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06 Nov 2015

Interests and activities

Interests and Activities

Today I want to talk about interests and activities.

I believe that a person with interests is an interesting person. Following interests is a good way of developing your skills, meeting a variety of people and making new friends.

I know that being on Social Welfare doesn’t leave a lot of money over to invest in interests but there are a number of things you can do.

  • You can belong to a self-help group (Grow: www.grow.ie, Aware: www.aware.ie, Phrenz: www.shineonline.ie and Our Supports and Services/Support Groups (Recovery: www.recovery-inc-ireland.ie)
  • You can volunteer your services for a variety of activities (www.volunteer.ie, www.volunteerdlr.ie)
  • You can become a tourist in your own city – museums and art galleries, for example, which often have free entry
  • You can help out in your local church or community
  • You can befriend a local old person (www.makingconnections.ie)
  • You can access the internet in the local library
  • If you’re fond of reading, again, the library; and most libraries run a book club once a month so that reading doesn’t have to be a solitary experience
  • Some libraries have language and/or music tuition
  • Some libraries host free spoken language exchanges which would give you a chance to practice your Irish, or French, or other
  • You can join a music group – including putting a group of your own together, or taking part in a pub session, for example
  • You can join a creative writing group; they’re often free of charge
  • You can take physical activity – including joining a walking or hill-walking club, or hostelling with An Oige or other organisations for a budget holiday (www.anoige.ie, www.theramblers.ie)
  • You can take part in your favourite sport – swimming or tennis or even snooker or darts, for example. Aqua Aerobics can be good fun and helps to keep you in shape
  • You can attend an evening class (the VEC do a reduction for unwaged students)
  • You can go to concerts, or cinema, once in a while. The National Concert Hall in Dublin has a concession rate for unwaged (tickets usually from €15-25) and some cinemas have reduced ticket prices before 6pm on weekdays. There’s a free concert at midday on Sundays in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square.

I’m sure that you could add to this list, or make one of your own.

Happy Hobbies!

Rosy

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