Carn Court Day Care was set up in 1995 by concerned members of the local community in partnership with the local Health Trust. Since then the service has supported and cared for the Older People of Roslea and the surrounding area. In 2014 Inspire (then Niamh, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) assumed responsibility for the Service.
Day Care Members along with tenants from Carn Court itself, as well as Age Concern members recently participated in the Our Life, Our Time, Our Community Project, which was supported by the Public Health Agency through the Clear project through a Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention “Take 5” steps to wellbeing grant.
The grant allowed the Service to deliver activities based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, where participants had the opportunity to Connect by taking part in 6 sessions reminiscing and sharing events from their life and community. These memories were collected and are the basis of the production of a book entitled, ‘Roslea Remembers- A collection of memories’. The stories and memories collected were shared with the community in order that these precious stories are not lost to the community.
To mark the enjoyable project coming to an end and recognise the hard work put in over recent months to produce the finished book, a Celebratory event was held on Wednesday 22nd February. Participants of the project, their family, friends of the service all attended the very successful event along with staff and invited guests.
Among the other aspects of the project was the opportunity for participants to explore the benefits gained by giving something back. Participants used their skills to crochet and knit a large number of childrens jumpers, baby hats, cardigans and blankets. On the day presentations were made to a charity sending knitted items to Africa and also to the local Health Visitor so that some of the items will be given to local babies.
Carn Court Day Care strives to provide an excellent service and links with other community and statutory groups for the benefit of members. We also seek to foster positive relationships with family and carers of our members. The service provides 12 places twice a week and all referrals are screened by Western Health & Social Care Trust before being allocated to the service.
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