June Mona Newsletter

_____________June Donadea News____________

Coill Dubh/Donadea Community Employment Scheme (in association with FAS) have the following vacancies:

Millicent Golf & Country Club, Clane receptionist/secretary (computer skills an advantage).
Grange Castle, Carbury, Co. Kildare Tour Guide/Tearoom Manager (training provided).
All applicants for above positions must be 25 years and in receipt of at least one yearís unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance or lone parents allowance or disability payment/pension.
Retain all secondary benefits. 19.5 hour week. Pay rates as per current FAS terms and conditions. Training and development courses available to successful applicants. Telephone 045 869086 for further information.

Transition Year
Last September we started transition year. At first we werenít sure if we had made the right decision but a few weeks on we were all really glad we decided to do it.

During the year we got to do so much itís almost unbelievable. We got to do self-defence, which was really enjoyable and very practical. We also did First Aid for 6 weeks, which was very useful. At the end of the course we got an exam and if we passed we got a certificate saying we can perform First Aid. We also did a law course where we learned about the legal system from barristers. At the end of the course we did an exam and we got to visit the Four Courts to see a real life court case. We also got to do work experience every Friday. This was a really useful part of Transition Year that gave us a taste of the world of work and helped us with our career decisions.
On top of these activities we had classes where we did our usual academic subjects and some new ones like Environmental Studies and European Studies. We were also very free to do large projects during the year like decorating 2 classrooms and designing a memorial garden. We also got to do enterprise where we had to set up and run our own business. Another very worthwhile part of the year was the Gaisce Awards. These are given out by the presidentís office to people who complete the necessary tasks. For our community involvement part we helped out with the publishing of this newsletter.
Apart from our educational experiences this year we also got to make new friends. Itís amazing how close we all were at the end of the year. We really enjoyed transition year and if we were given the choice again we would do it in a second.

Young at Heart Group
The Young at Heart Group which meets in Newtown Parish Hall each Thursday from 10-2 pm. will be taking their annual summer break in July. The exact date has yet to be confirmed. The group resumes in September. Contact Marion at 869303 for more information.

St. Peterís Well

The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul falls on June 29th. As a result of last yearís beautiful gathering at St. Peterís well, many people present called for a similar event each year. This year we will have a small ceremony at 8pm on Friday 29 of June at St. Peterís Well ,Greenhills, Donadea ,all are welcome to attend. If you would like to help at cleaning up around the well contact the Tir Na Mona office for details about the times and dates we propose to tidy it up.

Weekend Companion
(required for special needs teenager)
Under the auspices of the E.H.B., we wish to employ a female aged 18+ as a partner to a 16 yr. old girl for social activities and involvement in the local community. The person undertaking this assignment must be outgoing, have a caring nature and be aware of the loneliness Ė both for parents and children Ė that can exist in our society. The rewards of contact with such a person can be unique. This post would be ideal for a 3rd Level student wanting weekend work for 5 hours or more each week. If interested, please contact Kevin or Mary Conliffe at 045 860525.

Get Well Soon Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Alan Byrne from all his friends in the Tir na Mona area.

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