Category: Community Development

Creative Song Collective rocked the Nursing Conference

Meeting the Taoiseach

Last Friday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took time on his 40th birthday to visit DCU in the Community. John and Martha got to speak to him about the work of the recovery college, how coproduction is aiming to readdress the power imbalance in mental health services and how when the community come together and shed roles in a neutral educational space and become students it can be a powerful experience.

ARI Recovery – Making It Happen

I was delighted to be invited to the ARI learning set entitled ‘Recovery – Making It Happen’, hosted in the Bonnington Hotel. This was an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the experiences of those who provide and use the recovery services currently available within Ireland, as well as looking to the future of recovery.

Coming from my own background as a third year undergraduate student of Psychology, I had become very familiar with the more medical approach to analysing and treating mental health and this perception has become open up to viewing mental health as something that can benefit greatly from a recovery approach that encourages empowerment of the individual.

The day consisted of an exhibition of the various recovery services available to people, along with different talks given by service providers and service users giving their personal experiences of either providing recovery orientated services or using the services, and a selection of workshops aiming to provide knowledge on the different aspects of recovery. I attended two of the workshops – ‘Making Recovery Happen Through Supporting Skills & Knowledge Development’ and ‘Peer Support Workers supporting recovery oriented mental health services’. The first workshop I attended concerned the role of peer support workers. After gaining a better understanding of the why having peer support workers is important in the journey toward recovery, I was surprised to learn that there are only a total of 35 peer support workers currently in Ireland. This workshop highlighted for me the importance of peer support workers as they fill a previously neglected gap in the mental health services by providing the services with a perspective from someone with lived experience of having mental health difficulties. The final workshop included a talk from a Recovery College student, Marian, discussing her experience as a Recovery College student to working with the college to collaborate on creating and delivering courses to further contribute to the mental health recovery education.

The day proved to be an informative experience that delivered valuable information on the way mental health recovery is currently regarded through personal anecdotes of service users and talks given by service providers. Both the workshops and talks provided me with information that strongly cemented for me that a service and recovery initiative that is influenced by individuals who have the lived experience of facing difficulties regarding their mental health is one that will understand and better cater to the needs of the people it serves


North Dublin Trialogue Meeting for March

Thanks to everyone who turned up to our meeting in February.  Again  it was a great meeting and always good to see new faces and we hope to see you all again.
The next North Dublin Trialogue Group meeting takes place on Monday March 5th.
Topics for discussion proposed for this meeting include: stigma and access to services and supports.
Please note we are moving to a new venue for Trialogue meetings.  Our next meeting will take Place in:
The Recovery College Room, 
Healthy Living Centre 
DCU, School of Nursing.
Date: Monday March 5th
Time: 6.30 – 8pm
(Please see location map with transport options attached.)
We very much hope to see you there.  Also please circulate the attached promos about this meeting to all friends, family, community networks, services and interested individuals.  Please also feel free to circulate via social media.
If you have an questions or are interested in getting involved with the core volunteer group please contact us either by email on alternatively call
01 7008887.

Kind Regards