Friday, 24 March 2017

Gateway's Research Results

Dr. Rebecca Murphy one of the researchers who worked on the recent research 'The Development and Impact of Peer Mental Health Support in the Community.  A Review of Áras Folláin and Gateway.' very kindly came out to the project recently to present the research results on Gateway.   Eighty five surveys were carried out with Gateway Members as part of the research and as you will see as you scroll through the presentation below members feedback on Gateway was super positive.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Monthly Schedule - March 2017

Hi all,

Lots going on in Gateway as always this month.

See the schedule below for all the details.

  March 2017 by Gateway Project on Scribd

Let the Sunlight Shine Through This Spring

Let the Sunlight Shine Through

When you are lonely and feel overwhelmed by the dark shadows of doubt.

Talking to a friend, family member or professional person may help you out.

Sometimes it’s not that simple as the darkness might have you feeling like a slave.

Walking along a beach may let in sunlight by listening to peaceful sound of the ocean wave.

People miss the sunlight in their life because of addiction, poor mental health and feelings of shame.

Letting the sunlight shine through can heal and cleanse within, by stop trying to pass the blame.

If you suffer seasonal affective disorder you may miss the bright hot days and dread, dark cold night.

Some have spirituality, prayer, meditation, religion and recovery helping lead them to their sunlight.

Coming out of a dark place in your life can be difficult therefore getting well seems almost strange.

Walking in the sunlight means leaving darkness behind moving on in life overcoming fear to change.

Try not to be depressed if you make a mistake start by telling or buying yourself something nice.

A situation might occur in life; if you’re in the sunlight you’ll be calm, intuitive and will think twice.

If you find dark times coming again, a person, place or thing maybe shadowing the sunlight view.

Think how good life is and well you feel how you’ve travelled by letting the sunlight shine through.

Patrick Clifford©2017
Gateway Creative Writer

Friday, 3 March 2017

Conversations over coffee anyone?

At the last members' meeting in February, it was agreed that the members would try to restart the Friday Book Club & Conversation Group.

If you would like to attend this group and/or help support it to run, please do register your interest in drop in or contact the office on or 085 7521220.

See poster below for more details - happy chatting!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Gateway Writers’ Group launching new writings in print Friday 10th March...

Dear Gateway Members & Friends, 

You are warmly invited by the Gateway Writers’ Group to attend the formal launch of their new writings in print!
When & Where? 
Upstairs in the Rathmines Library from 12-2pm 
on Friday 10th March 2017. 
 Readings, refreshments and good company await! 

We would love Gateway members, supporters and friends, old and new, to join us in marking the arrival of this wonderful anthology. 

It is a free event but we would really appreciate if guests could let us know their intention to attend in advance 
 by RSVP to
Note, this event will be professionally catered so please do help us to plan by letting us know if you can come. 

The Gateway Creative Writing Group is supported by our education partner The City of Dublin Education & Training Board. Thanks also to Dublin City Libraries for hosting our event and the HSE for their ongoing support to Gateway. 

Hope to see you there! 

Fionn & The Gateway Writers

Monday, 6 February 2017

Gateway seeking Development/Coordination Assistant for maternity cover (6 months)

Hi folks,

Updated deadline, applications now open until Thursday 16th February at 5pm.

As many of you already know, there are a few changes happening in Gateway this year with our Co-ordinator Fionn going on maternity leave from next month. Ali will be stepping in to cover the management and co-ordination of the project while Fionn is on leave but we will need extra support for the project.

As a result, Gateway is recruiting for a temporary development/co-ordination assistant role to ensure the project and team have enough support over the coming months.

Below is the job spec and advert for those interested in applying and available here on Mental Health Ireland's website. Mental Health Ireland are the employer and managing the recruitment for Gateway. See  Please follow the application process explained in the advert which will mean applying to Mental Health Ireland, not Gateway.

Please be aware that the deadline is Thursday 16th February to enable enough time for shortlisting and interviews to take place before the maternity leave starts. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on the 24th February to facilitate a smooth handover in early March.

Feel free to circulate this to people who might be interested and/or experienced. We are looking for someone who has a community development background with good knowledge of the context and kind of work that we do in Gateway using a community development approach. It is a short term 6 month temporary contract which may be extended depending on the needs of the project. Good luck to all/any applying.

 Fionn & Ali

Job Advert - Maternity Cover by Gateway Project on Scribd

Gateway Development Assistant Maternity Cover Job Spec Jan 2017 by Gateway Project on Scribd

Friday, 3 February 2017

A poem for the weekend...

January Blues

Roll out the ending of an old year; roll in the beginning of a new year.
Expectations for January are high, in the right direction we hope to steer.
Sometimes after the festive season a lot of people have, January blues.
They maybe broke, overweight or just tired of hearing bad, negative news.
January can be a good time for some and for couples looking to start a new life.
 Family’s get reunited in January, some split up they can’t handle trouble and strife.
Professional sports people and teams, in January they plan to set their hopes high.
People get January blues from the dark evening’s cold, rain, snow and dull grey sky.
Some want to quit alcohol, drugs and smoking looking for a recovery solution.
Being aware of the affect these can have on a person’s life it’s a good new year’s resolution.
 This is the time of year where decisions are made you can’t really pick and choose.
So plan ahead with your hopes and dreams and always be aware of those January blues.

Patrick Clifford©2017
Gateway Creative Writer

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