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.




Career Guidance and Information 

Offers free advice, guidance, and information on education, training and careers to adult learners.

See attachment for information on your local colleges and courses

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: