Thursday, 17 October 2019

U19 Ireland v's Denmark

A group of trainees attended an U19 Ireland v's Denmark game in the showgrounds on Monday.  Unfortunately Ireland lost with a score of 2 - 0 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Pieta House Fundraising Walk

On Friday Sligo CTC as part of Mental Health Awareness week took part in a fundraising walk, followed by a healthy breakfast and a fun quiz.  Thanks to all the staff and trainees for donating €2 each.  All proceeds went to Pieta House.

Pieta House Fundraising Walk
Refreshments back at the centre after our walk
Building Tower Exercise using marshmallows, spaghetti and tape

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Mental Health Week - Mindfulness

Mindfulness sessions are available with Mary running in the centre on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week to promote positive mental health awareness.

Good Mental Health

9 ways to look after your mental health

Bearing in mind, the state of your mental health isn’t fixed, it can be good or it can be poor, it’s important to know ways to look after it.

Here are some things anyone can try to help mind their mental health.
There are many advantages to exercising. It helps increase energy levels, use up excess energy and can improve sleep patterns and fitness.  It also helps to manage stress and anger and can boost your confidence. All positive for your mental health.
Having a balanced diet can help with energy levels, weight control and self-esteem.
It’s easy to fall into bad habits, but is important to try and eat well and cut out junk food.
It’s very easy to overlook making time for yourself with the hectic pace of life we all lead.
It’s essential for your mental health that you find ways to take time out and relax. We all have different things we find relaxing; what we do isn’t as important as actually doing it.
Sleep is crucial to our physical and mental health. It re-energises us, helps our bodies to heal and keeps our memory working properly.  There are many things you can do to improve your quality of sleep including exercise, avoiding stimulants and implementing a daily routine or bed-time.
Be mindful
Mindfulness is about learning to focus your attention on the present moment. Not worrying unduly about past or future problems can be hugely beneficial to your physical and mental health.
It can steady the breath, heart-rate, and improve the immune system and can help to deal with anxiety and depression.
Training the inner-voice in our head can be difficult, but worth-while. It’s important to learn not to talk to yourself in a negative or destructive way, such as thinking in black and white or constantly comparing yourself to others.
Set goals
Setting realistic goals, prioritising what’s important, and balancing our time can help in the management of our mental health. It gives us perspective on things and enables us to deal with problems more effectively.
Work on your self-esteem
Improving our self-esteem might seem like a constant battle, but it’s necessary in order to manage our mental health.  Challenging negative thinking, accepting yourself and not comparing yourself to others will help to develop your self-confidence.
Sometimes sharing things with friends and family can help you through and tough time, by helping you get some perspective.  Not only that, but staying connected and being social, anything from going to the movies or meeting people for a coffee, goes a long way to looking after your mental health.

Useful Websites - Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week - Kayaking

Well done to Joey, Gvido, Adam and Geoffrey who took part in the Call of The Wild schools kayaking camp 2019.  Thanks to Tommy Craddock from the Sligo Grammar School for the kayaking lessons and to the Sligo Sports Partnership.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week - Autumn Walk

The computer group out for a nice walk along the Garavogue river as part of the 5000 steps to Wellness promoted by Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Awareness Week - Samba Drumming

Today trainees got the opportunity to try out samba drumming as part of mental health awareness week. Thanks to our instructor Stephanie.  This was a very enjoyable stress-free drumming session. 

Friday, 27 September 2019

Road Safety Awareness Event

The Youth Action Project Sligo/Leitrim Road Safety Event is taking place again this year, which our trainees will be attending.

The event will show how important it is to wear a seat belt is by using their Roll-over simulator, along with what it’s like to drive on the road using their state-of-the-art car and motorbike simulators.

This event is delivered in conjunction with North Connaught Youth Services, An Garda Síochána, Sligo County Council and the Road Safety Authority.

The RSA Interactive Shuttle and Roll-Over Simulator will be in Sligo on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October in the Stephen Street Car Park, Sligo from 9.30am to 4pm.

If you’re a trainee at Sligo CTC, be sure to talk to your keyworker for more information and to visit the event on Wednesday the 16th October between 2pm and 2.45pm.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Pictures of our front and back garden

Pictures of our front and back garden which our trainee's helps to manage as part of their Gardening Module.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Kayaking - Week 1

Well done to the kayaking group who had their first session on the water this week.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

Today is Mouth Cancer Awareness Day.  Check out this short video from the Irish Cancer Society to learn about the signs, symptoms and what causes mouth cancer.  If you, a friend or family member have any questions or concerns about mouth cancer contact you doctor or dentist or for more information visit:

Friday, 2 August 2019

Trainee Holiday

We hope all our trainees have a restful holiday and we will see you back in the centre on Monday the 2nd September

Friday, 26 July 2019

An Gaisce Adventure Journey 2019

Our trip started off when we were dropped at a farm in the Drumcliff area of Sligo. Barry, from Northwest Adventures was our guide for the day again and after he went through some important advice and tips we set off on our way up the Dartry Mountains. The hike started with what Barry told us would be the toughest incline of the day, and he was right! We crossed gullies to make our way to Kings Mountain, from a spot known as Kings Table we were able to take in spectacular views of Sligo town and its surrounding areas including the Atlantic coastline. 

Over 14 kilometers of walking and climbing of over 3,000 feet in total took us to many vantage points where we could look down from the Mountain top taking in beautiful scenery such as Glencar Lake and Glenif Horseshoe. We were also lucky to take in Glencarbury mines, where some old equipment and buildings are in ruin but clearly show that it’s not so long ago that these mountains were a very active part of the Sligo community and working industry. Barry’s knowledge of the area brought the area to life for us as he spoke about how the workers would transport the rock and minerals which were been mined at the time, showing us ruins of equipment which are still very evident along the mountain range. We made our way down the mountain to the picturesque Glenif horseshoe where we met William from Northwest Adventures, who was ready and waiting with bikes and safety equipment for us all. As the rain started to fall we headed off on our cycle taking in some lovely views of the mountain range we had been looking down from earlier in the day. 

After 7 kilometers on the bikes we reached our accommodation for the night, Benwiskin Centre. If anyone was feeling tired or de-motivated at this stage they couldn’t help but get a lift when walking in to the recently refurbished Benwiskin Centre, which would rival many hotels for quality and comfort! The entire group helped out with getting dinner ready, which had been kindly pre prepared for us by the wonderful catering tutors and trainees in our own centre. As always the food was a big hit!

Later in the evening Barry invited all of us outside to the side of the Benwiskin centre where he went through some bush skills which led to a camp fire been lit and marshmallows been toasted for all to enjoy! All that was left for the group to do was enjoy some well-deserved rest time, and the common area in Benwiskin centre certainly allows this with its comfortable décor, smart TV and Wi-Fi for all to avail of. Some stories and laughs later, the day and activities had took its toll on everyone and it was off to bed for some much needed sleep, again we wouldn’t be let down by our hosts for the night as everyone enjoyed a good night’s sleep in the newly refurbished bedrooms which are as clean as they are comfortable.

The next morning there was a lot of tired limbs but everyone chipped in to avail of the wonderful facilities one last time where a gorgeous breakfast was prepared and eaten in comfort. A trip that will live long in the memory for all involved!

Group starting their climb on the first day
The group in enjoying the views from on top of the mountains
Spectacular views from up top
The group descending down the valley
A group picture outside the Benwiskin Centre

The group made a bonfire at the Benwiskin Centre and had some marshmallows

Taking a well earned break
The hard work paid off

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

An Gaisce Adventure Journey Begins

Members of the An Gaisce group began their adventure journey this morning.

Football Tournament

We enjoyed a fantastic sporting football tournament on Monday involving trainees from all the departments in the centre together with many of the trainees from Leitrim CTC who travelled for the event.

Well done to the winner team on the day Cormac, Tyreike, Oskar, Owen, John, Troy, Katelyn & Alice

Other prize winners on the day included Sean Flanagan, Brittney Sweeney, Diego Colburn and Andrew Kelly.

We would like to thank every player would look part and also a special word of thanks to Danny and Steve for organising the event.

Have a look at just some of the photos from the day.