National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) Course

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and NISO have kindly offered us some places on their Safety, Health and Welfare at Work courses.

  • Course Objectives

Understand the scope of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the requirements of the 2007 General Application Regulations
Understand the various occupational hazards and risks that can occur in the
Complete a risk assessment.

  • 13 weeks, one day per week
  • First course starts Monday 4th February  19:00 to 21:00
  • Second course starts September 2019
  • Two free places are offered to residents in Lissywollen or Temple DP sites on each course
  • Full course details are in the attached leaflet  2018_11_23_NISO_Cert_Bro_AIT_Spr_2019_A4
  • Interviews will be held next Thursday, Jan 31 at 11 am in AIT
  • If you are interested please contact

Dr Seán Reidy
Department of Life and Physical Sciences
T: 090 647 1842 M: 087 297 4505


Center Parcs Housekeeping Department Vacancies


Have you received permission to work while your asylum application is being processed? If so you might be interested in this opportunity.

Center Parcs are opening their new facility in Ballymahon later this year.

Their housekeeping department is currently recruiting 400 people to work on the public areas of the park, health and safety audits, linen and laundry and accommodation housekeeping.

The roles are mainly part-time; Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm. The company will provide a free transport service from various locations in the midlands.

Information sessions will be held in the following locations:

  • Athlone – 15/2/2019 – 10:00 to 13:00
  • Kilbeggan – 15/2/2019 – 14:00 to 17:00

To register to attend these information sessions please contact Athlone Jobs Club on:

  • Phone     : 090 6494806
  • Mobile    : 087 0926300
  • email       :






What New Horizon does

New Horizon has a few objectives:

  • To Welcome those who seek shelter with us
  • To Help them rebuild their lives
  • To Celebrate the riches the newcomers bring

We have just produced a leaflet showing in a bit more detail what New Horizon does.

One important point to make is:

Our volunteer work is for the people on both DP sites.

We do NOT work for:

  • Department of Justice
  • Reception and Integration Agency (RIA)
  • Site management companies

Paper copies will be distributed in Athlone and Temple DP sites over the next few days.


Athlone Tennis club have offered us tennis lessons.

They need a set of numbers of kids in different age brackets who are interested in Tennis Lessons so they can make arrangements. It would be after school on a weekday probably Wednesday/Thursday.

If you are interested drop your names in to New Horizon volunteers in Dave’s Diner on Wednesday.

Preparing Art Portfolio


We  have had a very interesting offer of art classes being run onsite or in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

Annie Morton is a mature student in Graphic Design in final year and she has kindly offered to run a Portfolio Course for residents over  a 6 week period.

This is normally a course aimed at Leaving Cert students who would like to study Graphic Design/Art in college but will have to prepare a Portfolio of work for the CAO admission process.

This is a general arts course which would be of benefit to:

  • Anyone studying art in secondary school
  • People who would like to explore and develop their artistic skills.

It will be supported by Graphic Design lecturers from AIT.

To register interest please contact Alison Hough on (086) 05897777 or email ahough(at) Replace the (at) with @ of course!



WCD Training Month November 2018 for Community and Voluntary Groups

WCD Training Month for Community and Voluntary Groups is taking place from November 6th next. Events will be hosted in Athlone and Mullingar, with the training being funded By WCD through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme and Westmeath Volunteer Centre.

Topics being covered include Governance, Committee Skills, Garda Vetting and Funding.

Places can booked through Eventbrite, or if you don’t have access to Eventbrite you can contact Westmeath Community Development at 044 9348571 to book a place. The courses are free of charge, but places are limited so early booking is advised.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the blue links in the table below.

06/11/2018 Garda vetting 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
08/11/2018 Involving and retaining volunteers 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
13/11/2018 Mental Health Awareness 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
20/11/2018 Funding Workshop 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
27/11/2018 Media Skills 10-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
29/11/2018  Committee Skills 10-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
04/12/2018 Corporate Governance 9.30-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone


06/11/18  Media Skills 10-1pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
08/11/18 Equality and Diversity Training 9.30-1pm Newbury Hotel, Mullingar
13/11/18 Involving and retaining volunteers  9.30-1pm WCD Offices, Mullingar
14/11/18 Garda vetting 6.30-8.30 pm WCD Offices, Mullingar
20/11/18 Mental Health Awareness 9.30-12.30 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
22/11/18 Funding Workshop 10-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
27/11/18 Committee Skills 10-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
29/11/18 Corporate Governance 9.30-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar

Refugee Online Learning (ROLE) Restarts on Thursday!

Refugee online learning (ROLE) restarts on Thursday 20th September at 11:00 in Athlone Institute of Technology

Everyone welcome! We have a lot of planning to do.

  • ROLE 1 people (who started in January) – Identify MOOCS for the new academic year
  • ROLE 2 people (started May) – Check completion of baseline MOOCs and identify suitable short MOOCs
  • ROLE 3 people have just started. Get things going on baseline studies

Hope to see everyone there! Coffee and cakes and conversations provided free of charge!