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Maclean Burke Launches ‘This is our Park House’ book in RehabCare in Stillorgan

31/10/2013 Maclean Burke Launches ‘This is our Park House’ book in RehabCare in Stillorgan

Fair City actor, Maclean Burke today launched This is our Park House, a book produced by people who attend RehabCare’s Park House resource centre in Stillorgan. The idea behind This is our Park House came about when the photography class decided last year that they wanted to create visual images and use them in a book to show what Park House means to each person who attends the centre. Park House provides services to 37 people most of whom are wheelchair users as a result of the effects of neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, stroke or acquired brain injury.

The book will be on sale from Park House, Stillorgan Grove and costs €10.00. Proceeds from the book will be used to pay for the cost of publication and to fund more programmes in the future.

On launching the book, Maclean Burke who plays Damien Halpin in the popular RTÉ soap, Fair City, said, “It’s an honour for me to launch the book for RehabCare as I have seen the fantastic services that they provide. Art and creative projects are great at bringing people together. This book is an example of the hard work of everyone in the centre who have come together creatively to highlight how their lives have been enriched by the activities available to them here in the centre.”

Barbara Kirkpatrick, Programme Supervisor with RehabCare explains the work that went into producing the book, “The group have been working together on this book for the past year and everyone is really excited about the finished product and the launch of the publication. This is our Park House has enabled each participant to express what being part of the centre means to them. Each of their experiences is really personal and unique and gives a great insight into what services like ours here in park House offer people whose lives have been changed through disability. We are all so proud of what they have achieved.”

RehabCare’s Park House Resource Centre provides person-centred social and leisure activities and a welcoming environment for people to come to for social contact with others who have had similar experiences. There are a variety of activities and programmes on offer, such as, art and crafts, computer courses, photography, ceramics, French and a variety of games such as chess and bridge. There is also a physiotherapy service and day trips are popular.

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