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Together we can beat recession

The following is a reproduction of a leaflet published by the churches of Ballyshannon, Rossnowlagh and Ballintra in advance of a special night for the unemployed hosted in ColŠiste Cholmcille on 31st March 2008. It features many useful contact numbers, addresses and resources that may be useful to those facing unemployment. It is reproduced here by kind permission of Fr Cathal Ó Fearraí.

The Churches of Ballyshannon, Rossnowlagh and Ballintra - Responding to their people in this time of Recession

Recession! Let us Beat it Together Community get together

Information & Advice
ColŠiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon
Tuesday 31st March at 8pm

Guest Speakers
Paul Hannigan LYIT
Anne Cullen MABS

Learn more about your
Rights & Entitlements
Health & Leisure

Can we help you? Can you help us? Can we help one another?

Together we can beat Recession! 'Ní neart go cur le chéile'

Seeking Work -Know your Rights & Entitlements (Where you can go for help & advice)

Social Welfare Office
East Rock
Telephone. 071-9851381

Community Worker
Sheil Hospital, Ballyshannon (Wed & Fri)
Telephone. 071-9851300
Ballintra (Wed)
Telephone. 074-9734435

Citizens Information
Abbey View
Telephone. 071-9851666 / Lo Call 1890 777 121

Jobs Club
Tirhugh Centre, The Mall
Contact Eleanor or Lareina
Telephone. 071-9858959

Abbey View
Telephone. 071-9858270

Financial Advice & Assistance
(Help with finances & budgeting)

MABS - Money Advice & Budgeting Service
Free, Confidential, non-judgemental and independent money advice and budgeting service
Telephone. Helpline 1890 28 34 38
Drumlonagher, Donegal Town
Telephone. 074 97 24462

St. Vincent de Paul, Ballyshannon
(24 Hour)
Telephone. 087 6628833
Thrift Shop Number
Telephone. 071-9858025

Farm Support, Department of Agriculture Donegal
Telephone. 074 9721048

Credit Union
Telephone. 071-9852288

Community Development
The following organise courses / source funding for interested groups

Atlantic View
Main Street
Helping families, communities, the marginalised and disadvantaged to help themselves.
Telephone. 071-9822833

B.M.W. Smallholder Skillnet Flexible innovative training for Farmers / Companies; Subsidised short training courses for local farmers. Certified training in a wide range of areas to lower skilled employees or those with considerable experience but few formal qualifications.
Telephone. 071-9858252. Gerry Gallagher 087-6858550.

Start your own Business
Contact Louise Brogan (DLDC Donegal Town)
Telephone. 074-9723368

Upskilling and Training
(Where you can retrain; acquire new skills and training; swapping skills)

Donegal V.E.C.
College Street
Adult Education and Training Centre
Computers, English & Maths, Music, VTOS
Telephone. 071-9851276

Tirhugh Resource Centre
The Mall
Computers, languages, personal development
Telephone. 071-9852476 / 071-9822080

ColŠiste Cholmcille
Telephone. 071-9858288

R.E.S. (Regional Employment Service)
Can provide you with all the information you need to start on your career path, will keep you up to date with jobs as they become available, will help you put together a professional C.V., prepare you for your interview.
Telephone. 074-9128010

Ballytivnan, Sligo
Telephone. 071-9159500 / Fax 071-9169506
Ramelton Road, Letterkenny
Telephone. 074-9120500
FÁS Freephone
Telephone. 1800 611 116

Sligo Institute of Technology
Telephone. 071-9155222

Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Telephone. 074-9186000

Fermanagh College

Social Activities
Developing talents, Looking after your health and Volunteering

Abbey Centre
Tirconaill St
(Speech & Drama)
Telephone. 071-9851375

Active Age Group
Day Centre
Mai Kennedy
Telephone. 071-9852695

Angling Club
Brendan Whoriskey
Telephone. 071-9851683

Athletic Club
Paddy Donoghue
Telephone. 087-2376389

Ballyshannon Leisure Centre
Swimming, gym, aqua aerobics, pilates, hip hop, curling
Telephone. 071-9852818 / Fax 071-9852821

Bel Canto Choral Group
Angela Currid
Telephone. 071-9851521

Brass & Reed Band
Michael Gallagher
Telephone. 071-9851970

ColŠiste Cholmcille
Telephone. 071-9858288
Courses run in conjunction with Tirhugh Centre
Telephone. 071-9852476

Comhaltas Ceolteoirí …ireann
Telephone. 086-3092730

Community Games
Kathleen O'Neill
Telephone. 071-9822824

GAA - Aodh Ruadh Club
John Magee
Telephone. 086-2263105

GAA - Naomh Bríd, Ballintra
Telephone. 087-6166759

Health Promotion Service
Saimer Court, Ballyshannon
Telephone. 071-9852000 Fax 071-9851087

Hill Walking
Telephone. 086-8627605 / 087-6771317

Lakeside Centre
Water Sports Activities
Telephone. 071-9852822

Life Saving
Seamus O'Neill
Telephone. 071-9822824

Marlin's Swimming Club
Telephone. 086-1683848

Rugby Club
Donald Hannigan
Telephone. 071-9851690

Soccer - Erne Wanderers Club
Buddy Greene

Surfing Club
Kevin McCloskey
Telephone. 071-9852517

Tirhugh Resource Centre
The Mall
Telephone. 071-9852476
Computers, languages, personal development

Women's Group
Maureen Finnegan
Telephone. 071-9822925
Telephone. 071-9851341

Useful Websites

Web. FÁS Job Bank
Web. Ergo IT Resourcing
Web. CPL Retail
Web. Premier
Web. Careerjet

Help Groups

AWARE & Grow
Depression Support Group. You are not alone! For further information phone.
Telephone. 074-9735030
Aware 24 hour helpline
Telephone. 1890 303 302
Web. Visit

GROW Helpline
Telephone. 1890 474 474
Grow Enquiries
Telephone. 071-9153623 or 086-8516939

Telephone. 1850 60 90 90
Telephone. 071-9142011
Telephone. 074-9120999
Web. Visit

Suicide, Teach, Organise, Prevent
Telephone. 071-9164286 or 087-4188053

Alcoholics Anonymous
Meet Mondays at 8.30 pm in the Gaelscoil
Telephone. 01-8420700

Al Anon Family Group
Monday to Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Telephone. 01-8732699

Al Ateen

Gamblers Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous
St Michael's Family Centre, Sligo

Addiction Services
Substance Abuse Helpline
Telephone. 071-9143316
Charter House, Old Market St, Sligo
Telephone. 071-9140409

Internet Support
A number of support services are now using the internet to reach out to people. One useful Irish website that provides a signpost to these services and offers health information is:

Text Messaging
Information on where to go for help in a crisis is now available through your mobile phone. Text the word HeadsUp to 50424.
The Headsup text service is co-ordinated by Rehab and sponsored by Meteor.

Contact Numbers

Fr. Dermot Burke
Telephone. 071-9851295

Fr. Seamus Dagens
Telephone. 074-9734016

Rev. Ian Henderson
Telephone. 074-9723588

Fr. Frank McManus
Telephone. 071-9851221

Fr. Cathal Ó Fearraí
Telephone. 071-9851295

Rev. Stephen Richmond
Telephone. 074-9721113

Rev. Brian Russell
Telephone. 074-9734025

Fr. Tom Russell OFM
Telephone. 071-9851342

Accident and Emergency Numbers

Ambulance Control
Telephone. 071-9851888

Accident and Emergency
Sligo Hospital
Telephone. 071-9174504

Bayview Family Practice
Belleek Road, Ballyshannon
Telephone. 071-9851657 / 071-9851600 / 071-9851334

Ballintra Health Centre
Telephone. 074-9734303

Doctor Emergency
Telephone. 086-8166557

Fire Service Ballyshannon
Telephone. 071-9851156 / 071-9851336

Telephone. 071-9851102

Mobile Emergency
Telephone. 112

Now Doc
Telephone. 1850 400 911

Telephone. 087-9277210 / 071-9841552

For any additions or corrections to this list please contact 071-9851295

Report Filed: 16 April 2009