St Patrick’s Centre - Making a major difference in peoples’ lives

St. Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny) Ltd. on the city’s Kells Road, is a dedicated service that provides residential care and development opportunities for children and adults with an intellectual disability. ThecCentre is currently home to 92 adults and eight children. St. Patrick’s also provides respite and support to the families of 28 children. St. Patrick’s Centre has 24 accommodation units specially adopted for people with high support needs.

St. Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny) Ltd. on the city’s Kells Road, is a dedicated service that provides residential care and development opportunities for children and adults with an intellectual disability. ThecCentre is currently home to 92 adults and eight children. St. Patrick’s also provides respite and support to the families of 28 children. St. Patrick’s Centre has 24 accommodation units specially adopted for people with high support needs.

It endeavours to provide a home from home experience for all people in our care. Social outings, holidays and linkages with ordinary, community events are central to people with intellectual disabilities leading a good life and having the good things in life. In the Centre the importance of friendship, belonging and individual planning are central to the delivery of a dedicated service. St. Patrick’s operates a personal outcomes planning model that supports the dedicated planning for each resident in our care. A plan and a dedicated key worker to develop engaging initiatives is central to each persons care plan .

It has long been recognised in the service that access to suitable transport would greatly enhance the lives of people in our care. Transport would increase social, recreation and personal interest activities of each person in our care.

Thanks to the donation of two All Ireland tickets to the Centre by Kilkenny County GAA Board a draw was organised to begin a transport fund, thanks to the dedicated work of staff, families and friends of the Centre €30,000 was raised to launch a transport fund within the service Last week, St. Patrick’s Centre signed a contract with local Renault Dealer O’Briens Garage for the supply of six specially adapted wheelchair accessible mini buses.

This significant order was only possible with the support of all to our recent fund raising draw. Each accommodation section in St. Patrick’s Centre will now have their own dedicated transport.

A dedicated staff

Working to make the service at St Patrick’s better, more focussed on good outcomes for each person in the Centre is central to the work of each of the 270 people that works in St. Patrick’s.

Each day is a new day to work to make our service better. The good life for each person in our care is essentially about trusting our feelings, taking chances, making and valuing friendships, appreciating memories and having valued roles among the people we share our life with,” John Murphy of St Patrick’s said.

“This transport initiative will enhance people’s lives, will support families and will further the partnership between the wonderful people that live and work in St. Patrick’s Centre in engaging in a meaningful,” he added.