Thursday, 29 June 2017

Women's Health Week - Girls Active Group - Bowling

The girls active group also had fun bowling today up in Carrick-on-Shannon!

Women's Health Week - Girls Active - Aerial Yoga

Some photos of Janell, Aideen, Emer and the girls active group at Aerial Yoga today at My Soul Space in Carrick--on-Shannon.  What an enjoyable fun experience!


A group of trainees went on a hike yesterday up around Gleannagoolagh.  

Women's Health Week - Reflexology & Head Massage

The girls were treated today to some reflexology and head massages with Olivia.  

Women's Health Week - Make-Up Demo

Caroline Wimsey provided a very interesting and enjoyable make-up demo yesterday for the girls. Thanks to our beautiful models Emma and Loretta. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

QQI Awards

Huge congratulations to the 26 learners who had their QQI Awards approved at this week’s Results Approval Panel meeting.  In this certification round a total of 143 component awards were approved with 16 learners achieving Major Awards in Employability Skills. The panel also approved 5 Primary Certificates in Food Safety and an ECDL Profile Certificate! Well done everyone!

Women's Health Week - Eatwell Guide

Women's Health Week - Purple Day

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Women's Health Week - Useful Websites

Women's Health Week - Stretching & Fitness Class

Thanks to Maija and Sanita from the sports group for providing a very enjoyable exercise class for the girls in the centre today in our gym as part of women's health week. They started off with stretching/yoga, then some core work, using weighted hula hoops, skipping and steps. They finished off the class with some relaxation techniques. The girls really enjoyed the activity and expressed an interest in doing this again. Well done to all the girls for participating and to Maija and Sanita for sharing their expertise!

Women's Health Week - Get Active

Women's Health Week - Mental Health Tip

Monday, 26 June 2017

Women's Health Week - Skincare

Some of the girls in the centre enjoyed an afternoon of pampering and caring for their skin in hairdressing this afternoon.

Marie Keating Information Unit

Pictured above the Marie Keating Information Unit

Women's Health Week - Marie Keating Foundation Information Unit

Photo of the female staff and trainees at the Marie Keating Information Unit at the centre today, thanks to Marie the nurse for her very informative talk this morning on cancer awareness.  What a fantastic service provided by the Marie Keating Foundation!

Women's Health Week - Information Stand

Information stand with lots of useful leaflets and resources

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Gardening Project - Planting

Natasha Talford from Sligo Leader gave an excellent demonstration today on planting seeds, herbs and vegetables. The trainees got actively involved in the planting and they found it enjoyable and educational.

We planted the following vegetables:

  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Herbs
  • Beetroot
  • Spinach
  • Scallions
  • Mint
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Courgette
  • Parsley
  • Marojam
  • Peruvian Mint
  • Uncle John's Kale
  • Sunflowers
  • Broccoli

After the vegetables were planted we put dried powdered seaweed for fertilising the plants and Californian Poppie to encourage greenfly and beneficial insects so they can be pollinated. We watered the plants with liquid seaweed, it is a plant growth stimulant and good for many plants and vegetables, especially for tomatoes and potatoes. We used organic slug and snail killer so it doesn’t harm other animals such as hedgehogs and birds.  Thanks to Natasha for helping set up our garden and we will continue to maintain it throughout the summer and can't await until we eat its produce.

Trainees planting and participating in the gardening

Marie Keating Free Cancer Community Information Service

Lads Active - Football

Some of the lads playing football yesterday outdoors for lads active at Doorly Park

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Women's Health Week at Sligo CTC from 26/06/17 - 30/06/17

Nature Walk and Photography

A beautiful photo of a swan taken by Beatrice yesterday at the Gavarogue River at Doorly Park.

Gardening Project with Aideen

Aideen is working on a fantastic new gardening project for the centre.  Danny and some of the trainees were involved in making some timber raised beds.  They filled the beds with compost and the plan is to set some salads, vegetables, herbs etc. Natasha Talford (Sligo Leader) is going to share some of her gardening tips tomorrow and provide a gardening demo for trainees on potting, planting seeds and vegetables.   This will be a lovely feature to our back yard and the salad and veg can also be used in the kitchen.  

Some photos of Danny, Aideen and trainees making and preparing raised beds for salads, vegetables and herbs.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Nature Gallery

Photo taken By Said of the Garavogue River..  Check out our Nature Gallery for more beautiful photos!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Men's Health Week - Blue Day

Trainees and Staff wore blue on Friday to mark the end of a very successful "Men's Health Week"

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Men's Health Week - Men's Grooming

The lads enjoyed an afternoon of grooming in the hair salon today with a hair mask, face mask, face serum and a bay rum scalp treatment.  Thanks to Ian and Nikita for all their work, the lads had a very relaxing afternoon!

Men's Health Week - Cookery Class

Some of the lad's improving their culinary skills with Irene today cooking up a stir-fry in the kitchen .

Men's Health Week - Health & Fitness Talk

Shane from Sligo Sports Partnership gave a exceptional talk to the lads on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the local sports facilities and activities available in Sligo.

Men's Health Week - Simple Healthy Recipe

Thanks to Denyse, Catering Department for the recipe

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Men's Health Week - Mental & Physical Management Talk

Shane Bohan Physiotherapist gave a very informative talk on maintaining your mental, physical and sexual health to the lads in the centre for men's health week, Thanks to Shane for his excellent contribution

Men's Health Week - Football

Group photo of trainees

Thanks to Danny & Steve for organising a very enjoyable 5 a side indoor football in the complex for the lads in the centre.

Men's Health Week - Hike

As part of Men's Health Week a group of lads went on a guided hike with North West Adventure Tours up to Union Wood.  This was a nice but a challenging hike, There are lovely views of Knocknarea, the Ox Mountain range and the landscape of Sligo and Leitrim. The path also takes you along the edge of Ballygawley Lake.

Trainees making their way uphill

Men's Health Week - Blue Day

Men's Health Week - Mental Health Tip