This week’s bumper Raphoe Community notes are out!
The Raphoe Family Resource Centre provides Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.
Still a few places remaining! Delighted Grainne from Harmony Babies -Baby Reflexology Classes will be back with us here in Raphoe Family Resource from 26th May from 10.30 – 12 for 5 weeks. Suitable for babies to pre-walkers. Places are free but limited. Contact us on 074 9145796/0873641503 or via text/WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger to secure you and your little one’s place.
Community Garda Drop in Clinic
Community Garda Drop In is taking place on Tuesday 13th June between 6pm-7pm. If you need passport/forms signed/stamped or information or guidance, feel free to call in. *NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY*
Mindful Meditation – Via Zoom
Relax in your favourite armchair in the comfort of your own home and take away the stress of the day. Mindful meditation ongoing via zoom every Monday at 6PM. Still have some spaces remaining! This programme is part funded by Donegal ETB. Cost is €10 per participant. To book your place or for more info contact Marie on 0749145796/0873641503 or Via text, Messenger/WhatsApp
Raphoe Men’s Shed
The Men’s Shed group meets every Thursday at 12 Noon in “The Shed”. If you have a few hours to spare why not come along and join in! The men are planning a few day/walking trips over the next few weeks and are currently taking part in the sheds for life programme organised by the Irish Men’s Shed Association. For more info contact Marie on 0749145796/0873641503
Big Brother Big Sister
In 2023, Big Brother Big Sister is again calling on adult volunteers to step forward and give just one hour a week to meet with a young person from age 8-18 for whom life may be a little challenging. Your support can make a real difference. We are currently looking for both male and female volunteers in the Letterkenny and surrounding areas. Contact us today, Julie 0860484459 Finghin: 0868213756 or alternatively click the link here: https://www.foroige.ie/express-your-interest
Raphoe Boxing Club
The local boxing Club will be strongly represented at a forthcoming intercounty tournament to be staged in the Twin Towns boxing club in Ballybofey on Sunday 21 st May at 1PM when the Donegal boxers will face a star-studded Tyrone – Fermanagh team. Raphoe boxers taking part will be Tyler Keaveney, Taylor Parke, David Tennyson, Rian Patton, Gary McNamara and Ryley Doherty and good wishes for every success goes to all the boxers and county coach Gerard Keaveney from all at the Raphoe Club.
As a parent or guardian, parenting is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, however the Family Resource Centre recognises at times life throws up challenges and these can be overwhelming. Some examples of the support we can offer; making routines, establishing boundaries and dealing with challenging behaviours.
The Family Resource Centre can help through listening ear, parenting programmes, one to one support, and a drop-in clinic to offer support on issues that are affecting home life.
We also provide sign posting or referrals to other services. For any further information please call Laura our family support community development worker on 08733350658.
Our breakfast club takes place Monday – Friday from 8.40am – 9.00 am. This is to support families with the cost of living crisis that many families are currently experiencing. Please contact Melanie or Laura for further information on (074) firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our Facebook page! Supported by the Toy Show Appeal.
Little Smiles with Big Dreams Baby and Toddler Group
Baby and toddlers take place every Wednesday morning in the FRC from 10:30am to 12. Starting back Wednesday 11 th January. Light snacks will be provided for the kids and a cup of tea for the adults. Cost is €2 per family. Please note the change of venue.
Would you like to join a group and get to know other ladies in your community? We meet every second Monday at 8 Pm. Everyone is welcome and always love seeing new faces. For more information, please contact Laura on 0749145796 or 0873350658 or via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Breakout takes place every Thursday from 4 – 6PM in the Family Resource Centre. We are delighted to welcome new and existing members to our new Raphoe group. A safe place for LGBTIQ+ young people and their friends. To book contact email@example.com / 0860776813. Raphoe Family Resource Centre offering a safe space on alternate Thursday nights for all LGBTIQ+ young people and their friends!
Youth Support Worker – CE scheme conditions apply
Donegal Youth Service are looking to recruit a youth Support Worker for the Family Resource Centre, Raphoe 19.5 hours per week, applicants must be 21 years and over and 1 year unemployed/receipt of a social welfare payment. For more information please contact the Resource Centre on 0749145796/0873641503
Raphoe Walking Group
Raphoe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!
Seniors Alert Scheme
Raphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme, please contact us on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.
Would you like to talk to someone about your concerns around drugs/alcohol? Free, confidential – non-judgemental service providing up to date information and practical supports, including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness practices, Brief Solution Focus Therapy and the Smart Recovery Principles. Drop in Group/Individuals every Monday 10am-12pm in the Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Letterkenny C.D.P is a community Development Project providing a Community Response to Alcohol/Drug misuse throughout Donegal. We provide non-judgemental support guidance and education to drug/alcohol users, their families and the community. Contact our Outreach worker for the Finn Valley area, Karen Gallen on 087 388 5080.
Raphoe Tidy Towns Appeal 2023
The Application for Raphoe Tidy Towns 2023 is presently being completed for submission.
We need your help for our town for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. Judging is usually during June, July and August. Now is the time to get ready so during may and june, please help us by keeping your area litter free, removing weeds or overgrowth from boundary walls, painting your homes/properties and tidying your gardens, eeping green areas well mown and tidy, putting out hanging baskets or window boxes, respecting wildlife and recycling your waste, cleaning up derelict buildings or sites, making financial donations, donating paint, flowers or shrubs for the town. A Sincere Thank You from all in the Tidy Towns for all your help over the years. Together we can make Raphoe a better place to visit, live, work and play in today and into the future. Thank You From all in Raphoe Tidy Towns 2023. Tel 074 9145692
Community Room Volt House
The community room is available free to local groups or individuals at the Volt House. The room is ideal for groups to hold meetings. This room has been kindly funded by local businesses and may be booked via reception. For further information please telephone Reception on 074 9173966.
Raphoe Tidy Towns Local History Project
Have you any old photos of the town or surrounding district? Any subject matter will be welcome to be part of the towns collection. Subjects such as weddings, community days/activities, individuals, sporting events, school photos, farming, bands, Christmas, snow, or any subject. Original photos will be scanned/copied and returned. Please call in and ask for Hilary on Mondays, Thursdays 9.30am until 4pm or Fridays. 9.30am until 3.30pm. Further information from the Tidy Towns Office 074 9145692.
Raphoe Volt House Resource Centre
The Suile Centre/Volt House are hosting a free event on Saturday June 10th from 11am to 12.30pm, as part of Cruinniu na nOg (Gathering of youth) 2023, with the fabulous ‘In Your Space Circus’ from Derry. Come along, learn to spin plates, be a clown, ride a unicycle, have fun. Age from 8, and places are limited, so booking is essential on the Cruinninu na nOg website.
The long awaited guest appearance at the Suile Centre of the Finn Valley Male voice choir takes place on Friday 26th May at our weekly Friday Club from 11am, with great renditions of classic and popular songs, some good craic and of course the essential ‘cuppa’. Everyone Welcome.
The excitement and interest continues with our ‘Look Back’ Mural, on Hyndman’s gable depicting a Fair Day in Raphoe circa 1955. Keep sending your selfies to our Facebook page.