The Croí na Gaillimhe Homework Club in the Eglinton Direct Provision Centre started on the 8th September 2014. It provides homework support to up to 31 children living in the centre, in Salthill. It has two part-time staff and approximately 20 volunteers working with the children.
The project is funded by the Maureen O’Connell bequest and supported by a Steering Committee, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre and Christ the King, St. Vincent de Paul Conference.
The Club runs from 2.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Thursday. The majority of the children who come to the club attend primary school and range from senior infants to sixth class as well as four secondary school students.
Our volunteers are very dedicated and come with a wide range of skills and expertise and have contributed greatly to the success of the club so far.
We are very well assisted by four transition year students from Salerno Secondary School Galway, some of whom are included in the photo.
Daria Michalik, Aoife Gallivan, Niamh Kavanagh and Ciara Quinn.
Recently, the club held two very successful workshops with external facilitators: an anti-bullying workshop on 16th November and a Careers Guidance Workshop on 10th of November. All pupils attended the former while the latter was focussed on secondary students. We expect to follow up on these valuable additions in due course.
For more information on the above programme: Contact Loretta Needham Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre 091-895203