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Cheshire Ireland
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

St Patrick's is a non-profit organisation which provides accommodation and support for adults with physical and neurological conditions. Furthermore we have a community based service where we support individuals in their own homes. we operate on a 24 hour day,365 days per year. At present we support 21 service users between the residential and community setting. These are aged between 41and 73. Service users who wish to move out of St Patrick's into their own homes are being supported to do so. Between St Patrick's and our community service we have 60 staff, thirteen Community Employment Workers, 11 local volunteers and four EVS volunteers. St Patrick's aims to provide quality, person-centered services. This facilitates people with disabilities to live a life of their own choosing. We also strive to promote the concept of "The Right Relationship" i.e. do unto others as you would have them do unto you and an individualised service for each service user. Our service users are treated with the utmost respect and their dignity and privacy maintained at all times. Our residential service and most of our community service is located in Tullow, Co Carlow, which is a small town located 85km from Dublin. Within the environs of the town there are four supermarkets (ALDI, LIDL, Tesco and Supervalu) a post office, a library,three pharmacies, several pubs,hairdressers, beauty salons, a golf club and spa resort. The nearest large town to Tullow is Carlow. It is 13km away and has a great variety of shops and amenities. These includes two shopping centres, a cinema, swimming pool and leisure centre, pubs/restuarants/nightclubs and much more. Carlow has a train station where you can get connection to most parts of the country. Bus Eireann have a service from Tullow and Carlow with the service from Tullow going directly to Dublin. Also Kavanagh's bus hire have a frequent service connecting Tullow to Carlow. The EVS volunteers will assist services users around the activities area within St Patrick's and the community service. They will accompany service users on outings, home visits,bowling, shopping, cinema and all other outings the service choose to go on. Without the volunteers the service users would not be able to do these activities. The volunteer will also support the service users to engage with their local community. They will be part of the process of connecting the service users with their wider community, developing existing and new roles. They will play a key part in enriching the individual services users life and support them to aspire to living "the good life". Volunteers will assist service users in their own home- performing light house duties, paying bills, making shopping lists, gardening and baking/cooking. The volunteers will support the service users around their communications such as sending emails, writing letters, making telephone calls etc. The vounteers are provided with the opportunity to receive training to assist people with eating difficulties, and for those who may want to, support service user's with some elements of their daily care routine. These skills are ones the volunteers can take with them and put them into practice long after their project has ended. It is also a worthwhile experience to have. Volunteers are always motivated to use the skills they have to St Patrick's along with their cultural diversity. Volunteers will work five out of seven days and will work a variety of shifts covering from 8am until midnight. There are different shifts and the times do vary because they will depend on what is happening in St Patrick's and what activities the service users are engaging in. We are always looking for new and improved ideas/ways of supporting our service users. This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to introduce new concepts and inject fresh views within St Patrick's and the local community. We have regular meetings which are formal and non-formal, where all concerns/issues/ideas/motivations can be brainstormed and worked out. At present we have four volunteers. Two of these will be finished in September 2014 and the other two in March 2015. We will have two new volunteers starting in October 2014 and hopefully we will have two new volunteers for this project starting in April2015.
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