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RehabCare in Wexford Connecting with the Local Community

04/07/2016 RehabCare in Wexford Connecting with the Local Community

A brilliant open day was had in RehabCare’s Resource Centre and Autism Services in Whitemills Industrial Estate in Clonard on Wednesday, 29th June. Family and friends of the people who use the services, along with neighbours and people from the local community went along to see the newly refurbished centre, the colourful sensory garden, new canteen and meeting rooms. 

On the day people got the opportunity to stroll around the gardens, which were kindly funded by the ‘Ladies that Lunch’ from Wexford.  The people who use the services and staff showed the visitors all of the activities that go on in the centre and everyone enjoyed spending time in the multi-sensory room.  Visitors also got to learn about iPlanit, which is the new web-based planning system, where each person who uses the services has their own plan online and can access it anytime, anywhere, any place.  The Shanty singers entertained the crowd on the day too.

Larry Colfer, a parent and great supporter of the service, planted a tree in the beautiful multi- sensory garden. Joss O’Connor, a parent, spoke about what the service means to him and his family.  “The service not only supports my daughter but also provides supports to our family”.

Sarah Kennedy, RehabCare’s Community Service Manager for Wexford said, “As a service, we have seen some wonderful achievements, changes in the services and lots of exciting opportunities for the people we support. We nurture and provide ongoing support to the people who use our services, and we all work together to empower and help people to achieve their dreams”. 

A special acknowledgement at the event was given to local businesses, who supported the recent National Job Shadow Day.  Irish Country Meats, St Marys Day Care Centre, Department of Social Protection, Whitford Hotel and Leisure Centre, AMW Payroll, Wexford Garda Station, KD Garages, Bluebird Care, FR2 payroll, Hodgesmill Creche and CRI Medical Devices supported people who use the services to job shadow them and gave them the opportunity to see firsthand the role these professionals play in their companies on a daily basis. 

Pauline Newnham, Director of Quality and Governance for Rehab Group, who is a native of Wexford attended the open day too and spoke to everyone there. “It’s great to be here to see all of the wonderful things that the people in the service have achieved. The path ahead for the services in Wexford is very bright and exciting with the development of new activities, a very dedicated staff team, fantastic support from families and building partnerships with local businesses”. 

The Resource Centre and newly developed Autism Service in Wexford, which is funded by the HSE, support 35 people with physical and intellectual disabilities.  Each person is supported to increase their independence and confidence, enabling them to improve their quality of life through the person centred planning process.  There are a wide range of both one-to-one and group activities provided in the centre, such as independent living skills, horticulture, group excursions, youth groups, drama, leisure activities and many more.

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