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

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. 
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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

Men's Health Week 2020 - 12 ways to reduce your cancer risk

It’s Mens Health Week and are you aware that almost half of all cancers could be avoided?
Here’s 12 small steps to reduce your risk:  #RestoringTheBalance

Men's Health Week 2020 - Men united against cancer

During Mens Health Week men are being asked to start #RestoringTheBalance in order to improve their health.  Find out how to spot cancer early and reduce risk in this Manual for Men:

Cancer Prevention - is about creating balance

During Mens Health Week 2020, people in Ireland are being asked to start the process of #RestoringTheBalance and to do practical things - no matter how small - to be part of the solution.  Cancer awareness and prevention is an area where this can be realistically achieved.

Did you know that there are a number of steps that men could take to cut their cancer risk?  For example, making small healthy lifestyle choices every day; knowing the signs of cancer; checking for changes in your body; getting screening tests; asking to be checked out if you notice anything unusual or if you’re worried about your health.

To find out more about cancer, how to avoid it, and where to get support if you have it,
visit:  |  | 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Men's Health Week - Heart Attack Sympoms for Men

During Mens Health Week 2020, take the first steps towards protecting yourself.  Know the symptoms of a heart attack and stay safe.  Start #RestoringTheBalance 

Heart Health - have you got the balance right?

Prevention is better than cure.  During Mens Health Week start #RestoringTheBalance and take practical steps to look after your heart health!  Begin by visiting:

Men's Health Week 2020 - Sligo CTC Sports and Recreation Course

Sligo CTC is a health promoting centre and is constantly promoting physical activity in the centre.  We have a dedicated Sports and Recreation course instructed by Danny and Steve and it is open to males and females aged 16 – 21 years. We offer a wide range of fitness modules including Health & Fitness and Soccer and also provide the opportunity for learners to participate in a variety of activities such as soccer, golf, basketball, yoga, pilates, hiking, walking, swimming, cycling etc.  We are very lucky to have our own centre gym and we have a lads active programme on offer for other male trainees in the centre.  The centre also takes part in Gaisce, one of the challenges is physical recreation and this involves becoming physically stronger and improving fitness.

In normal times when we are in the centre, as part of the sports and recreation course, Danny  facilitates a variety of fitness classes in the gym every morning,  This is a snap shot of a class back in February 2020.

Hiking with Gaisce

Sports trainees in the centre gym

Soccer at the Astro pitch

Men's Health Week 2020 - Keep on moving

Local Sports Partnerships across Ireland aim to increase levels of participation and help you to get active during #MensHealthWeek  To begin #RestoringTheBalance find one near you at:

Physical Activity - restores your overall balance

Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym.  This #MensHealthWeek there are loads of ways that you can do this in your daily life e.g. take the dog for a walk, go cycling, wash your car by hand, take the stairs instead of the lift, cut the grass, take-up jogging, dig-over the flower beds, join an online class.
For ideas, and inspiration to get you started, check out: 

Poster designed by Joey, Computer Trainee

Monday, 15 June 2020

Men's Health Week 2020 - Creative Drawing with Catherine

Art is a great way of switching off, minding your mental health and #RestoringTheBalance

Men's Health Week 2020 - 'Problems feel smaller when you share them'

#RestoringTheBalance  We all need support at some times in our lives, and it’s good to talk about the things which are bothering us.  The Samaritans can offer a free and confidential service to anyone who needs it this #MensHealthWeek -

We support Men's Health Week 2020

Men's Health Week 2020 - Mental Wellbeing

If your head’s all over the place this #MensHealthWeek start by visiting: - because it’s time to begin the process of #RestoringTheBalance

Poster designed by Joey, Computer Trainee

Mental Fitness - it's always a balancing act

This week every day on the blog and on our social media we will be celebrating Men's Health Week.

#RestoringTheBalance - Good mental health is just as important as good physical health, and mental fitness should be a priority for everyone. This Men's Health Week follow the five step plan to maintain and improve your wellbeing: