West Cork BIG SING! 10th October 2015

West Cork BIG SING! 10th October 2015
At last the time has come to bring this long standing ambition of mine into fruition….a BIG SING! The first ever West Cork BIG SING! is being organised in Bantry Square to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October at 4pm. The BIG SING! initiative will be launched as part of a programme of events being organised for 8th, 9th and 10th October.
Together with the support of local groups such as: Co Action, the National Learning Network and the West Cork Mental Health Services, we aim to attract as many people to participate as we can. In the run up to this exciting project there will be a number of opportunities for those who would like to learn the songs in advance, and people are also encouraged to simply turn up on the day to join in. We would like to involve people from as many areas within West Cork as possible. One way to help spread the songs is through the involvement of local choirs and singing groups but we also hope to encourage the wider public to bring forward their voices and join us.
The current details of sessions are as follows:
Bantry Christian fellowship Hall ……….Sunday 20th Sept. 4-6pm
Dunmanway Family Resource Centre (Kilbarry Road)……..Wednesday September 23rd , 30th & 7th October 7.30-9pm
Ballydehob (Acapellabella Community Choir ‘Open Sessions’)………Thursday September 10th, 17th, 24th, 1st, 8th October 8.30-10pm

It is hoped that the West Cork BIG SING! will continue to grow and roam around the communities of West Cork, spreading it’s positive message of support to those suffering the effects of mental health issues at many different events throughout the years.
Please join and share our events page on facebook: West Cork BIG SING!



Ballyphehane Day Care Centre – ‘The Club’ Summer 2015

Between the months of April and July ’15 I worked alongside movement facilitator, Helga Deasy, delivering a ‘Music and Movement’ programme to a group in Ballyphehane Day care Centre through Music Alive and FUSE. During this time I facilitated much singing, percussion playing and song writing. Together we created some wonderful songs, inspiration coming from the chosen theme, ‘Memories of Summers Past’. Working with Helga and the movement work she facilitate was very enjoyable and I hope to get the opportunity to do more of this again in the future. We finished off with a lovely party at the Centre. The Visual Artist who was working with the group during the same time period also took up the theme, and here you can see myself and Helga in one of the groups visual creations.

One of the caravans made by the group at Ballyphehane Day Care Centre
One of the caravans made by the group at Ballyphehane Day Care Centre