Worklink changes its name to ‘Ascain’

Worklink North West has changed its name to Ascain.

The service provides training and support services for people in recovery from mental ill health issues, with an emphasis on promoting positive mental health and recovery.

Management say the reason for the name change is that Worklink suggests they only deal with work, employment or occupation, when the reality is they deal with so much more.

Centre Manager Gemma McLoone, says they celebrate wellness, and run programmes to help educate and support people to be as independent as possible in their own lives, as well as assisting them to set and achieve their own goals.

She says this will continue, with an emphasis on the themes of Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self Advocacy and Support.

The name ‘Ascain’, which means ‘journey’ was selected in a poll involving service users and staff, using the slogan “where people feel better.”

The service has locations in Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Dungloe, and Moville, and is currently in negotiations to bring a centre to Donegal Town.

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Worklink North West a training and support service for people in recovery from mental ill health have changed their name.   Ascain Services support people by providing a training and support service, promoting positive mental health and recovery.   The following link will bring you to the recording of the live launch.  You will hear stories from service users, poetry, meet the staff and so much more: https://youtu.be/28EnEoglpUA

 

Gemma McLoone, Manager at Ascain said, “We choose to celebrate wellness, and we run programmes to help educate and support people to be as independent as possible in their own lives and we also assist and help them set and achieve their own goals.”

 

Gemma went on to explain the new name, “The reason for the name change is that Worklink suggests we only deal with work, employment or occupation but we deal with so much more.  Ascain meaning journey was selected by service users and staff, and it won by a voting system.   We will continue with our themes of recovery principles working with Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self Advocacy and Support.    These themes run through everything that we do at Ascain Services, where people feel better.”

 

Seamus Carr, Community Access Facilitator for Ascain said, “It’s an exciting time here at ASCAIN services. Rebranding of this service and a new name has been discussed for many years.  I am delighted to be a part of the Ascain Team here and felt privileged to play my role in all aspects of the rebranding.  I look forward to helping people feel better on their journey of recovery to positive mental health”.

If you feel you need help to build your self-esteem, tackle anxiety, depression and/or addiction, be more confident and more positive, think about embarking on a programme offered by Ascain.  Programmes include Social Link, Art Life, Active Life or Friday Art Club.

 

For further information, please contact (074) 91 28872 or email rosaleen.gallagher@hse.ie or gemma.mcloone@hse.ie

 

The service has locations in Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Dungloe, Moville and are currently in negotiations to bring Ascain to Donegal Town.  

 

Gemma concluded in saying, “This is exciting times for Ascain, and we look forward to continuing our work with individuals in their communities, where we hope to help break down stigma and encourage a better understanding of mental health.”

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