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Solas Open Day:
Solas Drop-in Centre was established in 2001 as a response to the needs of Monaghan people who, on discharge from the mental health services, identified social exclusion as being a major barrier. Solas is user run and user led and provides those with mental health problems with a social outlet. In this approach recovery is seen as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion and coping skills. The vision for Solas is to provide a listening ear and peer support with the emphasis on recovery. Our objective has been achieved and to date we have won many awards, such as being described as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the Mental Health Commission. This is how Solas is officially described and as I have been a visitor to their HQ in Rooskey on a number of occasions I can verify that the Drop-in Centre is a wonderful place - a place of peace, friendship, concern and love and a cuppa always ready. It has been a haven of peace for so many and rightly it was rewarded recently at the Monaghan Integrated Development Volunteer Awards presentations. Like so many other services and amenities in our health service, Solas is dependent on donations from the public and the work of volunteers in order to maintain its ability to provide this excellent and much needed facility. A couple of weeks ago they held an Open Day at the centre to help spread the news of what they do and how they do it and a great number of people attended and new comers were amazed at what was available. They also enjoyed tasty dishes from Seannie and Basta and could chat to members of Solas and so be able to understand the benefits of having such a facility available. I would like to thank them for their weclome and friendship and wish them all well for the future. Hopefully I will call again soon, just to say Hello to the friends I have made there. Below are pictures from the recent visit, including the beautiful wall mural in the Centre. I also include some photos from the MID Volunteer Award presentations. See More below re. fund-raising.
Solas Drop-In Centre is a local Monaghan charity providing a drop in facility, listening ear service and a peer support service for anyone having mental health problems. It was this facility that our late Mother Ellie Fields used frequently and she found great comfort in.  She made friends for life and really enjoyed her days at Solas talking, listening and participating in the various projects and day outings that took place. She was so grateful for the fantastic work all those in Solas did for her! And as a family, we can't thank Solas enough. To give back to a charity that has a special place in our hearts, we have decided to run the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday the 28th of October 2018, in aid of Solas. We hope you can help us raise our target of €1,000 to give back to such a wonderful charity in our local area. If your like to help us raise this amount please click on the following link  https://www.gofundme.com/dublin-marathon-for-solas?member=879026  . Alternatively,  if you see any of us out and about we would appreciate any donation that you can give towards this worthy cause . Thank you in advance,   Barbara & David Hughes, Karen, Enda & Caoimhe Fields
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Solas Open Day:
Solas Drop-in Centre was established in 2001 as a response to the needs of Monaghan people who, on discharge from the mental health services, identified social exclusion as being a major barrier. Solas is user run and user led and provides those with mental health problems with a social outlet. In this approach recovery is seen as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion and coping skills. The vision for Solas is to provide a listening ear and peer support with the emphasis on recovery. Our objective has been achieved and to date we have won many awards, such as being described as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the Mental Health Commission. This is how Solas is officially described and as I have been a visitor to their HQ in Rooskey on a number of occasions I can verify that the Drop-in Centre is a wonderful place - a place of peace, friendship, concern and love and a cuppa always ready. It has been a haven of peace for so many and rightly it was rewarded recently at the Monaghan Integrated Development Volunteer Awards presentations. Like so many other services and amenities in our health service, Solas is dependent on donations from the public and the work of volunteers in order to maintain its ability to provide this excellent and much needed facility. A couple of weeks ago they held an Open Day at the centre to help spread the news of what they do and how they do it and a great number of people attended and new comers were amazed at what was available. They also enjoyed tasty dishes from Seannie and Basta and could chat to members of Solas and so be able to understand the benefits of having such a facility available. I would like to thank them for their weclome and friendship and wish them all well for the future. Hopefully I will call again soon, just to say Hello to the friends I have made there. Below are pictures from the recent visit, including the beautiful wall mural in the Centre. I also include some photos from the MID Volunteer Award presentations. See More below re. fund-raising.