Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Voter Awareness Training with Mental Health Reform

Hi All,

Here's a message from Lara Kelly from Mental Health Reform regarding Voter Awareness Training at Gateway...

Hello All!

Tuesday 9th February 2-4pm, Parker Hill

Voter awareness session with Mental Health Reform

Are you interested in helping to make mental health a priority in the next General Election?

Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, will meet Gateway members to introduce the Our state of mind General Election campaign to keep mental health on the political agenda. 

Come along to hear specific recommendations for the next Government and to get some campaign tools to help you speak to your local candidates. 

Please see the attatched images for more information.

See you soon!

Lara Kelly,
Communications and Campaigns Officer.
Mental Health Reform.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Gateway Project Worker CE position online

Gateway is advertising for a new Project Worker CE position which might be of interest.  Please feel free to circulate and see  www.jobsireland.ie for further details. Deadline for applications via Intreo  is 5pm on 4th February 2016. Attached is the job spec with job reference: ES-1007696 and information on Community Employment (CE) schemes. 

If interested in applying, it is very important that applicants first check their eligibility with their local INTREO office (local social welfare office) beforehand as not everyone is eligible for Community Employment (CE)– list of offices here: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Intreo---Contact-Information.aspxWe advise that applicants also check with social welfare to find out how a change to a CE payment would affect entitlements and secondary benefits like living alone allowance etc.

How do I apply?
First Steps:
1. Read the information attached to this email to understand what Gateway is looking for in a new Project Worker.
2. Check www.jobsireland.ie for the Project Worker for Gateway Mental Health Association advert (CE Scheme is Bluebell Women’s Group, Supervisor is Siobhan Parnell).
3. Make a note of the JOB REFERENCE CODE: ES-1007696
4. Contact INTREO and arrange a meeting with the Employment Services Officer and ask them to put you forward for referral to the CE Scheme Sponsor. (a list of these offices are here: www.welfare.ie)
    Only candidates on the referral list will be requested to submit a current CV and cover letter for shortlisting for interviews.

Follow On Steps:
    Shortlisting will be done on the basis of the letter of application and CV in accordance with the job spec.
    Interviews will take place in mid February.
    If successful, the new Project Worker will start on the scheme once Garda Vetting has been processed – the successful person can choose to start earlier by volunteering if they wish as Garda Vetting takes approximately 6-8 weeks.

Please approach the local employment service for help needed with CVs and application letters - they can be very helpful and supportive (http://www.localemploymentservices.ie/ )

Best wishes and good luck to everybody interested.  


Department of Social Protection - Head Offices List
Services: Longford Social Welfare Services
Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford.
Opening Hours: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Tel: (043) 3340000 / (01) 704 3000
>Invalidity Pension
> Disablement Benefit
> Carer's Allowance
> Carer's Benefit
> Bereavement Grant
> Family Income Supplement - FIS
> Rent Allowance De-Control of Rents
> Disability Allowance
Aras Mhic Dhiarmada
Store Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 6797777
> Illness Benefit Enquires
Tel: (01) 7043000
> Office of the Minister
> Office of the Secretary General
> Budget and Finance
> Occupational Injuries Benefit
> Press Office
> EU/International Policy
> Policy and Planning Unit
> Facilities Management Unit
> Family Affairs Unit
> Personnel
> Medical Care
Social Welfare Services
Dept. of Social Protection
McCarter's Road, Ardarvan, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.
Lo-Call: 1890690690 (Republic of Ireland only)
If calling from outside Ireland, Please call (01) 4715898
> Maternity Benefit
> Adoptive Benefit
> Health and Safety Benefit
> PRSI Records
> EU/International Records
> Homemakers
Social and Family Support Services (SFSS)
Department of Social Protection, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
> Client Identity Services (01) 7043281
> Decisions Advisory Office (071) 9672500
Freedom of Information
> Employment Support Services (071) 9672500
> Maintenance Recovery Unit (071) 9672500
> Back to Work Allowance (071) 9672594
> Back to Education Allowance (071) 9672531
St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Tel: (042) 9392600
> Accounts Branch
Gandon House
Amiens Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 7043000
> Office for Social Inclusion
Goldsmith House
Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 7043000
> Office of the Director General
> Buisness Information Security Unit
> Management Services Unit
> Risk Management Support Unit
Social Welfare Services
St. Oliver Plunkett Road, LetterKenny, Co. Donegal
> Child Benefit - Lo-Call: 1890400400
> Treatment Benefit: Dental/Optical/Hearing Aids Lo-Call: 1890400400
Oisin House
212-213 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
> Scope (insurability of Employment) (01) 6732585
> PRSI Refunds (01) 6732586
Social Welfare Services
College Road,
Telephone Lo-Call: 1890 500000 or (071) 9157100 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)
> State Pensions
> Blind Pension
> One-Parent Family Payment
> Window's or Windower's Pensions
> Widowed Parent Grant
> Guardians Payments
> Supplementary Welfare Allowance
> Free Travel
> Household Benefits
> Project Office
> Internal Audit
> Bereavement Grant
> Information Services Lo-Call: 1890 662244
OPFP or your Local Social Welfare Office ~ Contact your Local Comunity Welfare Officer
Where the deceased person was in receipt of a payment from SWS, Sligo or was a qualified adult or a qualified child.
Social Welfare Services
Goverment Offices, Cork Road, Waterford
Tel: Waterford (051) 356000/(01) 7043000
> Self Employment Section
> Special Collection
> Voluntary Contributions Section
> International Records

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Skills for Change Course

Howdy Everyone,

We've been sent some information on an upcoming 'Skills for Change' course from Susan Kehoe from the Ballyfermot Primary Care and Mental Health Centre.

Please see the attached flyer for contact information if you are interested in this course.

Hi all,

I’ve attached information on a training course that is upcoming. It is open to people in the D12 area. It is a course for individuals who are using/have used the mental health services and /or their supporters. I sent on a copy of the research to the group previously ‘A seat at the table’ and this training course has arisen from one of the recommendations made from the research. The course aims to provide the participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to partake in decision making for within the mental health services and beyond. 

We’re having an information meeting re: the course on Thursday 21st in Tallaght library.

Kind Regards,


Susan Kehoe
Senior Occupational Therapist
Mental Health Rehabilitation Service
Ballyfermot Primary Care and Mental Health Centre

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Gateway Songwriters Group

Howdy all,

So...have we got any songwriters among you lot???

If so, have a look at this, here's a message from Gateway's very own magical musician Clodagh...

A hope of a songwriters group.  

You don’t have to play an instrument to write a song.  

Please, let me know if you are interested and if you are, hopefully we could start a songwriting group.  I’m often at gateway drop in….if you want to share a musical experience of writing songs, ( and I recommend it …it’s enjoyable..) please talk to me about it.  

Please let’s start a group…

Non singers/singers,
Composers of words/non composers of words,
Musicians/non musicians...

All Welcome to the group I’m trying to set up….let’s make music!



Canal Communities Partnership Courses

Hello Everyone,

Here a message from Tara Smith from the Canal Communities Partnership regarding courses being run in the near future. Please see the attached flyers for more details.

Hi all,

Please find attached an overview of Employment and Enterprise services available from the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme under Canal Communities Partnership, this includes contact details for staff delivering the services.

I have also attached an poster outlining some of the training programmes / courses that will be delivered in the early part of 2016. Contact details for registration is on the poster. 

In the next few weeks we will be running a Safe Pass course, Manual Handling/Intro to Health & Safety, Door Security and a Barista Skills course. There are limited places left on these courses but we will take names for the waiting list for further courses.

I will forward a calendar of Enterprise Training courses later this week. I will also send on details of other courses as they are confirmed.

As always services are available to Jobseekers living in the CCP catchment areas of Dublin 4, 6, 6W, 8 and 12. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to chat about any ideas you might have in relation to courses that could be delivered in your community. 

Thanks and kind regards


Tara Smith
Employment Services Manager

17a St Agnes Road
Dublin 12
Ph: 01 4095082 / 086 1806106
E-mail: tsmith@canalpartnership.com

EE Poster 2016

Manual Handling Intro to HS Jan 2016

Training Programmes - Overview Jan16

Monday, 18 January 2016

Mobile Gateway Workshop

Hello All,
New Year, New Beginnings...
Members decided in 2015 that Gateway should develop ways to connect with others in the community and get Gateway mobile...

Come along, Share your Ideas and Get Involved - light and tasty refreshments included!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Mental Health Reform Tweetathon

Dear Gateway members

Happy new year! I'm getting in touch with an invitation that I hope might be of interest.

Mental Health Reform is holding a Tweetathon on Thursday 14th January. A Tweetathon is our way of using Twitter to keep mental health on the political agenda ahead of the General Election. We'd like to invite you to join us at the Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, anytime between 11am and 3pm, to tell us why you think mental health should be an election priority. We'll share your ideas and messages to politicians through our Twitter account using our campaign hashtag, #Ourstateofmind.

This will be a get together of people with experience of using mental health services and staff from mental health organisations. Lunch will be included at 1pm. We'd love to have you at this event, and you are welcome to drop by to collect General Election campaign leaflets, for campaign suggestions, healthy snacks and music between 11 am and 3 pm.

Please let us know if you can come along and at what time.

You can read more about the Our state of mind campaign to keep mental health on the General Election agenda here: https://www.mentalhealthreform.ie/our-state-of-mind/

Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Best wishes


Lara Kelly,
Communications and Campaigns Officer.

Mental Health Reform,
Coleraine House,
Coleraine Street,
Dublin 7

Tel. 01 874 9468
Mobile: (087) 6189715

First Fortnight Arts Festival 2016

Hello all,

That lovely bunch of folks over at First Fortnight are running their biggest ever mental health arts festival this year!

A wee word from their website...

2016 Programme

"Music, theatre, film, dance, workshops, discussion, poetry, story-telling, visual art, debate and more.

 With over 50 events taking place across over 30 venues nationwide this is our biggest and boldest First Fortnight festival programme to date. 

Make sure to check out the full line up of events by clicking below. There really is something in there for everyone!" 

Have a look at their programme here: UPCOMING SHOWS

I've had a look myself, there seems to be a lot of interesting stuff going on!

We've been in touch with First Fortnight and hope to have some flyers available in drop-in very soon.

All the best folks,

John M.

People's College Courses January 2016

Hello folks,

Below is a link to the Peoples College Website which has details of the courses that they will be running in the coming months:


And also please see the flyers below for more information.

All the best,

Gateway Team.



Tuesday, 5 January 2016

We're Back! Welcome to 2016!

Hello again everyone,

Here is our newsletter and schedule for January. Looking forward to seeing you all in this new year!

Gateway Newsletter January 2016 17Dec2015

January 2016

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