Before Covid I went along to Number 45, High Street, Sligo. I’d seen a post on Facebook and I wanted to go and have a look for myself to find out more about it. My first impressions where how warm and welcoming the space is, and also how nice the people are.
Number 45 is the first meeting space of its kind in Ireland and they hope it will pave the way for a new concept in connecting communities. The space is for everyone – all ages, all abilities, all genders. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and there are no labels.
The accessible building was opened by the Sligo Centre for Independent Living in response to the isolation it was seeing among its members as well as a general diminished sense of belonging in communities in general.
If you just want to call in and say hello, or sit for a while with a cuppa, you would be very welcome. They also have a number of workshops taking place during the week which are available to all to attend. The planned workshops so far are:
Monday – Philosophy 12 – 1pm
Tuesday – Creative Writing 12 – 1pm and Spanish 1pm – 2pm (times can vary for these two so check Facebook first)
Wednesday – Poetry 12pm – 1pm
Thursday is the folk club- enjoy music, songs, stories and dance with Paddy from 1pm
Friday – Ambrose’s Jamboree 2pm – 4pm
Number 45 is open from Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm – from June this will change to 10am – 4.30pm. Find our more about this wonderful centre here: https://www.number45.ie/