Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Gateway gets into action and the media alongside other Mental Health Reform volunteers

Gateway supports launch of MHR pre-budget submission and campaign on Tuesday 26th August.

Invest in My Mental Health 25.08.15 IT Article  http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health

We also had a chance to get our voices on the radio...
"Though this launch had a broader remit… both Fionn and Yvonne spoke fantastically about the benefits of the Gateway project and Community Based Peer support, as well as the very urgent need for adequate funding here!" ~ John Kelly, Gateway's Development Worker

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer - please note that the interview starts 2hr 12min into the show but you can just fast forward.

Also we got into the health section of the Independent today - see pic below "Speaking their minds".

Check out www.mentalhealthreform.ie for other ways you can support the campaign and sign the petition

Well done and thanks to everyone!!!

Fionn ;)

Monday, 17 August 2015

Gateway Updates

Dear Gateway Members, friends and supporters,

We are pleased to inform you that Gateway’s transfer from our former host the Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership, to our new administrative home under Mental Health Ireland is now complete as of 1st July 2015.

It has been a bittersweet and challenging time for our project over the last few months but also one of renewal and growth as we look forward to developing new opportunities for wellbeing and recovery in the community alongside our collaborators and partners.
We have also moved our office to Gateway’s drop-in centre at Unit 1, 2 Parker Hill, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 and can be contacted by phone on (01) 4977005 and 085 7521220 and email on info@gatewaymha.com.  See attached information leaflet for more details.

Despite the recent upheavals, we are bouncing back with great resilience and style.  Check out Project Worker Ali Rochford’s inspiring piece for the Sunday Independent recently ‘Gateway to Health’ which has helped connect more people with our group and each other.  Ali is working to promote recovery across the community through WRAP and bringing her knowledge and skills as a
trainer with Gateway to the assistance of other groups.

We are proud to say that members' drop-in days, courses and community based activities have been proceeding with commitment and energy and 8 new members finding us in July.  We have just concluded a WRAP level 1 course and have begun a new collaboration with the National Concert Hall called Music in Mind.  Exciting and new learning options will be starting in the autumn so watch the blog and these updates for more details.

Members have been busy out and about with various social and recreational activities all summer, staying connected with local cafĂ© meet ups and speaking about needs and interests from the peer perspective with National Director of Mental Health, Ms Anne O’Connor most recently and through other groups like Mental Health Reform and service user events like the recent Our Service, Our Say consultation.

Thank you all again for your support over the last few months – it is vital to our success as a peer run member led community project and is greatly appreciated!

Please keep an eye on the Gateway blog for updates, newsletters and more.

Best wishes,
The Gateway Team

Gateway Mental Health Association
Unit 1, 2 Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Gateway Mobile:  085 7521220  /  Office: 01 4977 005
Website: www.projectgateway.blogspot.com
Email: info@gatewaymha.com 

Current Gateway Team:
Fionn Fitzpatrick Project Co-ordinator fionn@gatewaymha.com
John Kelly Development Worker johnk@gatewaymha.com 
John Murray Admin Support Worker johnm@gatewaymha.com 
Ali Rochford Project Worker & WRAP ali@gatewaymha.com 
Mary Barnes Project Worker mary@gatewaymha.com 
Tom Manning Project Worker tom@gatewaymha.com 
Deirdre Harte Project Worker deirdre@gatewaymha.com 

Gateway is a community development peer support project proudly supported by its Advisory Committee, a collaborative partnership of representatives from Gateway, the HSE, Dublin City Council, Disability Federation Ireland, International Initiative of Mental Health Leadership, Mental Health Ireland, Mental Health Reform, Shine and The City of Dublin Education & Training Board.


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