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Minister Opens Development on Parnell Street, Limerick for People with Disabilities

28/02/2014

A new development by RehabCare and Newgrove Housing Association which provides services for 63 people with autism, intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties was officially opened today by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan TD. The purpose-built facilities on Parnell Street in Limerick city include 35 units of supported and independent living accommodation for people with disabilities, people who may be disadvantaged and members of the religious congregation of the Presentation Order. The development also includes a resource centre which supports 40 people with disabilities to fulfill their personal goals by learning daily living skills, taking part in sport and leisure activities or getting support to take up employment.

The development is a partnership between RehabCare and Newgrove Housing Association with significant support and funding from a wide range of stakeholders and partners including, Limerick City Council, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Presentation Order, the JP McManus Invitational Pro Am and the Health Service Executive (HSE). Further funding has been provided through the Rehab Group’s own fundraising efforts and local fundraising will continue into the future to meet additional resource requirements. The resource centre is run by RehabCare in partnership with HSE.

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, with some of the tenants in the accommodation fully independent. The day service includes facilities such as a 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.

Speaking at the official opening, Pat O’Reagan, who is one of the first tenants of the new supported accommodation, is delighted with the change it has made to his life.  “I love the quietness and the independence I now have, even the small things like owning my own key is something that I thought I might never have.  I’m learning new skills, like cooking for myself, which was something I did not do a lot of before I moved in here.  The staff in RehabCare have been supporting me to settle into my new home and they have been brilliant in making it as easy as possible for me.  Before I moved into here I was living in a hostel with 60 other people for four years, but already I feel that this independence can help me achieve my goals and give me a whole new life”.

Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan said, “I would like to congratulate RehabCare, Newgrove Housing Association and the many local stakeholders for working together to create this fantastic new facility which addresses the needs of people with disabilities and those marginalised from society in this area. I am proud that my Department, together with Limerick City Council, has provided funding towards the cost of this project and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to open this development which is a great asset for all Limerick citizens”.

Mayor Cllr. Kathleen Leddin, from Limerick City and County Council said, “We are delighted to have been a part of this project and we wish to congratulate Newgrove Housing Association and RehabCare in delivering 35 units of community based accommodation for people with disabilities in this part of Limerick”.
Laura Keane, Director of Health and Social Care Services, Rehab Group said, ‘It is especially pleasing 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 we support.
This development would not be possible without the support of Limerick City Council, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Presentation Order, the JP McManus Invitational Pro Am, the HSE and Newgrove Housing Association. We would like to thank them all for their contribution and for their continued support”.

In addition to the new facilities here on Parnell Street, RehabCare, with support from the HSE has developed significant services in the mid-west and now provide services to over 360 children and adults and employs over 275 staff. Services include resource centres, independent living and supported accommodation, home support, residential and respite services for both children and adults.

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