Satellite Day Services are a relatively new and innovative development within the Brothers of Charity Limerick Services.
In Limerick City, we currently have 4 satellite day centres which are located at:
- Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre, Childers Road, Limerick.
- St Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely, Limerick.
- Limerick Enterprise Development Park, Roxboro, Limerick.
- Limerick Youth Service, Glentworth Street, Limerick.
Our aim is to promote inclusion and participation in the local community. These are small person centred day services. This allows the staff member to have more time to support people to achieve their potential and thus reach their goals. Participants are encouraged to get involved in local community run activities and educational programmes. This also facilitates integration into community living.
One of the initiatives that developed from one of our satellite services was the setting up of a stall in the local Milk Market on Fridays. With the support of a local volunteer artist, individuals design and paint their own pieces of art which they then sell at the local market.
There are now 5 satellite services open in West Limerick.
Abbeyfeale: This satellite opened in early 2015. The facility is a former training centre. It is accessible and has two very large activity rooms, a smaller room and two offices. The building is a short walk from the church, shops and bus stop and a bit further to centre of Abbeyfeale town.
The focus of this group is on inclusion in the local community, new experiences and learning.
Daarwood: There are two satellite services in the building. Both groups, although providing separate services, work together for support.Each person has an individual programme based on their person centred plan. Community inclusion and learning are the main focus.
The building has a multi- sensory room, bathroom, store room and general activities room. The programme here is very structured as routine is important for a number of people with autism who attend this service. The focus is on a quiet environment, new experiences and community integration.
Desmond Complex: The Desmond Complex provides facilities and services to a wide range of people in the West Limerick area. The Complex operates a Day Care service, providing a place for members of our community to meet. The service is offered three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The attendees participate in activities such as Bingo, Cards, Music, Dancing and Games. Entertainment is provided through local musicians each of the above afternoons. A hot nutritious three course meal is provided, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. There are a number of resource rooms available to other groups to rent. The building is completely accessible and is a very short walk from the town centre.
Portland Drive: This facility is located in Portland Drive in close proximity to the Day Service. This facility is used as a drop in type service with most people attending having obtained and maintained paid employment locally. This service is based on individual need with a strong focus on community inclusion and learning.
This is a service for individuals who have expressed a wish to work in the community as identified through the person centred planning process.
Work can take many forms:
- Work experience
- Job shadowing
- Work sampling
- Paid employment
An individual may have to do some further training in preparation for the job. This will be supported by the Outreach Service.
Work opportunities strive to give people a meaningful social role and also work towards the fulfilment of a number of the 12 supports that have been identified in the New Directions Standards. The Outreach Service will to endeavour to support people to reach their goal by sourcing employment or volunteering opportunities that are matched to the needs and abilities of the individual. It will offer participants, employers and co-workers on the job support to make the transition as enjoyable and meaningful as possible for all stakeholders.
Outreach Services also support individuals who wish to further their education or up-skill. The service will support people to source suitable courses to meet the needs of each individual.