Hennessy Centre is a Recreational Therapy Centre run by the Diversional Therapy Department, Mercy Care Centre. Recreation and leisure activities bring happiness to people at any stage/age, enhancing their feeling of worthiness within their own community. These activities have the ability to improve someone’s overall health, cognitive functioning, psychosocial health, and general wellbeing. Hennessy's focus is on enabling clients to access and participate in chosen leisure pursuits and to enable interaction with peers in a supported environment.
Individual group based recreational therapy is available for frail aged clients over the age of 65 and the young disabled who have an identified need for functional improvement to maintain independence. Programs are managed to include physically and mentally challenging activities which allow people to participate at their own pace and adapt to activities which suit all mobility levels.
Programs provide opportunities to develop and extend social networks and enhance living through engagement in meaningful leisure activities.
The Dementia Specific Dementia Group facilitates reminiscence, memory recall, sensory awareness and social interaction within a supported and interactive environment.
Our Leisure Skills for Younger People is a group for people with a disability aged between 18 and 65 providing opportunities to meet with peers to enjoy a range of leisure pursuits, gain skills and learn about leisure and recreational opportunities in the community.
A Men’s Group runs Mondays and Thursdays open to men aged 65 years and over aiming to promote social interaction with male peers, decrease loneliness, social isolation, boredom and depression in older men. It enables men to access leisure interests, promotes peer mentoring and social networking and increases wellbeing, belonging and a sense of purposefulness.
Activities include games, current news discussions, carpet bowls, mini golf, exercise programme, quizzes, cards, craft, guest speakers, music, bus outings, discussion groups and gardening.