Monday, 29 May 2017

Sligo CTC v Globe House

Last Wednesday Sligo CTC played Globe House in a friendly game at Cleveragh.  We lost the game 2 - 0, Globe House scored both their goals in the first half.  Well done to all the team and both sides hope to make this a regular fixture over the coming months! 

Knocknarea Hike

Last Wednesday a group of trainees and staff from Sligo CTC climbed the beautiful mountain of Knocknarea.  Thanks to Barry who guided the hike and provided us with lots of history about the mountain and the surrounding area! On the top of the mountain lies the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht. The cairn is about 10 metres high and is visible for miles around. There are spectacular views around County Sligo from the top of the mountain.  It was a beautiful day and we had a very enjoyable afternoon.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sligo CTC vs Monaghan Youth Liason Scheme

Sligo CTC traveled up to Clones on Thursday 11th May to play Monaghan Youth Liason Scheme. 
We lost the game 6-4 with Graham Irwin scoring twice Partrick Gilmartin and Adam Devaney got a goal each. Monaghan were a young energetic team and started the game really well and were leading 4-0 at half time. The second half was much better from our lads and made it an enjoyable game in the end.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Mental Health - Time to Talk

Lads Active - Soccer

The lads active group played soccer this week at the sports complex.  This was a fun session and well done to all trainees who participated.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Last Thursday in conjunction with Sligo Sport and Recreation a group of trainees from the centre took part in the Try-A-Tri at the Sports Complex and Doorly Park.  There was competitive and non-competitive events.  There was a swim distance of 10 lengths 250 meters, 2 laps of the bike circuit and a run towards town turning at the children's playground and coming back on themselves.  For the non-competitive it was 2 lengths of the pool, 2 laps of the bike circuit and a run around the children playground and back.  Congratulations and well done to Sanita, Majia, Stanley, Aaron, and Patrick for taking part.  What a fantastic achievement!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Summer Walks

Photos taken by Katie

Careerfest - IT Sligo

A group of trainees attended the Northwest CareerFest on Thursday 11th May at the IT Sligo.  This was a very interesting and enjoyable event and had speakers and stands from the food industry, apprenticeships, business, IT, PLC's, colleges etc.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Lads Active - Hiking

The Lads Active group enjoyed a guided hike in glorious weather to Union Rock yesterday with William Britton from North West Adventure Tours.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Lads Active - Cycling for mental health Week

For mental health this week Aideen organised two cycles with William Britton from North West Adventure.  On Wednesday the lads cycled to Dooney Rock. It was a beautiful day and what a view!  Today the 'new to cycling group' are having a training practice around Cleveragh Track. 

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Healthy Recipe - Blueberry and Oats Smoothie

Blueberry and Oats smoothie


·         2x Apple (helps balance blood sugar levels)

·         1x Orange (aids healthy digestion)

·         2x Bananas (contains slow-releasing sugars)

·         1x Avocado (omega- 3, healthy fats)

·         Blueberries (antibacterial qualities)

·         Flahavan’s Irish  organic oats (helps lower cholesterol)

·         Bran flakes (iron, fibre)

·         Water


·         A blender

·         Cutlery

·         A trendy travel cup to take and go (optional)


1.       Add three tablespoons of oats to a blender, followed by two tablespoons of bran flakes.

2.       Dice up and chop up all of the fruits and throw them in on top.

3.       Pour in about 2/3rd of a cup of water.

4.       Blend right through to a smooth consistency.

5.       Add blueberries last if you’d like them to remain in small chunks (they make it more visually appealing if wanting to serve to others).

6.       If making them for a special occasion, garnish with some healthy chia seeds or bee pollen (optional).

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Mental Health Week - Day 3

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

SVP Youth for Justice

Last Wednesday Gavin and Melly brought a group of 5 trainees to the Sligo Park Hotel to celebrate the SVP Youth for Justice.  This is an opportunity for students to gather together to celebrate and present their social justice projects. It is a wonderful chance for like-minded students from around the region to share their views, hopes and concerns for their communities.  As part of this project Sligo CTC trainees did a food appeal for SVP and shoeboxes for Globe House at Christmas.  Thanks to Said, Tristan, Luke, Kathleen and Shannon for representing the centre and for Sharon Tuohy for encouraging trainees to take part in these worthwhile projects in the community.

Mindfulness and Yoga

As part of Mental Health Week this morning we enjoyed a taster session of mindfulness facilitated by Mary. This helped us to calm our minds and focus on the present moment.

In the afternoon we took part in a yoga class with Saiorse we tried lots of traditional yoga poses, breathing exercises and stretching.

Integrating literacy - Magazine Stand

Lauren set up two magazine stands in the canteen with a selection of magazines and mindful colouring books.  Trainees will get the opportunity to read the magazines and use the colouring books at break times.  This will encourage reading and integrate literacy.  This links into the mental health week in the centre. Thanks to Lauren for all the work she put into this project and hope all the trainee enjoy reading and colouring!

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Mental Health Week Day 2 - Useful Contacts


Aware is an organisation that provides support for people experiencing depression. This support takes many forms, depending on what you need.


Body whys is an organisation that supports people who are affected by eating disorders. They provide a range of online, phone and face-to-face support and information for anyone who needs help with an eating disorder, including families and friend.


Childline is a free phone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people up to the age of 18-years-old.

The Gardaí

If you’re in an emergency situation or if someone is in danger, the Gardaí are there to help you. They have specific training to help in situations like domestic violence or if you are feeling unsafe.

Samaritans Ireland

Free call 116 123

Open 24 hours a day

Samaritans Ireland provides confidential and non-judgemental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including feelings that could lead to suicide.

Online Help

There is a whole range of online support services where you can go to find information or get help on issues that might be affecting you. Tis information is taken from

Herbal Teas - Tranquilitea

Olivia has set up a trolley in the canteen with a range of herbal teas.  Please try out a tea!
Some of the teas available are:

Chamomile:  one of the most consumed teas in the world behind regular black tea. Chamomile flowers have a naturally sweet taste with a hint of an apple flavor that reduces stress because it has soothing and sedative properties.
Peppermint:  peppermint tea relieves the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating.
Rooibos:  Known to help common skin concerns such as eczema, it is high in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has many health benefits.
Raspberry Leaf: It is highly nutritious and especially beneficial for women as it helps balance hormones and is good for the skin.
Ginger:  great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness.
Milk Thistle and Dandelion:  both teas are gentle liver cleansers.
Rosehip:   comes from the fruit of the rose plant and is one of the best plant sources of vitamin C.
Cranberry:  excellent to drink down to help treat urinary tract infections because of the anti-bacterial properties in it that help cleanse the urinary tract from any harmful germs.
Lemon Balm:  lemon balm is good at lifting your spirits, helps with concentration, and prevents nightmares in children when consumed before bedtime!
Echinacea:  boosts the immune system which helps ward off illnesses such as flus and colds. 

Girls Active - Zumba

Girls had great fun doing Zumba with their instructor Barbara Aluk last week in the sports complex,.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mental Health Week - Walk

Trainees and Staff out for a leisurely stroll today for Mental Health Week 

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 somethings anyone can try to help mind their mental health.

Exercise: There are many advantages of 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.

Nutrition: Having a balanced diet can help with energy levels, weight control and self-esteem. It is easy to fall into bad habits, but it’s important to try and eat well and cut out junk food.

Relax: 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.

Sleep: Sleep is crucial to our physical and mental health. It re-energises us, helps our body to heal and keeps our memory working properly. There are many things you can do to improve your quality of sleep including exercising, 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 depression or anxiety.

Self-Talk: 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, such as thinking in black or white or constantly comparing yourself to others.

Set Goals:  Setting realistic goals, prioritising what is 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 confidence.

Talk:  sometimes sharing things with friends and family can help you through a 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.

For more information check out:

Mental Health Week - Day 1