Weekly Blog, Thursday 15th October



We would like to congratulate the Derrygonnelly Harps in winning the New York Cup and bringing it home to Fr. Maguire Park. Well done to all involved!


ASPIRE offering support to help people get back into employment

ASPIRE is a new Fermanagh & Omagh District Council led initiative which supports people into paid employment. Operating across the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, ASPIRE provides a range of practical and useful support to help people who are unemployed find a joband aged 16 years and over into work. Supports available include guidance and advice, training, work placement opportunities, coaching and mentoring; each of which are tailored to the area of work of the participant’s choice.

Upon joining the ASPIRE programme, participants will be matched to a dedicated and competent member of the ASPIRE programme team, who will support them throughout their time on the programme. The Project Officer will help to develop an Action Plan, specific and unique to each participant’s employability needs. The Action Plan will set out where each participant currently is and where they would like to be by the end of their time on the employability programme. The Project Officer will also help source advice for anyone with questions relating to working hours, managing finances, family support plus much more by working alongside support agencies within the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

Employment support available through the ASPIRE programme includes:

  • Work based placements within a range of job areas e.g. for graduates, including those in Allied Health Professions; placements for those keen to update their work experience and those entering the workplace for the first time.
  • NVQ Level 1 qualifications in Customer Service, Retail and Business Administration.
  • Job specific short courses, adding value to those already with qualifications, in Childcare, Health & Social Care, Business Administration, Engineering, Construction etc. Short courses may include a range of IT, First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene, Child Protection, CSR Card, Manual Handling… to name just a few.
  • Job Search support ensuring every participant receives support in looking for job vacancies; will have a professional CV developed; receive guidance and practical help in completing
  • On-line and manual job application forms and will learn how to prepare for job tests and interviews, including participating in practice interviews.
  • Social opportunities, with the prospect of meeting new people, participating in health and well-being events, developing self-confidence, making new friends and having fun.

Based in Enniskillen and Omagh, ASPIRE also operates an outreach facility enabling it to work within communities across the Fermanagh and Omagh district. Community groups keen to find out more about bringing the ASPIRE programme to their local area should contact the ASPIRE office in Enniskillen or Omagh.

The programme, which works in partnership with Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust, is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning.

If you are unemployed, aged 16 and over and would like to work towards getting into paid employment contact ASPIRE today. Call in to the ASPIRE offices, Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm ASPIRE Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. The Sperrin Centre, 1 Market Street, Omagh, BT78 1EE. Tel: 028 82246535 or ASPIRE Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI), 56 Tempo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 6HR. Tel: 028 66326478.






Monster Bingo, Sunday 18th October, Derrygonnelly Community Centre

bingoBingo returns to Derrygonnelly on Sunday 18th October at 3pm. £1000 jackpot must go plus loads of other cash prizes. Everyone welcome.

Visit  Derrygonnelly Community Centre’s facebook page for the chance to win a free book.




Talk on Diabetes Awareness, Wednesday 21st October, Community Centre

diabetesThe support group We Go Together are hosting a talk on Diabetes Awareness in the Community Centre on Wednesday 21st October at 8.15pm. This will be facilitated by a Specialist Diabetes Nurse from South West Acute Hospital.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, although very different, are ever increasing and this talk will be of interest to everyone and you don’t need to be diabetic to attend.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.


“50 Shades of Acres”, Thursday 29th October, Derrygonnelly Community Centre

pic 50 shadesA runaway success at the Lady of the Lake Festival earlier this year, Irvinestown Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a one-off performance in Derrygonnelly on Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm.

Go to our facebook page for the chance to win two tickets to the play.

Admission £5 for adults and £3 for under 16’s. All proceeds go to DDCP’s annual Christmas Party and Festive Lights. See you there!


‘Get to Know Your Neighbours’, Sunday 25th October, Four Local Churches

get to know your neighbourAs part of our working together, the clergy from our four local churches are organising a ‘Get to know your neighbour’ event on Sunday 25th October.

We will all meet at Springfield Methodist Church at 2.30pm. After this we will then go to Devenish Parish Church in Monea. We will then go to St Patrick’s Church in Derrygonnelly and finish our visit in Inishmacsaint Parish church where there will be light refreshments.


Switching on the Christmas Lights and Christmas Fair, Thursday 10th December, Main Street & Community Centre

christmas treeOur annual Christmas family event will take place on Thursday 10th December.

More details will follow soon.







Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday 9th November 2015. All welcome.

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