Get Out and About

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.

Men’s Shed

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.

See list of local community centres

Get Ireland Walking

Access walking groups near you and more.

Dublin Event Guide

Check out what free cultural events are happening near you.

Cairdeas Clubhouse

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

DLR Leisure

Operate 4 leisure centres in the local area. See


Interested in cultivating your own allotment, see

Community Activism

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.
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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.

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.

Volunteering Centre

If you are interested in exploring local volunteering opportunities see: