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Minister Opens Development in Stradavoher for People with Disabilities

29/11/2013 Minister Opens Development in Stradavoher for People with Disabilities

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A new development by RehabCare and Newgrove Housing Association which provides services for 20 people with autism and intellectual disabilities was officially opened today by Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD. The purpose-built facilities for young adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties in Stradavoher on the outskirts of Thurles town include a day service, a high support residential service with 24 hour support from staff, a house offering supported accommodation and a self-contained annex to provide independent living.

The development has been undertaken by RehabCare, Rehab’s health and social care division, in partnership with Newgrove Housing Association and with financial support from North Tipperary County Council, the HSE MidWest and Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Every person living in the accommodation or attending the day service is supported to be as independent as possible and to take part in local community activities. The day service includes facilities such as a sensory room, computer room, activity room, kitchen, and a living area to facilitate programmes which promote independent living skills, give access to social, leisure and education activities.

All of the people who are now using the services and who call Stradavoher home were at the official opening. Declan Ryan said “I’m glad I moved to Stradavoher. I have people to help me and I am near everything in Thurles.” Others who are thrilled with the new facilities include Emily Shorley who loves the new computer room and Elaine Diggins whose favourite place is the therapy room!”

Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD said, “I would like to congratulate RehabCare, Newgrove Housing Association and the many local stakeholders for working together to bring about this fabulous new facility to address the needs of people with disabilities and people who marginalised in this area. I hope that everyone who now calls Stradavoher home will be very happy here. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to visit RehabCare’s resource centre which I’m very sure will play an important role in the local community and in supporting the people who attend to fulfil their potential”.

North Tipperary County Council has a strong relationship with Newgrove Housing Association having previously worked together on facilities in Cluain Mhuillean and Castle Oaks in Nenagh. Pat McKeogh, Housing Officer, North Tipperary County Council said, “We welcome this project and wish to congratulate Newgrove Housing Association and Rehab Group in delivering 11 units of community based accommodation for people with disabilities in this area of Thurles under the Capital Assistance Scheme.”

Laura Keane, Director of Health and Social Care Services, Rehab Group said, ‘We are delighted to see so many people here today to celebrate the opening of this wonderful development. Already, we can see the hugely positive impact that the supports provided here are having on the lives of people who use our services. This development would not be possible without the support of North Tipperary County Council, HSE MidWest, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and Newgrove Housing Association. We would like to thank them for their contribution and for their continued support”.

The construction of the day service resource centre was funded by the HSE MidWest and through fundraising by Rehab Group. €1.5million in funding was received from North Tipperary County Council for the site acquisition and construction costs. The housing services were funded through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s Capital Assistance Scheme which provides funding to provide housing for local people with disabilities, and Department of Environment Community and Local Government Communal Facilities Grant which was processed through North Tipperary County Council.

In addition to the new facilities at Stradavoher, RehabCare provides a number of other services for young adults with autism and intellectual disability in North Tipperary. These include two residential services in Two Mile Borris and a respite care service in Cluain Glas.

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