The Shine Basement Resource Centre Cork

By Kate Morgan on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 in Featured, News.

The Shine Basement Resource Centre is based on Washington Street in Cork. We offer a
space for members to work on their own recovery as part of a person centred approach. This
supportive and inclusive approach to recovery, enables members to gain information and a
better understanding of their own mental health.

The Basement Resource Centre uses a partnership approach where members and staff work together to achieve a variety of activities and goals. Over the last year for example, the centre set up a community garden in a historical part of the city in Kyle Street.

Lighthouse built by members in the Shine Green Ribbon Garden Cork City 

The Resource Centre works with the South Lee, North Lee and the homeless mental health teams. We also often work in partnership with other community groups.

Our core values are:

  • Individuals and communities have the potential to change and improve their own
  • Members are entitled to live a healthy life, free from prejudice, discrimination,
    isolation and distress.
  • All Resource Centre members are of equal importance, however, the support we offer
    should reflect peoples’ different needs and resources should be allocated accordingly.

Our services and activities include:

  • Provision of information and advocacy (e.g. training, employment, housing, rights
    and entitlements, services and supports).
  • Skills development through participation (e.g. administration upskilling, co-
  • Access to resources (e.g. training and meeting rooms, computers, email and internet).
    Support (e.g. mentoring and groups).
  • Learning and creative groups.
  • Social groups and events.
  • Networking with the local community services and supports.

Michael O Mahony and Bruno Nicolai attending Basement Resource Centre Shine Event in the Vision Centre, Cork City.

A wide variety of interest groups are available both within the centre and community. These
include a women’s group, arts and crafts, mindfulness, healthy lifestyle, stress management,
walking and social groups, peer support meetings, gardening, organic vegetable growing,
French, WRAP, personal development, administration and work experience, mosaics,
knitting and creative writing.

Staff Colette O Connor, Denise O Reardon, Emily Daly and Bruno Nicolai in are garden in Cork Shine built by members.

Information on Shine and other services are also provided every week on Friday morning by
appointment, and on the first Friday of the month an open morning is held for anyone who
needs information.

If you would like more information about the Basement Resource Centre, please phone: 021
4226064 or email

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