Westgate Foundation Digital TV – ‘Staying Connected’ Project
Westgate Foundation has now  rolled out a new project  called Staying Connected and it is centered around connecting with
our clients, members ,residents and service users through delivering live streamed and recorded
programmes from Westgate that people can access at home.
Just before Christmas 2021 we received funding through Comic Relief to partner with Cork
Community Media Hub to train some of our staff team in Westgate to produce and film
in-house programmes and we also received funding to purchase some IT devices (laptops,
tablets and phones) that we can loan out to our clients and members at home. We are
also partnering with Age Action Ireland who can provide over the phone training to
people at home in getting connected and learning to use their IT devices.
We invited a pilot group of residents, members and clients to
participate in the project over 6 weeks which commenced on the week beginning April 13 th . Over
the course of that 6 weeks they were offered the opportunity to connect with Age Action’s
training programme and also to connect into two live or recorded broadcasts per week
from Westgate Foundation. They  included craft demonstrations, talks on items of
interest, music performances , social chat get togethers and a range of other programmes
that you think would be of interest. They had also the opportunity to join in our choir,
art, drama and movement/exercise classes through zoom.
Throughout the six weeks we they were invited to give us feedback on their experience of
the programme, including any difficulties they were experiencing with the IT side of things,
the content of the programmes themselves and any suggestions that they had on how we
can make the programmes more interesting and also their feedback on the quality of the
programmes in terms of sound, lighting etc.,.
We had excellent feedback and we used the feedback to improve the programme and then launched the  programme in June and to offered it to the wider group of our clients, members,
residents and service users. We know how lonely it is for so many people being confined to home all day
and we are hoping that this project is a way of easing that loneliness by creating an
opportunity to see familiar faces and to participate in enjoyable activities.
We would be delighted if you would be interested in participating in the rental scheme and this programme.
If you are interested please ring 021-4873648 and we will follow up with
a phone call to you over the coming week to explain the details of the project further.

Westgate Foundation ‘Staying Connected’ Project Team’

We were so blessed to get a visit from Cruit Eireann to our DayCare center. Such a peaceful, tranquil morning of Harp music. Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland, is a collective of harp players working together to promote our national instrument, gain recognition for its unique status and secure its sustainability. Enabling inclusive contemporary expression of our 1000-year-old harp tradition is at the heart of what they do.

We had so much fun this week filming our staff and members for our St. Patrick's Day video. Our staff turned into leprechauns for the day. We filmed a lovely speech from our CEO Julie Murphy and our Social Activities members Michael Kiely and Dympna Canny reciting the poem "Anois Teacht an Earraigh" ( “Spring is now coming”). The beautiful song "Mo Ghile Mear" (translated "My Gallant Darling") is sung by Helen O Donaghue and Pauline Carroll. A very happy St. Patrick's day from Brendan Collins and all the social groups. A huge thank you to all our staff for participating in the making of this video.

MIC - Music in the Community live at Westgate

Westgate Foundation reopening Video July 2021

Gentle Exercise - DayCare Healthcare assistant Malgorata - 8th June 2021

Home Video - Potting plants with CNM1 Tricia Noonan,

How to create an email address within Gmail with CE Assistant - Angela Murphy

Gentle exercise with DayCare Healthcare assistant Malgorata.

Charlie Ward - Live at Westgate Foundation

Tommy Holmes - Recorded Live at Westgate April 2021

How to make an Easter Bonnet

Clinical Nursing Manager Tricia Noonan - Hand washing and Sanitizing Demonstration.

Baking at Home - Nurse Nell Honohan

Wellbeing demonstration by our Clinical Nursing Managers Tricia Noonan and Mary Donnelly - 15 April 2021.

Face Mask Tutorial - Clinical Nursing Manager Mary Donnelly

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Westgate. St. Patrick’s Day 2021