Friday, 8 September 2017

Gateway Art as part of Culture Night

Head along to Cathal Brugha Barracks this Culture Night, 22nd of September . Gateway has been invited along by Artist-In-Residence Margaret Fitzgibbon to join in the program of events at the Barracks . As part of our ongoing collaboration with other groups in the community , Gateway Art Exhibition will be displayed along with other art on the night. So if you missed the 'Expressive Gateways Exhibition' at the library, here is another opportunity to catch it. Check out the link below for more details, it looks to be a fun-filled affair!






'Expressive Gateways' - A great success


We would just like to thank everyone who made it to the 'Expressive Gateways Art Exhibition'. The launch night was a great success with speeches, refreshments and wonderful art pieces. The entire Art Group have a lot to be proud of . Thank you again to everyone who helped out and supported the event. Check out some of the pictures below from the night. 










Monday, 4 September 2017

Mental Health Engagement

Mental Health Forums are a great way to have your voice heard and share your experience of HSE Mental Health Services. They are also a place where you can give your opinion on how these services might be improved. Please see leaflet below for more information and dates/times of your local forum.






Currently, meetings are scheduled very three weeks:
South East Dublin Forum (In Taney Parish Hall, Dundrum) 19.30-21.00
Cluain Mhuire and Lucena Joint Forum (In DLR Lexicon beside coffee shop) 19.30-21.00
East Wicklow Forum (In Wicklow PHC Centre, Knockrobin) 19.30-21.00
Tuesday
05/09/2017
South Dublin forum development meeting
Wednesday
06/09/2017
Cluain Mhuire and Lucena Joint forum development meeting
Thursday
07/09/2017
East Wicklow development meeting
Tuesday
26/09/2017
South Dublin forum development meeting
Wednesday
27/09/2017
Cluain Mhuire and Lucena Joint forum development meeting
Thursday
28/09/2017
East Wicklow development meeting




Thursday, 31 August 2017

Poetry and Prose by Patrick Clifford

Gateway's September Schedule

New upcoming training at Gateway !

The Make Meetings Meaningful Training is a great chance to learn new skills or improve on those you already have so you can feel confident to participate and lead meetings at Gateway or in your life.See all details below.



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Mental Health Reform urge Government to fulfil commitment to invest at least €55m in Budget 2018

Launching its pre-budget submission today, Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, has called on the Government to fulfill its commitment to invest at least €55m in development funding for mental health services in Budget 2018. Speaking on behalf of its 60 member organisations, Director of Mental Health Reform, Shari McDaid, said,

“We know that demand for mental health services in Ireland is increasing and the figures really speak for themselves. Between 2014 and 2016 the number of referrals for the Counselling in Primary Care Service has increased by 30 per cent. As of July 2017, the waiting list for child and adolescent mental health services was 2,419, with 218 having waited for more than a year. As of March 2017, mental health services are at just 80 per cent of the staffing levels recommended in the national policy, A Vision for Change. This situation is simply not sustainable. If the Government is serious about addressing the crisis in mental health services, it must meet its commitment of a minimum increase of €55m in Budget 2018 and increase the proportion of the health budget spent on mental health.”

Dr. McDaid continued, “We hear of people having serious difficulty accessing mental health services when they need them, and especially outside of office hours and on weekends. This has gone on far too long. Ireland needs 24/7 crisis mental health services in every community across the country, so that people can get the help they need when they need it. The Government needs to step up to its responsibility to provide the resources for these services to be rolled out.”


Dr. McDaid concluded, “2017 was the first year in recent times that mental health spend reduced as a proportion of the overall health budget, to just 6%, which led to some people questioning the Government’s commitment on mental health. This Government needs to show that it values the mental health of people in Ireland by providing the adequate staffing to deliver needed services and increasing the proportion of the health budget spent on mental health towards the 10% recommended by the Committee on the Future Vision of Healthcare.”


Expressive Gateways

A little reminder that the formal launch of Gateway’s art exhibition, Expressive Gateways, is on next Wednesday 30th August 5.30pm-7.30pm upstairs in Rathmines Library.

Planning is in full swing here and excitement is building.

We’d love for you to join us for an evening of art, celebration, refreshments and good company.

We hope to see you there.



Workshops on Talking with Voices - Learning from the Dialogue

See information below on an upcoming 2 day workshop about different ways to use the voice dialogue approach with people who hear voices. It is aimed at people who are already familiar with hearing voices approaches and ethos and want to learn more about dialoguing.  This training is for mental health nurses, mental health workers, people who hear voices and their supporters.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Mental Health Reform recruitment


Mental Health Reform is now seeking to contract two Peer Research Assistants (PRAs) to assist with our National Consultation ‘My Voice Matters’ on the experiences of people who use public mental health services and their family members and carers. The My Voice Matters consultation will gather feedback through two national surveys (one for service users and one for family members and carers) in addition to targeted focus groups.

The key role of the PRAs is to assist with gathering surveys from Kilkenny or Carlow outpatient mental health services. PRAs will approach and recruit people accessing the mental health services to 1) participate in the survey and 2) support people in completing the survey. Peer Research Assistants must have self-experience of mental health difficulties and of accessing mental health services. PRA’s must also have completed some form of peer facilitation training and have experience in, for example, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), peer support group or other peer facilitation.

Full details of the role description are outlined in the attached document. Please circulate to your relevant contacts, who may be interested in submitting an application. 


The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 17th August 2017. Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to Oscar James at ojames@mentalhealthreform.ie

Gateway Art Exhibition

Hi Everyone,

The Gateway Art Group would like to invite you to their upcoming Art Exhibition Launch , Expressive Gateways. Over the past number of months our Gateway Artists have been busy preparing a wonderful collection of art work. This stunning collection will be opened on Wednesday 30th August in an evening of chats, creativity and refreshments at Rathmines Library . Please do come along ! Further details below...



Monday, 31 July 2017

Gateway is Recruiting Project Workers

We are delighted to be recruiting new Project Workers in Gateway.  Project workers work alongside people with lived experience of mental health challenges to facilitate and encourage peer support, peer modelling, active membership and leadership within Gateway.

Please see the job specification including information on the application process below for anyone interested in applying.

Please note that the Project Worker positions are Community Employment (C.E.) positions and those interested will need to check with their local INTREO office if they are eligible for C.E. and apply through INTREO office quoting CE job reference number 2046988 to be added to list.

Short listing will apply and interviews for the positions will take place in August.

Please feel free to circulate this to anyone who may be interested and/or have the relevant experience but please note that lived experience of mental health challenges and an interest in recovery is essential.

Good luck to all/any applying.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Gateway August Schedule

Here is our shiny new schedule for August , enjoy !


Self-Advocacy Training

We are delighted to have the Irish Advocacy Network coming into Gateway to do a course on Self-Advocacy training. The course will run over four weeks this August.  This is a great opportunity to develop skills to help have your voice heard. The course will also cover topics such as assertiveness and self- esteem. Places for this course are already fully booked but we hope to share our learning to anyone who has missed out on a place. 

New Reiki sessions available to Gateway Members

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Creative Writing Competition Winner !!





Here is Patrick C. winner of the Gateway Creative Writing Competition 2017 accepting his trophy . Patrick's story was voted number one by his fellow writing peers last Friday . Kevin O'B came runner in what was a stiff competition .  Congratulations to all the wonderful stories and writers involved and to the winners . Have a look at Patrick's winning story below :




Captain James L Riddick’s Journey to Zoltan the Forbidden Planet


It was the year 3025 the American space station Nassau was launching their latest space craft.  The commander of the American space station Nassau Commander Bruce Bernstein was launching the hi tech, fastest, best weapons to do battle in attack and defence.  They had been working secretly on this craft for 30 years.  The Commanders daughter Cornel Janice Hoffman and her husband secretary of defence Bill Hoffman were in charge of the craft and team of astronauts.  At this time Earth had been under pressure from Other Planets and Species trying to become dominant and destroying humanity and become rulers of the Galaxy.  The most feared Planet known as the forbidden Planet was Zoltan, because anybody who entered never returned so no one has ever came back to tell what it’s like.   As they the launch got underway they were told to avoid anywhere or distance of a thousand miles from the forbidden Planet.  The high powered craft got off like the speed of a ray light.  Everything was going right all of a sudden one of the engines started to stop they lost contact with the space station.  They were saying the only place they could have made an emergency landing was Zoltan and they did they landed on the Planet this was the last contact they had with the craft.
The Commander didn’t give up hope because he knew one man who could probably find the team of the craft and bring them back alive.  This was Captain Lames L Riddick who was retired three years he was seventy five, and had a commendable record of bravery and experience in Nassau history.  Captain Riddick was fishing on a small boat on a lake in Mississippi where he lived with his Golden Labrador dog Busker.  He never married because he couldn’t be sure if he would return from battle he was a kind hearted man. He had a gambling and alcohol problem and when he’s running out of his retirement money he would compete in street fighting which he never lost.  The captain had a partner who done his cooking and cleaning whom he had a deep affection, her name is Justina a retired dance teacher from Italy. 
A space craft came down and hovered on the lake they asked Riddick to get on board the commander explained to Riddick what happened would he help to bring back his daughter and their crew.  Captain Riddick told that he wold try and bring them back but would go alone.  Explaining once he seen and killed some species he said they have powers of super strength and can fire lasers from their eyes saying their called Marmites seven feet tall with fur and tails and they understand human language.  They don’t like anything to do humans I will go and try rescue the crew.  In a real hurry Riddick said goodbye to his dog and Justina.  He put his Nassau space suit on probably for the last time took off into space at full speed.
Riddick entered the forbidden Planet surprised he even got to land.  Amazed by the scenery was something like a jungle on Earth.  He thought the Planet about the size of the Amazon jungle with giant plants and trees looked like they eat plants and small creatures that look like cabbages and rabbits.  As he was walking through he came across two marmites talking in their language sounded really loud and fast.  They spotted him stared running towards him firing lasers.  Riddick had a steel gadget that was like a boomerang within seconds quietly killed them instantly.  He heard noises coming from a distance like a valley.  He seen all the crew tied against trees it looked like they were being sacrificed like ritual.  There was thousands of Marmites at the sacrifice.  Riddick planted bombs all over setting them to explode giving himself ten minutes.  Making his way towards the crew he used his gadgets to kill the marmites this was the only way he could.  It was like Riddick was invisible they couldn’t stop him, eventually he freed the crew.  Riddick they said is that you no time to talk replied Riddick we’ve about five minutes to get back to the craft.  They were chased by thousands of Marmites.  A lot of the crew didn’t make it far Riddick made sure the commanders daughter made it to the craft unfortunately her husband didn’t make it, as they took off the bombs exploded killing thousands of Marmites.  They reached Earth safely Riddick you did it how can we thank you.  I never believed to come back, the Marmites will want revenge there is more to come.  Call the president tell him, he could have an intergalactic battle on his hands.  I am happy it’s no longer feared as the forbidden Planed.






Patrick Clifford          

Mental Health (Amendment) Bill

The Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill is moving quickly and will go to report and final stage in the Dáil this Friday at 10.00am.

This is a key moment where the Mental Health Reform coalition can highlight that the Mental Health Act, 2001 needs to be updated.

Passage of the Bill would also make some significant changes that will strengthen the rights of mental health service users when in hospital.

Please support the Bill as part of the campaign to get fully updated mental health law: 
  1. Circulate this email with the attached briefing note to your clients and contacts 
  2. Contact your local TDs and ask them to support the Bill. Tell your TD why you think updated mental health law is urgently needed 
  3. Re-post on Facebook and re-tweet on Twitter MHR communications about the Bill 
  4. Attend report (final) stage of the Bill in Leinster House this coming Friday 14th July. Anyone interested in the debate is invited to attend.
If you would like to attend the proceedings in Leinster House this coming Friday 14th July, please contact Indre at admintemp@mentalhealthreform.ie by 1pm, this coming Wednesday 12th July. We will organise for your name to be put on the list for entrance at the Kildare Street gates of Leinster House. Please note that your name must be at the gate in order to gain entry. 

The changes proposed in the Mental Health (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2017 are explained in detail in the briefing note below.  

Background:
As previously highlighted the Bill was introduced by Fianna Fáil earlier this year and seeks to amend key sections of the Mental Health Act, 2001. Mental Health Reform is in full support of the Bill for the following reasons: 

1. It contains certain significant changes that will strengthen the rights of people when they are in hospital for mental health care. While the Bill does not address all of the existing gaps in the Mental Health Act, 2001, it is an encouraging step towards full revision of the 2001 Act and 

2. It provides an opportunity to advocate for the amendment of the Mental Health Act, 2001 in full, in line with the recommendations of the Expert Group report on review of the Act and MHR's own recommendations. To date, the Government has repeatedly failed to meet its own timetable for updating the Act and at the moment there is not even a mention of revisions to the Act in the Government's current legislative programme. The publication of the Bill by the largest opposition party puts pressure on the Government to publish the full revising legislation as promised. 


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Gateway Summer Closure

Hi all, just a reminder Drop-In will be closed for the summer break for staff training on the following dates:

Drop-In Closed: Thursday 6th , Monday 10th, Thursday 13th, Monday 17th July.

There will be Meet Ups in Café Moda 2-4pm on these days instead.


All Welcome and hope to see you there! 
Classes will continue as normal for those already signed up.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Volunteers Needed to host Meet-Ups

Drumming Workshops in Association with the National Concert Hall

Drumming is coming back!

 A new 8 week course in Drumming will start at Gateway on Thursday 22nd June at 5pm. The course costs €15 total and we are asking for a €5 deposit to secure your place. Places are limited and must be booked in advance and ASAP. Please talk to a member of staff if you are interested. Don't let money be a barrier , just come and speak to us! 

Hopefully we will see you there !


Gateway Day Trip to the Botanic Gardens

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Monthly Schedule - June 2017

Hi all,

See Gateway's June schedule below for info on what is happening in the project this month...

  June 2017 by Gateway Project on Scribd

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Feed into the plan for your Mental Health Service

See the poster below with details on a series of upcoming consultations on supporting change within services to become more person centred and recovery focused.

These consultations are suitable for service users, family members or supporters, HSE mental health staff and community agencies within CHO7 which covers St. James' Service, Tallaght Hospital Service and Kildare West Wicklow services.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Monthly Schedule - May 2017

Hi all,

Lots going on in Gateway this May.

See the schedule below for all the details.






6 Week Mindfulness/Meditation & Self Care Course

See information below on an upcoming free 6 week Mindfulness/Meditation and Self Care course which is starting in Harold’s Cross on Thursday 4th May, 10.30am-12.30pm.




Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Gateway is Recruiting: Administration Officer

Hi all,

As some of you will already know we have some recruitment coming up in Gateway.

We are delighted to be in a position to recruit for a part-time Administration Officer to help support the day to day operations, communications and administration of Gateway.  This will be a great help to ensure the smooth running of the project.

As you know Gateway is a peer led and peer run project so we would particularly welcome applications from people with expertise resulting from lived experience of mental health difficulties.

We will be holding an Information Session for any Gateway Members who are interested in finding out a bit more on Thursday 27th April, 1pm-2pm, where we will discuss the role and the process for applying.

Below is the advert and job spec for those interested in applying and they are also available on Mental Health Ireland's website.  See www.mentalhealthireland.ie/recruitment.   Mental Health Ireland are the employer and managing the recruitment for Gateway.  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 for applications is Tuesday 9th May and interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on the 16th or 17th May.

Please feel free to circulate this to anyone who may be interested and/or have the relevant experience. Someone with some administration/office management experience and a commitment to the values and ethos of Gateway including equality, anti-discrimination, collective action, participation, recovery and social justice would be a good fit.


Good luck to all/any applying.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Your Mental Health Service wants to hear from you!

See the poster below with information on upcoming consultation events to hear feedback on health services.  It could be a good opportunity to have your voice heard.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Become a Healthy Food Made Easy Peer Leader?

Would you like to become a Healthy Food Made Easy Peer Leader?

See the information below on the opportunity to receive training to deliver the 6 week course in the community.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dance and Movement for your Mental Health with Rachel , (free,registration required)

  Dance by Gateway Project on Scribd

Publisher Training at Gateway

See the poster below on upcoming Publisher Training for Gateway members.  If you have any questions just ask.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Gateway's Creative Writing Booklet Launch



A Book Launch I Attended

Over the past, four years Gateways writing class has been trying to improve their writing skill.

As the previous tutor who passed away, with a new tutor Maria Jones the role was hard to fill.

Coming to the creative writing class is comfortable, because you can take things in your own stride.

You might be blocked because of poor mental health, by taking out a pen you could conquer pride.

Maria gives great encouragement of peoples prose and poetry with no pressure gives you a lift.

Usually when we start writing in class or at home we come to realisation there lies a special gift.

A lot of preparation went in to developing and organising our Gateway creative writing book.

 It was mainly some participants of the class that done editing a lot of time and effort it took.

On the 10th of March 2017 held in Rathmines library Gateways book launch I attended feeling proud.

There was a great introduction, speeches and emotions with an attendance of a very large crowd.

Each participant of the class, there read their prose and poetry from the book confidently and clear.

With thank you to the coordinator and lots refreshments and chat created a great atmosphere.

Well done to everybody involved in getting this creative writing class book launch on its way.

A book launch I attended happened because of the positive mental health organisation, Gateway.


Patrick Clifford ©2017

Gateway Creative Writer




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Monthly Schedule - April 2017

Hi all,

Lots going ton on Gateway this April.

See schedule below for all the details.

  April 2017 by Gateway Project on Scribd


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 info@gatewaymha.com 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 info@gatewaymha.com
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 www.mentalhealthireland.ie/recruitment.  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

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