WRAP® Refresher

Hi my name is Mairead and for the last 2 days I participated in a WRAP® Facilitation Refresher Training in EVE, Brú Chaoimhín, Cork Street.

WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan® and it was developed by a lady called Mary Ellen Copeland back in 1997 with a group of individuals who had lived experience of mental health challenges. WRAP® is now used for all sorts of reasons by people all over the world.

The course was facilitated by Kristin and Edel and there was 13 of us attending the course, all of whom were staff or service users in various EVE centres.

It was a great opportunity to brush up on WRAP® and to hear any changes that have been made since I did my initial training in 2013. The two days also provides a space to listen to each other and to share ideas and knowledge as a group.

As part of the Refresher Training there was a couple of practicums that we had to complete some of us were a bit nervous about getting up in front of everyone but it is good practise for when we are facilitating  WRAP® groups ourselves.

The following is some information from the website http://mentalhealthrecovery.com

WRAP is . . .

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals.  It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

WRAP Will Help You:

  • Discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
  • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
  • Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
  • Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning

WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.

“When the group developed WRAP, I was so impressed that I went home and wrote one for myself.  As I began to live WRAP, my life changed dramatically.  Over time I felt better and better and better.  WRAP is a way of life for me—a great life.”

Mary Ellen Copeland. PhD






What can we do?

Finglas Garda Station


We had a member of An Garda Síochána visit our centre on Monday this week to talk to us about the services the Gardaí provide and to give us some tips on how we can keep ourselves safe.

The talk really focussed on personal responsibility, for example, seat belts when in a car and on a coach and how it is up to us to use seatbelts and how important seatbelts are. The Garda also explained all the parts of her uniform and explained how it keeps her and her colleagues safe.

We discussed mobile phones and how more and more people are being robbed of their phones, we were advised not to take our phones out of our pockets when walking on a busy street especially in the darkness and that a good precaution to take would be to stand in to a shop before answering the phone.

thGZVZN4YD It was very informative. The Garda was really friendly, she asked us to think of a few things that we would like more information on and she agreed to come back another time to share her knowledge with us. We really enjoyed it.

A Day in the Sun

With budgets tight in the HSE we decided to plan a day trip for the whole centre that cost as little money as possible. We decided to schedule the day trip during Heritage Week so that we could avail of a free tour of Ardgillan Castle, we booked the tour in advance. We then phoned some of the other EVE centres and asked if we could borrow their people carriers, we had 4 in total on the day so we could fit all those who wished to go on the day.

We began our day by setting up our own little café in the ILS room, the ILS group baked some delicious scones which we enjoyed with tea and coffee before setting off on our adventure.

Café Airdnua

We drove in convey to Ardgillan Castle, some of us had visited the grounds before and for others it was our first time. The view as we arrived took our breath away, the blue skies and sunshine helped of course!

The view from the driveway in Ardgillan Castle


The gang enjoying the views


Stunning views

We were divided into two groups and brought inside the magnificent building. We were given a little bit of the history about the family that owned it and how they used the house.

The main rooms were stunning with loads of beautiful detail, the woodwork and fireplace.

We learned that each room has a discreet bell beside the fireplace to alert the staff downstairs that the family needed their attention.

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The small library was stunning and it was so interesting to see that the financial records that were written all those years ago are still in perfect condition today.

The servants quarters were really interesting to see, you had to go down the basement, it really feels like stepping back in time with all the old cooking equipment.

We had packed a picnic and sat out in the sunshine on some picnic benches outside the main are of Ardgillan Castle.

Then we went on and drove to Skerries. We managed to make time for ice-cream while taking in the lovely beach side atmosphere!

 Beautiful scenery in Skerries

Blue Skies

It was so lovely to be out in the sunshine with almost everyone from the centre, it really was a very enjoyable day!

On the way home!!!

Vive le France!!!!

Today is what’s commonly known as “Bastille Day” but known in France as “la fete nationale”.

As part of our year long Leisure, Art’s & Culture” programme in Airdnua we have focused our attention this month on France.

After having watched so many of the Euro 2016 matches, we were all looking forward to dedicating the month of July to France and it’s no coincidence that it happens to be the month of their national celebration.

Last week we brainstormed about all the things we know about France, we listed all the famous French people, cities, landmarks, food, drinks etc. that we have a little knowledge on and then we used the power of Google to answer some questions that we didn’t know the answers to.

Today we focused on a little bit of French history and learned about the Storming of the Bastille and how they have celebrated the date as a National celebration ever since. We watched a video of the military parade that is held every year on the Champs Elysees. We also learned that the Eiffel Tower was erected in Paris in 1889 to celebrate the 100 years since the French Revolution.

Have a read!


I like going to st.Josephs because I am learning about computers and English.

In English communications level 4 we are doing a project on the Zoo. I am doing the project with another girl and we are shareing all the information we can get on some of the animals. I am writing about the elephants in the zoo.

We are also reading a book called The Plough And The Stars. It is about the 1916 rising. We also watched an old film on the subject.

St. Josephs is a good school, the tutors and other students are great and we all get along with each other. I am going to classes three mid mornings a week and I love it. I also go to Airdnua one day a week when I am in St. Josephs and when I am on summer holidays from school I go to Airdnua two half days and one full day a thNA6T4QHIweek.So I get out of the house most of the week. I f I did not go to either I do not know what I would do. The people and staff are very friendly. It is great.



Dublin Zoo


My story by Margaret F.


M Feeney

I am attending Airdnua for many years. I like coming 4 days a week. I have a lot of friends here and get a lot of support.

I used to attend 5 full days but over the years I have gotten involved in so many activities in the community that now I’m so busy I only attend half days.

I  leave after lunch on Mondays to go to ”St. Helena’s” Tir Na Og. I  get the 40 bus down there and arrive at 2 O’clock in Finglas. We sometimes play bingo, watch films, learn how to do flower arrangement and other activities there. We have sandwiches and tea. In the summer time we have outings to different places. It gets us out for 2 hours or so, it usually finishes around 4 pm. I have been going to St. Helens for 9 years now and I like it because I meet nice people there. There are about 30 people who attend it every week. . I heard about it from a friend going to bingo on Friday. I heard about the  classes and joined Tir Na O’g then in St Helena’s.


On Tuesday afternoon, after an enjoyable morning in Airdnua, I visit my doctor and do all my errands.

On Wednesday afternoon I go to “Friends of the Elederly” in Bolton St. It gets me out, we get tea or coffee and biscuits and ice cream, also there is usually a raffle.  We also have music, singing and dancing. Everything is free there. I have a few friends there. I enjoy going there.It is over at 4p.m.


On a Thursday I spend the morning doing some more errands and organising some things in the hostel where I live and I arrive into Airdnua at 12.30. This means I get to have a nice lunch with my friends here and have some fun listening to and joining in with the karaoke. I love music. My favourite song at the moment is “Wagon Wheel”.

In Airdnua, I do lots of activities including Computers, Relaxation, Yoga and other things.






Out & About

My name is Kathleen, I’ve been attending Airdnua for a number of years now and I really enjoy it.

Since last year, I’ve been going to a training centre called Castleview which is near Charlestown shopping centre in Finglas, to do art from 10:00 – 12:30pm on a Tuesday. We have done ‘etching’ which is like the black and white illustrations in a novel. They were in an exhibition in the National Art Gallery, Nassau Street for a few weeks. The staff in the gallery framed the pictures we all did. Then this year we did a picture on the important events of 1916 – this was such an important time in Irish history and I enjoyed using it as inspiration. I did a drawing with pencils of the GPO as this was a very important location in the events of the Rising.

The real GPO in Dublin


A new teacher has started with us now he is called Joe and he’s into very modern art at the moment. He put a dustbin on the desk and two old coffee tins and asked us to draw an outline of them. It’s something I’ve never done and I didn’t think it was very pretty to look at. I prefer the Italian Renaissance art.We’re also going to do some fish on transparent laminated paper. We’re doing the picture of the fish on both sides so that it can hung on the glass in the centre and admired from both sides.

I used to do Boot Camp on a Wednesday, it’s a group made up of some Castleview trainees and some Participants in Airdnua. The Boot Camp has been changed this year to a Tuesday. It doesn’t make sense for me to come back to Airdnua after the art so now I stay in Castleview for the day. In between Art & Boot Camp I join in with their smoking cessation and their relaxation sessions.


I enjoy meeting new people and having a chat. The staff in Castleview are lovely and there’s some familiar faces there too!

I love exercise and really enjoy Boot Camp. In my family we were always encouraged to do exercise, it lifts my mood. They say you shouldn’t be sitting all day to so it’s good to be active.

(I hope you enjoy the picture I chose for the image at the front of this blog post. Its a place in Argentina called Rosario.)

Art Exhibition

We have been doing paintings during the year and we got an opportunity to hold an art exhibition in Raheeny Library on 13th October at 2.15. Sean Haughey officially opened the exhibition. there was refreshments and the paintings were hung. There was representatives from the HSE and Care Staff. My mother and sister came down to support me. We had coffee, spring water and chocolate muffins.

One of my pictures of a Kingfisher was the first painting to be sold. I had about 6 pictures in the exhibition, there was one that was a cottage in Connemara and another was a bowl of lemons. Another was called “Fruits”, it had variety of fruit in it.

I was nervous about the exhibition, but in the end it worked out great, I was delighted to sell a painting, some of the money will go back into the art group for supplies etc. and a percentage goes to the artist.

Me at the Exhibition

A Quilting Day Out

A Quilting Day Out 

by The Airdnua Sewing Circle

This week our group went to see a Quilting Exhibition in St Pats.

The Quilts were all on display around the lovely bright walls and the theme of the exhibition was  HAPPINESS . There were more than twenty beautifully made Quilts on show. There was a variety of styles and skills gone into their making and the result were a bright bold display of colour and craft that could not fail to make you smile and cheer you up. Everyone was in awe of the skills shown, and the amount of work and hours that went into each quilt were astounding. This was reflected in the prices on the wall beside each quilt ranging from €300 – €1500,  as each quilt was also for sale. It gave us all ideas for the future and you never know what we can achieve as our skills develop.

We took photos and went for coffee in their lovely restaurant afterwards where we talked about our favourite quilt. As it was  such a lovely day we decided to have our picnic lunch in the Phoenix Park and we found a spot where we could watch the swans and ducks and even a bit of people watching.

It was a great day out and we all enjoyed it immensely.

Amazing skill!
Amazing skill!
Such a clever use of colour
Our Sewing Circle


A picnic in the park!
A picnic in the park!



Written and contributed by M. Foley

In 1981 I went to a psychologist for counselling. The counselling helped me tremendously. I became aware of my self confidence as poorly. Talking about faults and failings was important to the counselling progress. The counsellor was a person with whom I could trust. She said I was too hard on myself. In time, I learned to practice the advice that was given to me.

During the counselling process I became interested in psychology. I enrolled in University College Dublin for an extra mural course in psychology. This was an introduction to psychology. My favourite writer was Sigmund Freud. His books seemed to be written in plain English which made the books easy to understand. There was childhood psychology, adolescent psychology and adult psychology. A|ll of these were mentioned in the course that I went to. In the late ’90’s I did another course in psychology. This was an introduction to psychology. The course was an introduction to psychology at the Rathmines College, Rathmines. Relaxation was talked about, phobia, and other aspects of psychology. By attending the classes I met people with the same interests. It was nice to meet people in the evening of the classes. I took notes and these notes were important to the learning process. Leaflets were handed out at the classes rather than learning from a book.