Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Nature Photography

Our centre is located in a beautiful scenic area along the Garavogue River and beside Doorly Park in Sligo town.  Trainees take photographs using digital photography and post them on the blog.  We also have a Nature Gallery if you want to check it out!  Today we take a look at a selection of scenic photographs captured by Trainees over the years.  📸

Monday, 6 April 2020

Gardening with Aideen

Hi All

If you feel like some light exercise and mindful relaxation, after being stuck at home, try and get out into your garden or yard and give it a Spring Clean!!

Here are a few ideas that you could do at home and you don’t need any fancy tools but do wear gloves and old boots or wellies.

- Always wash your hands after and work safely.

- Have a look around and see what tools you can find: a brush, spade, old kitchen fork and knife, box to put leaves in etc…

- Take a BEFORE PHOTO AND PLAN your to do list.

- Make sure you include loads of cups of tea and biscuits breaks!

The following are a few ideas you could do depending on the area:
  • Give the area a good sweep and pick out all bits of rubbish that are not for the compost bin.
  • Using an old knife dig out the weeds and dirt in any paving or tarmac.
  • Rake or just hand pick all those sticks the birds have dropped and put them in a box. They are perfect for lighting the fire.
  • Pull and cut back any dead leaves but make sure you have your gloves on.
  • If you have a lawn it’s a good idea to punch holes in it with a garden fork to loosen the compacted soil from all the rain and let the air into the roots. 
  • Likewise dig and loosen any compacted areas and let the air back in to the soil.
  • If you have a lawn mower only top the grass.  Note: Do not start your lawn mower without its first service of oil, spark plug cleaning etc.  Check the safety guidelines and manual.

The BEST BIT is now you can sit back and relax and admire all you’ve done!!!
(If you are An Gaisce trainees please record on your Record Sheet and take a before and after photo!)

Enjoy 😊


Health and Wellbeing

It is important to not only look after your physical health during this challenging time but your mental health is equally as important.  There is fantastic information and useful resources for dealing with mental health during COVID-19 on the Mental Health Ireland website.  Routine can support mental health and you can download and complete a  routine template to support your day to day activities.

For more information on minding your mental health click here

Mental Health Ireland has recommended five simple actions we can all take to protect our mental health and maintain positive wellbeing during uncertain and challenging times.

Source of information:

Motivational Monday

Illustrations by Catherine

Friday, 3 April 2020

Sligo COVID-19 Community Response Forum

Sligo County Council, in conjunction with local agencies and community networks, is providing a ‘Support helpline’ to assist at-risk members of the public during the current public health emergency. The service is being delivered through the newly established Sligo COVID-19 Community Response Forum.

The freephone number 1800 292 765 and on-line service will be available seven days a week from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Contact details:

Free phone number:       1800 292 765

Via website:           

By email:                

Source:                             Sligo County Council

COVID-19 HSE Updates

COVID-19 Booklet

For more information go to:

For COVID-19 translated resources click on:


Services and Supports in Sligo

Springboard Resource House Project 

The Resource House Project offers a professional Supporting Service, promoting Positive Reassurance, Emotional and Practical Support such as completing Relevant Forms, guiding people on ways to manage electricity/ power supply cards (top-up) and/ or supporting children and families with food parcels/boxes while offering parenting support, including age appropriate educational packs for learning with children while they remain at home.

Contact Details: 
Administrator:  Nora, 07191 47070, 9.30- 5.00 pm, Monday- Friday
Project Manager: Tony Stewart, 085 251 4062, 9.30- 7.00 pm, Monday- Friday
Assistant Project Manager: Yvonne Zoschke, 085 251 4064, 9.30- 7.00 pm, Monday- Friday
Family Support Worker: John Brennan, 085 251 4060, 9.30- 5.00 pm, Monday- Friday
Family Support Worker: Maria Cribbin, 085 251 4063, 5.00 pm, Monday- Friday

A Full list of services in Sligo and Leitrim is available on the Sligo Leitrim Directory.
Click here:

Thursday, 2 April 2020

CTC Cookery Corner - Homemade Pizza

Facts about Pizza

Pizza is an oven-baked, flat, round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings. The modern pizza was originally invented in Naples, Italy and the dish has since become popular in many parts of the world. An establishment that makes and sells pizzas is called a "pizzeria".  Pizza is cooked in various types of ovens, and a diverse variety of ingredients and toppings are utilised.  Pizza is also available in frozen prepared varieties.

In restaurants, pizza can be baked in an oven with stone bricks above the heat source, an electric oven, a conveyor belt oven or, in the case of more expensive restaurants, a wood or coal-fired brick oven. On deck ovens, the pizza can be slid into the oven on a long paddle, called a peel and baked directly on the hot bricks or baked on a screen (a round metal grate, typically aluminum). When made at home, it can be baked on a pizza stone in a regular oven to reproduce the effect of a brick oven.

The bottom of the pizza, called the "crust", may vary widely according to style — thin as in a typical hand-tossed pizza or Roman pizza, or thick as in a typical pan pizza or Chicago-style pizza. It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with garlic or herbs or stuffed with cheese.

The most popular cheeses to use on pizza are mozzarella, provolone, cheddar and parmesan.

Why don't your try make your own home made Pizza:


200g Strong flour
Pinch of salt
12g Margarine
5g Yeast
125ml Water/milk at 24 oC
5g Caster Sugar
Suggested Toppings:  pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, sweetcorn, goats cheese

  1. Sieve the flour and the salt, rub in the margarine.
  2. Disperse the yeast in the warm water, add the sugar, add mixture to the flour.
  3. Mix well, knead to a smooth dough. Cover and place in warm area to prove, until doubled in size.
  4. Knock back, divide in two and roll out into 7” discs. Place on a floured tray.
  5. Add tomato sauce, cheese and toppings. 
  6. Bake at 180 - 200oC for 10 - 13 minutes.

Recipe by Emma