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Growing Together

Building literacy skills through mindfulness and design courses.

Mindfulness cards created as part of the project

"I never thought I could draw or say something that could be used to help others.” Quote from participant

This project brought Traveller men and women together to help improve their literacy skills and nurture their creative abilities. Courses developed a “learning by doing” approach. This included physical movement exercises and meditation. Learners also made mindfulness cards inspired by Traveller culture.  

The project took place in Skibbereen, Bandon, Bantry, and Clonakilty between September and December 2023. 29 learners attended weekly meetings that covered topics like mental health and well-being. Participants made mindfulness cards filled with artwork and phrases. These cards will inspire others to build their literacy skills.

Mindfulness vision cards were created as part of the project that incorporates Traveller Culture.

"I loved drawing a card to help my younger brother to know it is okay not to be okay.” Quote from participant

This project was the result of a collaboration between West Cork Travelers and Cork Education and Training Board (CETB). 

For more information, please contact Sinead Maloney, Cork Regional Literacy Coordinator at

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