Thank You!!! A Huge Thank You to our Volunteer Youth Leaders for sharing their time, skills and experience in such a special way over the last four weeks. They have given the children in the north inner city a month … Continue reading →
We are mid way through our Summer 2017 Programme and have undertaken a range of national and local trips to places of cultural and historical interest. Our trips have taken us to Donadea Forrest Park, Kilkenny Castle, Leighlinbridge, Drogheda, Battle … Continue reading →
Every week in Ozanam House, 64 volunteers share their time, their skills, their passions, their care and their consideration and all for the benefit of those who access our service. Without our volunteers there would be no Ozanam House … Continue reading →
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks at the Mens Group.
Our 6 week Summer Programme has been finalized so we are all looking forward to that starting on 13th July.
We’ve been busy with a variety of weekly activities in recent weeks. Pool, bingo and table quizzes are keeping our minds active while our bodies have been busy taking part of the weekly ’Sit Fit’ classes with our volunteer Noreen while some of us participated in woodwork sessions with volunteer Tom.
This week, as its Mens Health Week, we held a group discussion about alcohol and its impact on our mental & physical health. On Friday, we will team up with the Active Retirement Group to visit Aras an Uachtarain followed by a meal, all of which is a part of our social and personal development. We will post some photos of our visit next week – Hopefully we will get to meet the President!
Our taste buds have also been very active as we developed our cooking and baking skills at the Thursday classes. Some of us even got stuck into doing the washing up!
Check out the delicious samples of food that we’ve made below:
“ Members of our active retirement group are pictured outside the Dail on Wednesday, 24th May. We had a lovely scone and cuppa in the visitors bar before starting our guided tour which included time to watch and listen to proceedings in both the Dail and Seanad. We then ambled up to Stephen’s Green for a visit and guided tour of the Little Museum. It was a very enjoyable day out.”
For the last 2 weeks the children in the Children’s Centre have been learning all about money as part of a focus on numeracy. The children in the Koala preschool class decided to make a shop and invite their parents in as customers. We spent a lot of time getting ready for the grand opening, making rice crispie buns, whipping cream, preparing fruit and of course making money – Koala Cash!!
All of the parents came in and helped their children learn about money and commerce. Some of the parents even tried to haggle but the keen business heads on the Koala class refused to budge on their prices.
Lots of fun and learning took place through our shop and it was great to have so many parents taking part.
The National College of Ireland recently had a Digital week which included an excellent class given to our members on digital skills. Eileen and Sean Quinn from our active retirement group entered a photograph into the competition that NCI held during the week and won first prize – a Samsung tablet and beats headphones! They are pictured here receiving their prizes from the NCI team.
We had a very special day on the Wednesday before Easter – the active retirement group gathered with the children from our childcare pre-school classes in Mountjoy square Park and the little ones chose their favorite Easter Chick – all knitted by our members in an array of different colors and filled with a creme egg! It was a lovely morning event and ended with a few songs. We returned to Ozanam House for a session of games in the hall including a yellow plastic duck race before adjourning upstairs for a festive lunch.
We always celebrate birthdays, when we know they are coming up, with a card signed by the group and our favorite cake – a Victoria Sandwich. Sean Quinn is pictured here blowing out his candles.
Its been yet another busy week for the youth groups here in Ozanam house.
This week one of our groups got to visit fighting words creative work shop thanks to our UNESCO reader in residence Bernadette Larkin.
The group let their imaginations run wild and wrote some fantastic stories featuring, alien vampires fighter jets, super powers and scary movies coming to life!
All the stories will be made into a booklet for them to keep and add to in the future.
We may just have the next generation of fiction writers in our midst…..watch this space.