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St. Johnston Notes 51


									Community Drop-In Café Now Open: The New Community Drop in Cafe in Main Street, St.
Johnston is now open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Fridays. The Youth drop-
in times are: Thursdays, 8pm - 10pm; Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; and Saturdays 4pm to 8pm. It’s your
Drop-In Café, so hope to see you there!

Tallaght Open Winners: Well done PT's kickboxing kids and their coach Carla Patton (former
European and World champion) for their winnings in The Tallaght Open on 13th Sept 09. Congrats
to Jay Doherty who won the Tallaght Open u`14s, and also to Damien Duddy, Darren Dixon (u12s -
2nd) and William Duddy. Well done guys!

Kickboxing: Kids beginners classes starts Saturday 3rd October 09. 6-11 year olds from 11am to
12pm and 12-16 years olds from 12 pm to 1 pm at PT'S Kickboxing gym at the Custom post,
Carrigans. Everyone Welcome. Tel 074 91 40840 or 086 059 6973.

Fundraising Dance: In aid of Fr. Oliver’s work in the Philippians. Friday October 9th at 10.00pm
in Maggie’s Tavern. Music by White Lightning. Admission €5.

Charity Night at the Races: In aid of the Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, will
be held in the Carrig Inn, Carrigans, on Friday, October 9th at 9pm.

The Lunch Club: This has now restarted and runs every second Wednesday in the month at 11am
in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. However, due to the Children’s Book
Festival Storytelling event being held in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on
Wednesday 14th October, the start time of the Lunch Club will be 12noon with lunch being served
at 12.15pm. Normal lunch club times will resume after this date.

Children’s Book Festival: Motivate school children to read and raise money for people living with
Multiple Sclerosis via Bookfest – Leabhar – Fhéile. Join the MS Readathon today – October 16th to
Nov 16th 2009 – it’s a worthy cause! Tel: 01 678 1600 or email:

Santa Trip: There will be a trip to see Santa at Dough Island on Fri 18th December. The coach will
depart from the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 5pm. The cost is €18 per
person, which includes entrance fee and bus. Booking in advance is essential to get a seat. For
further details, contact Deborah on 074 91 48551.

Old Mobile Phones Wanted: The Jack and Jill Foundation is a charity that helps children with
brain damage who require extended care at home. They are currently running an initiative whereby
any school who collects 300 old mobile phones for their organisation, will in return, receive a 78
inch Promethean ActivBoard (which is an Interactive whiteboard, - a piece of equipment which we
would love to have in our school!) If the school collects a further 200 phones, we will receive a
projector, a pair of speakers and a height adjustable frame. These phones will be recycled to help
support terminally sick babies and their families, provide third world countries with ‘new’ mobile
phones and it also helps prevent the pollution caused by putting old phones into landfills. The
school is interested in taking part in an initiative and would be very grateful if anyone who would
have an old mobile phone, would kindly donate it to the school. Please ask your extended family
and friends if they would have an old mobile phone that they would like to donate to the school. A
collection box will be available outside the principal’s office. Thank you for your continued
support. Yours truly, Ann Marie Meehan, School Principal. St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston, Tel:074
9148327 FAX:0743-9148518, e-mail:

Parent & Toddler Group: This group re-starts on Wednesday 21st Oct. If you are the Parent of a
young child or children or are caring for a baby or toddler, then you might like to meet other parents
or carers in the area for a cup of tea and a chat, while the children play together with a range of toys,
games and activities. So, why not join the Parent & Toddler Group at St. Johnston & Carrigans
Family Resource Centre with Lifestart in old play group every Wednesday from 10am - 12.00am?
We plan to have different activities each month and look forward to seeing you. For further
information contact Deborah at St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 0749148551.

Are You Unemployed?: The Regional Employment Service can help to get you back into full time
employment, identify training opportunities, prepare a CV, fill out application forms and much
more. Or – are you an Employer looking for staff? We will job match from our database to meet
your requirements. The RES Outreach will be in attendance in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family
Resource Centre on Mon 2nd November from 11am to 1pm. For further enquiries, phone Helen or
Mary 074 91 28010 or the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551. This Service is supported by DLDC
and ICTU and is free and totally confidential.

Fun Day Raises €850: The Charity Fun Day held recently in Gibson’s House & Home to raise
money for Heart Children of Ireland, in association with Crumlin Hospital, Dublin, raised €850.
Many thanks to all our customers who donated to this worthy cause. Your contributions were
gratefully appreciated.

Yoga with Noleen Murphy: Every Thursday morning in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family
Resource Centre from 9.45 to 11.00am. €5 per session. Open to all adults - just turn up on the day.

Young Mothers: Free courses for young mothers on the Pathways Programme. Learn: Personal
Development, Health Awareness, Parenting Skills, Paediatric First Aid, IT Skills and Peace and
Reconciliation. You will get accredited training, an opportunity to meet new people, assistance with
career progression and assistance with childcare. If you are interested, contact Diane: 028 8225
0962 (N.I.) or 048 8225 0962 (R.O.I.).

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is now available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource
Centre. The cost is €1 per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the new
Community Drop In Cafe opening soon in St. Johnston Main Street.

Christmas Cards: These are now on offer in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre
and St. Johnston Post Office at €1 each. This is to support Fr. Oliver’ s appeal to help disadvantaged
Ozamis women in the Philippines who have personally made the hand-crafted cards.

Upcoming Events for Youth: If you are interested in any of these listed below, please contact the
St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 074 91 48551. Places are limited so book
ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Activity Club: Held every Thursday for 4 to 7 year olds from 3.30pm - 4.30pm in the St. Johnston
& Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Activities include: arts & crafts, games, baking, sports,
quizzes and lots more!

Youth Club: Under 12’s – These are held in the Family Resource Centre on Thursday’s from
6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Guitar Classes: These will be held in the Community Drop-In Cafe from 5.00pm to 6.15pm every
Monday. Class places will be limited to 8, so contact us ASAP. The course will cost €30 for 10
weeks x 1 hour lessons. Please contact Deborah at St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource
Centre on 91 48551.
Personal, community and cultural programme: This will be made up of young people from St.
Johnston and Gortnahey Community Development project. This project is open to young people
aged 11 to 14 years old. Both groups will take part in single identity workshops in their own
communities prior to meeting and will be encouraged to identify areas which they feel should be
explored during the initial contact exchange (residential) and/or during the follow up day. Please
contact Deborah at St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 91 48551.

Sports Programme: For young people aged 14 to 19. This programme will provide specialised 4 -
week sports specific training in soccer, rugby, cricket, Gaelic games and two other sports (to be
decided shortly) and will run for 6 months from September 2009 to March 2010. Please contact
Deborah at St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 91 48551.

Citizenship Programme: This project, for the 15 plus age group, will start on Tuesday 22nd
September, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm in the new Community Drop-In Cafe, Main Street, St.
Johnston. The project will include workshops, group work activities, teambuilding, residentials and
the planning of individual group projects. If interested contact Deborah on 074 91 48551 for further
information. Places are limited so phone ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Cross-border Youth Project: This will be held in the new Community Drop-In Cafe, St. Johnston
Main Street, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm starting 5th October. 1st to 3rd years will involve single
identity workshop, social outings, residentials and a celebration evaluation evening. If interested,
contact Deborah for further information, places are limited so do so ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Forever Crafts: The Forever Crafts group meet every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm in the Old
Playgroup building. A warm welcome is awaiting all previous and new members! Contact Carol in
the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 91 48551.

Evening Art Club: The Art Club is already up and running and is held in the Old Playgroup every
Monday evening from 8.00 – 9.00pm. Beginners and experienced painters are all welcome. If you
are interested, please contact the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 074 91

Jiving Lessons: The ever-popular jiving classes run every Tuesday evening from 8.00pm to
9.00pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. Great craic whilst keeping fit! Just turn up
on the night.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the St.
Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. The craic’s good!

Women’s Group: The Women’s Group meet at 8pm on the first Thursday of every month. A warm
welcome awaits you!

Dance Class: Teresa Dowds dance class, held every Monday from 8.00pm to 11.00pm in the St.
Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre has been postponed till further notice.

Hip-Hop: Hip-Hop is back with Laura D’s Bodyrox School of Dancing every Wednesday from
5.00pm to 6.00pm for 5 – 10 years and from 6.00pm to 7.00pm for 11years+ in the St. Johnston &
Carrigans Resource Centre.

Pilates: A gentle but very effective exercise for all age groups held every Wednesday, from 7.00pm
to 8.00pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please bring a mat.
Upcoming Events for Over 50’s: If you are interested in any of these listed below, please contact
the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 074 91 48551. Places are limited so book
ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Cross Border Reminiscing Project: This will include a workshop, followed by lunch and time to
socialise. Contact Deborah on 074 91 48551 for details.

Have you lost your job? Are you worried about…Getting social welfare payments? Supporting
your family? Paying your bills? Getting the documents you need? Finding a new job? Get the
answers online at: The Citizens Information Service provides this
information. Telephone 1890 777121.

Problems Paying off Debts? Are you experiencing financial problems? Do you need advice on
money management? Help is available at North Donegal MABS (Money Advice & Budgeting
Service), 1 Castle Avenue, Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 93 21856.

Rural Resource Information: Garvan Connolly, Rural Resource Worker with Donegal Local
Development Company (DLDC) Outreach Service, will be able to provide free and confidential
information and advice on various agricultural schemes and social welfare entitlements for
farming/fishing families. He can also provide information on: Enterprise Start Up, Community
Development, Leader+ and National Rural Development Programmes, CLAR, Community Based
Youth Initiative, Job Club, Job Initiative, Regional Employment Service and Rural Social Scheme.
Contact Gavan at 91 27056.

Tax Relief On Bin Charges: Did you know that you could claim tax relief on the bin charges you
pay each year? Tax can be claimed back on annual charges and pre-paid tags, receipts are not
necessary. To make your claim call into your local Revenue Office or Lo call 1890 777 425 and
quote your P.P.S. number.

Teen Between: ‘Teen Between’ is an information support service for Teenagers of separated
parents. Feeling confused? Bottling things up? Can’t find someone who understands? If you feel
yourself or a loved one could benefit from the Teen Between Service, please contact: Frankie
McGreevy, Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, 16 – 18 Port Road. Tel: 074 91 29640.

Disability Sports: Donegal Sports Partnership encourages the participation of both adults and
children with disabilities in sport and physical activity. Games include Boccia Bowling and
PowerChair Football. For further information, contact Therese on 074 91 16078.

Forever Fathers: If you are an unmarried, separated or divorced father, why not contact Forever
Fathers - helping & supporting fathers for equal rights. Meetings are confidential, relaxed and
friendly. Tell your story, be listened to, get some advice – do not suffer in isolation! Contact:
Inishowen - 087 9403651, W. Donegal - 087 9104140. Ballybofey & Letterkenny – 086 2532568.

Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre: The Centre is offering individual counselling in
Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Bunbeg. The service to open to female and male
survivors of sexual abuse and rape and is free of charge. We also offer support for family members.
All communication is treated strictly confidential. For more information, please contact: Freephone
1800 44 88 44, or 074 91 28211 or email:

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigan’s FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County
Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books,
‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a
dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal
County Library from the St. Johnston and Carrigan’s Family Resource Centre if you wish. In
addition we also provide our own second hand recycling book service. We welcome donations of
books in reasonable condition (space permitting), which are then offered free to the public.

Lunch Club Appeal: If you have any unwanted gifts that could be used by the St. Johnston and
Carrigan’s Lunch Club to raise funds, we would be grateful if you would drop them into the St.
Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Thank you.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, just tear them off and bring them down to Maureen
McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your old
waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Details: The St. Johnston Notes/Community News can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at
the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or
leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can phone Eamonn on
087 917 1594 or email articles to: .

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