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:
Bealtaine At Home 2021, Bealtaine is a month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. This year all activities in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be online and ‘Bealtaine at Home’ features a variety of great free activities, including story telling; drama; arts and crafts workshops; gardening and cookery demonstrations; Dance Theatre Ireland dance well at home; chair yoga; flower arranging; Beginners Zoom computer lessons; workshops on accessing the digital services that dlr libraries offer as well as creative writing; Ciorcal Comhrá Gaeilge and much, much more! ‘Bealtaine at Home’ is organised by dlr Libraries, dlr Arts Office and the Age Friendly Office with the co-operation of the PPN, Dublin South FM and Southside Partnership. You can find all information on the programme and how to register for events here
Balancing Your Wheel of Life: SWAN are running a free 7 week online Balancing Your Wheel of Life course Tuesday mornings 10.30am-12.00pm starting Tuesday 20th April 2021. If you would like to sign up to participate please contact Sandra on 0861744863 or Tracey on 0861382482
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
Spring/Summer 2021 English Language and Conversation: Online drop in classes. Classes are free and limited.
Classes run on a Monday and Tuesday. Start dates: Mondays: 18th January to 28th June Tuesdays: 19th January to 29th June. To book or for further information contact email@example.com
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
Shares kind messages with people in nursing homes, living alone or simply in need of a boost. We are asking you to join us and write a short message or letter. You can also share a few jokes, write a poem or create a piece of artwork. For more information or to submit your message online visit here. Prefer putting pen to paper, we hear you, you can post your submissions to Paperchain, 11 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Follow us on instagram to see what other writers are sharing and to hear from our readers here. Paperchain is a feel good project, that will help us not only switch off and be creative but help others #keepwell at the same time. Paperchain is run by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre.
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 (dlrcoco.ie) including instructions on how to create an account.
BorrowBox: children’s resources are listed here: Search Results - BorrowBox (bolindadigital.com)
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 (dlrcoco.ie)
RB Digital children’s resources are listed here: Search | RBdigital (rbdigitalglobal.com)
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 (facebook.com)
Mindfulness for Children: Some great tips from child psychologist, Louise Shanagher: Watch (facebook.com)
Music: Join our puppets, Bip and Bop, as they help children listen to, talk about, and become familiar with sounds and music. Watch (facebook.com)
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 (facebook.com)
Music Therapy: Music in Mind for Teens: Music in Mind for Teens (facebook.com) We also have Music in Mind for Primary School Music in Mind for Primary Schoolers (facebook.com) and for parents: Music in Mind for Adults (facebook.com)
Craft: A series of craft videos prepared by library staff for children and families to enjoy. Watch (facebook.com)
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 (dlrcoco.ie)
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 imma.ie 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 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.
Explore local history from home
We have created 3D virtual tours of four of our buildings. See below.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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