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RehabCare Partnership with Cavan Institute Promotes Disability Awareness & Community Engagement

27/01/2016 RehabCare Partnership with Cavan Institute Promotes Disability Awareness & Community Engagement

RehabCare has teamed up with the Cavan Institute to promote disability awareness amongst students and to ensure that people with disabilities who use the Rehab Care service become more active in their local community.

The initiate began in 2004 with social care students from the Cavan Institute doing work experience with the local RehabCare services, giving them an opportunity to gain disability awareness training as part of their induction modules.  Over 140 student placements including block placements of up 12 students (including mature student placements) have taken place. In order to support students with working with people with disabilities on their placement, some of the people with disabilities who use the services organised information sessions so that students had a better understand of disability and in turn, were more confident in their work placements.

Ahead of the 2014/15 academic year staff from RehabCare and the Cavan Institute set out a plan of activities for the year. It began with a visit by students to the RehabCare resource centre on Cootehill Road, to see the different programmes and activities that the service users were involved with. The students, predominantly from the HealthCare Support, Occupational Therapy and Applied Social Studies courses, then drew up a calendar of events for service users.  This included a fun-filled activity day where service users developed skills in a range of activities in a fun and relaxed environment. An arts and crafts workshop allowed service users to make Christmas presents and Christmas cards. Great fun was had at the Christmas part in Cavan Town with festive food, carol singing and a visit from Santa. Following six weeks of rehearsals there was much drama on show at the Christmas show put together by students and services users.

The successful partnership continues this year under the watchful eye of Lorraine O’Dwyer from the Cavan Institute and staff from RehabCare.

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