The Larkin Centre on Dublin’s North Strand is at the heart of this vibrant community.
The centre’s community education programme provides a range of learning opportunities for local adults. The centre gives them the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, confidence and self-belief so that they can actively engage in many areas of life, social, economic, environmental and cultural.
Learning can and does take on many different forms.
The Men’s Health & Wellbeing Programme, a community based, lifestyle initiative, encourages men to take better care of themselves and learn how small changes in our day to day lives, for example, becoming more active, eating a balanced diet, drinking responsibly, quitting smoking and having a regular routine, can lead to positive physical and mental health outcomes. Run over 10 weeks, 4 hours per week, the programme targets men aged 30+. Since its launch in 2009, over 320 men have participated.
This programme is managed by the Larkin Centre and delivered in partnership with Celtic FC Foundation, the Health Service Executive & Pfizer Healthcare Irl, with additional support from the City of Dublin ETB and Dublin City Council.
The impact and potential of the programme is summed up by a group of past participants, “the course has given us the start we were looking for, 10 weeks is a short time to get everything sorted, but it is the starting point, we are now seeing the positive results of what can be achieved by making small changes, there is more to do, but we are heading in the right direction”.
The Men’s Health & Wellbeing Programme has been the launch pad for the establishment of the Pat Murphy Community Garden / Horticulture Programme. Opened in 2011, this programme is providing men with the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in all aspects of growing and plant maintenance. Gardening is an ideal activity to keep fit and healthy and also by growing your own, you become better informed about food and nutrition. There are other benefits; community gardening is also a social activity, a place for men in the community to come together, to learn, share skills, ideas and enjoy each other’s company, build a sense of community and belonging. As one participant noted “this community garden has meant different things to all of us involved, but what we all share is a desire to make something of our lives regardless of age.”
The Larkin Centre is a non-profit making organisation engaged in the provision of a range of services within Dublin’s North East Inner City. Since its establishment in 1986 the Centre has worked with and on behalf of people in the area and its service provision has grown in response to community needs.
Address: The Larkin Unemployed Centre, 57 – 58 North Strand Road, Dublin 3
Telephone: 01 – 8365544 Website:www.larkinctr.com
Contact: Community Education – Anne Flannery, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre Manager – Maria Tyrrell, Email: email@example.com