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St Johnston & Carrigans
Donegal

Spring Courses
The following course’s are pending due to funding if anyone is interested please contact the Family Resource Centre for more information.
Phone 074 9148551 or e-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net
• Car Maintenance
• D.I.Y Furniture Upholstery
• Occupational First Aid
• Needlework
• Electric Form Filling For Farmers
• Genealogy, Mapping your Family Tree
• Yoga
Yoga started on Tuesday on nights from 6.45pm - 8.00pm
New members welcome.


Gibsons House and Home
Gibson House and Home are selling tickets in aid of the Irish Lung Cancer Foundation.
Tickets are available in store for €2 euro each.

Regional Employment Outreach
The Regional Employment Service can help unemployed people get back in to full/part time employment, identify training opportunities, prepare CV and fill out application forms and much more. So if you wish to avail of our service:

The Outreach Officer can arrange to meet you in The Family Resource Centre, St Johnston Ring Helen or Mary on 074 9128010 to arrange an appointment.

This Service is supported by DLDC and ICTU and is free and totally confidential.

Ante Natal Classes
For clients in the St. Johnston, Newtowncunningham and Raphoe areas will be held in the Family Resource Centre St. Johnston.
Monday 14th February 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 17th February 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Monday 21st February 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 24th February 2.00pm – 3.30pm

For Further Information please contact Caroline McAteer Public Health Nurse St. Johnston 074 91 48275.

Walk and Talk
This group has started on 14th of February 2011, anyone interested in joining should meet at the community drop-in Café on the main street St. Johnston at 11am.
This programme will begin with tours which aim to promote exercise, develop friendship and peer support. This will be followed up by a series of 10 workshops aimed to actively promote positive health and well being by looking at diet, lifestyle and addictions that negatively impact on health and overall quality of life.
Come prepared to go walking.

Youth Club
Thursday 6.30pm - 8pm 5th, 6th class and first years.
Thursday 8.00pm - 9.45 2 years+.

Friday Drop in
6.30pm - 8pm 1st year.
8pm - 10pm 2nd year+.

Parent Toddler Group
This group runs every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm in the old playgroup building, at St. Johnston. This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Homework Club
The Family Resource Centre are running a Homework Club for 3rd and 4th class on Monday’s, from 3pm to 4.30pm Snacks will be provided for the children followed by half an hour on homework the occasional trip. It will cost €10 per child for membership which will cover them from the 31st of January to the 11th of April 2011.
In order for your son/daughter to take part, a permission slip and fee of €10 must be returned to the Family Resource Centre.
For the children’s safety we would appreciate if parents would make arrangements for their children to be collected from the Family Resource Centre at 4.30pm after the home work club.

Baby Massage
The class is open to parents with new born babies and those up to the age of seven months. Places are limited so in order to secure your place please contact the Family Resource Centre at 074 9148551 or E-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net

AGM
The AGM of St. Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project will be held on the 28th February 2011 at 7.30pm at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Rd, St. Johnston.
Everyone welcome.

Lunch Club: Are you fifty or over? Are you at a loose end? Would you like to meet and socialise with people of your own age group for lunch, a chat, a bit of craic, enjoy occasional outings, theatre trips, social events, meeting new people and an annual holiday. If you are interested, join us at the Lunch Club in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every second Wednesday from 11am-1.30pm. New members always welcome!
Next Date Wednesday 23rd of February 2011 at 11am.
Transport can be provided.
For more information contact: Tricia Devine or any of the centre staff at 074 9148551.


Bodyrox School of Dance: Bodyrox School of Dance Hip Hop takes place in the Resource centre on Wednesday evenings. Its children aged from 4 to 10 at 5pm to 6pm. Then from 6pm to 7pm, its children 10 plus. €5 euros per class.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving skills or learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Family Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8:30pm and finishes at 10pm. It will be on the same time every Wednesday. Admission 5 euros. Contact Marie at 087 6152761, Nora at 087 2614240.

Boxercise: Boxercise is a fun and effective way for keeping fit and staying in shape.
There are two classes available Tuesday morning 10-11am and Thursday 8-9pm.

Pilates: Class takes place on 7 to 8pm on Wednesday in the Family Resource Centre, everybody welcome. Pilates is a great way to tone the body and support weight loss.

Lunch Club Appeal: If you have any unwanted gifts that could be used by the St. Johnston and Carrigans 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 Please come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet people and have a bite to eat.

Rural Transport Bus: Rural Transport Bus to Lifford/Strabane. Departs Carrigans, Thursdays 10 am. Pickup in St.Johnston at 10.10 am. Returns 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston at 1.20 pm and Carrigans at 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Center Centre offers a free and professional and confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call Niki Cross in complete confidence at 087 0569124.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week.

Bowling: Fridays 7.30pm to 10pm in the Family Resource Centre. Everyone welcome.


MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 91 29909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Spring Course’s
The following course’s are pending due to funding if anyone is interested please contact the Resource Centre for more information.
Phone 074 9148551 or e-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net
• Car Maintenance
• D.I.Y Furniture Upholstery
• Occupational First Aid
• Needlework
• Electric Form Filling For Farmers
• Genealogy, Mapping your Family Tree
• Yoga
Yoga starting Tuesday 1st February from 6.45pm – 8.00pm.
Cost: €35euro for six weeks.



Walk and Talk
This group will start on Monday the 14th of February 2011, anyone interested in joining should meet at the community drop-in Café on the main street St. Johnston at 11am.
This programme will begin with tours which aim to promote exercise, develop friendship and peer support. This will be followed up by a series of 10 workshops aimed to actively promote positive health and well being by looking at diet, lifestyle and addictions that negatively impact on health and overall quality of life.
Come prepared to go walking.


FETAC Training
The Resource Centre are to deliver one of the modules from the youth work level 5 certificate “Working with young people”.
The Learning outcomes will be as follows:
Unit1 – Good Practice in Youth Work.
Unit2 – relating to young people.
Unit3 – Working with groups in youth work.
Unit4 – Organising youth work activities.

Please Contact the Resource Centre for further information and an application form. An introductory meeting will be held in the Resource Centre on Wednesday 9th Febraury 2011 at 10.00am.
The course will run every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm. Further information will be given at the introduction meeting.
Phone 074 9148551 or e-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net

Parent Toddler Group
This group is back and running every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm in the old playgroup building, at St. Johnston.
This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Summer Play Scheme
A meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th February at 7pm, the purpose of this meeting is to confirm dates for the summer play scheme.
If you are interested in being part of the planning group for the scheme we look forward to seeing you there.

Guitar Lessons
Guitar lessons began on the 18th of January and will run to the 8th of March 2011.
Guitar lessons times are as follows.
Beginner 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Improvers(1) 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Improvers(2) 6.00pm to 7.00pm

For further information please contact the Resource Centre, Tel 074 9148551
E-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net

Leaving Certificate Maths Grinds
We plan to run group maths grinds for honours and pass level Leaving Cert Students, starting Tuesday 1st of February 2011.. There will be a cost of €10 euro per person per session, places are limited, so to avoid disappointment contact the Resource Centre as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Homework Club
The Family Resource Centre plan to start up the homework Club for 3rd and 4th class starting Monday 31st January, from 3pm to 4.30pm Snacks will be provided for the children followed by half an hour on homework the occasional trip. It will cost €10 quid per child for membership which will cover them from the 31st of January to the 11th of April 2011.
In order for your son/daughter to take part, a permission slip and fee of €10 must be returned to the Resource Centre by Friday the 28th of January 2011.
Places for this program are limited, so to avoid disappointment please return your form to the Resource Centre.
For the children’s safety we would appreciate if parents would make arrangements for their children to be collected from the Family Resource Centre at 4.30pm after the home work club.

Health, Sports and Fitness
Are you aged between 18 and 30, looking for a new direction? In partnership with the Donegal Learning for Living programme we are offering a 25 week, 15 hours per week health, sport and fitness course including FETAC level 3 in general education. Information evening on Tuesday 8th February 7pm in the community café.

Baby Massage
The class will open to parents with new born babies and those up to the age of seven months. Places are limited so in order to secure your place please contact the Family Resource Centre at 074 9148551 or E-mail stjohnresource@eircom.net

AGM
The AGM of St. Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project will be held on the 28th February 2011 at 7.30pm at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Rd, St. Johnston.
Everyone welcome.

Lunch Club: Are you fifty or over? Are you at a loose end? Would you like to meet and socialise with people of your own age group for lunch, a chat, a bit of craic, enjoy occasional outings, theatre trips, social events, meeting new people and an annual holiday. If you are interested, join us at the Lunch Club in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every second Wednesday from 11am-1.30pm. New members always welcome!
Next Date Wednesday 26th of January 2011 at 11am.
Transport can be provided.
For more information contact: Tricia Devine or any of the centre staff at 074 9148551.


Bodyrox School of Dance: Bodyrox School of Dance Hip Hop takes place in the Resource centre on Wednesday evenings. Its children aged from 4 to 10 at 5pm to 6pm. Then from 6pm to 7pm, its children 10 plus. €5 euros per class.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving skills or learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8:30pm and finishes at 10pm. It will be on the same time every Wednesday. Admission 5 euros. Contact Marie at 087 6152761, Nora at 087 2614240.

Boxercise: Boxercise is a fun and effective way for keeping fit and staying in shape.
In addition to the Thursday night class and on Tuesday morning 10-11am.

Pilates: Class takes place on 7 to 8pm on Wednesday in the resource centre, everybody welcome. Pilates is a great way to tone the body and support weight loss.

Lunch Club Appeal: If you have any unwanted gifts that could be used by the St. Johnston and Carrigans 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 Please come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet people and have a bite to eat.

Rural Transport Bus: Rural Transport Bus to Lifford/Strabane. Departs Carrigans, Thursdays 10 am. Pickup in St.Johnston at 10.10 am. Returns 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston at 1.20 pm and Carrigans at 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Monday Art Class: The Monday evening Art Class will take place on Mondays, 8-10 pm in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane, St Johnston. This class is for complete beginners and improvers. All paints, brushes and paper is provided. Why not come along and give it a go?






Winning New Opportunities: Winning New Opportunities is a 20 hour training programme that provides opportunities for participants to learn about themselves and gain confidence in themselves and their personal skills and work skills. The workshops help participants to analyse their situation for problems or potential difficulties and to work out their own solutions. Skills, social support and knowing how cope with setbacks are important resources for people to develop in order to improve and sustain their job seeking skills and the Winning New Opportunities programme is designed to maximise participant's skills in effective job and new opportunities seeking. Winning New Opportunities is for people who are unemployed, people who are employed but who feel they can improve themselves. Topics covered include: Discovering your job skills, Effective interviews, identifying strengths and skill, dealing with obstacles to employment, finding job openings, CVs, Planning for setbacks and Networks and networking.

To date, 15 WNO training Programmes have taken place in the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Tipperary. After a survey, 92.3 % of respondents said they benefited “a great deal” from the programmes.

The programme is free and is delivered by trained facilitators supported by HSE Health Promotion and LYIT, Letterkenny.

The programme will begin in the Resource Centre Monday 6th September 2010 for five mornings. Times to be arranged. Please call 91 48551 for further information.

Lost Property: There is a Lost Property Box on the table at Reception in the Resource Centre. If you think you have lost something, please come along and have a look. The lost property will be held until Friday 6th August 2010 and then donated to charity.


Boxercise Classes: Boxercise is a non-contact all over body workout using focus pads. This programme is for women of all fitness levels, aged 16+ and will be held in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. It starts on Thursdays at 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. For further information please call Anne, 086 3238437.

One to One Computer Assistance: Would you like some informal and fun training/assistance in using Computers or like to learn something about the Internet? Then come along to: Resource Centre, Computer Room: Wednesdays: 9.30am–12 noon and Thursdays: 7pm-9 pm. Or come to the Community Café, Main Street. Wednesday, 12 noon to 1.30 pm. There are computers in the café equipped with a fast broadband connection so come along if you would like to learn about computers in general or to get help to use the internet. Please call Patrick Gormley 074 91 48551 for further info.

Childcare Management: The course FETAC Level 6, Module 2, Childcare Management is coming up in the Autumn. To register interest or for further information, please contact Mary Crossan at 91 48551.

Creative Memories: Its time to enjoy your photos! Come along to Creative Memories Workshops! Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes, drawers etc and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Find out how to organise and preserve your photos and precious memories. Create beautiful Scrapbook Albums - where you will be able to share and enjoy your photos and stories. It’s great fun! Lots of crafting materials, tools and products will be available for use. Demonstrations, Safe Photo Storage, Page Layouts and lots more! Lunch provided! Please come along to the Resource Centre on Saturday 7 August from 11 am to 4 pm. Participants find it very worthwhile and fun. Please phone Mary on 087 3292470 for more details.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is back on Wednesday 18 August at 8.30 pm and finishes 10. It will be on at the same time every Wednesday. Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240.

NWRC: There is a number of Part-Time Prospectuses for the North West Regional College for the year 2010-2011. If you are interested, you can pick up one in the reception area of St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. These prospectuses have an application form for the courses at the back. They cover the NWRC in the Strand Road, Derry and Strabane (which may be the handiest for people locally) as well as Limavady, Greystone, Glendermott, Maydown, Northside and Springtown. There is a number of BTEC, Level 2, Diploma for Information Technology leaflets that you may want to take with you and peruse as well. This programme is also available at the North West Regional College.

Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, Curtains. Thanks your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.

Meet Your Neighbour: St. Johnston and Carrigans Integrating Communities, Family Fun Event and BBQ on Friday 20th August from 5 pm - 9 pm at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Admission is free! Please watch out for the leaflets promoting the event. There will be a slip that will be required to be returned to help us plan for the number attending. This project is funded and supported through Donegal County Council Peace III Good Relations Office.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Books: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book. If you have any books lying around the house that you don’t want anymore, you are welcome to bring them to the centre.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans 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 St Johnston and Carrigans 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.

Gardening Club: The Gardening Club has a new time. It now meets every Tuesday from 1.30 to 3 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills. Please come along and see what we are about and new members are very welcome.

Community Café: There is a Wireless Broadband Internet Service available in the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston. Broadband makes the internet fast and fun! The Community Drop-in Café, Main St, St Johnston is a place where you can meet with others, have a cuppa, or a sandwich, read the paper, relax, watch TV or play pool. Opening Times: The Café is open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday to Fridays.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week. The latest winner is Emma Golden – congratulations Emma!

Counselling: There are some Voyage Counselling leaflets available from the table in the reception area of the Resource Centre. Please feel free to take one.

Rural Transport Service: The Rural Transport bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Stepping Stones Playgroup: We the Staff and Management Committee of Stepping Stones Playgroup wish you all a very happy and fun-filled summer holidays and hope to see all the children coming back in September and look forward to the new children starting. Our playgroup has reached the end of another very busy year. This year, our playgroup has ended with 35 children on our books and has taken part in the new Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE). This has meant that most of the children going to the different primary schools in the community and further afield have been able to attend playgroup for 5 days a week and have been doing so free as part of the ECCE Scheme. We would like to wish all the boys and girls going on to primary school good luck. We hope to see them as they progress through school. We wish their parents well also and thank them most sincerely for all the help and support throughout the year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their unending support throughout the year. The Committee, Management and Staff of St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. FÁS Community Employment Scheme. The parents on our hard-working committee. We take this opportunity to thank the people of St Johnston and Carrigans and the wider community and business people of the area for their unending support throughout the year by buying lines, donating prizes, taking part in fund-raising in a variety of ways and any other help you may have given to our playgroup We really do appreciate it.

Naomh Colmcille GAA Club: Naomh Colmcille GAA Club Newtown are hosting a VHI Cul Camp from the 19 to 23 July. It starts 10 am and finishes at 2 pm. It is for all children aged 6 – 12 years. Cost is 65 Euro per child and 50 Euro for each child thereafter. All children will receive a football kit and bag. A great week of fun and games to be had by all for more information please contact Sharon on 087 9685558 or 91 56558. Children from St Johnston and Carrigans areas are invited to participate and will be very welcome.

Back to School Scheme: Application Forms for the HSE’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Scheme 2010 can be picked up in the Reception area of the Resource Centre. Please feel free to take one.

Scotland Trip: The Resource Centre has planned a short Autumn holiday break to Scotland from 14th - 18th September 2010. This is our fourth annual outing and a good time is guaranteed with plenty of craic and good company. The places for the break are all taken but if you would like to include your name on the reserve list in case there is a cancellation please call into the Centre or telephone 91 48551.

IFHF: The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) is pleased to announce the online availability of baptism, marriage and death records from the parish of St Johnston. Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details or set up an account. http://donegal.rootsireland.ie.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Please come along the craic is good. If you would like more information please call 91 48551.
Trip to Scotland: The Resource Centre is currently taking names for a planned bus trip to Scotland in September of this year. The cost will be approximately 275 Euro with a 25 Euro single supplement. For more information please call into the Centre or telephone 91 48551.

Tiger Cups create history, Kildrum Tigers U16s created their own piece of history when they won the Donegal Schoolboys Under 16s Champions League on April 7th when they overcame Iona in the final, winning 4-2 after extra time. The Kildrum lads, managed by Johnny McGinty and Chris McNulty, had already won the East Donegal U16 League and Cup double, meaning they have now won an unprecedented treble haul of honours. A Michael Duffy hat-trick was the difference between Kildrum and Iona in the final. Duffy scored twice in normal time, in a 2-2 draw, but Kildrum took the prize in extra-time. They hit the front again with a strike worthy of gracing any final. Daryl Browne got on the ball and from the corner of the penalty area curled a crisp effort into the bottom corner, before Duffy completed his hat-trick to seal a memorable win. Kildrum Tigers U16 squad, 2009/10: Daryl Browne, Gareth Colhoun, Aaron Conrory, Michael Duffy, Terence Feeney, David Friel, Willie Gillespie, Caolan Grant, Charlie Harkin, Stephen Keys, William Lynch (captain), Jonathan McFeely, Shane McGinty, Jordan McLaughlin, Colm Paul Robb. Managers: Johnny McGinty and Chris McNulty.

Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative, Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative invites men to a day out visiting Dunlewey, the Poison Glen, Glenveagh with lunch in An Chuirt Hotel on the banks of Lough Altan. This trip will take place on Wednesday May 5 2010. The coach will depart Carrigans 10 am and St Johnston FRC at 10.10 am. It will pick up at NCDI Newtowncunningham at 10.25 am and Raphoe FRC at 10.40 am and Manorcunningham RC at 11 am. For more information or to book a place, contact Mary Crossan at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 91 48551. Please book before Friday 30 April 2010. If you know of any men who would like to go on the trip, please ask them to contact the Centre. There is no charge for this event which is supported by Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative.

Lifford Hospital, There is a Naomh Padraig G.A.A. Club Petition to keep Lifford Hospital open. One of the petition sheets is available for signing at reception, St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre.

50/50 Bonus Ball, This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week. Recent winners were Caroline McLaughlin and Mary Ryan! Congratulations!

Rural Transport Scheme, The bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. On Fridays, the bus goes to Letterkenny. It departs Carrigans at 10 am and picks up at St Johnston at 10.10 am. The route is via Castletown, Trensallagh, Brockagh, Momeen, Drumatoland, Ardagh, Drumoghill and then arriving in Letterkenny. The bus starts the return journey from Letterkenny at 2.45 pm and arrives St Johnston at 3.30 pm. There is a possibility that the area may lose this Friday service. But if we get your support and if you avail of the service that can’t happen!

Community Drop-In Café, The Drop-in Café is a place where you can meet with others, have a cuppa, or a sandwich, read the paper, relax, watch TV or play pool. Opening Times: The Café is open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday to Fridays. The Youth drop-in times are: Thursdays, 8pm - 10pm; Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; and Saturdays 2pm to 6pm. Your Community Café is important to us – so come along and see what is available. The Community Drop-in Café is located at Main Street, St. Johnston. Everyone Welcome!


Lunch Club, 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.
There was a very successful Lunch Club on Wednesday 14 April and everybody enjoyed it as always. The next Lunch Club will be on Wednesday April 28. Please come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet people and have a bite to eat.

Naomh Colmkille GAA Club, Young people of St Johnston and Carrigans, you are invited to become members of Naomh Colmkille GAA Club. The Club is looking for new members for all age groups. Training takes place in Pairc Colmcille, Newtowncunningham (opposite Kernan’s). Under 8’s and under 10s: Saturday morning at 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Under 12s Saturday 12 noon to 1.15 pm. And Wednesday nights at 7.00 to 8.15 pm. Under 14s Wednesday nights at 7.00pm to 8.15pm. Come along and join your local team.

Castletown National School, There will be an Enrolment Day for Castletown National School for the School Year 2010 to 2011. It will take place on Friday April 30, and start at 1.10 pm and finish 2.10 pm. Please note that all children must be 4 years on or before 31 May 2010. Please bring copies of birth certificates and PPS Numbers.
MABS, Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre can arrange for a MABS Representative to come and meet you at the Centre. If interested please call 91 48551 for further information.

Youth, The Youth Club for ages 8 to 12 is held in the Resource Centre, 6.30 to 7.30 pm on Thursdays.
The Youth Club for over 12s is held in the Drop-In Café also on Thursdays from 8 pm to 10 pm.
The Youth-Drop In takes place on Fridays 6 to 10 pm and on Saturdays 2 pm to 6 pm in the Drop-In Café (please note new times for Saturday).

FÁS; FÁS has provided leaflets of lists of courses to the Resource Centre. You can find these in the reception area. If you are looking for a Day Course, Evening Course or Wider Horizons Programme please take one.

Unemployed?, Are you between 18 and 25? Unemployed and at a loose end? Would you like to form a support group in the St Johnston and Carrigans area. The Drop-In Centre will be opened on Tuesday afternoons from Tuesday 20th April from 2 pm until 5 pm for information and support. The equipment, snooker table, games, computers and televisions will be available for use.

St Johnston and Carrigans Women’s Group, St Johnston and Carrigans Women’s Group will be having a Bowling Night and Meal on 27 May 2010 at 7.30 pm. Please telephone the Resource Centre on 91 48551 for further information.

Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Beginners starts on Monday 26 April at 7.30 to 9 pm. 30 Euro for six sessions. If interested, please contact the Resource Centre for further information or to book a place. Yoga is a great and safe way to improve flexibility, circulation and relieve anxiety or stress. Come along to Yoga for Beginners - you will be glad you did.

Internet Awareness for Parents, This course will be a practical guide for Parents who want to ensure that Internet use is safe and fun for children at home. The main topics covered will include the following: Understanding the Internet, Safe Searching and Kids Search Engines, Social Networking (Facebook, Bebo and My Space), Using Favourites, History and the benefits of spending time with your children on the net! Homework and the Internet - A resource pack for parents! This course will be funded by Donegal VEC and will run in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre subject to sufficient interest please leave your name and telephone number with the centre on 074 9148551..

Childcare Course, St Johnston and Carrigans FRC is offering FETAC Level 6 in Childcare. This module is targeted at people working in the Childcare Sector in a leader/supervisory role. This module is mandatory under the new early school year scheme. To register interest please contact Mary Crossan at 91 48551.
Resource Centre Activities and Groups, Mondays: Gardening Club in the Centre grounds 1 pm to 2.30 pm. Art in the Old Playgroup from 8pm – 10 pm. Tuesdays: Forever Crafts Craft Group, in the Main Hall in the centre 1 – 3 pm. Sports Programme 6 – 7.30 pm. Thursdays: Activity Club, 3.30 – 4.30 pm. On Fridays, Bowling in the Main Hall starts at 7.30 pm.
Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Dancing takes place 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 Wed. from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please bring a mat.

Library Service, At St. Johnston and Carrigans 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 St Johnston and Carrigans 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.

Men’s Group, The Men’s Group meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Please come along the craic is good. If you would like more information please call 91 48551.
Jiving, The Jiving Group meets in the Resource Centre 7.30 pm to 9pm on Tuesdays. New members are very welcome. Please come along for great music and great craic.
Parent and Toddler Group, This group provides a nice, relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mum/dad/grandparents or carer to have a cuppa and a chat. Times are 10.00 am – 12.00 noon on Wednesdays in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston.
Computer Room, Patrick Gormley the IT Tutor is available to work with the public Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm and Thursdays 7pm to 9 pm. This service is totally free! Some clients like to bring their own laptops so if you would like to join them and learn a bit about them then you will be very welcome. Please call 91 48551 to book or if you have any questions.