Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Certification Day - Personal Achievement Award

This year’s Personal Achievement Award went to a very worthy recipient; Andrew Farrell who achieved all his goals in the centre and since leaving has progressed onto a Level 5 Accounting Technician course in MSLETB.  We wish him every success for the future.

Certification Day 2019

Monday, 21 October 2019

Certification Day 2019

Our annual Certification Day took place last Friday morning Oct 18th in The Glasshouse Hotel Sligo.  It was a joyous occasion and we had lots to celebrate including recognising the 32 learners who had achieved QQI Awards.  Between them these learners successfully completed a total of 151 component awards which breaks down as follows:

QQI Level 3 Major Award in Employability Skills – 5 Learners
QQI Level 4 Major Award in General Learning – 4 Learners
QQI Component Award Levels 3 & 4 – 25 Learners

In addition, the following certificates were also presented:
ECDL Certificate – 3 Learners
Safe Food for Life Certificate – 4 Learners
Gaisce Bronze Award – 9 Learners

Learners who participated in an Outdoor Recreation Programme were also presented with certificates of completion by William Britton and Barry Hannigan from North West Adventure Tours.

This year’s Personal Achievement Award went to a very worthy recipient; Andrew Farrell who achieved all his goals in the centre and since leaving has progressed onto a Level 5 Accounting Technician course in MSLETB.  We wish him every success for the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our event and helped make it such a success.  We would especially like to thank our key speakers, Cllr Gino O’Boyle, Mayor of Sligo and Seán Burke, Area Manager, MSLETB Training Centres – Sligo & Ballina.  Also our representative employers who spoke, Éilis Dillon, Principal, St Cecilia’s School and Yvonne Sweeney, Receptionist/Salon Co-ordinator, Salon 2.  And last but certainly not least our brave learners past and present who generously shared their experiences with us; Adam Lynch, Ahmad Khaled and Leanne Cox.

An Gaisce Awards

Primary Certificates in Safe Food
QQI Component, Level 3 and Level 4 Awards

North West Adventures Awards

€500 Donation to North West Hospice

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.