Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Gateway is recruiting for a new Development Worker

Hi folks,

As many of you already know there are a few changes coming up in Gateway.  Ali is moving on from Gateway at the end of October. We are sad to say goodbye and thank Ali for all her hard work over the years as well as wishing her much success for the future.

Gateway is now recruiting for a new Development Worker to work as part of the Gateway team, supporting the Project Co-ordinator in managing Gateway, and supporting members in the operation and development of a member and peer led community resource for people with self experience of mental ill health and recovery.

For those interested in applying see the job spec here:
Mental Health Ireland is the employer and managing the recruitment for Gateway.  Please follow the application process explained in the advert which will mean applying to Mental Health Ireland, not Gateway.

Please be aware that the deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 26th October 2018. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in early November.

Feel free to circulate this to people who might be interested and/or experienced. We value lived expertise and applications from peers as well as allied.  We are looking for someone who has management experience, a community development background with good knowledge of mental health as well as the context and kind of work that we do in Gateway using a community development approach.

Good luck to all/any applying.

The Gateway Team

Some changes to our schedule... Gateway in October

Dear Gateway Members & Supporters

Yesterday at a special members’ meeting which included attendance by Gateway’s Management Committee Chairperson and other Management Committee members, the decision to reduce drop in hours and activities was taken by members after much discussion and consideration of the current project resources and where to prioritise them.  As many of you will understand, in recent times Gateway has become very busy with attendance at drop in doubling.  In order to be able to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment and adequate balance of staffing,  some reduction to Gateway’s activities has been agreed for the next few months.  Below is the new schedule for October which reflects these changes which will see drop in opening from 2-4pm.

Notes from yesterday's meeting are available to members through the drop in.

These were hard decisions for the Project to make with a view to protecting the project, its members and staff for the future success of Gateway. If anyone would like to lead/support a café meet up after drop in, please let us know on or in person during drop in.

Please be assured that these changes are only temporary. Everyone is doing their best to make Gateway the success it has become. It is a terrific peer and member led project but needs a bit of nurturing and time to resettle following significant change this year.

We appreciate everyone’s support and wish everyone well. 

The Gateway Team

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Critical perspectives on and beyond ‘recovery’: ten years on

Registration is now open for the conference -
Critical perspectives on and beyond ‘recovery’: ten years on
14th and 15th November 2018

School of applied social studies and school of nursing and midwifery

University College Cork, Ireland, with Critical Voices Network Ireland

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland.  

Email Harry Gijbels and make sure you give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 14 November, Thursday 15 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

At the first critical perspectives conference, in 2009, recovery principles and practices were debated and discussed with a considerable optimism about their potential to radically change mental health care. Now, with the conference in its 10th year, it is time to take another critical look at recovery and in particular the adoption of so-called strategies of inclusion (e.g. co-production, community engagement, and the employment of peer support workers) by mainstream institutions. The conference will consider whether such strategies have led to a recovery-focused mental health care where service users have choices, control and authority, or whether these strategies constitute an act of appropriation and co-option servicing primarily the interests of the mental health establishment.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Recovery College DCU: upcoming course - What I know now

This course is being offered by The Recovery College, DCU. It will run for 8 weeks, starting on Wednesday 24th October 2018. To apply for this course, please contact The Recovery College directly on: (01) 7007907 or email:

Recovery College, DCU: Thoughts, Feeling, Actions course

The following 8-week course is being run by The Recovery College, DCU. Open to all. It will start on Monday 22 October 2018. To register for it, please contact The Recovery College, DCU, on (01) 7007907 or email:

Thursday, 6 September 2018

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