New Craoibhin Lend A Hand Programme Launched in North Mayo

Craoibhin Ballina Launches New Lend A Hand Programme Craoibhín Ballina New Lend A Hand Programme North Mayo Social Inclusion Community and Social Centre in Ballina North Mayo Emma Donoghue Manager of Craoibhin Ballina Manager of Craoibhín Ballina David Dwane Chairperson of Moy Valley Resources
Craoibhín Ballina launch their new Lend A Hand programme on Thursday 12th October 2023 with Pat O’Brien, Vice Chairperson Craoibhín Ballina; Seamus Weir, Cathaoirleach Ballina Municipal District; David Dwane, Chairperson Moy Valley Resources, and Denise Swanick, Board Member of Craoibhín Ballina. Picture: John O’Grady.

The Craoibhín Ballina community and social centre has set up a Lend A Hand Programme in the North Mayo area as part of its support to the local community. The initiative was officially launched on Thursday, 12th October at the Craoibhín Centre on Cathedral Road, Ballina.

The new programme offers support with carrying out minor household repairs and odd jobs to those who may need extra assistance in the North Mayo area.

Run under the auspices of Moy Valley Resources, and with inclusion as a core value, Craoibhín is open to any adult who experiences social isolation, loneliness or who would like to make a friend in the community.

The Lend A Hand Programme extends Craoibhín’s involvement in the North Mayo community and complements many of group’s existing projects and regular activities.

Emma Donoghue, Manager of Craoibhín Ballina said:

“A lot of the people we support experience loneliness, social isolation, physical limitations and financial deprivation. As a result, many people who avail of our services are unable to keep on top of maintenance tasks in their homes, so we decided to try and help out with the new Craoibhin Lend a Hand programme.”

At the launch, David Dwane, Chairperson of the board of Moy Valley Resources said that the principal activities of Moy Valley Resources, as a community development organisation, are to provide services in the areas of social inclusion and economic development for the region.

“Craoibhín Ballina aligns perfectly with our objectives. Since Craoibhin was set up by Moy Valley Resources fifteen years ago the project has gone from strength to strength under the management of Emma Donoghue and the Craoibhín Ballina Committee, and with the financial support of Pobal,” he added.

Mr. Dwane paid tribute to the staff in Craoibhín Ballina. He also thanked the volunteers at the centre and Archers of Ballina for their sponsorship of tools for the New Craoibhin Lend a Hand programme. Mr. Dwane paid tribute to the work of Moy Valley Resources CEO, Annette Maughan, who is also Chair of the Craoibhín Ballina Committee, and to Emma Donoghue for their invaluable contribution in getting this new initiative off the ground, which included the purchase of a dedicated van.

The launch was compered by Denise Swanick of the Craoibhín Ballina Committee, who spoke of how positively she had been impacted by the centre since she joined the committee.

Other speakers at the launch included the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Seamus Weir; Pat O’Brien, vice-Chair of the Craoibhín Ballina Committee; Tracey Glacken, President of Ballina Chamber of Commerce; and Jacqueline Kinsella, Community Employment Scheme Supervisor at Moy Valley Resources.

Craoibhín Ballina’s dedicated Lend a Hand van has been funded by the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme.

The type of jobs which the new Craoibhin Lend A Hand Programme can help out with includes the fitting of light bulbs and light fittings, the fitting and service of smoke alarms, the fitting of carbon monoxide alarms, the hanging of pictures and curtain poles, and the checking of window fittings for safety. Craoibhín Ballina can help with other small household maintenance tasks.

To carry out the work of the programme, Craoibhín Ballina is looking for volunteers to donate a couple of hours each week. This is an ideal volunteering opportunity for retired tradespeople, for those who are competent at DIY, or for other persons who are happy to assist with this programme, who have spare time and who would like to make a difference in someone’s life. The Mayo Volunteer Centre are coordinating the recruitment of volunteers who wish to take part in this initiative with Craoibhín Ballina.

Emma Donoghue would like to express her sincere appreciation to the staff of Craoibhín Ballina: Fidelma Gaughan, Cathriona Lynn, Gabriella Marsh, Jennifer Mayock, Sheena Foody, Emer Connolly, Mary Enright, George Ryder, Gerry Browne and Shane McGrath. She invites any business that is interested in sponsoring the Lend A Hand Programme to contact the Craoibhín Ballina centre.

For more information about the new Craoibhin Lend A Hand programme, call the Craoibhín Ballina centre, Cathedral Road, Ballina on 087-2785365 or email

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