Ozanam House Update 06/10/20202

Adult Education

We are starting adult classes on a phased basis.  All classes are 90 minutes or less and start and finish times are staggered.  We have increased cleaning before and after classes and throughout the building.  Our class numbers are reduced inline with social distancing measures.  All students and teachers will be required to wear face coverings in class and throughout the building.

Men’s Group

 The lads are doing well. I’m calling them once a week and sending them out puzzles and quizzes to keep them occupied. Obviously, social isolation is not good for people’s mental health, so below are a number of helpful pointers if you feel you are struggling.

Youth Groups

Our youth services are commencing back in phased bases where we see our youngest groups start back up from the week of 28th of September, our senior services the week of 5th of October with most of our music groups coming back on 3rd of October for Dance and Piano classes and 10th of October for Violin classes. 

We would like to say a huge welcome back to all the children, young people and volunteers to the centre. It was so great to see so many familiar faces back in the centre again and doing what we do best, supporting each other and our service users in times when it’s needed the most. 


October is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year we spend few sessions doing mental health workshops, this year is going to be no different and maybe even more important as we will be exploring the anxiety and stress of lockdown and the new ways of going about our lives in schools and clubs. This year we will be concentrating on finding ways to relax and take a break when things get a little bit too much for us. This is one of the posters one of our senior groups made last year for Mental Health Awareness month with some great suggestions. 

Adult Education Updates

Here is the latest update on our Adult Education Registration and start dates; Community Our Adult Education Classes come under Adult and Higher Education. Some classes will start on the 5th of October. For more details contact us on 01 8742804. Registration week will not take place next week. We will be accepting registrations for programmes via the letterbox or by phone over the coming weeks. We will be holding teacher training online during that time and now plan to commence a shorter 6-week term starting on October 12th.

Cookery Week 6; Cottage Pie

The latest cookery class video is available. This week’s recipe is for cottage pie and it looks amazing.

Ingredients;

1 onion

2 carrots

2 sticks of celery

1 clove of garlic

500g of minced beef

2 tbsp of tomato ketchup or tomato puree

1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

400ml of beef stock

1.2kgs of potatoes

Milk and Butter (for mashing)

Lesson 5; Watercolours

Lesson 5 of our Art Classes are available online. Just click the link below for your next class which is on Watercolours.

You’ll need;

Watercolour paints

Cheap watercolour paper

A round and/or flat brush

A paper towel or cloth

A jar of water for cleaning brushes

A jar of water for painting with (a pipette too if you’ve one handy)

A water spray for texture effects (this isn’t necessary)

Cookery Week 5: Sausage Pasta

This week’s dish is Sausage Pasta. It looks absolutely delicious. Remember, you can use last week’s pasta sauce for this.

Ingredients;

400g of Sausages

1 red onion

1 red pepper

2 cloves of garlic

500 ml of pasta sauce

or

1 tin of plum tomatoes/ 1 tbsp of tomato puree

1/2 tsp of sugar

1 tsp of oregano

Salt & Pepper

Week 4’s Recipe is Tomato Sauce

This Week’s recipe is for Tomato Sauce. This can be used on pasta, pizza, meatballs or any other tomato sauced based meal. This is a very useful alternative to the more expensive store-bought sauces.

The ingredients are as follows;

1 tbsp of olive oil

3 colves of garlic

2 tins of plum tomatoes

2 tsp of mixed herbs

1 tsp of oregano

fresh basil leaves (a small handful)

1/2 tsp of sugar

salt

black pepper