Raphoe Family Resource Centre:
The winners of the Family Resource Centre’s ‘Little Smiles with Big Dreams’ Parent & Toddler Group’s Christmas Hamper were: Hamper-Leah Hamilton; Gym Voucher-Rosalind Nelis; 2 bottles of wine-Susie Dunlop. The Group would like to thank Frances Brennan for sourcing and supplying the prizes, Bernard Mc Carron’s Butchers for displaying the Hamper over the past few weeks and to all those who bought and sold tickets. The total amount raised was a tremendous €395.00!
The winner of the Family Resource Centre’s Christmas Hamper was Ross Bell.
We would like to thank all those who bought or sold tickets and our sincere thanks go to Raphoe Credit Union for displaying the Hamper. The money raised was €180.00 which will go towards supporting the Centre’s Counselling Services for adults and children.
The Family Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the families who attended our Annual Santa Night on Monday 14th December. Our Special Guest was Santa himself who passed out gifts to all of the children. Thanks Santa! Santa arrived at The Volt House courtesy of local Gardai and we would like to sincerely thank Sgt. Jim Collins who was on hand to personally ensure arrived safely to his destination.
We would also like to thank Cllr. Gerry Crawford once again for his kind contribution from Donegal Co. Council Members Development Fund Allocation towards the cost of the night.
Christmas & New Year Greetings
The Management Committee, Staff and Volunteers of the Family Resource Centre extends Seasons Greetings to all of the children, young people, families and the wider community of Raphoe and we hope that you all have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016.
The Family Resource Centre will reopen again on Monday 4th January 2016.
BTEI Care in the Community
Donegal Education and Training Board will be delivering Care in the Community QQI (FETAC) Level 5 in Raphoe in the New Year. Elements include Care Skills, Occupational First Aid, Patient Handling and Manual Handling. The module will be run through the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) that provides part-time further education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part. However, priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education. Certification is offered to all participants.
Objectives of the module include: to assist the participants to recognise the different types of clients needing care, different types of care needs and the differing care needs of clients; to enable participants to develop the necessary knowledge to respond effectively to clients’ individual needs with their involvement and their use of choice; to assist participants to acquire practical skills in the area of client personal care; to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills required for the maintenance of a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for clients.
For further information please contact Siobhan Coughlan, BTEI Learner Support Worker on 074-9725520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Raphoe Boxing Club
The winners of the Raphoe Boxing Club Christmas draw were as follows:
1st Prize Oven Ready Turkey – Lorraine Doherty, Ballindrait, Lifford
2nd Prize Bottle of Whiskey & Christmas Cake – Joshua Mc Namara, Raphoe
3rd Prize Bottle of Vodka & Tin of Sweets – Christian Mc Cullagh, Raphoe
4th Prize Hairstyle Voucher – Tom Doherty, Ballindrait, Lifford
Avery sincere thanks goes to the sponsors of the prizes- Ciaran Mc Cullagh, Siobhan Lafferty and Christy O’ Donnell and to all who supported this annual fundraising draw, your support is greatly appreciated.
The Club will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. We would like to say a very happy Christmas to all our generous sponsors for your support throughout 2015.
New Year’s Day Family Fun Run
Raphoe Road Runners, supported by Raphoe Scouts are hosting a 5k family fun run and walk at 12 noon on New Year’s Day 2016. Registration will take place in Raphoe Boxing Club from 11-11.45am. Category prizes: Junior, Senior, 40 plus, 50 plus (male and female). Registration fee is €5.00 per adult while children u-12 are free. Shower facilities are available. Refreshments will be available afterwards.
“Raphoe Shop Local 2015”
“Raphoe Shop Local 2015” A special thank you to all our local businesses & business people here in Raphoe who have provided services and goods to our community over many years. Over these years the local businesses have never let us down when it came to donations or sponsorship for our various community groups and fundraising activities. This year in particular please remember all our local businesses and give them our support. We are fortunate in Raphoe to still have excellent goods on sale and local services in the various outlets and plenty of bargains especially on the run up to Christmas. So please don’t forget our own town and our own people this year.
Christmas Wishes from Raphoe Tidy Towns Volt House Raphoe
The Tidy Towns Community Employment staff will be on Holidays from Thursday 24th December Christmas Eve until Tuesday 5th January 2016. There will be a town litter cleaning service over the holiday period. A sincere thank you to all the various residential areas, Schools, Churches, RCIA Ltd Volt House, the County Council, local County Council workers, all local people, community groups and businesses who have supported our work for the town during the year. Everyone in Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd, extend a very Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone in Raphoe and district and especially all those from the town and surrounding areas who are abroad this year. As always you will be remembered in a very special way this Christmas and New Year here in Raphoe. We also welcome those who are home for Christmas this year with their families and send best wishes to anyone who is sick or in hospital at this time. The following Christmas poem is dedicated to all Raphoe people wherever you may be this Christmas.
A Raphoe Christmas Eve.
The leaves they are all gone now
The air is cold and still
The burn runs through the valley
From Braehead wood and past the mill
The townlands and streets are quiet
The moon shines down below
The stars are shining brightly
In the hearths the fires glow.
The animals are resting
In the stables and the barns
Just like this night so long ago
The night that Christ was born
The children are all dreaming
Of reindeer flying through the snow
With Santa, toys and presents
On his visit to Raphoe
O Silent night, O Starry night
Of Miracles from Heaven above
Please send your new born Son to us
With His gifts of peace and love
The Town Clock in the Diamond
Keeps time for all to know
As the people wait on Christmas
In our City of Raphoe.
By: Martin Laird Raphoe Local History Volt House.
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