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Cheshire Ireland E-zine September 2012

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I am writing to you at a time when disability services are very much in the news. I watched and was enthralled by the Paralympics in London, as I was by the Olympics. Watching so many amazing sporting performances by Irish athletes and sportspeople, and also those from other countries, was really inspiring. So many people with disabilities showed the world that they could compete and contribute to the development of all nations

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Well done to those of you who lobbied the government successfully in recent weeks and achieved a reversal of the proposed cuts to PA servicesfunded by the HSE.I recognised a number of the voices on the radio.

We are all experiencing the effect of the cuts to our funding – a slow erosion which has taken place over the past few years. We continue to press on and work hard to provide a quality service, given the much tighter budgets from the HSE.

Some changes, however,must be carefully considered to see how we can maximise the benefits for people using Cheshire Ireland services. One key policy report ‘Time to Move on from Congregated Settings -A Strategy for Community Inclusion’ was published by the HSE in late 2011.

The report considered the quality of life issues for people living in congregated residential homes. The term ‘congregated settings’ is defined in the report as settings where ten or more people with disabilities are living together.

The report advocates that those living in settings of ten or more people, be given the opportunity to move into a more suitable home environment, within the community.  The report suggests those moving from congregated settings should have the choice to either live alone or live with other people (up at a maximum of 4 people with disabilities).The report also recommends that no person should still be living in a congregated setting by the year 2019. 

Given the lack of available government funding, we recognised the real challenge of how the report’s recommendations would ever become a reality.
Last year Cheshire Ireland, (with the help of Genio funding) supported 10 people in two residential homes (Barratt Cheshire House & Emmanuel Cheshire Home) to move into their own homes in the community. Genio is a not-for-profit agency thatcombines private and government investment to support innovative, social projects that are cost effective and sustainable.

People who moved from the Barratt Cheshire House, and staff who support them, report that they have far greater quality of life now generally. They have greater involvement in decisions, typically see their families more and are more integrated into community life.  I bump into some of them on the street or in the shops fairly regularly. While many of them reported that they were fearful of the change initially, none of them would go back to live in a congregated setting now.

The good news is that Genio have once more come up trumps for Cheshire Ireland. As an organisation, we applied for funding specifically to support more service users to move into their own homes. We have secured a significant grant to assist up to 60 people (over a three-year period) to move into their own homes, with support.  We are calling the project the New Community Options Project and you will be hearing more about this over the coming months.

During the first year, we will be working predominantly with those who have already expressed an interest to transition into a home within the community and are most ready to move.

A second recent report, which also has relevance to our services, is the ‘Report of the Value for Money and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme’.  This report looks specifically at how greater efficiencies can be achieved and the possibility of changing how services are funded.  At Cheshire Ireland we are making every effort to tighten our belts and gain savings where we can. The report shows that the government is committed to individualise the funding of support services, making it possible for each person with a disability to design the service they want, in a setting of their own choosing.

We understand that this issue is sensitive and may be difficult for some people to even think about. But we will be working with people living in Cheshire Homes, their families/advocates and staff over the coming months and years, to talk about what these opportunities may bring. We will develop supporting materials,including visual ones, so that people can make informed decisions. We will also provide opportunities for service users to meet with those who have already made the move and embraced the change.

There is no doubt that there will be major changes and challenges ahead, but together we can face them and move forward to better times.

Since the last issue of the E-zine, we lost three inspirational people who used Cheshire services. Tom White, Andy Chapman and Luke Savage each made a significant impact on those around them and left a lasting impression. I send my condolences to their families, staff and friends and everyone suffering from loss or bereavement at this time.

Mark

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Roberta Connolly competes as Paralympics Boccia athlete

Congratulations to Roberta (Bobbie) Connolly of Eaglewood, Dun Laoghaire who was at the London 2012 Paralympics. Last Wednesday Roberta competed in the 1/16 finals of the BC2 mixed individual Boccia.

49 proud athletes were representing Ireland at the London 2012 Paralympics. Bobbie Connolly from Foxrock was part of the Irish Squad chosen for the Boccia team. She represented Ireland in two Boccia events - Mixed Individual - BC2 and Mixed Team - BC1-2.

Boccia is a test of muscle control and accuracy, requiring high focus and concentration. It is played on an indoor court. The goal of the game is to roll balls as close as possible to the white target ball known as the jack.  At the end of the game the athlete whose ball is closest to the jack receives a point for every ball that is closer to the jack than his opponent’s ball. It has been developed for many years as a leisure activity and as a competitive sport and it was introduced to the Paralympic Games at the 1984 Games in New York.

Check out all the Paralympics action at:
http://www.paralympics.ie/

Christy Moore at Richmond 'Know your Neighbour' BBQ

On July 14th of this year the Richmond Cheshire House had it's annual BBQ but this time with a special celebration to mark the 20 years of its opening. Christy had been to Richmond House 14 years previously and said that he was delighted to be invited back to such a welcoming place.

Christy set up with his vat of tea, a chair and a guitar and off he went. He entertained everyone for a fabulous hour and created memories that will stay with everyone for a long time to come.

The special guest topped off what was a fantastic fun filled day chatting to past staff, residents, family members and friends.

Pictured here is Martin Taylor of Richmond Cheshire House with Christy Moore

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Celebrating 20 years at the Richmond Cheshire House!

On July 14th of this year the Richmond Cheshire House had their annual BBQ but this time with a special celebration to mark the 20 years that they are now open!

The residents that have lived there from day one said that it was hard to believe 20 years had already passed. Those 20 years have been marked by lots of change some good and some bad. Many staff, residents, family members and volunteers have passed through the doors and each one is remembered and not to be forgotten.

The Richmond Cheshire has long since had a great connection with its community and local people often drop in and out to help with certain activities as well as befriending their residents. They also marked ‘Know your Neighbour’ weekend at the same event!

On July 14th they were delighted that Mr Christy Moore accepted their invite to help them celebrate the landmark Birthday. They commenced their BBQ in anticipation wondering whether the Irish summer would inevitably kick in and sabotage their plans to dine alfresco but they were blessed that the rain held off!

The weather was great, the food and beverages flowed, the memories came alive and the banter was endless.

They also marked a very special birthday for Paul Loughery as he turned the big 5-0! An air of excitement filtered throughout the day as the rumours and wonderings were soon put to an end as to who their special guest was! Christy Moore had arrived!

They are already planning who they will invite to our next event……….!!  

Pictured above are John Robinson with his wife Anne his son Alex and Carmel Ryan.

Also  John Maguire with Christy Moore.

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Thank you to all, who participated in the 'Know Your Neighbour' events in July 2012

As part of the Macra na Feirme ‘Know Your Neighbour’ annual initiative, Cheshire Ireland Central Office opened its doors to bring near neighbours and local business people together.

A special buffet style ‘Pot Luck’ lunch was hosted and the staff supplied the food. The fare was most impressive and really enjoyed by everyone. The room was abuzz with chat and laughter as people got to know each other. In all, over 50 people attended.  

Along with Cheshire Ireland, the companies represented included Getty Images, Campus Oil, Capital Financial, Amory’s Solicitors, The Vein Clinic, Kealy Motors, Towers Watson, RBC, Bizquip, KG Consulting, MJ Scannell Safety and CORU.

Michael O’Mahony, (Chairperson) and Diane Davison, (Member) of the Cheshire Board of Trustees were also in attendance.    

Main Picture: Getty Images

Pictured here are Alice Hyde and  Mary Mahon of Cheshire Ireland with Diane Davison, Member of the Board of Cheshire Ireland

'Open house' at Waterford Cheshire for 'Know your Neighbour' weekend

Many thanks to all the neighbours and friends, old and new who came to the Open House in Waterford Cheshire on Sunday 15th July 2012. It was a great event with lots of good food and wine and even better company!

Finn Carey, Helen Rafferty and John McDonald are pictured here having a laugh!

Brendan DowlingDublin City Marathon €6143 sponsorship raised so far by Tullow Marathon Runners

Thanks to Brendan Dowling and his team of seven Tullow Marathon Runners that have raised €6,143 so far for Cheshire Ireland.

Brendan and his team have a fundraising  target of €10,000 this year. They are holding a cake sale in the parish hall on Sunday 9th September and a bingo night on Thursday 14th so it's all guns blazing in Tullow!

This is the 33rd year of the Dublin Marathon, which is run through the historic Georgian streets of Dublin. It takes place on October 29th 2012.The reaction of many thousands of spectators lining the city streets for the event has been largely responsible for the success of marathons down through the years. It's no wonder that the Dublin Marathon is internationally known as the 'Friendly Marathon'.

Pictured here are Finbarr Fitzgerald, Brendan Dowling and Liz Fitzergerald.  Also running are Tom Smithers, Liam Hendricken and Jim and Lar Murphy all of the TMR team.

Intel Charity Golf Classic

Intel Ireland Fundraising Committee held their Charity Golf Classic in Beechpark Golf Club in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin on Thursday 5th July. This year their charity of the year is CASA. Many Cheshire service users also use the services of CASA to go on outings. Cheshire Ireland will be making an application to become Intel's favourite charity for next year.

It was a very enjoyable day. A special thanks to McCann Fitzgerald for sponsoring the team for Cheshire Ireland. Congratulations to Emily MacNicolas for winning the longest drive - she put all the men to shame! Pictured here L to R are Breda Lannigan, Emily MacNicolas and Jennifer Halpin of McCann Fitzgerald and Breda Maguire.

Sligo CAMP weekend on Youtube

On 19th July 2012 this year Cheshire Abbey View residences Sligo had a four day mini CAMP. The boating and kayaking was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.

Bord Gais volunteers supported the CAMP volunteers and made this youtube video which shows what a great time they all had.  Click Here to watch the video

Dun and Bradstreet employees make a real difference in Blackrock

On 2nd August six employees from the I.T. department of business information company Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) made a real difference at Blackrock Cheshire through their volunteering activities.

Eight service users live in apartments within Blackrock Cheshire on Cross Avenue, Blackrock. The front verges were somewhat overgrown and the cobble lock in the driveway was in need of some attention.

D&B encourages their employees to become involved in local community projects. Each member of staff is given two days off per year for volunteering initiatives – one personal and one as a member of their work team. Six willing volunteers turned up on a bright and dry morning to help get the Blackrock Cheshire front garden back under control.

Scraping moss and weeds out of the cobble lock, pulling nettles and cutting back very thorny brambles were just some of the exciting jobs on offer during the day! But the volunteers persevered and achieved their task of smartening up the front borders. When the final task of placing two potted-up planters either side of the front door was complete, the job was finished.

Noeleen Brady-Doyle, Service Co-Ordinator, along with the staff and some of the service users were on hand to provide encouragement and support during the day. They also provided lunch and refreshments.

When the work was finally finished Noeleen said, “I just cannot believe what a difference six volunteers can make in one day. It looks great, so tidy and fresh. They worked a miracle”.

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Before and After Photos D&B Volunteers at Blackrock Cheshire 08’12


Before – left hand verge      After – left hand verge

Before – right hand verge    After – right hand verge

Before – side pathway          After – side pathway

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Richmond wins Deloitte Team Day on 27th September 2012

Richmond Cheshire House has been selected by Deloitte as their chosen Charity this year for their team day. Deloitte are kindly providing all the materials as well as helping with the painting themselves. This will be the second time Deloitte have held their team day at the Richmond Cheshire House.

In June this year respresentatives of Cheshire Ireland met Business in the Community on site at Richmond to survey what work needed to be done. As a result 60 Deloitte volunteers decided to help with the project. They will do the preparation work and paint the exterior of the Richmond on 27th September 2012. Thats 380m2 of wall and 210m2 of eves to paint twice!  So it will be all hands on deck on 27th at Richmond!

If you would like to submit projects like this that are suitable for company team days or if your company would like to have a team day in Cheshire Ireland, please contact editor@cheshire.ie. There are many companies that are willing to meet the costs of specific projects that can be used as team building events as well as drumming up good PR. It's a win win for everybody involved.

Art Exhibition, Galway, John Joe McDonagh

Local artist and retired engineer, John Joe McDonagh of Galway Cheshire House is holding an exhibition of his work in Galway City Library in Augustine St., Galway City.

It will be opened by CEO of Cheshire Ireland, Mark Blake-Knox on 7th November 2012

Pictured here is John Joe's abstract painting of New York City

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ART EXHIBITION

Local artist and retired engineer, John Joe McDonaghof Galway Cheshire House is holding an exhibition of his work in Galway City Library in Augustine St., Galway City.

It will be opened by CEO of Cheshire Ireland, Mark Blake-Knox on 7th November 2012 It will move to BallybaneLibrary, Galway East on 8th December 2012 and will be opened there by The Mayor of Galway, Ms Terry O’Flaherty.

Born in Shantalla, Galway, John Joe now lives in Cheshire House, Curragrean, Merlin Park, Galway. John Joe McDonagh, since his early teens, has shown tremendous courage and tenacity as he embarked on an adventurous life. He trained at the age of 15 in Germany with engineering master craftsmen.

However, he never lost sight of his community and through-out his life he shared his experiences, knowledge and skills with his neighbours, colleagues and family of seven. He has grasped life’s challenges with inspiring dedication and is still able to give of himself, even after having both of his legs amputated.

He started painting on entering  Fr. Griffin Road Technical school and has been painting ever since.John Mulhern was John Joe’s first Art Teacher and was most influential on him encouraging him to develop art as a hobby. He has many fond memories of Mr Mulhern and his early painting days. The first year in school John got him to enter the Caltex Art Competition and he was rewarded with first prize in the Under 16 section. His prize was a box of oil paints and paint brushes.

Painting became part of his life. As a marine engineer with BP he travelled all around the Middle East, Europe, the Mediterranean and Scandinaviaand indeed this is reflected in the breath of his art collection.

His favourite painting is a beautiful painting on display in his living room of a tall ship painted during his youth. John Joe was offered £2,000 for this back in the ‘90’s but no way would he part with it.Painting still plays a big part in his everyday life and most of his waking hours are spent with apaintbrush in his hand. His studio in Cheshire house is laden with easels, oil paints and finished pieces waiting for a new home.  In fact he often likes to stay up half the night painting, when he feels inspired to complete a work of art.

Seascapes and boats were his first themes; then mountain landscapes with rivers and lakes,in particular  the delights of Lenanne and Connemara. Later he developed an interest in abstract painting and isconsiderably talented at this also.  He finds painting very therapeutic and gets a great buzz from it.

He has taught art classes at Cregal Art, various Cheshire Irelandcentres in the west of Ireland, the Irish Wheelchair Association and in Ivors of Terryland. He also taught his wife and family to paint and their family exhibition in a Galway Gallery was a sell-out.

John Joe’s love of art, coupled with a relentless desire to develop his career in engineering provided the necessary inspiration throughout his life to never give up in the face of adversity and challenge.He was one of 19 young boys from his school chosen to go to Germany to learn skills to set up a Factory in Galway. “It turned out to be a wonderful experience.” The language posed no problem for John Joe, and he used his skill as a painter to communicate and spend time teaching the daughter of his host family to paint. John Joe also loved to visit the Museum of Art in Munich.

The opening of the Steinbock factory making forklift trucks in 1961 was a huge benefit to Galway to which John Joe had personally contributed. Dan Donoghue who trained at the Lieberr factory in Killarney was great influence on John Joe’s engineering career and he encouraged him to go to night classes to train in turning that resulted in him receiving a gold medal for Ireland in the International Trade Competition in Bolton Street College, Dublin. John Joe proudly exhibits a photo in his living room of his first prize piece of outstanding steel workmanship. It consists of five components that fit into each other, each with internal and external eccentric threading. To make it would be a feat of engineering in today’s terms even with computerised lathes. He achieved 7th place internationally out of 24 countries. The following year he came 6th in Lisbon in Portugal.

John Joe has a wealth of engineering and management experience and led a rich life. He was involved in politics, sport and dance and, as a young boxer, he fought in the Connacht finals in the lightweight division; he directed musicals for ten years in Galway and was chairperson for Fine Gael in Galway.

The exhibition of his work which will be on display in Galway City Library is the product of his rehabilitation after having both legs amputated.Also on Display will be paintings by John Joes brother in law Herman Muller, also a former industrialist has been painting for the past 20 years and paints in  John Joe’s studio  weekly and enjoys the fun and banter they have together.  JohnathonMcDonagh John Joe’s son and Granddaughter Leah  will also be exhibiting.

John Joe has generously agreed to donate some of the proceeds of his exhibition to Galway Cheshire House. Cheshire Ireland provides a complex range of care and support services for people with disabilities.

The exhibition continues until the end of December 2012. If you are in Galway city in November or December be sure to make your way to Augustine Street to see John Joe’s art this Christmas and support Galway Cheshire Home.
Story by Breda Maguire, Cheshire Ireland, 2nd August 2012
Here is a sample of John Joes beautiful artwork;

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Dublin City South Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Evelyn Pender, National Volunteer Manager attended the Dublin City Volunteer Recruitment Fair in August.

It was a well-attended, outdoor event and the Cheshire Ireland stand got its fair share of visitors. Having free sweets on offer certainly helped!

The Fair was organised by Dublin City South Volunteer Centre and was held in the Meeting House Square in Dublin’s Temple Bar area. About 25 different charities took a stand each and over three hours more than 50 people dropped by seeking information about volunteering opportunities.

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Dublin City South Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Evelyn Pender, National Volunteer Manager attended the Dublin City Volunteer Recruitment Fair in August.

It was a well-attended,outdoor event and the Cheshire Ireland stand got its fair share of visitors. Having free sweets on offer certainly helped!

The Fair was organised by Dublin City South Volunteer Centre and was held in the Meeting House Square in Dublin’s Temple Bar area. About 25 different charities took a stand each and over three hours plenty of people dropped by seeking information about volunteering opportunities. 

Thankfully the evening stayed dry but the Meeting House Square has an amazing canopy of four very large umbrellas anyway.

These umbrellas were commissioned as part of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2011.

For those of you who might be interested in the engineering and design aspects of the umbrellas, here are the details:

Each umbrella is 21 metres high and measures approximately 11×11 metres. Each umbrella is made of steel, and weighs around 14 tons. The umbrella fabric is PTFE which has a lifespan of more than twenty years. The umbrellas overlap to create a canopy that offers protection from the rain. They are also tilted so that rainwater is collected through the main mast, and other design features minimise the risk of drips from the edges of the umbrellas.

The umbrellas are an Irish design by Seán Harrington and Ryan Gillespie of Seán Harrington Architects. The shape of the structures when closed is inspired by the shape of a bulrush, and when opened, the design is based on the form of a tulip. This unique Irish design is the result of a creative collaboration with MDT-Tex who manufactured the umbrellas in Germany. MDT-Tex is a leading provider of outdoor tensile membrane structures. 

Interesting!

Hopefully some of the people Evelyn spoke to will come along and become volunteers under the Cheshire Ireland umbrella!

Volunteer Centre Dublin City South

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CAMP Dress Dance

The annual CAMP Dress Dance will be held on Friday 9th November 2012 at Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea, Co.Tipperary. Tickets will go on sale in October 2012.

CAMP are a fabulous group of volunteers led by John Brophy of the Irish Air Corp. Cheshire Ireland service users go on fun activity outings with them that provide great entertainment to the participants.

Every November the Roscrea fundraising committee hosts a dress dance. It is always an entertaining evening beginning with a champagne reception followed by a four course meal then the night is spent dancing away to a live band and D.J till the morning light. The local community all help to create a wonderful night and ensure that there is a fantastic array of prizes for the raffle. It is a brilliant night out and a great reason to get dressed. So put the date in your diary and come along to support CAMP!

For details visit www.camp.ie or email info@camp.ie

Cheshire Ireland Transport Working Group activities

You will recall that in early June, the CEO sent out a memo informing people of his decision to set up a Working Group to look at all aspects of transport provided by Cheshire Ireland. With the continuous reduction in the funding from HSE and the increasing age of our vehicles, Cheshire Ireland cannot continue to provide transport in the manner it has done up to now.  The CEO wanted to give you some indication of activities undertaken by the Working Group over the summer months. They have been extremely active.

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Cheshire Ireland Transport Working Group and its activities

You will recall that in early June I sent out a memo informing people of my decision to set up a Working Group to look at all aspects of transport provided by Cheshire Ireland. With the continuous reduction in our funding from HSE and the increasing age of our vehicles, Cheshire Ireland cannot continue to provide transport in the manner it has done up to now.  I wanted to give you some indication of activities undertaken by the Working Group over the summer months. They have been extremely active.

Over recent weeks the Working Group has:

  • Held 8 focus groups with people who use Cheshire Ireland transport – close to 40% of Cheshire Ireland service users attended those meetings.  Over 200 comments were taken down at these meetings and the comments are being analysed.
  • Held two meetings with people who as part of their role with a service, drive Cheshire Ireland transport, and those people who organise transport.
  • Over 90% of service users were met and interviewed one-to-one about their views regarding transport provided by Cheshire Ireland and by non-Cheshire transport providers.  The output from these interviews shows that access to transport in the evening and at weekends is an issue. The data further shows that the vast majority of people who use Cheshire Ireland services would be willing to make a fair and equitable contribution towards the transport costs. 
  • The Working Group has given me some facts that are of very serious concern to me
    • Cheshire Ireland owns 48 minibuses, 10 of which are 10 years old and a further 10 which will reach this age by 2014
    • The average age of the vehicles is 7 years
    • A minibus capable of taking 3 people in wheelchairs costs in excess of €65,000 per vehicle.

Please note that the Working Group has not started to make recommendations as yet. The members of the group have just finished gathering data and most importantly the views and ideas of people who use Cheshire Ireland services and those Cheshire Ireland employees who drive or organise transport for people.

I will be meeting with the Working Group by the end of September for a formal briefing.  Hopefully soon after that I will be able to send out another progress report.

Mark Blake-Knox
4 September 2012

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Cheshire Ireland wins Dublin Bus Community Spirit award

Each year Dublin Bus staff kindly donate the proceeds of their fundraising activities throughout the year to a number of charities on an application basis.
Cheshire Irelands's application was called "Get on the Bus" and it outlined the costs involved in taking each service user from the Cara and the Richmond on a day out to an event of their choosing using Dublin Bus. Thanks to Eugene Callan for his suggestion to enter this competition.

Cheshire Ireland applied for €4,950 in total and we will be informed of the actual amount awarded at the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards Ceremony on 26th September 2012

POP's 10th Anniversary, Donegal

Written by POP’s trainee, Lisa Penrose, Letterkenny.

POP (Personal Opportunities Programme) is a training programme for people with physical and sensory disabilities that encourages people to be more independent and lead more active lives through various activities, work and social experiences.

It started in Letterkenny in June 2002 from a pilot programme that ran in Donegal Cheshire Apartments in the late nineties. Currently eight people attend the programme. In May 2012 Brenda Callaghan of POPs suggested celebrating the 10th Anniversary of POPs with a barbeque on July 5th 2012.

Pictured here: Paul Mython with Louise O'Hagan

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POP’s 10 Year Anniversary BBQ.

Story written by POP’s trainee, Lisa Penrose, Letterkenny.

POP’s (Personal Opportunities Programme) is a training programme for people with physical and sensory disabilities that encourages people to be more independent and lead more active lives through various activities, work and social experiences.

It started in Letterkenny in June 2002 from a pilot programme that ran in Donegal Cheshire Apartments in the late 1990’s. Currently eight people attend the programme. In May 2012 Brenda Callaghan mentioned that it would be a good idea to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of POP’s and we decided to have a barbeque on July 5th 2012.

The group started planning for the BBQ in June. Invites were made, printed and then sent out to past trainees, staff, friends and other supporters. Photographs were collected and put on a display board; each trainee typed a brief description of what they did on POP’s and made a booklet on what POP’s meant to them. The training room got a good tidying! Food items were bought in the shop and Tommy Rosney was contacted about doing the karakoke. There was great excitement in Donegal Cheshire Appartments in the run up to the event.

All POP’s trainees assisted in making cakes and buns on the morning of the BBQ and prayed and hoped for good weather. Our prayers were answered and we enjoyed a lovely summers day which enabled all our visitors to eat and drink outside.

Wesley cooked the burgers and managed not to burn any of them! Tommy played some great music that kept everyone entertained. Brenda, Mary and Linda made speeches on the day thanking all staff nurses and carers for their help over past 10 years. Linda Alex, Ann and Eilish sang a few songs and most of the group were out dancing.

All the POP’s trainees exhibited some of their craft work that they had completed over the last few years which included jigsaws, pottery and  beautiful rugs.

A good time was had by all and pops would like to thank everyone who assisted to make the BBQ a great success, especially Tommy the karaoke kid and the weatherman above. 

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Tommy Rooney- Retirement Party

Staff and residents of St Patrick’s Cheshire Home Tullow, bade a sad farewell to their esteemed colleague Tommy Rooney, who retired on 27th July.  The greatly respected employee worked in the Cheshire Home for the past 23 years where he was in charge of maintenance and was responsible for helping to turn St Patrick’s into a colourful and extremely comfortable and well maintained home. Tommy was a friend to everyone who came into St Patrick’s, residents, staff and volunteers alike.   He was always ready to help out and by all accounts ready to have a laugh too.  Tommy was self driven and always took great pride in his work.

Our very best wishes go to Tommy on his retirement and we wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

St. Patricks Cheshire Home, Tullow, 'Know your Neighbour' Afternoon

On Friday 13th July there was a' Know Your Neighbour' afternoon held in St Patrick’s. Neighbours, family members, staff and residents attended and everyone enjoyed the cuppa and the chat. Pictured here are Jim Goodman and Anne Byrne.

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St. Patricks Near Neighbour Day, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Pictured below are Sheila Kavanagh, Ann Ryan and Ann Byrne, Tullow

Pictured above are Breda Wilson, Deirdre Mernagh and Patricia Keogh, Tullow.

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Marion Cotter raised €350 for Cheshire by running the Cork City Half Marathon on June 4th

"I started running in 2009 and have built up my miles over the years.  I really enjoy running it keeps me fit and I love to help out charities. This year I chose Cheshire Ireland as my charity to sponsor because I see the good work they do and the difference they make in the lives of people with disabilities on a daily basis.  I think it is a very worthwhile charity ".  Marion is very pleased with the care and support given to her uncle by the staff in St. Patrick's Cheshire Home and she has kindly donated the proceeds of her fundraising to them.  Next Sunday 16th September she willl run the Cork Mini Marathon also as a fundraiser for Cheshire Ireland. Thank you and best of luck Marion!

If anyone wishes to raise funds for Cheshire Ireland, T- Shirts and sponsorship cards are available by calling 01-2974100 or email info@cheshire.ie

St Laurence Cheshire Home Cork -Fundraising update


The Annual Golf Classic fundraiser for St Laurence took place in Monkstown Golf Club on 23rd August and twenty teams attended. Despite the forecast the rain held off and a great day was had by all participants. Thank you to all teams for their continued support.

The Ladies Mini Marathon will be held in Cork on 16th September and Cheshire would be delighted if anyone would run, walk or crawl on their behalf.

The Annual Ladies Lunch in aid of St Laurence Cheshire will take place in Maryborough House Hotel on 3rd October and it promises to be a great day out.

Please contact Eleanor Goggin on 087 2803762 or 021 4822192 in relation to any of the above.

Pictured above with John Crotty and Eleanor Goggin are the ladies team that came 4th in the Golf Classic; Fabienne Moloney, Mary Leahy and Lillian Nagle Walsh.

Spring Clean for Charity

In aid of Enable Ireland and St Laurence Cheshire Home, Cork.
Spring Clean for Charity, the brainchild of Norma Smurfit, and now one of the leading nationwide charity fundraisers in the country is returning to Cork on Sunday 14th October and will once again take place in Cork City Hall from 11am to 5pm.

The event encourages people from all over Cork and beyond to de-clutter their homes and offices and donate items in support of one of the biggest charity sales in the country.  Last year’s event raised over €50,000 from the individual stalls and celebrity raffle. The hugely popular fundraiser was attended by well-known Cork personalities including Roy Keane, who was on hand to help bargain hunters rummage through the treasure trove of bric-a-brac, trinkets and fashion that were generously donated.

For further information visit www.springcleanforcharity.ie

Greystones Cheshire, St Bridget’s Park BBQ

On Saturday, 14th July 2012, the residents of Bellevue Demesne held a barbeque with the help of Cheshire staff. Patrick Keane, the acting Manager of Greystones Cheshire, did the cooking for everyone. The turnout of the local residents was impressive. The food on offer was impressive too, from hamburgers to hotdogs with chillies. Refreshments wise everything was available; from Cocoa Cola and Sprite to tea and coffee. Some of the locals entertained us until the early hours. Overall it was a great chance to meet and greet, and it went very well.

Written by Darragh Moore, service user.

Pictured here is Suzanne Hannon enjoying the party.

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Barbeque at St Brigid’s Park, Greystones

by resident Darragh Moore

On Saturday, 14th July 2012, the residents of Bellevue Demesne held a barbeque with the help of Cheshire staff. Patrick Keane, the manager of Greystones Cheshire, did the cooking for everyone. The turnout of the local residents was impressive. The food on offer was impressive too, from hamburgers to hotdogs with chillies. Refreshments wise everything was available; from Cocoa Cola and Sprite to tea and coffee. Some of the locals entertained us until the early hours. Overall it was a great chance to meet and greet, and it went very well.


Antonio looks concerned at          Alan wonders if he should
Patrick Keane’s cooking!                have had that burger….!


Suzanne enjoying the music with her new PA

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Strawberries and Cream at Ardeen for 'Know your Neighbour' weekend

Ardeen Cheshire Home’s 'Know Your Neighbour' event was held on Friday 13th July. An afternoon tea was hosted in the dining room, all the neighbours from the local area were invited, along with service users, their families and friends.
A lovely afternoon was had by all. Everyone enjoyed a chat over a cup of tea and the lovely homemade cakes, sandwiches and savouries, not to mention Ardeen’s famous strawberries & cream!

A big thank you to all staff and volunteers who helped out on the day and all the families who joined us for the afternoon. It was a real pleasure!

Titanic Belfast provides new accessible tour for people with vision impairments 

Titanic Belfast, a new €116.2m, attraction in Northern Ireland, UK, which has opened 100 yards from where the ill-fated liner was launched a century ago. The 14,000sq m (150,695sq ft) building accommodates nine interpretative galleries that will transport visitors back to post-Edwardian Belfast to explore the history of and story behind Titanic. Titanic Belfast is designed to be a multi-sensory exhibition and it aims to ensure that all visitors’ access requirements are fully met. This does not only relate to the built environment, it also includes how information is provided and ensuring all tours are accessible.  For more information go to www.titanicbelfast.com

Donegal vs Mayo Sunday 23rd September 2012 Croke Park

Donegal and Mayo will battle it out in Croke Park on Sunday 23rd for the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title.

As you can imagine there is great excitement and rivalry between Donegal Cheshire Apartments in Letterkenny, Co.Donegal and the O'Dwyer Cheshire Home in Swinford, Co.Mayo.

Donegal last won the All Ireland in 1992 and Mayo last won the All Ireland in 1951. May the best team win in Croke Park on 23rd September!

Gala Charity Concert in Tullow

A great night was had by all who attended the Gala Charity Concert on Monday 3rd September in the Mount Wolseley hotel in Tullow.

Internationally renowned Comedian Joe Cuddy (pictured here) had the audience in stiches. There was a singalong with Nicky Kealy, Trudy Lawlor, Louise Morrissey, Emer Lawlor, and Trish Caroll.  Des Willoughby of the Willoughby Brothers serenaded the romantics with O Sole Mio, Pat Byrne of the Voice of Ireland did a few Bruce Springsteen numbers and Michael Lawlor lifted the roof with his amazing tenor voice.

The proceeds were donated to seven local charities including St. Patrick's Cheshire Home,Tullow. Over 100 tickets were sold by them. Cheshire Ireland would like to thank all those who supported the event.

Speak like Father Jack in Craggy Island?

Everyone knows that to speak like the character Father Jack Hackett in the series Father Ted wouldn’t go down too well. But sometimes even when people want to be respectful, the language that they use around people with disabilities can be offensive.  All of us may need care and support at some stage in our lives. So think about how you would like to be addressed.

Words and terms that are considered appropriate change over time. This can mean that a person can be unintentionally using an outdated term or phrase that is inappropriate.

Photo © Robert Bone

Click Here for a list of now inappropriate terms and the appropriate alternatives.

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Speak like Father Jack in Craggy Island?

Everyone knows that to speak like the character Father Jack Hackett in the series Father Ted wouldn’t go down too well.

But sometimes even when people want to be respectful, the language that they use around people with disabilities can be offensive.  All of us may need care and support at some stage in our lives. So think about how you would like to be addressed.

Words and terms that are considered appropriate change over time. This can mean that a person can be unintentionally using an outdated term or phrase that is inappropriate.

In an effort to make the situation clearer, here is a list of now inappropriate terms and the appropriate alternatives.

Words to avoid Acceptable alternatives
afflicted with, suffers from person has (name of disability)
congenital defect person with a disability since birth
the disabled people with a disability
the handicapped people with a disability
invalid person with a disability
the blind peoplewith a sight disability
Confined to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound (a wheelchair provides mobility, not restriction) uses a wheelchair
Victim (People with a disability are not victims and prefer not to be seen as such) has a disability
physically challenged, intellectually challenged person with a disability
feed him/her their lunch/meal support him / her having their lunch / meal, helping him / her to eat
high dependency has high support needs
toileting helping someone to the toilet / to the loo
fit, attack seizure

This is not an exhaustive list. It is intended as a guide only.

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Get Fit and Fundraise!

There are so many sporting events happening over the coming months in every county in Ireland.  Don’t leave it until the new-year to start an exercise program.

Cheshire Ireland encourages you, our advocates to get involved in some of these fun events. Setup a fundraising page on mycharity.ie, link it to Cheshire Ireland, start fundraising and get fit!  When you sign up to a sporting challenge and start fundraising you will enjoy the challenges of reaching your fundraising target while realising a personal goal at the same time.

If you are unable to take part yourself you could encourage people you know to participate and raise sponsorship funds for Cheshire Ireland. Your support in the current economic climate is needed in order to continue to deliver a high quality of service to our users.

Sponsorship cards and T-shirts are available by emailing info@cheshire.ie or by calling 01-2974100. The list below is not exhaustive and a full list is available on mycharity.ie

If there is anybody you feel should receive the Cheshire Ireland E-zine on a regular basis, please send their email address to editor@cheshire.ie
Date Event Link
15-09-2012 Sligo City Marathon and Half Marathon
15-09-2012 Valentia Island Half Marathon 2012
15-09-2012 Dublin Half Marathon 2012
16-09-2012 Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon
17-09-2012 Dungarvan Diamond 2012
29-09-2012 Liffey Descent 2012
29-09-2012 Annual Mount Brandon Charity Event
30-09-2012 Mooathon
06-10-2012 Galway Bay Half Marathon + 10K
06-10-2012 Killarney Adventure Race
07-10-2012 Hell & Back Ireland Toughest 10k Challenge
28-10-2012 London Half Marathon 2012
29-10-2012 Dublin City Marathon 2012
03-11-2012 Gaelforce Turf Guy
08-12-2012 Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon
09-12-2012 Santa Dash Dublin

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