Every year during the summer months, the active retirement group holds a Bowling League. As is tradition, the trophies were presented on the last day of the Summer Project after lunch.
John Huff was the overall winner. Michael Domican took second place and Eileen Quinn was third.
We can already feel the energy levels rising in the centre; our Youth Programmes kick-off again next week. We cater for all and offer a wide range of services to all ages, including our Music Club on Saturdays. If you want to know why it’s a good idea for your children to join, why not read the words of the kids that have already taken part?
“THE MOST FUN I HAVE ALL WEEK”
“I LOVE TO MEET NEW friends”
“OUR LEADERS REALLY LOOK AFTER US”
Youth Programnmes General Flyer 2018
Adult Education – Philosophy class
The Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
With this in mind, philosophy takes a look at life’s big questions. Over 10 weeks, we will discuss the questions that occupied the minds of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.
We will begin in ancient Greece by examining the thoughts and ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The ideas of Plato and Aristotle are still very relevant in today’s society, particularly in the area of ethics or ‘moral philosophy.’
Moving on from this, we will examine the philosophy of religion. We will focus on the works of St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and discuss Aquinas’ ‘proof’ of God’s existence. We will also examine St Anselm’s ‘Ontological Argument’ which states that God’s existence is a logical necessity.
We will move further through history to the 16th and 17th centuries where we will meet Descartes and discuss his theory of dualism where he famously quotes cogito ergo sum or ‘I think, therefore I am.’
We will look at the reaction to Descartes with philosophers such as John Locke, David Hume, George Berkeley and Immanuel Kant.
Finally, we will discuss what’s known as philosophical anthropology (what does it mean to be human) with thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre.
Our corporate partners Colt Technology Services held a spin-a-thon to raise funds for Ozanam House as part of their in-house fundraising efforts and we are pleased to say it was a great success! They fund-raised €162.66 over the 9 hours that they were cycling. A huge thank you to Colt and all those that took part.
We were absolutely delighted to have have our corporate partners Deloitte Ireland on board yesterday to give the house a fresh look and a lick of paint as part of their staff ‘Impact Day’. What a amazing job they did. Without our corporate partners like Deloitte Ireland, Ozanam House would not be able to provide the services we do. A deep felt thank you to Sarah and the Deloitte Staff that participated yesterday and we look forward to working together again in the future.
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The Active Retirement Group have spent the summer visiting some amazing places and having some great days out, enjoying the sun and each others company. One of the highlights was a day trip on the Shannon.
On 20th July, we had an early morning start for our outing to the West – visiting Strokestown House and Carrick on Shannon. After a welcome cuppa and snack upon arrival in Strokestown, we had a very informative and engaging tour of the House and the Famine Museum. Following our drive to Carrick on Shannon, we had a wonderful lunch in Cryans Hotel. Our day ended with a leisurely and relaxing cruise on the Shannon with the Moon River Cruise during which we were entertained with music and jokes.
CURRENT NEEDS – We currently have an urgent need for volunteers for the following Youth Groups:
Group Age Group Day Time
OYG1 6 years – 10 years Tuesday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
OYG1 6 years – 10 years Thursday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
OYG2 05th & 06th Class Wednesday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
SYS2 16 years – 18 years Wednesday 7.15pm to 8.45pm
Junior Cert Grinds Tuesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Leaving Cert Grinds Thursday 7.00pm to 8.30pm
For further information on TIME COMMITTMENT, ROLE, TRAINING, SUPPORTS and BENEFITS for each programme and how to apply please see below:
Further details for Ozanam Youth Groups, Senior Youth Groups and Grinds Club are as follows:
- The groups take place on the days and times listed above:
- Our Youth Leader volunteers commit to one group on one day – 2 hours each week (the exact times and days will be agreed between the volunteer and the programme co-ordinator).
- Our volunteers should commit to a minimum period of nine months. If you know in advance that he or she can only commit to a shorter period of time, you should let the coordinator know.
- Contribute to plans for your youth group.
- Take part in activities and spend time with the children and young
- Be a role model for the children and young people and help them with
- Supervise the group together with other volunteers.
- Attend and contribute to debriefings after the classes with other
- Work as part of a volunteer team within a really supportive
environment where everybody helps each other, giving and taking
ongoing feedback and support between all volunteer youth leaders.
- GRINDS CLUB –
- Provide one to one academic support to students in subjects of your chosing
- Provide advice and support to students as they prepare for their exams
- Provide study tips and career tips and advice to students where possible
Skills, Experience & Qualities
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to
establish good relationships with children and young people.
- Strong commitment and enthusiasm to children and young people
and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives.
- An accepting and non-authoritarian approach.
- Ability to work well as part of a team.
- Reliability, patience, resilience and flexibility.
- Ability to treat children and young people’s concerns with respect, tact
Training & Induction
- Our volunteer youth leaders will attend an induction/information night in the centre
to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
- Attend Child Protection Training learning about best practices when working with children and young people.
- Attend team meetings each term, as well as
- A great volunteer training programmes is developed each year with great courses on offer that will support your work as a youth leader
Support & Supervision
- Our Programme co-ordinator will provide ongoing support to all of our volunteer.
- Youth leaders will meet with their co-ordinator either in one-to-one meetings, or in larger group meetings to discuss ongoing progress and any issues arising.
- Planning meetings take place twice a year, in September and January
- General happiness and satisfaction
- Personal and professional development in terms of confidence, patience, adaptability
- The chance to contribute towards the development of children and young people to enhance their sense of self-worth and belief
- To make a difference in young people’s lives
- Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us now!