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Green Leaf Garden Centre

Where is the programme based?

Green Leaf Garden Centre, at the rear of St Conals hospital, beside what is known as the new building.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is predominantly for persons over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with mental health difficulties.

How can someone get on the programme?

Usually by the Community Psychiatric Nurse contacting the Occupational Guidance Officer to make a referral. Referrals to the the programme(s) are normally through an Occupational Guidance Officer /  HSE Day Services Supports Guidance Development Unit.  

Cost of the programme

The programme is free. There is no charge for the programme, there may be a cost for some community based modules or activities, depending on the modules chosen. If you travel with SITT Local Link to/from the centre, SITT charge €3 per day for this transport. 

What supports are available?

The nature of the supports offered to each individual will depend on their particular needs and abilities, Staff will work with each individual to tailor the programme to support their needs. Registered Mental Health Nurse, Registered Occupational therapist, Horticulture Instructor and Arts/Crafts / Woodwork projects instructor on site

What activities make up the programme?

Various horticultural activities

  • Woodwork.
  • Building projects
  • Arts /crafts projects
  • Healthy lifestyle activities
  • Key skills


  • Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programme
  • Relaxation activities
  • Independent living skills
  • Basic cookery
  • Social outings around the county
  • Arts , Crafts, Building projects


None at present

How long can someone stay on the programme?

DCITS provides support for adults aged 18-65. Attendance is not time – limited. Plans and transitions will be fully supported for service users progressing through DCITS Programmes at levels Dawn, Alpha, Aspire and Connect.

Is the programme full-time or part-time?

DCITS offers both full-time and part-time options, depending on each individual’s needs, wishes and preferences.

Is there a waiting list for the programme?

You should contact the Programme Coordinator directly for up to date information on waiting lists. 

Additional Information

The centre is primarily for persons with an interest in gardening and horticulture activities and those who like working outdoors. Every effort within reason, is made to support a wide choice of options and interests for each individual

Green Leaf Garden Centre

Green Leaf Garden Centre
Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Unit,
St Conal's Hospital,
Co. Donegal.
Joe McMonagle
Senior Staff Nurse
074 9127336