Our work within the Community
The Sanctuary has a number of wellbeing programmes such as the An Cuan programme, The Caregiver Programme and the Warrior that reach those in most need.
Since March 2020, The Sanctuary has expanded it’s ability to reach those who are unable to access our physical premises due to Covid 19 and/or living remotely, through the introduction of free community online meditation sessions, a selection of live broadcasted wellbeing courses, self-care resources and a Befriending Programme that offers phone calls to people who are lonely or isolated during this time.
Now that we are moving back on campus, we need your help more than ever. Our plan is to continue our Digital Outreach and also begin the important work of developing new programmes that enhance our onsite offering and move us towards our mission of deepening personal awareness for greater social impact.
Have a look at some of the work we have been doing:
- Online Community Sessions: The rising need for mental health support is evident in the unprecedent response to our online services. There are almost 3000 people registered for our free An Cuan online community meditation sessions and each week we support and help sustain the wellbeing of over 500 people who attend these free online community meditation sessions. We receive consistent feedback that these sessions reduce isolation and provide an accessible community that acts as a refuge to many.
- Befriending Service: Part of the An Cuan programme, the Befrienders, is a group of volunteers who wish to extend the hand of friendship to others by carrying out regular visits to people living in the Dublin 7 area who are experiencing social exclusion and mental health difficulties. (So if you have a client who would benefit from a weekly visit, cup of tea and a chat who lives in Dublin 7 please let us know and we can match them with a befriender).
- Equitable wellbeing: As part of our An Cuan programme we have been able to adopt a Turn No One Away policy which enables those who might be going through a difficult time, either financially or struggling with, illness, unemployment, and/or suffering or recovering from mental illness, addiction, homelessness or disability, to have access to all of our services.
- Caring for The Caregiver: We have also delivered our Caring for the Caregiver Programme to many organizations in need. This practical, innovative programme supports many different social care, youth and health organisations including the National Youth Council of Ireland, Tallaght Hospital Emergency Department, the HSE, Coeliac Society of Ireland, TU Dublin and Family Carers Ireland.
Without your support we would not be able to run these programmes so thank you!
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