Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Pancake Tuesday 2017

The catering trainees were making pancakes this morning for pancake Tuesday.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lads Active - Soccer

On Wednesday the lads did soccer in the Sports Complex Cleveragh with Ryan.
This was a very fun session and well done to all trainees who participated. Thanks you to our coach Ryan who is on work experience from the IT.

Girls Active - Yoga

On Wednesday the girls did Yoga at the Sports Complex Cleveragh, with their instructor Saoirse O'Donoghue from Warrior Yoga Sligo. This was a very enjoyable session and the girls were doing yoga poses, breathing techniques and relaxation. Well done to all trainees who participated.

Girls Active Activity Festival


Monday, 20 February 2017

Rose Breakfast for International Epilepsy Day

A selection of photographs above of the very successful rose breakfast fundraising morning in Sligo CTC last Friday.

Treatments for Valentine's Week with Olivia

As part of rose week and valentine's day Olivia that is on work experience gave treatments to trainees in Indian head massage, seaweed foot-baths followed by Reflexology.  These treatments will be ongoing in the centre as an initiative to love and look after yourself first, to take time out and relax, to be mindful, practice being in the moment and chill. While having a treatment, the theory on how it works is explained. Indian head massage is especially useful for the trainees learning hairdressing as they can use some of the techniques while washing people's hair.  For more info or to receive a treatment contact Olivia in hairdressing.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Hand-Crafted Roses

Roses made from coloured tissue paper by Catherine and trainees

Baking for the Rose Breakfast

International Epilepsy Day - Seize the Moment Poster

Poster Designed by Tara for  Epilepsy Day

Lads Active - Boxing

Boxing with Tony Kennedy for Lads Active in Market Yard

Getting ready for Epilepsy Rose Breakfast in Sligo CTC

The trainees and staff are busy getting ready for the epilepsy fundraising Rose Breakfast taking place tomorrow in the canteen. The catering trainees are baking goodies and the centre is being decorated to represent St. Valentine, the patron saint of epilepsy. Please donate to this worthy cause.  

Girls Active - Dance

Dancing with Mairead Keane for Girls Active in the Sport Complex.

International Epilepsy Day 4

What to do if someone has a seizure

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Our Weekly Inspirational Quote

Epilepsy Alert Bracelets

International Epilepsy Day 3

When someone has a seizure

What you should do:
• Protect the person from injury and remove harmful objects
• Cushion the person’s head
• Gently place the person in the recovery position when the seizure has finished
• Stay with them until recovery is complete (5-20 minutes)
• Calmly reassure the person 

What you should not do:
• Do not panic or walk away
• Do not hold down or restrain the person’s mouth — it is a myth that they can swallow their tongue
• Do not try to move the person unless they are in danger
• Do not give the person anything to eat or drink until fully recovered

Call for an ambulance if:
• You know it is the person’s first seizure
• The seizure continues for more than five minutes
• One seizure follows another without the person regaining consciousness between seizures
• The person is injured during the seizure
• You believe the person needs urgent medical attention

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

International Epilepsy Day 2

St. Valentine and Epilepsy

Perhaps best-known as the patron saint of love and lovers, St Valentine is also the patron saint of epilepsy.

Exactly why St Valentine is so closely associated with epilepsy is not known for sure. By some accounts, St Valentine was said to have had the condition himself. Other theories propose that his association is the result of having freed people from seizures and curing epilepsy. Other contributors have pointed to the phonetic similarity between the German word for "fallen" and "Valentine"(Epilepsy used to be known as the falling sickness). There are few historical records of St Valentine however and some experts even claim that St Valentine as we know him is actually the amalgamation of two or more saints from early Christian times.

So while we cannot be sure of the exact reason for St Valentine's link to epilepsy, we do know that the link has been reinforced by Christians throughout the ages ever since February 14th was declared to be the Feast Day of Saint Valentine as far back as 496AD.

For example, in parts of Europe, common names for epilepsy have included "Saint Valentine's illness" and "St. Valentine's affliction". There are also hundreds of iconic representations (pictures, sculptures) existing today from the 15th century onward of St. Valentine healing people with epilepsy, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. They often show the Saint with an adult or a child having a seizure or recovering from a seizure.

St Valentine is also often represented by the symbol of the Rose. Every year, Epilepsy Ireland marks St Valentine's connection to epilepsy through our Valentine's Roses fundraising appeal.

Of course, there is an even stronger link to Ireland. The alleged remains of St. Valentine have been kept since 1836 in a Shrine in Whitefriar St Carmelite Church in Dublin, between Aungier Street and Wexford Street. Celebrations and special masses are held at the Church every St Valentine's Day to celebrate the feast day.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Nature Gallery

Photo taken by Ross at Doorly Park with the centre's new camera
Don't forget to check out our Nature Gallery on the Sligo CTC blog page - it contains some beautiful photographs of local scenery and wildlife, captured by trainees.

International Epilepsy Day 1

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disease characterised by a tendency to have recurring seizures. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease, though it is not necessarily a life-long diagnosis.  

A seizure is a brief and temporary malfunction of normal brain activity.  About 1 in 20 people will have a seizure at some stage in their life, and anyone can have a seizure if the brain is exposed to a strong enough stimulus.  Seizures are often compared to a computer crashing. 

It is estimated there are over 37,000 people over the age of 5 living with epilepsy in Ireland.

International Epilepsy Day

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Welcome Work Experience Students

We would like to welcome and thank the students currently on work experience in the centre - Laura Casey from the Marino Institute of Education for two weeks, Olivia Byrne, Ryan Hennessy and Lauren McNulty from Sligo I.T. for thirteen weeks, and Ross Maher from Sligo College of Further Education for 2 weeks.

Under 18 Irish Squad

Congratulations to Bradley Fowley from the Sports group, who attended trials for an Under 18's home-based Irish squad recently.  As a result of doing well in the trials, he has been placed on standby for the Under 18 Ireland home-based squad who will play two games v Wales at the end of this month.

This is a huge achievement for Bradley and we wish him the best of luck.

Sligo CTC vs. Mercy PLC

Last Thursday, the 2nd of February, Sligo CTC had a friendly game against Mercy PLC in the showgrounds.  Sligo CTC were the better team on the day, winning 5-0.

Well done to the team for their great performance, and to goalscorers Andre Mills (x3), Thomas Myers (x1), and Stanley Harte (x1).