At the National Active Disability Services Awards ceremony this week, hosted by TV presenter Matt Cooper at Farmleigh House, in Phoenix Park, Dublin, the four gentlemen living in Clarke’s Place, Moville, a HSE run Community Group Home for people with disabilities had cause to celebrate. It was announced that brothers Matthew and Kevin McLaughlin and James and Patrick Ruddy had been selected as the winners of the Outstanding Community Disability Service Award.
Matthew, Kevin, James and Patrick were involved in making planters for flowers, sowing seeds, making bird feeding tables, upkeep of their home’s gardens and growing their own vegetables.
After receiving a huge number of entries from services all over Ireland, Clarke’s Place Community Group Home was a nominated finalist in 2 of the categories in the national Cara Active Disability Awards:
- People Make Places Category
- Outstanding Community Disability Service Category
This follows their recent win in the Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo Gardening Competition.
There were also nominations from other areas of Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, which included:
- Health and Wellbeing – HSE Sligo / Leitrim Disability Service who were nominated for Best Physical Activity Programme
- Chair aerobics and healthy lifestyle programme - RSW Day Services, North West Parents and Friends, Sligo who were nominated in the Best Health Education Programme
- PhysioFit Programme – Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services, Donegal who were nominated in the Best Community Engagement Programme
In case you missed the live broadcast of the awards, here is the link. The ceremony starts 27 minutes into the video.
General Manager Disability Services in Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, Geraldine Cosgrove, commented:
“I would like to congratulate the four residents and staff of Clarke’s Place, Moville Community Group Home on their win. They did fantastic work on their home and have created something that residents, staff and family members can all enjoy. As winners in Donegal for the Disability Gardening Competition initiative in Summer 2021, the residents and staff including the local community continued with their initiative and have achieved so much leading to the Cara Activity Awards. I have no doubt they will continue to progress this initiative”
Anita Gallagher, Disability Service Manager stated: “Disability Senior Management Donegal is extremely proud of the residents and staff in Clarkes Place, Moville Community Group Home, in winning the Cara Active Disability Service Award. This award reflects the positive team working between the staff and residents with staff encouraging and supporting the residents to participate in physical activity and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Head of Service for Disability Services in Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, Edel Quinn, commented: “The Cara Active Disability Service Awards were developed to recognise and reward Disability Services throughout Ireland who have shown leadership and commitment to helping people with disabilities to stay active and healthy. The awards highlight the commitment of management, staff and individuals with disabilities to participating in physical activity programmes and adopting healthy practices as part of their lifestyle choices. The promotion of health and wellbeing is a key component of Slaintecare and to have this recognised nationally with four services in this Community Healthcare area being nominated as finalists and one winner is very positive.”
Martin Mc Namee, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, said: “I am really proud of the centre being winners of the Outstanding Community Disability Service Award. This is a wonderful example of where both residents and staff met the challenge of COVID-19 restrictions head on and developed their own direction in order to maintain and grow both their physical and mental health. The outcomes as a result of this were new education and skill development as well as creating a number of produce lines both for use in the community group home and for sale.”
Last updated on: 01 / 04 / 2022