Happy Christmas to your all–staff, volunteers and users of the centre–may you have a peaceful and healthy break and may 2019 bring contentment and joy. The Centre will close on Friday 21st and re-open on Thursday 3rd January.
The new revised Rainbow Programme for children bereaved by the loss of a parent or significant person in their family and for children whose parents have separated or divorces will commence on September 18th for 9 weeks
The places on the Separation groups are all taken but we do have one or two places on the Bereavement groups.
We are taking names for the following programme which will take place in January 19
Anyone interested in volunteering to train as a facilitator in the Autumn please contact the centre for details
On September 11th last St.Michael’s Family life centre celebrated 20 years serving the local community. In that time thousands of people have passed through the centre accessing courses and counselling and support of various sorts. Many have remained in touch over the years and many have told us that the centre was a lifesaver at times of trouble. Hundreds of children have attended our Rainbow programme which helps children come to terms with bereavement through death or divorce/separation over the past 20 years Many thanks to our volunteer Facilitators who have given their time and committment over so many years.
We opened our ceiliúradh garden to mark the occasion and hopefully this garden whose name means, celebration, will grow and flourish with the centre over the coming years.
To all who helped in the past 20 years, to all who visited and to all who continue to do so, many thanks.
On a less happy note, we continue to struggle to maintain our service and have reached a critically low point financially at present. Over the past 6-7 years funding has dropped and costs have risen so we now find ourselves struggling to maintain our service. We will continue to do so and hopefully some source of funding will materialize in the new year. With an improving economy and government funds rising, it may not be too much to hope for a little extra funding. A very small amount would mean the difference between continuing our service at the same level or having to reduce it further.
Any of you who may be thinking of doing some sponsored run or walk or similar, perhaps you might consider St.Michael’s as your charity of choice. Any company or business which might be willing to sponsor us even by a few hundred Euro would be most appreciated. It is very likely that some of your staff or their families have accessed the Centre in one way or another over the last 20 years and will wish to do so in the future
In September 2015 the Centre celebrates 20 years serving the community of Sligo and its environs. We are marking this occasion with the opening of a new garden and work is underway at present. The design is in place and plants decided upon. So let’s hope the rain stops and allows the work to proceed. The official opening is scheduled for 11th September next when we hope to have past and present friends and users of the centre present. Any contributions by way of plants or money would be most welcome. Any gardeners or indeed Garden Centres who would like to sponsor a plant please get in touch.