Our Draughts Table Project

A month or two ago, Bernadette, one of our facilitators, suggested a project to make a large draughts board for the garden.  She asked me, would I like to design and paint the draughts board and I agreed. Bernadette made the draughts board and base, from a recycled pallet.  The first thing I had to…

A Visit to Chester Beatty Library

Myself and another participant from New Horizon visited the Chester Beatty Library on the 21st of July 2017. They have an art exhibition with several different sections. I noticed that much of the art was composed of people and their background and I realised that in the past a method of preserving a scene or…

Trip to Powerscourt

We went for a marvelous trip last week to Powerscourt house and waterfall. If you are a walker this would suit you as there is plenty to do, the scenery is only wonderful; it’s like being in a movie. It is quite a mystical place so places give you goosebumps. We took some lovely  photographs…

Mental Health Reform Forum

On Tuesday the 26th July, a number of us from New Horizons went to the  “Mental Health Reform” Seminar at the  Carmelite Community Center  in Aungier St. There were a number of speakers present, a Doctor, 2 service users and a HSE official. They spoke about their past experience with various service providers and acknowledged…

Poetry – Secrets

One of our participant’s wishes to share a poem they wrote. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.   A container with hidden compartments Deadlocked with mislaid keys Never to be opened fully By anyone other than me The bottom layer covered with cobwebs Hiding it like a mist It must always…

My first experience doing WRAP®

As a current participant in New Horizon I have officially completed the first day of my 2 day WRAP® programme. The experience was overall a very positive one for me, seeing as this was the first time I had ever properly and actively participated in a programme of this nature. The programme was facilitated and…

Between Friends by Amos Oz

I was intrigued to read this collection of stories as they are set on a kibbutz in Israel, which interested me years ago, though I never quite made it to one. The kibbutz is a communal style of living run along socialist lines. The stories don’t reveal a utopian haven however, rather one, as it…

Eolas Course

For the last eight weeks here in New Horizon participants took part in a course on Mental Health Recovery.  Information was provided on all aspects of recovery.  The programme was for people diagnosed with either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  Roisin (a social worker) was our facilitator along with Judith who co-facilitated.  The different topics discussed…

Our Trip to Dublin Zoo

On Wednesday 5th of July Colin and myself (Liam), took a day trip to Dublin Zoo. We took the Luas from the Square in Tallaght, to Heuston Station and walked the rest of the way. Colin was using his electric wheelchair. We made our way up to the Zoo entrance at about 11am. The entrance…

Trip to the National Gallery

Last Thursday, May 29th, Roisin one of the facilitators had organised a trip to the National Gallery, which had recently fully re-opened after undergoing an extensive renovation and refurbishment. We had arranged to meet at EVE New Horizon at 9am. After a quick coffee, Roisin went through the risk assessment with myself, Lorraine and Raymond….

Day out to Glendalough

On the 22nd of June we set off in the car for Glendalough. There were 6 of us – Darren, Michelle, Lisa, Bernadette, Philip and myself Anne. The weather was sunny. When we got to Glendalough we went walking around one of the lakes. We had our sandwiches, made earlier, for lunch in the picnic…

Chess in the Sun

I have found the instructors and students here at New Horizons very helpful and friendly. Recently some students and I had a Chess game outside during a sunny day. Chess is a board game where each character piece moves according to pre-set rules over a flat area marked with boxes. As I don’t play often…

Tallaght Local Employment Services Talk

On Tuesday, June 27th two representatives from Tallaght Local Employment Services, Brendan and David came into New Horizon to give a talk about the service and supports they provide. The range of services they provide include career planning, job search, clubs, job applications, C.V preparation, referrals to community employment, education and training courses. They also…

The Dollmaster by Joyce Carol Oates

It’s quite regularly remarked on Joyce Carol Oates that she is a genius. Having read a few of her books, this is my fourth, I’m beginning to think the genius tag is merited. But I’ve a long way to go in assessing her work as a whole as she is a frighteningly prolific author with…

Our trip to Gateway

We went to the Gateway Project in Rathmines on Thursday. It is situated off the Main Street near Aldi called Parker Hill. A lady called Mary gave us a tour around the building. The participants were very welcoming and friendly. It is a fairly big building, bright and nicely decorated. The centre is open 1pm…

A day out with my son

  On Saturday 2nd of June we met up in  McDonald’s at 1:30. We then had lunch in McDonald’s. My son had milkshake and chips and some juice. When we finished our lunch we got in the car and went to Marley park. I was a bit worried because it started to rain. The rain had…

Back in New Horizon HUB

One of our participants wrote a poem about how she was feeling about coming back to the HUB and wanted to share it with you…   Back in New Horizons The place i’m meant to be having conversation and being made welcome A home from home and meeting new people who are in the same…

Review -My day out in Dundrum Shopping Centre

I went to Dundrum Shopping Centre with my mam. It is a fantastic shopping centre. I am really impressed by it. There are cinemas there and lots of shops and restaurants, for example, M&S, Bests Menswear, Pennys, Field’s jewelers, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and many other brand name shops. There was a lot of people…

Gardening Project Update

About two weeks ago we worked on clearing all rubbish from the garden outside.  Bernadette gave us various jobs to do.  I made a kind of rockery with stones found in the garden.  Then I broke the loose tree sticks on branches.  We swept the garden at the side of the building.  We also put…

CHO7 Mental Health Service Planning Workshops

Creating a plan for our Mental Health Service Beginning on Monday the 22 May 2017 Bernie and  David  led our group  for three days to The Red Cow Hotel for the workshops and 3 days further days to the Osprey in Naas. The Service Reform Fund ( SRF) Was set up by the HSE and…