Online Donation System for Westside Resource Centre

Over the years, Westside Resource Centre has received occasional donations from various sources. We also sometimes have minor raffles and draws during annual events - such as our Christmas Market - and these provide a fun way for people to support the Centre and to help us in the work that we do. 

The Resource Centre is very grateful for the supports that it receives and we have now set up a donations page with This step allows people to make a donation to the Centre by going online and this is particularly useful at the present time because of COVID-19. We hope that this approach gives another useful way of supporting the Centre... although we are looking forward to enjoying more face-to-face gatherings before 2021 is over.

You can access our donation facility by clicking the "Donate" button on the website homepage or directly at iDonate

Thank you for your support…and Happy New Year.

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Westside Newsletter - Winter 2020 Bumper Edition

The Winter edition of Westside Newsletter is now available, with lots of news and information about the Westside area and further afield. This bumper edition was supported by Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board and the Local Community Development Committee of Galway City Council. A copy will be delivered to thousands of homes throughout the Westside area and a digital copy is available here: Westside Newsletter Winter 2020 edition

The front cover of the Winter 2020 edition of Westside Newsletter

Acknowledgement of Support

Westside Resource Centre CLG would like to acknowledge the funding it has received under the "Atlantic Economic Corridor Enterprise Hubs Project". This funding has been used to undertake measures to enhance the Resource Centre, to comply with the COVID-19 health guidance, to implement social distancing and to open and operate in a safe and compliant manner. The "Atlantic Economic Corridor Enterprise Hubs Project" is coordinated by the Western Development Commission, facilitated by Galway City Council and supported by The Department of Rural and Community Development.

Culture Night 2020

Westside Writers' Group will be launching their "Write-on Anthology 2021" on Culture Night, Friday 18th September, from 6pm. This event is supported by Westside Arts Festival 2020.

The anthology is a collection of short stories, poems, songs and other writings from the Westside Writer’s Group and even contains a COVID-19 section which captures in story and verse the reality of the pandemic.

You can expect a delightful evening of music, songs, poems and stories from the group’s creative artists, both local and from abroad. Authors will read from their works and songwriters will perform their original songs: a literary and musical feast of creative writing.

The event is open to all and will take the form of a Zoom webinar. To register for the event, please click on the following link:

Join the event from 6 o'clock... very special guests expected.

cover of Write-On Anthology 2021

June update

The Department of Health has updated its public health information. The most up-to-date information from the HSE is available here


Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades - Online Registrations Open

The online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opened on Tuesday 26th May. All Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students should register on this page


Advice for Renters Whose Tenancies Are Affected by COVID-19 Measures

Tenancies are being impacted by the current pandemic in a number of different ways. Making rent payments is not the only difficulty being faced by renters: those living in house-shares are also being impacted by self-isolation and social distancing requirements. You can contact Threshold if you need advice, need their help in contacting your landlord to protect your tenancy or engaging with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Their helpline is open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and can be reached at 1800 454 454. Alternatively, you can contact Threshold online. They have also created a dedicated freephone helpline to support workers in the hospitality sector impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. If you are worried about making rent payments, you can contact them for advice on 1800 778 899.


Aware - Zoom support and self care group

Aware have announced a Zoom Support & Self Care group in addition to the conference call Phone In groups which were introduced recently. The Zoom Support & Self Care group is for people experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mood-related conditions – who would like to see others on video. Good wifi is necessary. The purpose of these groups is for people to give and receive support and coping skills in relation to their mood-related condition and feelings. Book a place on either the Zoom or the Phone In group.


Family Carers Free Counselling Sessions

Family carers sometimes have difficulty coping with their emotional well-being and their mental health and are more likely to struggle with stress, anxiety and depression than the general population. As a carer, there are times when you may find yourself struggling with your mental health and emotional wellbeing due to a combination of the demands of your caring role, and the additional challenges you might be facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Carers Ireland offer help to family carers, as they believe no one should have to care alone. They have developed a free, short-term online and phone counselling service for family carers and will connect carers with a qualified counsellor from a panel of approved professionals. The service can be accessed through the Family Carers Ireland website or through the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24.


Age Action - Using digital Technology

Age Action have developed 'How to' guides on using digital technology such as downloading Apps to your phone, using Zoom, using WhatsApp etc. These are all great ways to keep in touch with family and friends. You can also call Age Action on 01 8730372, leave your name and address and Age Action will post the Guides to you within 10 days. Check the guides at the links below:
How to download apps to your smartphone
How to set up an email account on your smartphone
How to use Facetime on your smart device
How to use WhatsApp to make video calls on your smartphone
How to use Zoom on your smartphone and laptop
How to avoid false information about COVID-19


Let's Play Ireland

Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency. See the Let's Play Ireland website for more details.

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