Monday, December 6, 2010

COMMUNITY GROUPS ASKED TO CHECK ON HOUSEBOUND RESIDENTS

What has your community project been doing for people isolated in the snow and bad weather? Have you any ideas to share?

Last week, the Community Minister wrote to hundreds of community groups funded through the Local and Community Development Programme urging them to "keep in regular contact with people who may find themselves housebound to ensure that they have sufficient supplies of food and heat etc."

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey said "if other interventions are required, the relevant local statutory agency e.g. the HSE should be contacted immediately so that the necessary help and assistance can be obtained."

A lot of groups would already have been helping out in various ways, as projects did in Cork during the floods and subsequent water shortages last year.

Minister Carey in his letter described the assistance by community groups as "invaluable" and said the community sector is "uniquely placed" to help out.

The media only pick up on weather-related deaths on the roads, but who knows how many people have died quietly in their homes from the cold or related illnesses this year.

Let us know if you've ideas for helping people out that other community groups could emulate or copy!

Email: editor@changingireland.ie or comment below here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

11 BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM LEARNING MUSIC



11 BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLE

FROM LEARNING MUSIC - THE BALLUMUN EXPERIENCE
Children who play a musical instrument in a band develop improved:

- Ability to Focus- Patience- Self Confidence- Abilities to relax- Hand co-ordination- Discipline- Ability to learn languages- They find a means of self-expression. - They have fun.- They make new friends.-They experience achievement.

For more, read our feature on the Ballymun Music Programme which has seen over 1000 children learn music on page 21:
http://www.changingireland.ie/ISSUE34.pdf

PHOTOS:

(1) Young musicians from the Ballymun Music Programme

(2) Ron Cooney, Ballymun Music Programme director


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WINTER EDITION OUT NOW! HERE!

THE PRINT VERSION WILL BE DELIVERED TO EASON NEWSAGENTS AND TO ADDRESSES NATIONWIDE NEXT WEEK!