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Switching Off and Being Creative


Switching off and being creative or learning something new; getting back to nature and relaxation can help your mental health and wellbeing


Below is a list of Switching Off and Being Creative Initiatives:

Gardening for Biodiversity is a new initiative encouraging everyone to take small actions to protect biodiversity in their outdoor areas.  A great way to connect with nature, make a difference and keepwell at the same time!  Sign up here

HERITAGE Explore your local heritage - online resources: While we all have to say at home why not explore your local heritage here

Volunteer from Home:
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre is sharing some wonderful opportunities to volunteer from home. Why? Because while many things are changing, volunteering is still a wonderful way to connect with one another and the causes we care about. It is a way of looking after ourselves, others and the world around us.To check out some of the latest opportunities you can do from home, visit our website here. To find out more about volunteering generally and to register with the Centre, click here

Remote Learning Supports from dlr libraries

Reading and listening: While our library doors may be shut children can still check out a book or audio book using our online resources, Borrowbox and Overdrive.  You can read all about these on our website Downloadable Books | dlr LIBRARIES ( including instructions on how to create an account. 

BorrowBox: children’s resources are listed here: Search Results - BorrowBox (
Overdrive: children’s resources are listed here: Popular Children's - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Public Library Service - OverDrive

Reading Magazines and Comics: Children may borrow a magazine via our RB Digital resource. You can read all about this on our website: Read Magazines Online | dlr LIBRARIES (

RB Digital children’s resources are listed here: Search | RBdigital (

Science: a series of science videos is available on our YouTube page: dlr Libraries STEAM Lab Series - YouTube

Storytime: this link contains a bank of stories read by dlr Libraries staff.  Enjoy.  Story Time - YouTube   In 2020, during the first lockdown, we read many stories online.  You can view them at this link:  Watch (

Mindfulness for Children: Some great tips from child psychologist, Louise Shanagher: Watch (

Music: Join our puppets, Bip and Bop, as they help children listen to, talk about, and become familiar with sounds and music.  Watch (

Musical Storytime; We hosted some Storytime sessions with Music Generation dlr . These are a lovely combination of gentle Storytime and lively music.  You can view them here: Watch (

Music Therapy: Music in Mind for Teens: Music in Mind for Teens ( We also have Music in Mind for Primary School Music in Mind for Primary Schoolers ( and for parents: Music in Mind for Adults (

Craft: A series of craft videos prepared by library staff for children and families to enjoy. Watch (

Craft and Stories: with author and Writer in Residence for 2019/20, Sadhbh Devlin. dlr Writer in Residence, Sadhbh Devlin - YouTube

Encyclopaedia Britannica:  Everyone can access Encyclopaedia Britannica which Includes thousands of searchable articles and related websites selected by Encyclopaedia Britannica authors. There are three editions to choose from; Library, Student or Junior. You will need your library card number and PIN to use this service.  See here for more information: Online Reference Services | dlr LIBRARIES (

IMMA Art and Ageing programme.
Talking Art Printed Resources

This new programme encourages active engagement and conversation, prompting participants to share their thoughts and opinions on IMMA artworks with a printable ‘Talking Art with IMMA’ resource pack. These printed resource packs will highlight a selected work from the IMMA Collection, accompanied with a range of conversational prompts that form a guided way of exploring artworks. These conversational prompts can be followed alone, with family and friends, or used by Activity Coordinators within nursing home or other residential settings with residents.
The resources Can be downloaded directly from the website click here

Talking Art Online
Older people from all over Ireland are invited to join us for this online arts experience. Take a close look at selected artworks from the IMMA Collection and discuss IMMA exhibitions with our Visitor Engagement Team from the comfort of your living room!
All are welcome to sign up for this free programme, no previous experience required.
The twice monthly session will be led virtually through Zoom starting on January 19th.
Full details and how to book can be found here

Armchair Azure
Armchair Azure is a free online experience designed for people living with dementia and their families and friends. During Armchair Azure, you will explore a selection of artwork from IMMA’s Collection with a facilitator who has received special training in dementia-inclusive arts programming. Armchair Azure is facilitated online via Zoom three times per month from January 19th.
Full details and how to book can be found via this link here 

Slow Looking Art Videos
Through a series of accessibly produced (captioned, audio-described) videos, participants are invited watch a guided exploration of a selected artwork from the IMMA Collection. This can made directly available to Nursing Home Activity Coordinators in residential facilities through various networks and IMMA’s website and social media channels.

dlr Libraries Book Drop Service & Online Clubs and Events
If you are vulnerable and elderly and need some books and library materials, the Library Team will organise this for you for free! Simply call the dlr Lexicon library directly at 01 280 1147  or email, or contact the dlr County Council Community Call helpline on 01 271 3199 or

dlr Libraries Online Book clubs and Events Calendar is available here

Library Initiative - Learn a new language or take an on online course

Upskill at dlrLibraries with the following online resources:
- For more information on learning a new language click here.
- For more information on taking an online course here.

Library Initiative – Relax, read, listen to podcasts or music

Available from dlr Libraries
- Online Podcasts here
- Online Music Streaming here
- E-books, audio-books and videos available here
- Newspapers available to download here
- Magazines on line here

Arts Initiative - Artworks Home CD
A special CD with recordings of poetry and a beautiful insert was created as a record of the dlr Artworks Home project click here

Arts Initiative - Gallery Learning Programme
Online series of workshops, talks and demonstrations for all ages click here or contact

Arts Initiative - Dementia Inclusive Gallery Tours Online
Our popular Gallery Dementia Inclusive Tours have been adapted to enjoy in comfort of your own home click here or contact

Arts Initiative - Artworks from the County Collection
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is home to an impressive collection of artworks. The collection includes artists of significant historical importance as well as contemporary artists of local, national, and international interest. The Collection includes work purchased from local artists and those involved in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Programme. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to showcase some of the wealth of artistic talent in the County Collection. You can view some of the artwork from the collection here.

Arts Initiative - Our Colours: artworks from dlr County Collection
The Our Colours exhibition in dlr Municipal Gallery featured a range of diverse work from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection and included several recent acquisitions. This was the first time that these artworks from the dlr County Collection had been exhibited together. You can view the exhibition here.

Arts Initiative - Unfolding Exhibition
UNFOLDING, curated by Angela O’Kelly, features the work of 9 Irish designer-makers and focuses on revealing the design and making process, representing a new approach to exhibiting contemporary craft. The designer-makers all have a connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County & supported by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). View the exhibition here

Arts Initiative - dlr Writer in Residence, Sara Keating producing literary events online
Watch Sara Keating’s author interviews with Liz Nugent, Caelainn Hogan and Lucinda Jacob here

Music Generation DLR
Music activities for children and young people 0-18 years of age, click here for more information.

Ukulele Licence
An initiative giving free access to quality music education for any age group. Music Generation dlr funded the series of 8 modules and 40 tutorial videos, designed by Local Music Education Partner RockJam. These videos can be accessed on the Ukulele Licence YouTube channel

Dance Theatre of Ireland 

Well Dance For 55+ at Home, (4 classes online) - is an extremely popular modern dance programme; It’s a movement class that will guide you through a series of simple, modern and creative dance movements & exercises to improve breathing, balance, fluidity, flexibility and strength-- all to a great range of music (For example: Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Eva Cassidy and more) – These classes set you up for the day, with exceptional fun and fantastic results.  Open to all:  Our Award-Winning Classes will resume for those who have done our Well-dance Classes before - or for those who want to get started.  Tuesdays - 11am-12pm (Experienced) : Tuesdays - 12:30pm-1:30pm (Experienced) : Wednesdays - 11am-12pm (Beginners) NEW this is your chance to dance! start today : Thursdays - 11am-12pm (Improvers)  Info & Registration Email:  Phone 01 2803455

Senior Wellness and Activity Programme (SWAP) - Flower Arranging Programme

Series of adult education workshops to engage older people in creativity and provide an opportunity for them to engage socially to boost their mental health and wellbeing. It is also a great way to meet new friends and to continue to stay socially engaged during these challenging times.Contact: Southside Partnership – email:

Women4women have a range of online workshops and events coming up over the next few weeks including english language courses, creative writing, multicultural women’s breakfast and creative writing. For informaiton click here

Wildflower guide
A dlr environmental initiative designed for a phone as a mobile guide for people walking in DLR or in their gardens. The guide can be accessed here

Composting at Home
Environmental Awareness have created a new booklet and video guide on how to compost at home. Compost is rich in nutrients and full of life. When used in a garden, compost feeds the ecosystem of the soil and slowly releases nutrients plants can absorb. dlr’s introductory booklet and video guide (filmed at Fernhill Park and Gardens) outlines how to create your eco-friendly compost in four easy steps including setting-up the compost site, key ingredients, managing the pile and harvesting the compost. Creating your own compost at home will reduce waste, save money, enhance the health of a garden and reduce carbon emissions. Please find the link to the Composting at Home booklet and video guide here.

Creative Projects at Home booklet
A booket put togther by dlr Environmental team offers ideas, activities and projects that re-use materials commonly found in the home and garden. The booklet book can be accessed here

Biodiversity booklet
A booklet put together by dlr biodiversity team focusing on the huge array of biodiversity we have all across the county. Read the booklet online here 

Explore local history from home
We have created 3D virtual tours of four of our buildings. See below.

Click here to tour Marlay House

Click here to tour Cabinteely House.

Click here to tour of Maritime Museum 

Click here to tour of Dún Laoghaire Oratory

Switch off, enjoy some of our historic postcards and learn about transport innovation in Kingstown/Dún Laoghaire throughout the years in this short video with dlr Heritage Officer Deirdre Black Click here

Tour of Fernhill Park and Gardens
Senior Parks Superintendent Ruairí Ó Dúlaing takes us a on tour explaining some of the history of the site and the flora and fauna you can see there. Click here to view Fernhill Diaries.

Artworks Home Poetry 
As part of the Artworks Home project Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council asked four local poets to write poems as a way of keeping in touch with people.  To read the poems click here 

Printmaking Technique Workshop  
Online workshops are being created to explore simple printmaking techniques at home to keep everyone creative and learning new artistic skills. See here 

dlr Social Prescribing Programme for Health & Wellbeing
Would you like to have support to improve your health and wellbeing? Would you like to try something new, access supports or connect with others? The Social Prescribing team can help. The team can talk to you about activities that interest you, or supports you may need and then they will assist you in availing of these.  Contact: Southside Partnership – email: or  087 356 3035 and see here

SWAP – Senior Wellness and Activity Programme  – Mindfulness Programme
Series of adult education workshops for older people to learn about mindfulness and how to use it as a skill to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It is also a great way to meet new friends and to continue to stay socially engaged during these challenging times. Contact: Southside Partnership – email:

DLR Age Friendly Activity Magazine, Winter 2020 Includes information on Health & Wellbeing, Local Services & Supports, Short Stories & Poetry, Age Friendly Questionnaire, Recipes, Puzzles & lots more here

DLR Age Friendly County - more here