Thursday, 9 July 2020

Wellbeing Month - Be Active Week

Ryan and Zikrullah taking part in some of the 'Be Active' activities this week for wellbeing month.

Be Active - Bottle Challenge

You need a bottle full with water/liquid.

Hold the bottle with both hands straight out in front of you for as long as you can.

Repeat it more than once if you can!

Check out the demo by Steve for the bottle challenge

Be Active - The more you move the better your mood

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Be Active - Bodyweight Blast

30 Second Blast 
Work for 30 seconds doing the exercises as many times as you can
Repeat the exercises more than once if you can!

Check out the demo of the bodyweight blast by Danny: 

Be Active - Gardening with Aideen

Gardening is considered a moderate physical activity that boosts physical and mental health.  The physical activities of gardening include digging, weeding, watering, pruning, cutting the lawn etc. The best thing is that the garden is a green gym that burns calories, build muscle, de-stresses the mind and all from the advantage of your own home.  It is open air and connects you to nature.  We are very lucky to have our own CTC garden under the guidance of Aideen trainees can get involved with planting and maintaining the garden.  For more inforation on gardening and growing plants go to

Red and Black Currants ready to be picked

The tomatoe seedlings are ready to be transplanted

Monday, 6 July 2020

Social Distancing Cuppa Challenge

Well done Diego on your great effort with the tea bag challenge today 👍

Photo Time Capsule

Some more photographs sent in for our photo time capsule project:

Wellbeing Month - Social Distancing Cuppa

Everyone has become very aware of keeping two metres from each other the past few months, so with this in mind we would like you to try our social distancing challenge! Keeping two metres from a cup you have placed on the ground, attempt to throw a dry tea bag into the cup. Try as many times as you like but make sure you keep that distance 😀

Check out the demo by Danny of the 'social distancing cuppa' challenge

Wellbeing Month - Be Active

This week as part of wellbeing month we will have range of activities for 'Be Active' week and demonstrations from our sports tutors Danny and Steve.  Please take part and enjoy the week 😃

For more info on getting active go to:

Motivational Monday

Illustration by Catherine 

Friday, 3 July 2020

Life during COVID-19 - Collooney Waterfall

Thanks to Karam, computer trainee for sending in this fantastic video clip he took while out for a lovely walk yesterday of the waterfall in Collooney.  A nice end to the first week of wellbeing month 😃

Keep Learning - Pancake Challenge

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Sligo CTC Time Capsule Photos

Sligo CTC are making a collection of images to capture this unprecedented time of our lives.  When the centre reopens we will put all the photos together in a photo album and store them in a time capsule to be opened on a future date. Thanks to all our talented trainees and staff for sending in their photos 📷   

The 5 ways to Wellbeing

This month we celebrate wellbeing in the CTC while we continue to work and learn from home.  We will look at some of the actions over the coming weeks we can all take to protect our mental health and maintain positive wellbeing during uncertain and challenging times.  This week we are concentrating on the action 'Keep Learning' - taking photographs, reflecting on the past months, mindful drawing, colouring, reading, trying out a new app and cooking.  Check out this video and follow the five step plan to maintain and improve your wellbeing:

For more info check out: 

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Gardening with Aideen - Birdwatching

Why don't you get outdoors today and connect with nature 🐦
To learn some more about the birds and wildlife in you garden check out:

Poster designed by Joey, Computer Trainee

Gardening with Aideen - Transplanting and Dealing with Slugs

Some spinach and lettuce transplanted this week into window boxes

Top tips and tricks for dealing with the villain of the garden - Slugs

Thursday, 25 June 2020

CTC Cookery Corner - Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins

Recipe by Mairead

CTC Cookery Corner - Beef Meatloaf

Why not try out some cooking or baking over the weekend with these delicious recipes sent in from our Catering Tutors Emma and Mairead 😋

Recipe by Emma

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Gardening with Aideen - Sunflowers

The sunflowers are growing tall, it has been 2 months since they were planted 🌻

Gardening with Aideen - Routine Jobs

For more info go to:

Some routine jobs:

  • Thinning:  Thin your salad leaves (rocket and oriental greens) down so that there is a 3cm gap between seedlings, if you want to aim for two or more harvests from them.
  • Leave the salad leaves alone for one large harvest.
  • Thin radishes to 3cm between each seedling.
  • Thin spinach to 10cm between seedlings for now.
  • Harvest all the leaves you’re thinning as you go for a microgreens salad.
  • Weeding: Remove weeds between rows of carrot seedlings, ideally with a hoe.
  • Remove weeds within carrot rows with a more precise tool, like a hand-hoe, trowel or your own hand.
  • Thin carrot seedlings as you remove weeds within the row, leaving 5cm between each one.
  • Supporting:  Make sure to get supports in for your peas before they grow taller than 20cm.
  • Use branches, bamboo canes or something upcycled as supports for your peas.

Gardening with Aideen - Pest Prevention and Soil

Posters designed by Joey, Computer Trainee

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Learning at Home - Drawing

Zikrullah has been getting great use of his art pack put together by our Art Tutor Catherine and sent out to him to enhance his learning at home.  He loves drawing and sent in some very creative drawings he was working on today.  Well done Zikrullah 🎨

SMILY Support Group

Flying the flag in support of  LGBTI+ for Pride Month

SMILY aims to provide a safe, fun and accepting environment, where young LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people can be themselves. The group gives an opportunity for young people to socialise with other like-minded young people, develop friendships and access information and support.  

Contact SMILY Sligo/Leitrim:

Art with Catherine - Cartoon Drawing

Grab a pencil and paper today and try out some fun cartoon drawing 😀

Monday, 22 June 2020

Crisis Text Line - Text 50808

50808 is a first of its kind for Ireland: a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small. From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, our Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. Our aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future. The service is funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

A snapshop of Men's Health Week 2020

Mens Health Week 2020 ended yesterday.  Thanks to the computer trainees for designing posters and their contribution to the blog.  Why not think about continuing to ‘be part of the solution’ and #RestoringTheBalance in the year ahead by looking after your mental wellbeing and physical health.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Men' Health Week 2020 - Tips for drinking less at home

 In these difficult times, many have sought comfort in drink.  But this will only add to your stress, as alcohol is a depressant and will aggravate your ability to cope.  Start #RestoringTheBalance during Mens Health Week,
Find out more at:

Poster designed by Oisin, Computer Trainee

Rethink what you Drink - get the balance right.

Many men in Ireland like a drink, but problems start if you drink too much too often.  #RestoringTheBalance is crucial.

There’s a hidden side to alcohol.  It affects your body and brain, increases many health risks, and can damage your mental health.  It can also mask problems and make life’s ups-and-downs harder to deal with.  In these times of COVID-19, we need to try to limit anything which might, possibly, make our current situation worse.

Less is best because alcohol contributes to a range of chronic health conditions and diseases.  Many are avoidable - if you can restore a sensible balance to how much, and how often, you drink.  Find out more this Mens Health Week at:

Poster designed by Dylan, Computer Trainee

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Men's Health Week 2020 - Stir Fry Recipe

During the COVID-19 lock-down, it wasn’t always easy to go to the shops or get our hands on fresh and wholesome food.  Some of us also probably did a bit of ‘comfort eating’ out of boredom or to cheer ourselves up.  

However, a well-balanced diet not only improves your general health, sense of wellbeing and helps maintain a healthy weight, but it can also lower your cholesterol, keep your blood pressure down, and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. So, what men eat really matters!  

Mairead our Catering Tutor has provided this delicious simple healthy Stir Fry recipe for you to try out at home 🍴

Boost your mood with healthy food

Men's Health Week 2020 - How to Eat Well

Are you interested in #RestoringTheBalance.  What you eat can either protect you or increase your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke.  Understand the types of food that make up a healthy balanced diet this Men's Health Week by visiting |

Poster designed by Joey, Computer Trainee

Men's Health Week - Energy Drinks

The amount of sugar in energy drinks may surprise you.  Some contain up to 17 teaspoons of sugar.  So, start #RestoringTheBalance this Mens Health Week

Food - It's easy to strike a balance

Eating too much salt results in high blood pressure which can lead to stroke or heart disease:

Shake the habit for #MensHealthWeek and start #RestoringTheBalance

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Men in this together

Check out this excellent video from Sligo Leader promoting Men's Health Week,  'Men in this together' .  All the men in the video are associated with Sligo from Sligo Rovers, GAA, musician, retail, Actor, restaurant owner.  Check it out here:

Men's Health Week 2020 - Gardening with Aideen

Gardening is good for your mental wellbeing and physical health.  It is great exercise and it helps you relieve stress and be present in the moment.  Gardening can cultivate calm and resilience in any situation.  We are lucky enough to have a beautiful garden in the centre thanks to Aideen's passion for gardening.  The trainees get involved planting vegetables, herbs, flowers etc and maintain it on a daily basis during the summer months.  This is a tranquil space for trainees to enjoy and switch off and we all get to eat the final produce!

Get out in the garden today for #RestoringTheBalance for Men's Health Week 2020.

Summer 2019 🍀

Our Raspberries 😋

Our strawberries are ready to pick and taste delicious 🍓


Today your seedlings are ready to be transplanted and it’s understandable to be a little worried about putting them out into the world. Have faith that they’re going to thrive, as long as you handle your little plants with the care they need. Once set up for success, they’ll do the hard work from here. 
For more info go to

Men's Health Week 2020 - Top ten tips to quit smoking

It’s Mens Health Week 2020 and here are the top 10 tips to quit smoking. The very moment that men stop smoking their health starts to improve.  Today’s the day to trash the ash!  
Poster designed by Oisin, Computer Trainee

Quit Smoking - restore the body’s balance

Smoking is the biggest cause of avoidable death amongst men on the island of Ireland.  So, take the first steps towards quitting during Mens Health Week and start #RestoringTheBalance.
Find out more at: 

Poster designed by Joey, Computer Trainee