How we spend our time can impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
Engagement in meaningful activity is shown to be important for our mental health and is also a key step towards recovery. Making social contact, doing things with others or being involved in our community is also shown to boost our wellbeing when feeling well or when struggling with our mental health. It takes courage to meet new people and try new things, but it can make a big difference to how you feel. The following are a number of supportive community groups and resources in your area that can help you take the first step. If you are attending the Cluain Mhuire Service the occupational therapist on your team can also provide you with further information or support.
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Leisure and Social
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Libraries
Access local community groups, events, borrow books, computer access and more.
The Directory of Activities and Services for Older People in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County
This directory was developed to address a need identified by older people – an absence of information on services and activities in a format which they find accessible. The Directory contains information on activities and services relevant to older people but is a useful resource for people outside of this age group too!
DLR Sports Partnership
See what sports clubs are in your local area. Access information on local events and more.
Southside Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
Access recreational and educational courses, information, advice and support on a variety of topics.
There are a number of Men’s Shed’s in your local area. For more information.
Local Community Centres
Community centres offer a number of supports and groups. See the following link for a list of community centres in your area.
Get Ireland Walking
Access walking groups near you and more.
Dublin Event Guide
Check out what free cultural events are happening near you.
A clubhouse consists of a community of people with mental health difficulties who work together towards the common goal of recovery. See more on
Meetup provides a platform for meeting other people in your area that have common interests. Check out
Operate 4 leisure centres in the local area. See
Interested in cultivating your own allotment, see
See attachments for information on a number of community initiatives you can get involved in. For example be part of your local mental health engagement forum.
Let's Walk and Talk
Let Walk and Talk is a fun programme of city walking activities suitable for young and old which runs throughout the year. The programme is made up of a number of social walking groups which meet every week, and a series of specially themed historical walking tours led by local experts.
Dublin Mountains Partnership
Interested in getting out for walks or hikes? The Dublin Mountain Partnership website provides information on walking trails, mountain biking, guided walks and orienteering in the Dublin Mountains.
For more information see https://www.dublinmountains.ie/activities/activities/
Career Guidance and Information
Offers free advice, guidance, and information on education, training and careers to adult learners.
Local Colleges and Training Centres
Use the below link to explore what courses (part time, full time, evening or day) are in your local colleges and training centres.
Adult Literacy Support:
Springboard offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.
Qualifax is Ireland’s leading database on further and higher education and training courses.
The REACH Training Programme is a SOLAS-funded employability skills training programme for people aged 16-65 who have experienced a mental health difficulty.
Employment and Volunteering
Obair is the local employment service. They can provide support with your CV, job searching and more.
Employ Ability Limited is an employment support service for people who have a disability or health issue and live in South-West Dublin.
If you are interested in exploring local volunteering opportunities see: