer.

    Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes

    Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes are available in Derry/Strabane. The programme aims to engage people who do not traditionally participate in physical activity, particularly people with a disability.

    More information on the clubs and opportunities.

    NOW Connects Information

    NOW Connects Group

    NOW Connects is a pre-employment programme for people with learning disabilities or autism.

    The programme builds independence, confidence and develops key skills. It promotes independent living and develops social skills through a variety of activities and training.

    NOW Connects supports individuals on their journey to a job with a future or into further training.

    Opportunities include OCN accredited Training and a range of Soft Skills courses:

    • Personal Development
    • Route Training/Road Safety
    • Money Management
    • Health & Wellbeing

    Contact:

    Aisling O’Doherty : 073 9456 5134

    Niamh Jones: 074 6795 8322

    Visit the NOW Connects website

  • March 2024 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Castlederg Outreach Centre

    Evergreen Day Centre

    Glenside Day Centre

    Omagh Centre 

    Strathroy Day Centre

    Tir Navar


    March 2024 

    Lilliput Service Users take part in football coaching sessions!

    Recently Service Users at Lilliput had their last day of football coaching sessions with Trojans at Bishops Field Sports Centre. The Service Users had a great time and enjoyed keeping active with their friends!

    World Down Syndrome Day at Glenside


    Special Visitors at the Omagh Centre

    The Omagh Centre had a visit from two local musicians, Philomena Begley and Andrew Dolan! All the Service Users and Staff enjoyed their evening of music and dancing and some even joined Philomena and Andrew for a song!


    Glenside Day Centre enjoy the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day

    Service Users and staff at Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit had a busy week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. A disco, ice cream treats and a tea party were greatly enjoyed by everyone!


    Omagh Centre Service Users complete Safer Eating and Drinking Programme

    Service Users at the Omagh Centre recently completed a six week programme on Safer Eating and Drinking. The Service Users enjoyed all the sessions, learning safe eating and drinking strategies.   Read more


    Glenside Day Centre

    Staff at Glenside Day Centre Strabane held a special ‘Afternoon Tea’ to treat all the ladies who support the centre throughout the year. Everyone enjoyed their tea and treats!
    Centre Manager Victoria Young would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work in organising the tea party and to all of the parents, carers and friends who came along!

    Service Users at Glenside celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March


    Lynda McMullan, Senior Care Worker, Heather Powell, Craig Powell and Ita Conway, Day Care Worker

    Benbradagh Day Centre

    Lynda McMullan, Senior Care Worker, Heather Powell, Craig Powell and Ita Conway, Day Care Worker are pictured receiving items bought with the funds raised by Shirley Nicholl for Ginger Room of Benbradagh Day Centre, Limavady. Shirley knitted Christmas gifts and sold them, raising £535. Thank you to Shirley for your generosity and kindness.

     

     


    Lilliput Theatre Company – International Women’s Day

    Lilliput celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday by watching Mamma Mia whilst the boys made afternoon tea for lunch!

  • February 2024 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    February 2024

    Castlederg Day Centre


    Leap Day Birthday Celebrations at Glenside

     


    Lilliput Service Users visit Macmillan ‘Cancer: Through Our Eyes’ Art Exhibition

    Members of the Lilliput Theatre Company, a day opportunity facility for Adults with a Learning Disability, visited the ‘Cancer: Through Our Eyes’ creative art exhibition last week. The exhibition was held by the Western Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and other local cancer charities at the Playhouse.
    More about the art exhibition.


    Glenside Day Centre – Clayful Minds

    Service Users at Glenside Centre, Strabane had great fun at Clayful Minds with Tanya. This fun but relaxing activity was enjoyed very much by everyone.
    All Service Users learned new skills as they designed and crafted their fantastic dragon fridge magnets that they can display at home!


    Members of Rossville Group for Adults with a Learning Disability accepting the cheque from Derry Credit Union.

    Rossville Group receive kind donation for photography project!

    We gratefully acknowledge a kind donation of £450 from Derry Credit Union to Rossville Group Adult Learning Disability for their upcoming photography project.

    Vanessa Campbell, Senior Day Care Worker said: “We would like to thank Derry Credit Union for providing us with this generous donation to fund our upcoming photography project. This money will enable our members to integrate further in our local community. We very much appreciate their generosity and look forward to showcasing the work of our talented members in the near future.  Thank you.”


    Social Outlet in Castlederg

    Service Users with a Learning Disability have been enjoying their social outlet at Churchtown Community Community Hall in Castlederg. The group is running in 4 week cycles on each Monday nights from 6:30PM – 8:30PM.

    On Monday the group enjoyed making Valentine’s Card, pancakes and taking part in the ‘Playing Your Cards Right’ game.

    For more information contact:churchtownca@gmail.com FAO Mary Harvey 028 8167 0652


    Benbradagh Celebrate Pancake Tuesday and Valentine’s Day

    Service Users and Carers at Benbradagh Day Centre have been busy this week celebrating Pancake Tuesday and Valentine’s Day!
    The Service Users enjoyed making and decorating pancakes as well as their Valentine’s Disco!

  • January 2024 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Orla Bradley from Benbradagh Day Centre presenting the cheque to Kindness of Strangers Limavady

    Staff and Service Users of Benbradagh Day Centre made a donation of £265 to Kindness of Strangers Limavady.

    The Staff and Service Users do this every Christmas and their support is greatly appreciated. Well done everyone!

  • Christmas 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Opening of Fresh Focus Premises as Winter Wonderland

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    Castlederg Outreach Centre

    Service Users have enjoyed playing Christmas games, arts and crafts and Christmas parties over the festive season.


    Tir Na Var Christmas Activities

    Service Users and Staff have been busy in Tir Na Var Day Centre in the build up to Christmas. Service Users have enjoyed Jo Jingles sessions, Winter Walks, Karaoke and visited the Winter Wonderland experience at Fresh Focus. They have also been busy planting bulbs in the garden with their local community group and are looking forward to their Christmas Dinner next week.


    Christmas Festivities at Glenside Day Centre

    Service Users have enjoyed a Christmas Dinner in the Centre and everyone took part in Christmas Jumper Day on December 7th.

     


    Omagh Centre visit Glenpark Estate 

    Service Users at the Omagh Centre enjoyed a trip to Glenpark Estate meeting Santa, Mrs Claus and his reindeer.


    Benbradagh Day Centre – Christmas Jumper Day with Christmas Dinner and Drumming Session

    Benbradagh Day Centre Service Users have been enjoying the build up to Christmas as they all dressed in their Christmas Jumpers and had a lively session with James from Fun with Drums.

    Service Users and Staff also enjoyed a Christmas Party.


    Dromore Outreach Centre Christmas Activities


    Strathroy Day Centre Christmas Activities

    Ralph’s Close visit Millennium Forum

    Benbradagh Day Centre Service Users have been enjoying the build up to Christmas as they all dressed in their Christmas Jumpers and had a lively session with James from Fun with Drums.


    Evergreen Centre

    Evergreen Service Users and Staff enjoyed a visit from Santa at their Christmas Party.


    Christmas Crafts – Evening Opportunity

    Christmas Craft Classes with Christine Bonner

    Churchtown Community Association, Lurganboy Road, Castlederg

    Monday evenings 6:30pm – 8:30pm for four weeks from Monday 20th November.

  • December 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Service Users presented with laptops from Mr Joe Hegarty (DuPont Kevlar)Glenside Donation

    We gratefully acknowledge a kind donation of laptops from DuPont – Kevlar, Derry/Londonderry to Glenside Satellite Unit, Strabane.

    Victoria Young, Day Services Manager Glenside Satellite Unit said: “We are delighted to receive this kind donation of laptops from Mr Joe Hegarty on behalf of DuPont-Kevlar. The laptops will be used by our service users to help them develop their technology skills and are an excellent resource for the Centre. We very much appreciate receiving this donation and want to thank Joe and Dupont-Kevlar for their generosity.”

    Friends Together Lunchtime Performance Poster


    Friends Together Lunchtime Performance

    Join the Friends Together Choir for a lunchtime performance, singing their favourite Christmas songs and carols.

    Wednesday 13th December 2023

    1:30pm

    Lakeview Hospital Foyer

    Everyone Welcome!

    Lilliput Anniversary Variety Show


    Lilliput Anniversary Concert

    Lilliput are hosting their 30th Anniversary Variety Show

    Wednesday 06 December 2023

    Drinks Reception: 6:00pm

    Show Starts: 7:00pm

    Tickets: Adults – £10   /   Junior – £6

    Contact 028 7126 8027

    Read more 


    Lilliput’s Christmas Craft Fayre

    Christmas Craft Fayre Lilliput Poster

    Lilliput’s Christmas Craft Fayre is taking place:

    Saturday 9th December 2023
    11:00am – 3:00pm
    at The Playhouse

    Tables are available for £15
    All proceeds to Lilliput Theatre Group

    For more information and to book contact Clare-Ellen/Brain/Mark: 0734 2061 591

    Read more

     

  • November 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Valley Centre at Northern Ireland Pool Competition

    On Wednesday 22nd November 2023, 4 service users from The Valley Centre travelled to The Lodge Hotel to compete in the ‘Northern Ireland National Learning Disabled Pool Championships’.

    All of our Valley Competitors gave outstanding performances, with both Martin Sweeney and Gary Donnell reaching the Third Round of the Competition.  Gary Donnell went on to win the ‘Rosemary Taggart Memorial Shield’ for his Sportsmanship, bringing Silverware home to the Valley.  In an interview later with Gary, he stated that he intends to return next year and retain his title.  The Team have returned from their competition with a spring to their step, already planning their tactics and practice schedule for the coming year.  A really enjoyable day was had by all!


    Ralphs Close

    Residents and Staff from Ralphs Close recently enjoyed a great break away to Hoist Away Holiday Home in Culdaff.
    All the residents and staff had a great experience and can’t wait to visit again in the Summer.

    Service Users and Staff at Ralphs Close recently celebrated a special Birthday for Geraldine Canning. Geraldine celebrated her birthday with her family and staff at Ralphs Close.


    Tumble Circus Performance

    Thank you to Rossmar School pupils and staff for letting Benbradagh Day Centre host Tumble Circus entertainment.

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Centre thoroughly enjoyed the talented indivilduals who performed gymnastics, hula-hoop, acrobatics and more.

    Lynda McMullan, Senior Day Care Worker wishes to thank Miss McClelland for organising the show. It was a fantastic morning enjoyed by everyone.


    Upcoming LD Events and Opportunities

    Live Engagement events for the Children’s EHWB Framework

    Date Venue Location Time
    13th November Tullyglass Hotel Ballymena 10am – 4pm Book here
    14th November White Horse Hotel Derry/ Londonderry 10am – 4pm Book here 
    4th December Quinn’s Corner Dungannon 10am – 4pm Book here
    5th December Trinity Church Lisburn 10am – 4pm Book here

    A number of workshops for key stakeholders about the concepts of using the iThrive model for system change to help understand their role and responsibilities supporting Children’s EHWB.

    These workshops will bring together health, education, third sector and service users to have a facilitated conversation about:

    • language
    • roles, responsibilities and expectations
    • what we understand others do
    • meeting children’s and young people’s presenting needs
    • how we can best work together

    To support children and young people with mental health, neurodiverse or neurodevelopmental needs. Feedback from these workshops will be used to inform future planning and investment.
    Register at the links above.


    Pyjama Day at Benbradagh Day Centre for Children in Need

    The Benbradagh Centre held a Pyjama Day on Friday, raising a total of £215 for Children in Need.
    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh and Satellite Units had a fantastic day and put a lot of effort into decorating the centre and wearing their colourful pyjamas.
    Senior Day Centre Worker Lynda McMullan would like to thank all of the Service Users, parents, carers and staff for their kind donations and continued support.


    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit raise money for Children In Need

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit had a fantastic day celebrating Children In Need. The Centre had a ‘Bake Off’ with each room producing some truly delicious treats and cakes. Pudsey Bear also surprised everyone with a visit. Glenside Satellite Unit also celebrated wearing their themed tops and everyone enjoyed a fun fulled Karaoke session.
    Centre Manager Victoria Young would like to thank all of the Service Users, parents, carers and staff for their continued support and helping make today’s celebration such a success. Also a huge thank you to ASDA Strabane for arranging Pudsey’s visit and providing treats and prizes for the day!


    Maybrook ATC Celebrate Children In Need

    Staff and Service Users at Maybrook Adult Training Centre were wearing yellow today raising a total of £140 for Children In Need. Well done everyone!

    Maybrook ATC Service Users and Staff wearing yellow

    Maybrook Craft Fayre

    Maybrook Christmas Craft Fayre Poster

    Maybrook are hosting their Christmas Craft Fayre at Maybrook Centre, Racecourse Road.

    Wednesday 29th November

    11:00am – 1:30pm

    • Grand Raffle
    • Lucky Dip Bottle Stand
    • Home Baking
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Hand Made Christmas Cards

    Please come and support the centre.

    Entry £1

    Complimentary tea, coffee and shortbread.

    Paul Herron with North West Regional College Tutor Gaenor Speer


    Service User Paul Herron who attends Glenside Satellite Unit, Strabane is presented with his OCN Level 2 Certificate in Practical Ceramic Skills by North West Regional College tutor Gaenor Speer.

    All the staff at Glenside are extremely proud and congratulate Paul on this fantastic achievement!

     

     


    Maybrook Craft Fayre

     


    Learning Disability Nurses Day 2023 

    Short Break Cottages, Derry/Londonderry

    Tiarna Glenside ATC

    Jolene O’Neill, Community Learning Disability Nurse


    Virtual introductory events for the Children’s EHWB Framework

    Date Time
    25th October 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here
    26th October 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here
    7th November 2023* 12.00pm – 1.30pm Book here
    9th November 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here

    *this event will be aimed at services, providers and projects in education

    A number of information events for key stakeholders introducing the concepts of using the iThrive model for system change to help understand roles, responsibilities and expectations in supporting children’s and young people’s EHWB.

    These information events are for health, education, third sector and service users to inform facilitated workshops about how to support children and young people with mental health, neurodiverse or neurodevelopmental needs. These online sessions will allow for an introduction and Questions and Answers session.

    Register at the above links.

  • October 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Maybrook ATC Halloween Celebrations

    Maybrook Day Centre recently held a competition, whereby staff and clients from each room had to make a Haunted House out of recyclable materials.
    Our judge was Ms Adele Kelly, Art Tutor from North West Regional College. The winners were Dove Room; Ms Kathleen Nicholas, Pelican Room; Ms Ramon Hill and Kingfisher Room; Ms Lauren Whiteside, Kingfisher Room. Well done to all of the entrants


    Glenside Halloween Party

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre, Strabane had a fantastic Halloween Disco!
    The Centre also had a Halloween Witch competition with each room designing their own witch. The competition between the rooms was great and there were some fantastic ideas. Well done to the Emerald Room who were chosen as the overall winners!
    Centre Manager, Victoria Young would like to thank all of the Service Users, Staff, parents and carers for all of their effort and continued support.


    Benbradagh Halloween Party

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Day Centre enjoyed a Halloween themed party on Friday!
    Centre Manager, Orla Bradley said: “It was a great day and there was so much effort put in by the Service Users and Staff with all their great costumes. We invited Rossmar School to join us and everyone had a lovely day. Emma Tweedale Team Leader ALD and Fiona McDonald, Social Worker very kindly judged our best decorated room which was won by the Cedarwood Group.”

     


    Rossville Art Exhibition

    Rossville Group Day Opportunities for adults with mild and moderate learning difficulties is delighted to announced the launch of their art exhibition entitled ‘Where The Heart Is’ on Thursday 19 October 2023 at 1pm in Eden Place Arts Centre in Pilot’s Row, Derry/Londonderry.

    Members of the public will have the opportunity to view the beautiful art work on display at Eden Place Arts Centre from Friday 20 October 2023 to Thursday 26 October 2023 from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

     


    Lilliput Theatre Company – Think It? Spray it?

    Lilliput are launching an exciting new exhibition in the UV Arts, Urban Arts, and Garden of reflection studio on Wednesday 18th October 2023 from 12 noon – 1:30pm.

    Members of Lilliput designed their own unique individual boards, all group members have contributed to a brand new Mural showcasing all that Lilliput does within its name. The Lilliput Mural will proudly hang in the Lilliput room in the Playhouse.

    The exhibition was funded by the Acorn Project and facilitated by Karl Porter of UV Arts.

    The exhibition runs from Wednesday the 18th of October through to Friday the 27th October 2023.


    Social Farming Awareness Week 2023 

    Social Farming Awareness Week InviteSocial Farming Awareness week will take place from Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October, with the opportunity to attend Social Farm visits across five different farms.

    The open days are taking place across Northern Ireland on a variety of different farm settings.

    • We start the week on Monday at Bradkeel Farm near Plumbridge. This farm has a dedicated one-acre site within the Campbell Family Sheep Farm found in the peaceful, idyllic slopes of the Glenelly Valley which is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains. Facilities include a kitchen garden with large polytunnel with raised beds providing opportunities to grow vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs. Currently a sensory and healing garden is being created.
    • On Tuesday we will visit An Tobar Social Farm near Silverbridge. This farm consists of 40 acres of land, in the scenic setting of South Armagh’s Ring of Gullion’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a small herd of suckler cows, a horticultural nursery, and woodland offering a range of activities.
    • On Wednesday we will be at Wingrove Farm near Saintfield. This farm has been in its family for over 30 years, it is a mixed farm consisting of a suckler cow herd, breeding of a flock of sheep, as well as chickens, pigs and grain.
    • On Thursday we will be at Jigsaw Farm near Coagh. This farm consists of 120 acres of land nestled between the Ballinderry river and Lough Neagh. The main enterprise on the farm includes a suckler cow herd and sheep flock. There is also hens, ducks, pigs, goats, donkeys and Alpacas. The farm also has a large polytunnel for growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowering baskets to complement the seasons.
    • Our final stop of the week on Friday takes us to McDermott’s Farm near Armagh. The former dairy farm lies just 1.5 miles north of Armagh town and although it’s close to the town, you still feel deep in the countryside. The farm keeps a range of small animals, also attached is the woodland where there is developing nature project. There is also a 28-plot allotment where participants can learn and grow seasonal vegetables and flowers.

    We would be delighted if you could join us on one of these days to see a sample of what our farms offer and hear some stories of participants experiences on these farms.

    All potential participants, families, farmers, referral organisations, or anyone interested in learning about the benefits of Social Farming are welcome!

    Please note spaces are limited and booking is essential.

    Please book your space by completing the Google form: https://forms.gle/jtGRaakiRrTAh6LW8

    If you are unable to complete the form please contact us socialfarming@ruralsupport.org.uk or call 028 86760040.

  • September 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Limitless Programme

    • Castlederg – 19th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Omagh – 22nd September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Kesh – 22nd September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Cookstown – 27th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Derry/Londonderry – 29th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Lisnaskea – 2nd October – 12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Limitless Programme Website

    Download and Print the Registration Form

     


    Ralphs Close Residential Garden Party

    Ralphs Close Residential Home hosted a Garden Party on Saturday 9th September. A great day was had by all the residents and staff, the band was amazing and everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather.


    Lilliput Visit Fulton’s Sunflower (Pumpkin) Patch

    Fulton’s Pumpkin Patch, 121 Berryhill Road Artigarvan, traditionally create a pick your own pumpkin field in October and this year decided to plant a sunflower field.  With the money raised from the sunflower, maize and pumpkin patch this year they will be donating it to the family of their co-worker, and cousin Alex who was killed in a car accident earlier this year  to help start up a charity in his name “Ewe of you” as sheep was his passion.

    Staff at the field were very accommodating to the group; making us feel so welcome and showing us the best places to pick the nicest flowers.  Although we picked the flowers in between the rain showers; the group had a great day and look forward to return in October for the Halloween experience Fulton’s will be hosting.


    Glenside Day Centre End of Summer Party

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre enjoyed an End of Summer Disco with music provided by DJ Michael Ferry. Mr Whippy also provided delicious treats as a cool down after all of the dancing and games. A fantastic day was had by everyone.

     

     

    Benbradagh Day Centre End of Summer Party

    Benbradagh Day Centre hosted an end of Summer Beach themed Party. Service Users enjoyed a disco, games and a BBQ.

     

  • Summer 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    Summer Group Events

    Summer Group 

    There are a number of activities taking place throughout the Summer in Omagh and Enniskillen for Adult with a Learning Disability.

    The activities include

    • Pencil Art
    • Well Being Tai Chi
    • Music Matters
    • Arts and Crafts

    Download and Print the Omagh Poster.

    Download and Print the Enniskillen Poster.


     

    Glenside Centre,  Strabane – School of Rock

    Service Users from the Glenside Centre, Strabane enjoyed the School of Rock at The Alley Theatre Strabane. The Music class was facilitated by Gerald Strawbridge. The Service Users learnt how to play a variety of instruments and finished their enjoyable week with a disco and a party!


    Glenside Day Centre Trip to Portrush

  • Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023

    Valley Centre

    Oaktree Centre

    Benbradagh Day Centre

     

    Tir Na Var Day Centre, Derrygonnelly

    Tir Na Var celebrated in style with mediation, a coffee morning  and Bocca. On Wednesday they visited a local forest and took part in forest magic (sensory experience). The Service Users then took part in an inclusive walk with two local primary school classes and also played Bocca with members of the local Lakeland Community Elderly Day Care.

     

    Strathroy Day Centre enjoy high tea, the good weather and a visit to Duke’s to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week!

    Rossville Group visit Swan Park and enjoy a visit from the ice cream van!

     

    Omagh Centre petting farm visit and photos

    Dromore Outreach Centre 

    On Monday Service Users and Staff went on a walk around Arlseton Park in Omagh, on Tuesday organised a picnic in Castle Archdale followed by ice creams. On Wednesday they enjoyed High Tea within their centre from Heather Bakes in Irvinestown and on Thursday morning we participated in a coffee morning in Jacks of Fintona. Over the week Service Users took part in a range of arts & crafts, creating 3d imagines of ourselves, paintings etchings and pot painting.

     

    Community Learning Disability Nursing Team completed information and health checks for Service Users and Carers in a number of Day Centres in Derry including Maybrook, Glenside and Benbradagh.

    Glenside have had a busy week enjoying line dancing, sports, music and dance!

    Fresh Focus enjoy an inclusive walk at Lough Erne Resort and a special visit from Nathan Carter!

    Kesh Day Centre – a busy and active Learning Disability Awareness Week!

    Omagh Centre – County and Western Themed Party

    Service Users and Staff at the Omagh Centre enjoyed dancing and taking part in karaoke at their Country and Western Themed Party.

    Lilliput Theatre – Talent Show

    Lilliput Theatre held a Talent Show to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week with a range of day centres in attendance including Rossville Group. Well done everyone on showing your talents!

    Benbradagh visit Belfast Zoo and Moorbrook

    Benbradagh Service Users and Staff completed a ‘Rock your Socks’ Day. They are pictured below presenting a check of £113 to Christopher Cooper from Foyle Down Syndrome. Well done!

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh who completed a 'Rock your Socks' Day present a check of £113 to Christopher Cooper from Foyle Down Syndrome

     

    Lilliput Video – Learning Disability Week 2023

    Lilliput recently completed a project in collaboration with the Playhouse and local theatre company Banyan.

    Facilitated by Karen Torley the group made props and puppets from recycled materials which supported the theme of sustainability; the environment and the world around us.  We talked about how everything in the environment is important and plays a special role.  These points were shared through a performance and workshop to a class from Ardnashee which included a short rap song that went down very well.

    After the performance the group decided to make a short music video of the song and so we filmed the video in St Columb’s Park, a favourite spot of the group.

    We hope that you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed creating it!


    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit – Trip to North Coast

    Service Users and Staff from Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit, Strabane recently enjoyed a visit to North Coast Alpacas. The groups had a wonderful day meeting and learning all about the Alpacas, while also enjoying a picnic on site taking in the spectacular views of the North Coast.

    Centre Manager Victoria Young would like to thank Johnny and Cheryl Lyons for facilitating the visits, providing the groups with their time and attention and for making it such a wonderful and fun experience – there was lots of laughter and fun! The Centre looks forward to returning again very soon and would highly recommend North Coast Alpacas to other Centres and facilities.

     

  • April 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Maybrook Day Centre Coronation Celebration – A Crown Fit for a King Competition

    Congratulations to Elaine Whitehouse, winner of the coronation crown competition. Maybrook Day Centre for adults with learning disability, held a competition to celebrate the recent coronation of King Charles III. Service users of the centre made a crown fit for a King which was judged on the day by Derry City and Strabane District Council Deputy Mayor, Cllr Angela Dobbins.  The prize of afternoon tea was sponsored by Lisahally Power Station.

     


    Potens (DCNI) win National Learning Disability Award (NI)

    Service User Greg Nixon who’s care team Potens (DCNI) won the National Learning Disability Award (NI) for ‘Breaking down barriers’.  Since moving to his supported living placement Greg has made some great achievements which at a time were very difficult for him, including accessing health care and community participation (Greg is photographed below horse riding).

    Greg’s team were recently presented with the award in the Hilton hotel Belfast, photographed below are Potens (DCNI) staff alongside Greg’s father Nigel who accompanied them on the night to accept the award. Greg and his team have worked collaboratively with the Western Trust Positive Behaviour Support team and social work team and continue to increase Greg’s quality of life on a daily basis.

     

  • March 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Tir Na Var Day Centre

    Tir Na Var Day Centre (Derrygonnelly) held a coffee morning on the 24th March 2023 to raise funds to rejuvenate their front garden which had become overgrown during lockdown. This was our first coffee morning since before lockdown, we loved being able to get together again and we were very well supported. We invited Derrygonnelly Primary School and St Patrick’s School (Derrygonnelly) to perform and were treated to a wonderful array of dancing, music and singing.


    Benbradagh Day Centre – Rocking their Socks

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Day Centre ‘Rocked their Socks’ marking Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Well Done everyone!


    Glenside Day Centre – Down Syndrome Awareness Day

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside celebrated Down Syndrome Awareness Day with some cake and dancing. Everyone had a great day!


    Benbradagh Day Centre – Mother’s Day Coffee Morning

    Benbradagh Day Centre held a beautiful Coffee Morning to thank all the fantastic Mother’s and carers of our service users. Everyone had a great morning!

     

     

  • January 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    January 2023

    Benbradagh Day Centre attend Transitions Fayre

    Benbradagh Day Centre Daycare Manager Orla Bradley along with Senior Day Care Worker Lynda McMullan and Service User Elaine Scott recently attended the Rossmar Transition Fayre. Students nearing transition age who were in attendance were able to receive information about the great services offered at Benbradagh.

  • December 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Benbradagh Donation To Kindness Of Strangers LimavadyBenbradagh Day Centre Donation to Kindness of Strangers Appeal

    Well done to the staff and service users at Benbradagh Day Centre who donated £475 to the Kindness of Strangers Limavady Christmas Appeal for Children in Kinship Care.

     

     

     

     

     


    Benbradagh Day Centre

    Service Users in Benbradagh Day Centre were busy in December with visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and his elf who delivered gifts to the centre. Service Users decorated the doors in the centre as part of the Christmas Door Competition that was judged by a special guest. Well done everyone!


    Glenside Centre, Strabane

    Ruaidhri Higgins, Derry City FC Manager visited the Centre with the FAI Cup. There was great excitement and cheers throughout the building. Service Users were also grateful for a donation received from Rachid Rihane who ran an incredible 100 miles in November to raise funds for the centre!

     


     

    Lilliput and Friends Christmas Video

    Lilliput and friends from the Western Trust, neighbouring businesses, Stage Beyond, the Playhouse and the Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor made the Elf on the Shelf video below.

    The group thoroughly enjoyed making it; well done to everyone involved!

    A special thank you to Lilliput staff and members who came up with all of the ideas and to Brian Hasson (Care Assistant) for his expertise filming and editing skills to produce such a polished and entertaining piece.

  • November 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    GlenOaks Christmas Craft FayreGlenOaks Christmas Craft Fayre

    Saturday 12th November 2022 from 11:00AM – 3:00PM

    GlenOaks Day Centre, Glen Road, BT48 0BX

    A variety of local craft stalls and raffle prizes. Tea and Coffee will be available. Everyone is welcome!

    Please Note: There will be No Card Machine Available


    Lilliput Christmas Craft Fayre

    Saturday 19th November

    11:00AM – 3:00PM

    The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillary Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG

    With Special Guests including: U105, Ukelele String Orchestra and SANTA!


    Benbradagh Celebrate 30 Years!Benbradagh Winter Dance Poster

    Benbradagh Day Centre are hosting a Winter Dance to Celebrate 30 Years!

    When: 11th November

    Where: White Horse Hotel

    Time: Dinner 7PM | Dancing 9PM

    Music by Hudson Blue

    Tickets | £35 – Available from Benbradagh Day Centre

    There will be a raffle on the night – all money raised will go to funds for Service Users at Benbradagh Day Centre.

    For tickets or more information telephone 028 7776 1103


    Event for Carers – Office of Care and Protection – Wednesday 16th November at 10:30am

    The office of Care and Protection will provide information on the services they provide including Enduring Power of Attorney and controllership applications, this may assist in supporting you or your loved one in the event of no longer being able to make financial decisions.  Presented by Olga Edwards. Click here to register.


    Event for Carers – Hope Matters Module 1Hope Matters Carers Event

    HOPE MATTERS MODULE 1

    The Station Centre, James Street, Omagh, BT78 1QX

    25th November 2022 11:15am-2:15pm

    Facilitators: Mandy Chism & Suzie Mitchell

    Hope Matters module 1 is a new skills programme developed by RESILIO based on research that suggests ‘HOPE IS A TEACHABLE SKILL’

    • What is HOPE?
    • Why do we need it?
    • How can we introduce it into our everyday lives?
    • What can we do if our HOPE is lost?

    To register your interest please contact: cathy.magowan@westerntrust.hscni.net

    This training opportunity is to support unpaid carers in the Western Health & Social Care Trust


     

    Donation to Fresh Focus

    Fresh Focus Day Opportunity Service were delighted to receive a very generous donation of £5,175 from Conor Gallagher and friends following a football match hosted by Roslea Shamrocks. It was a very enjoyable day for Service Users, staff and Conor’s family and friends who all took part in the match and enjoyed the refreshments afterwards. Read More

    Friends Together Choir


    Friends Together Choir 

    The Friends Together Choir for Adults with a Learning Disability will be starting rehearsals again on Tuesday 8th of November at 7:15PM via Zoom!

    If you are interested in joining or taking part please contact Margaret McDaid

    Email: MargaretSMcDaid@westerntrust.hscni.net or

    Phone: 079 0307 8026

     


    Disability Futsal PosterDisability Futsal

    Disability Futsal will take place every Monday from November 2022 – March 2023.

    7PM – 8PM for Female and Male adults

    Omagh Leisure Centre Main Hall

    It’s Free to Book

    Contact: 07923657972

    Visit: www.omaghfutsal.com


    Glenside Centre – Halloween Scarecrows

    Service users and staff at Glenside Centre in Strabane got creative in designing and making their own Scarecrows, as part of a Halloween competition run within the Centre. Much fun was had bringing in items from home and putting these together to make some very unique and imaginative designs.

    Marie Feeny from the Trust Transport Dept. had the difficult task of picking the winner, selecting the Scarecrow made by the Emerald Room. The little red robin hidden on the skirt of the Scarecrow stole Marie’s heart. Well done to all involved.

    Service users and staff also enjoyed a Halloween Disco and Fancy Dress.


    Benbradagh Day Centre – Halloween Party

    Benbradagh Day Centre hosted a “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” themed Halloween Party. All Service Users and Staff had great fun and enjoyed decorating pumpkins.


    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unite – Danny Connelly’s Retirement

    The Service Users and Staff of Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit in Strabane would like to wish Bus Driver Danny Connolly a very Happy Retirement, after 31 years of working at the Centre. Centre Manager Victoria Young described Danny as a true gentleman, who will be greatly missed by the service users, families and all of the staff. Danny always went the ‘extra mile’ for the service and treated each and every service user and colleague with respect and care. Danny is truly a Western Trust Hero.

  • October 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Female Health and Wellbeing Event – Friday 14th October

    You are invited to a Female Health and Well Being Event that is being held in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry on Friday 14th October 2022 from 2:00PM – 6:00PM.

    This event is being held in association with the Western Trust Breast Screening Department for October Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    • Live Information sessions on breast cancer awareness.
    • Information stalls: Cervical screening; sexual health; GP social work teams; nutrition; diabetes; women into cycling; slips, trips and falls; long COVID service; carer support; smoking cessation; skin health and haematology amongst other services.
    • BMI and Blood pressure checks available on the day.

    Join us for tea and a chat about the services we provide in the Western Trust to help women look after their health and well being.


    Skyzdalimit Omagh to Perform in Dublin

    Skyzdalimit Circus the MusicalBook your tickets now for the Greatest Inclusive Show on Earth, CIRCUS, at the Helix Theatre, Dublin!! 15th October 2022 at 8:00PM – Purchase your tickets here.

    Circus the Musical, inspired by the Greatest Showman, will be performed by Skyzdalimit, Omagh based, theatre company for autistic and intellectually disabled people. Unmissable, feel good, family show of the year!!

    The Great #CircusInclusionTour promoting Inclusion and celebrating Diversity.

    Coming to Belfast, Waterfront Studio, Saturday 12th November 2022! Other dates and venues to be confirmed.


    Social Farming Awareness

    Social Farming Awareness week will take place from Monday 3rd October to Sunday 9th October, with the opportunity to attend Social Farm visits across five different farms.

    Tuesday 4th October – Simon and Jennifer Bullock live with their three children at Annagh Social Farm near Derrylin. Annagh is a mixed farm including beef, ducks and hens, pigs, woodland, wild bird and moth conservation, vegetable/fruit harvesting. Simon and Jennifer have been involved in Social Farming since 2013 and are currently delivering Social Farming sessions two days per week for participants with a learning disability within the Western Trust area.

  • September 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    September 2022

    Mencap Quiz PosterMencap Strule Buzz Group 21st Anniversary Quiz

    A quiz written by people with a learning disability for people with a learning disability and their families and friends.

    Silver Birches Hotel, Omagh

    Starting at 7:30PM

    Thursday 29th September

    Please bring someone to support you if needed.

    £8 team entry fee for up to 8 people.

    For more information call: 079 2983 7725


    5Star Sailability

    Members of the 5 Star Group recently enjoyed a trip to Lough Erne Yacht Club for a Sailability session! Everyone had a great day and enjoyed being in the boats!


    Millennium Forum Access Newsletter 

    Download and print the Millennium Forum’s Access Newsletter. The Newsletter advertises upcoming events in the Millennium Forum – to sign up or for more information, email: lisal@millenniumforum.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 028 7126 4455 (option 1)

    Moves and Melodies

    Book your places early for Moves and Melodies at the Millennium Forum on Thursday 22nd September to avoid disappointment – tickets are complimentary.  Book online here or telephone the Millennium Forum box office on 028 7126 4455 (option 1).

    Moves and Melodies is an age and dementia friendly project that includes song and dance workshops for people aged 50+.  Workshops are fully accessible for everyone.

    This project will be held once a month in our Studio Theatre. There will be an opportunity to learn new dance skills and sing a range of song styles every month.

    Time 2pm – 3.30pm

    Tea and biscuits provided.


    Benbradagh Day Centre 

    Benbradagh have had a busy few weeks visiting the farm and sunflower fields as well as a trip on the train and going for lunch.

    There is some lovely artwork on display at Benbradagh. This was created by the service users with the great help and support of ARTSCARE Art Work.


    Falls Health Event

    Location: Foyle Arena

    Date:  21st September 2022

    Time: 11AM – 3PM

    This project has been facilitated by your local General Practice Social Work Service funded in partnership by the Derry GP Federation & Western Health and Social Care Trust.

    Complete the Falls Awareness 2022 Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3S98KLP

  • August 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Fermanagh Fashion Poster

    Fermanagh Youth Forum – Fab Trash Fashion Show

    Thursday 11th August

    Ardhowen Theatre

    7PM

    Tickets: £12 – Available at the Ardhowen online

    There will be vintage clothing and upcycled crafts on sale at the event

    Raffle prizes will be available to view on the night with draw taking place on Friday 12th August.


    5 Star members have recently went on a number of trips to the Jungle NI, Brunswick Moviebowl and Portrush. Everyone has enjoyed socialising and taking part in a range of activities!


    Vote for Conor!

    Vote for Conor

    Mencap in Northern Ireland , Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment entered the “Conor’s Story – Making it Work” video into the Focus on Ability Film Festival (founded by NOVA Employment in Australia, in 2009) under the International Documentary category.

    The video tells the story of Conor a young man with a learning disability, living in Derry/Londonderry and his experience of moving into paid employment in Primark with the support of Mencap NI. Conor explains in the video what work means to him and we also hear from Lorna Lawlor, Store Manager, Primark.

    You can access the video and vote here.

    Voting closes at 2pm on 22 August 2022.


    Adult Short Break Cottage win garden makeover

    The Adult Short Break Cottage were recently voted to be the winners of a social media competition to win a garden makeover by Dunelm Mill. For the makeover, Dunelm provided lots of solar lights, garden decorations, cushions, a rug, a greenhouse, pots and seeds to plant. 🌷

    The garden is a lovely outdoor space for the clients to relax in. We hope all the clients and staff at the Adult Short Break Cottage enjoy their new garden!