@blissberryfarm working towards . . .


Social farming (sometimes called ‘Green care in agriculture’, ‘farming for health’ or ‘care farming’) is defined as the use of farms and farming activities are used to provide mental and physical health benefits for a wide range of people including those with defined medical or social needs (e.g. psychiatric patients, those suffering from mild to moderate depression, people with learning disabilities, people with a history of drug abuse, disaffected youth or elderly people) as well as those suffering from the effects of work-related stress or ill-health arising from obesity. By performing tasks such as looking after animals or tending vegetables, social farms help people to reconnect with nature and their communities which in turn offers them a pathway towards recovery, progression and social inclusion.



Blissberry Social Farm Supporting MAN UP

@blissberryfarm Supporting MAN UP

This MAN UP Campaign seeks to help make Ireland a safe place for women and children. It acknowledges that most men celebrate and respect women – they don’t control them. Good men protect and care for children. In this MAN UP campaign, men are proudly standing up and declaring zero tolerance on domestic violence of any kind.

It follows on from an international conference held in Dublin in April 2013 where Michael Kaufman, Director of International White Ribbon Campaign, challenged us all to consider our attitudes and behaviour and our silence in the face of violence against women in particular. The Conference noted the emotional and psychological impact of domestic violence on children. It also noted that violence against women is the number one cause of death of women between 15-44 years worldwide.

Donegal Local Development Company is working collaboratively with Donegal Domestic Violence Service, Letterkenny Rape Crisis Centre, Donegal Women’s Network and Letterkenny Women’s centre to launch this campaign in Donegal and ARE seek your support in doing so.

In Ireland, nearly 8,000 women and over 3,000 children looked for support from a domestic violence support service in just one year. This is a horrific statistic.
This means that at least 8,000 men were assaulting, raping or bullying women and children in that year.
This is not just a horrific statistic. This is a horrific crime.

MAN UP is putting the warped rationale of the men who abuse women, and the crimes they commit, out in the open. The more the perverse message of abusers is shared beyond the privacy of closed doors, the more it will be exposed, challenged and changed.
The messages that headline the MAN UP campaign – stories of control, violence and sexual abuse – they are disturbing. They’re blunt. They’re direct. They’re unsettling. But they’re true.

MAN UP is also based on evidence from SAFE Ireland trauma research that shows that long-term abuse and control activates a “freeze mechanism”. This means that women often resiliently carry on living within unhealthy and unsafe relationships – walking on egg-shells everyday – without seeing that home is where the hurt is.
It is only when something out of the ordinary finally resonates with a woman – a trigger that allows her to unfreeze – that is the moment she realizes that she does not have to live with abuse and control.

MAN UP, with your support, can be that trigger.

MAN UP is the first Irish campaign to follow the new national public awareness guidelines, developed by SAFE Ireland and RCNI, and published by COSC (the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence). The guidelines recommend shifting the focus of awareness raising to perpetrator behaviour and bystander awareness while also providing information to survivors.

Please consider adding your name to this campaign. I have attached the link to their website http://www.manup.ie.


Larry Masterson

Change Makers DONEGAL


Yesterday I was with a number of likeminded people in Bundoran (from OurGANIC Gardens Gortahork; Glor na Mara Community Gardens Bundoran; Bundoran Transition Town; Blissberry Social Farm and Donegal Change Makers) who are greatly interested in awareness and understanding of global and local issues.

I imagine that most of YOU share this interest.

So want to know more . . .

Well yesterday Kate Wilkinson Change Makers DONEGAL Coordinator informed us about this exciting and innovative Development Education Project now in its second year having received further funding from Irish Aid.

Kate said “Donegal Change Makers objective is to raise adult awareness of the rapidly- changing, inter-connected world we live in. The project is supporting people in County Donegal to take action for a more just world. Development Education helps us to analyse and investigate the link between local and global issues and to take action. It’s all about increasing people’s awareness and understanding of global issues and of the interdependence of different countries and parts of the world in relation to those issues.  In particular it’s about what sustains underdevelopment and what is needed to reach and sustain more equal development.  It is an education based on reflection, analysis and action at local and global level”.

How can you get involved?

– Support DONEGAL CHANGE MAKERS public events.

– Join DONEGAL CHANGE MAKERS network https://www.facebook.com/pages/Change-Makers Donegal/300233550083659

– Tell people about the project – general awareness raising

– Recommend the FETAC Course to appropriate people

– Other ideas contact DONEGAL CHANGE MAKERS

For further information



or call Kate Wilkinson at 074 93 62218





Starts: 7.30pm Thursday, Nov 20th Where: The Exchange Buncrana Contact: 083-1358021/086-4019987 There are only a few place’s left, book as soon as possible. What: Together we will explore the millennium development goals, participate in 6 multi-modal workshops and collaborate to create a piece of ‘Public Art’ to be exhibited at three venues in Donegal in February.

If you want to participate, contact: 0831358021/0864019987 (booking is essential)

This is a Change Makers Donegal project. The Change Makers Project, funded by Irish Aid has three partners: Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal ETB (formerly VEC) and Self Help Africa. The project aims to raise awareness of Development Education throughout Donegal. The Change Makers Art Project aims to creatively work with the community to develop an innovative piece of public art that raises awareness of Development Education and the Change Makers Project.

The Change Makers Donegal Art Project starts tomorrow and there are a few places left.

This exciting FREE community project is open to 18 year olds and above. The project will kick off in Buncrana tomorrow night and is open to residents from all over County Donegal!

Please call for further information: 0831358021/0864019987 or email: joleen@inishowen.ie

Becoming more mindful @BLISSBERRYFARM


“Mindfulness is the practice of giving our full, open-hearted attentiveness to what is immediately occurring; physically and mentally, both within and around us.” – Tarchin Hearn


Described in this way, it is clear that mindfulness has more to do with just the mind. First and foremost it is about being attentive to the physical sensations that occur in our bodies and noting how these shift and change in response to behaviours, mind states, emotions and environmental conditions.

When we feel present and grounded in our body, we become more effortlessly here with life as it is occurring, our mind becomes less distracted by conflicting obligations, and we feel more alive through our five senses.

We are fully here and available for the circumstances of our lives – physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally. A kind of mind-body heartfulness!

Mindfulness refers to the mental attention that is required to be fully aware of our lives. In this sense, mindfulness is not the goal, but the basis from which we engage with life.