Across Ireland there is a shortage of foster carers to provide caring and loving homes for children and young people in care. We are looking to hear from you if you have a spare bedroom, are over 25 years of age and have lots of love and energy to help shape a young person’s future and give then the stability that they need. We offer 24/7 support, a dedicated link worker to each family, a multidisciplinary team and all the training required. If you would like to find out more please visit us www.orchardfostering.ie or contact us on 01 6275713 or email us at info@orchardfostering.ie

Anyone missing this lovely, quiet cat? Found Christmas Day in Rockvale, Castlebar, but could be from anywhere around the Rathbawn Road area. Help finding its owner would be greatly appreciated

Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board are running a free course in Communication through Computers, Use of Mart Apps, Online Banking, Farm Safety and MS Teams. No Exams, 2 – 2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks classes run in Balla Community Resource Centre and other local venues, commencing in January 2021. For more information please contact: Geraldine O’Haire Skills for Work Co-ordinator Mayo Region Tel: 087 625 1494 Email:GeraldineOHaire@msletb.ie

Bealach Nua is a recovery-oriented family peer support service which offers families/friends of people with mental health challenges an opportunity to engage with family peer supporters through individual, group work, wellness days and information evenings. For further information or to access the service please tel. 094 9049392, Fran 086 0450835 or Noel 087 9749288.

Straide Women’s Group

Straide Women’s Group is offering support to those that may need it. Maybe help with a grocery shop or a prescription collected? Or somebody to talk to or help with sources of up to date information? You can contact any member of the Straide Womens Group, including those listed below - they will link with the Women's Group to provide support: Marian Deacy (087 ) 9060247, Geraldine Hynes, (087 ) 6379095, Marian Tighe, (087 ) 1357051, Rosa Meehan (087 ) 9883968, Kate O'Hara (087 ) 6883880.

Older People's Register

An Garda Siochana are always endeavouring to update their ‘Older People’s Register’ locally in each station which they have been adding to over the last number of years. If you or a family member wishes to be added to this please email your name/address with postcode/contact number to: castlebarwestport.community@garda.com or call

094 9038200.

Castlebar Meals on Wheels

One of the main services offered by Castlebar Social Services is the provision of meals on wheels. They provide this service daily, 365 days a year including Christmas. The charge is €5 for three course meal. You can choose to have a meal 1 day per week or 7, whichever suits your personal situation.  A typical meal provided to a participant consists of a starter of soup, main course and dessert.  All meals are prepared in house, and consist of the highest quality ingredients with all our meals being nutritionally beneficial.  If you would like to avail of our meals on wheels service you can call us on 094 9021378.

Castlebar Order of Malta

Order of Malta Castlebar are advising that you should get in touch if you know of anyone that may have difficulty getting food/medicine/household essentials, they will assist in collecting these items on your behalf.  Available 24/7, call 087  7074514

Islandeady Yearbook

Islandeady 2020 Yearbook/Covid-19 The Community Council want to document the events of the year related to the Corona virus lockdown. It’s a major event in world history so it’s important to record it from a Parish/Community perspective.

Were you off school, college or work? Were you working in a different way? Maybe you were confined to the house? Had you a major event planned and couldn’t go ahead with it? Are you a frontline worker? Were your sporting or social outings curtailed? Did you volunteer to help others? Did you do something new or learn a new skill?

Why not write out the effect it had on your life and the lifestyle changes you had to make. Stories, poems & pictures welcome from all age groups.

Email items to islandeadynewsletter@gmail.com

As we face another lockdown, many vulnerable people will struggle. We want to remind you that our emergency phonelines are staffed 24/7 as is our text line. Reach out to friends and family in the coming weeks. Look after yourselves and one another. Pieta is here for you whenever you need us. Call 1800 247 247 or text the word HELP to 51444. For appointment and centre information, please call 0818 111 126

Family Centre

We are delighted here at The Family Centre #Castlebar to offer our program of courses for Autumn/Winter 2020. These courses are available to the public and available online so you can take part from the comfort of your home. For your copy of our program please email us at info@thefamilycentre.com or call us on 094-9025900 to receive your copy by email or post.

In light of current Level 5 restrictions announced by the Government we will continue to work remotely offering Telephone Support and Counselling for anyone affected by a Cancer Diagnosis. Our Team can be contacted on the numbers below and always here to support you 😊💜 Stay Safe x

Senior Helpline

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. They are Ireland’s national confidential service for older people, open every day of the year from 10am-10pm and run by older people who are trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

St Vincent de Paul

Are you, or anyone you know, struggling with the cost of living? If so The local society of St. Vincent de Paul might be able to help or offer advice. You can get in touch in confidence on 094 902 3207 or visit www.svp.ie St Vincent de Paul also welcomes new volunteers who wish to fight poverty in the community.

Local Link Mayo

Local Link Mayo currently provide a grocery & essential supplies collect & deliver to the elderly, vulnerable & cocooning as well as providing essential travel for shopping and work. Local Link have repurposed during Covid-19

To avail of the service contact (094) 90 05150, email mayo@locallink.ie or text 086 029 3278. Local Link is funded by the HSE & the NTA.