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RehabCare’s Slí Nua Service Officially Opens in the Iontas Centre

11/12/2012 RehabCare’s Slí Nua Service Officially Opens in the Iontas Centre

A new RehabCare service for people with varied abilities was officially launched today by Cllr Aidan Campbell, Mayor of Castleblayney, and local celebrity Big Tom McBride.
The service delivers a combination of programmes for ten people that focus on enhancing their skills in accessing activities in their local community. Individual and group programmes include social and leisure activities such as joining local clubs, going bowling or participating in arts and crafts and drama; attending local groups independently such as a knitting group or a local music group; undertaking personal development activities from computers to photography to literacy and numeracy; developing independent living skills which may include using the bank or doing domestic tasks; as well as pursuing employment opportunities and training on how to travel independently. Since the service commenced the great links have developed with community groups such as Tidy Towns, Blaney Blades and Our Ladies secondary schools, VEC and local businesses.

Those accessing the Slí Nua service previously travelled to Monaghan for the RehabCare day service there. The opening of the service in Castleblayney opens up new opportunities in the own local community for people like Martina Turley. Martina says, “This service has really changed how I do things. I go swimming, I use the library here in the Íontas centre and I enjoy meeting new people in ’Blayney where I live. I also go to the social dance in the Glencarn on a Wednesday night with my friends. I work a few hours a week in Coyle’s Pharmacy”. Gweneth said that “I love using u tube to listen to my favourite county singer the legend Big Tom”, Gweneth welcomed everyone to the opening and thanked Aidan Campbell and Big Tom for opening the Slí Nua service, and the staff for “supporting us to get this big day to happen.”

Opening the service, Cllr Aidan Campbell, Mayor of Castleblayney, said, “It is my pleasure to be here today and to meet the people who use the Slí Nua service. RehabCare fulfils a real service need for these people and there is a real sense of community and integration. Everybody has a role to play in their local community and I look forward to the active participation of everyone using the service here in the life of Castleblayney.” Cllr Aidan Campbell also complemented all involved particularly the staff and management for taking the idea to Castleblayney.

Anne McFarland, Community Services Manager, RehabCare, said “The Slí Nua service has had a hugely positive impact for all. Being able to access the service here allows them to be more fully involved in their local community.” Our Ladies Secondary school were thanked by Anne McFarland for the beautiful Irish traditional music and dance provided by them on the day.

The service is run by RehabCare, the health and social care division of the Rehab Group. In addition to the Slí Nua service, RehabCare provides a range of high-quality person-centred services in Monaghan in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE). The resource centre in Monaghan offers such programmes as independent living, life skills, and a variety of social and sporting activities to 38 people, who can also avail of a preparation for work programme called Workability.

The launch was attended by people who use RehabCare’s services, their families and friends, voluntary groups and community partners, as well as representatives from RehabCare and the HSE.

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