2013 saw a number of workshops run by centre staff in the area of mindfulness. These stress reduction workshops are offered at beginner and advanced level, and have been well attended by residents who spoke highly of the level of instruction and the course content. York House continues to provide workshops in many other areas also. Modules have included tenants' rights, stress management, boosting assertiveness, smoking cessation, anger and conflict management, and understanding procrastination. Literacy classes were held throughout the year, as well as cookery classes.
As important as the focus on mental health development is the ability to integrate socially and engage in physical activity wherever possible. To this end, York House has continued to offer opportunities for all residents to partake in outings and join up with fellow residents to play football together, encouraging team bonding and achieving fitness goals. The team also meets up with residents from other centres such as Peter McVerry Trust, Crosscare and the Don Bosco Group to play challenge matches which are invariably keenly fought affairs. Quiz nights, in-house pool/table tennis competitions, and fishing trips arranged thanks to the Rinn Voyager team of the Poolbeg Yacht Club further the socialisation aspect of our programme and aim to develop client interaction with fellow residents and members of the public.
Medical Centre in Dublin
We are fortunate to operate a primary health care service in partnership with Safetynet for rough sleepers, those accessing emergency accommodation and those who have no medical cards in the Dublin area. This is operated in partnership with Safetynet and is open seven days a week with GP and nurse supports, as well as access to a podiatrist. This service continues to develop and grow, with increasing numbers of people requiring the medical intervention that it offers.