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cope annual report 07

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									ANNUAL   REPORT   2006
DIRECTORS’ REPORT &
STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS
for the year ended 31 December 2006




CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT                                                     4

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S STATEMENT                                              6

HONORARY DIRECTORS AND MEMBERS                                           8

COMMITTEE MEMBERS                                                        10

DIRECTORY OF SERVICES                                                    12

CORK CITY                                                                16

EAST CORK                                                                27

NORTH CORK                                                               27

WEST CORK                                                                28

ANCILLARY AND SUPPORT SERVICES                                           30

ACCOUNTS                                                                 46




Incorporating the Chairman’s Statement at the Annual General Meeting
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 17844, Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork, Ireland




                                                                                CONTENTS
         Chairman’s Statement
         As this is my last year as Chairman, I would like to reflect on the beginnings of COPE
         Foundation and as we are celebrating 50 years of service, I think that it is no harm to recall
         what happened in 1956. In early July, the Cork Examiner reported that "Cork had the biggest
         outbreak of Polio in 20 years". "Polio" was a much feared word - the citizens of Cork became
         worried, Poliomyelitis was a viral disease and was easily transmitted. The number of cases rose
         at an alarming rate. The "Polio" epidemic affected people from all over Cork City and County,
         attendances at many social events dropped dramatically. Persons from the rural parts of Cork
         and beyond did not travel to Cork City and Cork people were not wanted in other parts of the
         Country.

         In early Autumn, the epidemic had peaked and life began to return to normal. Many young
         people who had been affected by the Poliomyelitis virus were in need of rehabilitation. but
         none was readily available in Cork.

         Early in May 1957 at an informal meeting in a Cork City Hotel - the decision was made - call
         an inaugural meeting for Wednesday, 29th May, at St. John’s Ambulance Brigade
         Headquarters, MacCurtain Street, Cork. Invitations went out and twenty-seven people
         attended.

         Sean Clayton outlined the purpose for which the meeting had been called, and stressed the
         urgent need for an Association to aid polio victims. John Bermingham supported him,
         mentioning that such an Association would probably be faced with the problem of mentally
         retarded children.

         Professor Michael A MacConaill was introduced as Acting Chairman and he outlined to the
         meeting the specific type of work which members of such an Association would be called upon
         to perform. Fr James Bastible was present as representative of Most. Rev. Dr. Lucey, Bishop of
         Cork and Ross. He told the meeting of the Bishop’s special interest in the proposed work and
         conveyed his Blessing.

         Then the Chairman asked the vital question: "Is it the wish of the meeting that such an
         Association be formed?". The formal positive answer went into the minute book in cold
         typescript, but the flame was already flickering into life. The name chosen for this new
         fledgling organisation was called "Cork Poliomyelitis and General After-Care Association". An
         Executive Committee was formed consisting of Professor MacConaill, Chairman; Canon
         Bastible, Vice-Chairman; John Bermingham, Hon. Sec; Sean Clayton, Hon. Treasurer; C.J.F.
         McCarthy, Hon. Auditor. The first task of this new organisation was to find suitable rooms in
         which to carry out rehabilitation but they were finding it extremely difficult to recruit
         physiotherapists as none were available in Ireland and had to be recruited in the U.K. From
         very humble beginnings of providing education for 11 children, the organisation has now
         grown to providing services to 1,600 people with an intellectual disability and their families all
         over Cork City and County.

         Over the past twelve months, the Vision, Mission and Goals of COPE Foundation have been
         pursued, so as to create an infrastructure of services, consistent with national and international
         standards of quality and excellence, for persons with an intellectual disability and their families.

         In pursuit of these aims, COPE Foundation provides current services, while continuing to plan
         for change, within the framework of a rolling five year strategic plan. Strategic planning is




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essential to ensure that the ever unmet and emerging needs of          I would like to acknowledge the help and support of the Cork
people with intellectual disability availing of our services are met   City Council Manager and Cork County Council Manager and
and provided for in a timely and appropriate manner. These             their Officials for their help and support in securing grants from
changing needs can become apparent across the                          the Department of the Environment for our housing projects.
developmental lifespan and can include, early diagnosis of
disability, educational provision, training and support for            Derek Nolan retired as an Honorary Director of the Board in May
employment, adult support services, programmes for inclusion           2006. Derek was a member of COPE Foundation since 1971
and integration as well as a demand for a variety of residential       and was appointed a Director in 1994. His expertise,
options and models. In anticipation of these changing needs,           commitment and dedication in the various sub-committees
at years end 2006, COPE Foundation had capital commitments             which he served on over the years was of great benefit to the
of 22.847m. for which funding is being sought through capital          clients, their families and staff of the Foundation. I wish to
grants or via its ongoing proactive fundraising schemes.               acknowledge Derek’s voluntary contribution and wish him and
                                                                       his family well for the future.
COPE Foundation and I as Chairman, take the role for the
development and provision of modern, person centred services           As Chairman, I was delighted to preside over a function held in
very seriously. In 2006, representatives of the Board of Directors     the Boardroom in June 2006 to honour six people who have
and the Executive Officers of the Foundation met with the              been actively involved with COPE Foundation from the very
National Manager Care Group, Disability Services and Senior            early days. Honorary Life Associate Membership of COPE
Officials, of Health Service Executive Southern Area. The              Foundation was awarded to Edmond T MacSweeney, John
purpose of these meetings was to highlight the case already            O’Mahony, Professor John P Teegan, Helena Dennehy, Dr Robert
made (to the Minister for Health and Children, Department of           A McCarthy and Pat O’Hare.
Health and Children and HSE Officials in 2004 and 2005) for
extra staff arising from the Joe Wolfe Report in 2004. The issue       COPE Foundation like any organisation does not succeed on the
of appropriate and adequate client staff ratios for all clients who    basis of any one individual or group of people. Instead it is a
avail of COPE Foundation’s services across the city and county         co-operative effort with many contributing to the overall effort.
was also raised in our meetings. Allocation of resources at a          I would like to pay particular thanks and appreciation to my
national level needs to reflect not only the changing                  colleagues on the Board of Directors and my Vice-Chairman,
demographic of the population with disability but also changes         Denis O’Mahony, for their support, dedication and commitment
in client and parental expectations of services and advances in        over the year.
acceptable standards of service provision.
                                                                       I would like to welcome Anthony Dinan who was co-opted to
In addition to the adjustment of the base budget, it was also          the Board of Directors in December 2006 whose knowledge
highlighted that there is an urgent need for a change in relation      and expertise will be of great benefit to the Foundation.
to the funding system for COPE Foundation going forward.
COPE Foundation and the people who avail of services expect            I would like to thank our Chief Executive, Maura Nash,
and demand equitable and transparent models of service levels,         management team and staff for their diligence and energy in
with national staff ratios and resources distributed in a              implementing the Vision, Mission and Goals of the Foundation
comparable and equal manner among all agencies. I wish to              to ensure that the potential of individuals with intellectual
acknowledge the good ongoing working relationship with the             disability is realised.
Department of Health and Children and the HSE Officials.
                                                                       I would also like to thank the friends and volunteers of COPE
While COPE Foundation welcomes any advances in the                     Foundation for their continued commitment and involvement.
provision of new monies for the development of services and            Finally, I would like to thank the clients of COPE Foundation and
programmes for people with intellectual disability, I wish to          their families, for their ongoing support, encouragement and
acknowledge the revenue and capital funding made available to          pushing of expectations of what we do and how we do it.
the Foundation in 2006 by the HSE but, nevertheless, the
amount of new monies available nationally and regionally
remains inadequate to meet the emerging and unmet needs of                                                           Jerry Buttimer
clients.                                                                                                                   Chairperson




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        Chief Executive’s Statement
        I am pleased to introduce and show the progress and challenges of COPE Foundation
        during 2006 through the Annual Report. Some examples of these were: the further
        development of services to children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in mainstream schools
        in the North Lee Catchments Area; the continued growth of our Early Intervention services
        from birth to six years by additional staff being added to the team, this facilitated the
        provision of an extended programme, also some new initiatives including parent talk
        nights as well as parent and sibling training; the Best Buddy’s project which provides
        opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to socialise with people who do not
        have an intellectual disability on the basis of a one to one friendship continued
        successfully. Further developments and opportunities for our adult population to avail of
        life long learning opportunities through further education continued to grow satisfactorily.
        Mainstreaming and integration into the community continued to play an important part
        in the day to day personal growth of our clients.

        COPE Foundation was delighted to partner the Post Polio Group in a fundraising breakfast
        in May 2006 in Cork, also to have one of its Directors, Councillor Brian Bermingham unveil
        a special plaque commemorating the polio survivors, at St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital
        Cork in November 2006. The outbreak of the Polio epidemic fifty years ago in Cork in
        1956 sowed the seeds for the development of services now known as COPE Foundation.
        The Foundation will host a number of events to mark and celebrate 50 years of service to
        persons with an intellectual disability during 2007.

        The Official Opening of Ard Dara, Montenotte, Cork in March 2006 by Mary Harney TD,
        Tánaiste & Minister for Health & Children and the subsequent transfer of clients from
        Parkview Montenotte, Cork to their new home in Ard Dara was one of the highlights of
        the year. This development provides six single storey houses and a day development centre
        for adult persons with complex needs. The transfer was done on a phased basis to allow
        the opportunity for clients to become accustomed to their new environment. This was
        indeed a success, all clients are now well settled and enjoying their new home, the new
        environment has added to an improved quality of life and independence for the clients
        who reside there. I would like to acknowledge the grant aid from the Department of the
        Environment administered by Cork City Council of 6.559m. for this housing project.

        The Official Opening of "Teach Cairde" by Shaun Stanley, grandson of Charles Stanley,
        who was involved in fundraising for the initial project at Scartagh, Clonakilty also took
        place in March 2006. This major extension and refurbishment to the existing hostel at
        Scartagh now "Teach Cairde" created an improved living environment and an additional
        day developmental service for our clients. I would like to acknowledge the support of the
        Stanley Trust Fund, Clonakilty Fundraising Committee and the HSE South towards this
        project.

        COPE Foundation re-located a number of clients from existing services to the Respond
        development at St Francis Gardens, Thomas Davis Street, Blackpool during the year. The
        facility has enabled clients to be accommodated in a modern residential service with each
        client having their own individual living accommodation. It also provides easy access for
        clients to use local amenities and integrate into the community. COPE Foundation is
        delighted to be part of this development and I would like to congratulate Respond
        Housing Association for their foresight in the development of this housing scheme.

        COPE Foundation continued to upgrade and refurbish its premises during 2006:
        Hollyhill the final house of four two storey houses was completed and occupied. A review


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of the plans and design for the remaining two bungalows 5        management activity into the future. This was presented by
and 6 took place, this brought about a delay in the              representatives from Marsh, Risk Consulting Practise, Marsh
commencement of the upgrading of the bungalows but               Ltd.
significant improvements to the design which will enhance
the quality of life for the clients was added. The work is now   Opportunities for ongoing education and training continued
due to commence at the beginning of June 2007.                   to be provided for staff to support staff in their own personal
                                                                 development and to enable staff to keep up to date with
The total upgrade of the day services in the John                international best practise. This is necessary for the benefit of
Bermingham Centre Glasheen commenced in 2006. This               clients and their families.
upgrade will provide a bright modern building and facilities
which will give a greater opportunity to increase and offer a    Partnerships with clients and their families continue to be a
wider variety of programmes. This is due for completion in       priority for staff of COPE Foundation. This continues to be
June 2007.                                                       strengthened through the individual person planning process
                                                                 with clients and their families, through the ongoing
Other Capital Plans in the pipeline are: the development of      development of self advocacy for clients and through the
four two storey houses, two bungalows and four                   involvement of parents in training in a variety of areas to
independent living apartments at Deerpark, Friars Walk Cork;     enable them to support their son/daughter.
the development of two new hostels at Knockbrogan
Bandon - planning has been received for both of the above        With the roll out of the new legislation and policies in
projects which we hope to commence in 2007.                      relation to people with a disability, COPE Foundation has
                                                                 continued to examine its services to be better positioned to
The development of a day and residential short term              respond to any new requirements. We welcome the
therapeutic facility for adult persons with an intellectual      opportunity to continue to actively work with and on behalf
disability from the Cork and Kerry region is due to commence     of clients and their families.
in June 2007 in Montenotte Cork. This project is receiving
100% revenue and capitol funding from the HSE.                   I wish to acknowledge the good working relationship COPE
                                                                 Foundation has with the staff of the HSE South and thank
The development of the Honan Home adjoining our Beech            them for their continued support to COPE Foundation.
Hill Services at Montenotte, Cork will enable us to increase
services for our aging population. This project is at design     I wish to thank the Chairman, Jerry Buttimer for his
stage with a view to commencing work in 2008.                    tremendous support to me during his two year term as
                                                                 Chairman. His huge commitment to clients who attend COPE
COPE Foundation is the lead partner in a two year Leonardo       Foundation services and their families ensured the highest
da Vinci funded transnational project "Quality of Life           possible standards of care and service were consistent with
Measures" and hosted its first meeting at COPE Foundation        national and international best practise.
in Montenotte House, Cork from 9th to 11th of November
2006. The aim of the project is to develop an instrument         Finally I would like to thank the Board of Directors and
which could be used by service providers of vocational,          Committee Members for their support and guidance during
education and training to better measure the impact of their     the year. I would also like to thank the clients who attend our
programmes, on the quality of life of people with disabilities   services and their families for their ongoing support, my
in employment. Organisations participating in the project        colleagues and the many volunteers for their support, hard
from Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, Sweden,       work and commitment.
Croatia and Belgium.
                                                                                                                  Maura Nash
As part of our Risk Management Strategy training was given
                                                                                                                 Chief Executive
to Senior Management and Chairman of the Board of
Directors. This was undertaken to increase our awareness
and understanding of risk and risk management within the
context of corporate governance and to provide risk
management skills, tools and knowledge to support risk




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          Honorary Directors and Members




                               Brian Bermingham      Michael Collins-Powell    Jerry Corkery




             CHAIRMAN            William Cuddy          Anthony Dinan         Catherine Field
              Jerry Buttimer




                                 Hilary Grimes          Stuart Musgrave       Frank O’Flynn




                               William H. Sullivan        James Walsh
           VICE-CHAIRMAN
            Denis O’Mahony




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Honorary Members
of the Foundation
Angela Beechinor         Frances O’Donovan
Brian Bermingham         Frank O’Flynn
Denis Bohane             Johnny O’Flynn
Ted Bradley              Peter O’Flynn
Philip Burkley           Denis O’Mahony
Jerry Buttimer           Mary O’Mahony
Jerry Buttimer (Jnr.)    Tom Potts
Michael Collins-Powell   Philomena Powell
Jerry Corkery            Seamus Scally
Michael Cotter           William H Sullivan
William Cuddy            James S Walsh
Anne Daly
Anthony Dinan
Peter Dineen
Catherine Field
Noreen Fitzgerald        HONORARY LIFE ASSOCIATE
Gearoid Gilley           MEMBERSHIP
Patricia Gilley
Hilary Grimes            Aylmer Barrett
Liam Howe                Saud Bahwan
Rosaleen Hyland          Helena Dennehy
Sean Jennings            Sr Mary John
Ann Keating              Thomas Monaghan
William Kelly            Edmond T MacSweeney
Canon Liam Leader PP     Dr Robert A McCarthy
Donal Lehane             John O’Mahony
Noel McCarthy            Bernard O’Shaughnessy
Patrick Mullins          Maureen O’Sullivan
Kay Murphy               Pat O’Hare                REGISTERED OFFICES
Maura Murphy             John P Teegan             Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork
William Murphy                                     t 021 450 7131
Stuart Musgrave                                    f 021 450 7580
                                                   e headoffice@cope-foundation.ie
Derek Nolan
                                                   www.cope-foundation.ie
Patrick O’Callaghan
                                                   AUDITORS
                                                   Ernst & Young
                                                   City Quarter
                                                   Lapps Quay
                                                   Cork
                                                                              nine 9
    Committee Members
     CLIENT                  FINANCE &             RESEARCH COMMITTEE
     SERVICES/DEVELOPMENT    MANAGEMENT &
     COMMITTEE               INFORMATION SYSTEMS   Michael Collins-Powell
                                                   Chairperson
                             COMMITTEE
     Brian Bermingham
     Chairperson                                   Catherine Field
                             William Cuddy         Vice-Chairperson
                             Chairperson
     Hilary Grimes
     Vice-Chairperson                              Derek Nolan
                             Denis O’Mahony        Ted Bradley
                             Vice-Chairperson      Jerry Buttimer Jnr.
     Angela Beechinor
     Anne Daly                                     Gearoid Gilley
                             Anthony Dinan         Rosaleen Hyland
     Liam Howe               Liam Kelly
     Don McAleese                                  Dr Robert A McCarthy
                             William Murphy        Sean Abbott
     Noel McCarthy           Pat O’Callaghan
     Kay Murphy              Johnny O’Flynn
     Frances O’Donovan
     Peter O’Flynn                                 PENSION COMMITTEE
     Bernard O’Shaughnessy   PROPERTY RESOURCES    Frank O’Flynn
                             COMMITTEE             Chairperson
     HUMAN RESOURCES         Frank O’Flynn         William H Sullivan
     COMMITTEE               Chairperson           Jerry Buttimer
                                                   Jerry Corkery
     James Walsh             Jerry Buttimer
     Chairperson             Denis O’Mahony
                             William H Sullivan    PENSION TRUSTEES
     Brian Bermingham        Michael Conway
     Vice-Chairperson        Sean Abbott
                                                   COMMITTEE

     Jerry Buttimer Snr.                           Frank O’Flynn
     Catherine Field                               Chairperson
                             FUNDRAISING
     Donal Lehane
     Sean Abbott
                             COMMITTEE             Jerry Buttimer
     Mary Desmond                                  Jerry Corkery
                             Stuart Musgrave       Michael Conway
                             Chairperson

                             Tom Potts             AUDIT COMMITTEE
                             Vice-Chairperson
                                                   Jerry Buttimer
                             William H Sullivan    Chairperson
                             Michael Cotter
                             Noreen Fitzgerald     William Cuddy
                             Sean Jennings         Maura Nash
                             Ann Keating
                             Pat Mullins
                             James Walsh
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SCHOOLS BOARDS OF
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES




  ST PAUL’S SCHOOL              HONORARY MEDICAL
                                CONSULTANT
  Jerry Buttimer (Chairman)     Dr Robert A McCarthy
  Helen Guinan
  Catherine Glavin (Teacher)
  Anne Collins (Parent)         HONORARY CONSULTANT
  John Drinan (Parent)          PHYSICIAN
  Derek Nolan                   Dr Michael Hyland
  Pat Coughlan                  (Gerontologist)
  Ann O’Mahoney (Secretary)

                                VISITING CONSULTANTS
  SCOIL BERNADETTE
                                Dr Catherine Coakley
  Jerry Corkery (Chairman)      (Consultant Psychiatrist)
  Don McAleese
  Kevin Byrne (Teacher)         Dr Louise Gibson
  Christina Daly (Parent)       (Consultant Paediatrician)
  Michael Daly (Parent)
  Canon Liam Leader
  Bernard O’Shaughnessy
  Ann O’Mahoney (Secretary)     GENERAL MEDICAL OFFICER
                                SERVICES
                                Dr Edmond J Donovan
  SCOIL EANNA

  Brian Bermingham (Chairman)   PHARMACIST
  Marie O’Donoghue              Mary Gantly
  Theresa Tiernan (Teacher)
  Pauline Leahy (Parent)
  Finbarr McCarthy (Parent)
                                CHAPLAIN
  Noel McCarthy
                                Fr Michael Kidney
  Hilary Grimes
  Ann O’Mahoney (Secretary)




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    DIRECTORY OF SERVICES
      NAME                                  LOCATION                                         YEAR OPENED

      Administration Offices                Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1970
      Fundraising                           Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1996
      Information Systems                   Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1996
      Bridgeway                             Units 6, 7 & 8 Penrose Wharf, Cork                  2002
      Montenotte House                      Montenotte, Cork                                    1960

      DAY SERVICES

      Early Intervention/Pre-School         Rainbow Lodge, Montenotte, Cork                     1995
      Tracton House                         Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1961
      Therapy Pool                          Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1995

      CHILDREN’S RESPITE SERVICES

      Ballyvolane                           61 & 62 Kinvara Park, Ballyvolane, Cork             2000

      SPECIAL SCHOOLS

      Scoil Bernadette                      Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1958
      Scoil Eanna                           Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1959
      St Pauls                              Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1965

      ADULT DAY SERVICES (City)

      QDS                                   Vicars Road, Cork                                   1970
      Rehabilitative Training Centre        Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                        1977
      Hollyhill                             Hollyhill, Cork                                     1979
      John Bermingham Centre                Sandymount Drive, Glasheen                          1987
      John Bermingham Centre (New Centre)   Sandymount Drive, Glasheen                          2001
      Doras                                 Penrose Wharf, Cork                                 2002

      ADULT DAY SERVICES (County)

      Mallow                                Quartertown Industrial Estate, Mallow, Co Cork      1989
      Midleton                              Broomfield, Midleton, Co. Cork                      1990
      Clonakilty                            Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork                      1995
      Fermoy                                Duntahane Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork                    1999

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RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (City)

Togher                          Maple Place, Togher, Cork                          1971
Ashville                        Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                       1973
Togher                          Westside Estate, Togher, Cork                      1973
Parkview                        Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                       1973
Silverheights Drive             Silversprings, Tivoli, Cork                        1976
Hollyhill                       Hollyhill, Cork                                    1979
Togher                          Vicars Road, Togher, Cork                          1981
Deerpark                        Mayfield, Cork                                     1986
John Bermingham Centre          Sandymount Drive, Glasheen, Cork                   1987
Mayfield                        Lotamore, Mayfield, Cork                           1988
Hartland’s Avenue               The Lough, Cork                                    1995
Riverview                       Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork                       1997
Ennismore Lodge                 Middle Glanmire Road, Cork                         1999
Glasheen                        28 Riverview Estate, Glasheen, Cork                2000
Springfield House               Mayfield, Cork                                     2001
Springfort                      Montenotte, Cork                                   2002
Ard Dara                        Bonnington, Montenotte                             2006
Blackpool                       Thomas Davis Street                                2006


RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (County)

Skibbereen                      Mill Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork                    1982
Clonakilty                      Scartagh, Clonakilty, Co Cork                      1985
Bandon                          4 Deerpark Estate, Castle Road, Bandon, Co. Cork   1988
Ballincollig                    Manor Hill, Ballincollig, Co Cork                  1990
Brooklodge                      Glanmire, Co Cork                                  1987
Mitchelstown                    Ballinwillin, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork               1990
Midleton                        Broomfield West, Midleton, Co. Cork                1991
Macroom                         Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, Co. Cork               1992
Mallow                          Bellevue, Mallow, Co. Cork                         1992
Kanturk                         Freemount Road, Kanturk, Co. Cork                  1994
Clonakilty                      Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork                     1995
Skibbereen                      Townshend Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork             1998
Fermoy                          Dun Aoibhinn, Duntahane Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork     1999
Mallow                          Glen Lodge, Fair Street, Mallow, Co. Cork          2001
Lehenaghmore                    Ashbrook Heights                                   2003
Cobh                            Park Road Centre                                   2004




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              Mission




              “ ”
              Vision
                     "Fulfilling the Potential of
                      Persons with Intellectual
                               Disability"



              "To Enrich the Community through the Realisation of the Full Potential of all Persons."




              Goals
              • To strive to provide and develop the best models of service and care for
                persons with intellectual disability.

              • To lead and manage the business of COPE Foundation in the most effective
                and efficient manner in order to maximise the use of resources for the
                benefit of persons with intellecual disability and their families.

              • To influence policy and best practice and to advocate for persons with
                intellectual disability and for their families.




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     CORK CITY
                                                                        together they can support the child’s development. A co-
    Early Intervention Services                                         ordinated team approach aims to ensure each area of
                                                                        development is addressed, working on areas such as general
    2006 saw continued growth with COPE Foundation’s Early              health issues, gross motor, fine motor, communication skills,
    Intervention service as additional members have been added          social skills and self-care skills. We look forward to the
    to the team. This has facilitated an extended programme             challenges 2007 has to offer as we continue to strive for a
    and the developments of new initiatives. COPE Foundation’s          service that delivers a quality service to all involved.
    early Intervention service provides a birth - 3 year service,
    preschool programme and an outreach programme.                      Scoil Eanna
    The main aim is to promote the optimal development of
                                                                        Scoil Eanna is a co-educational national school for pupils
    abilities and skills which occur normally during the first few
                                                                        with mild general learning disabilities of primary-school age.
    years of life, while providing support and information to
                                                                        Our pupils follow the Primary School Curriculum (except
    families on how best they can encourage and maximise their
                                                                        Irish) and our small classes ensure that learning is tailored to
    own child's development in the child’s most natural
                                                                        the individual needs of the children. Continuing professional
    environment - their own home. This has resulted in an
                                                                        development is extremely important in Scoil Eanna, with all
    increased home-based service in addition to a centre-based
                                                                        our teachers completing in-service training days in History,
    approach.
                                                                        Geography, Science, Drama and P.E. during 2006 and two of
                                                                        our staff are pursuing the Diploma in Special Needs
    Early Intervention continues to support family wellbeing,
                                                                        Teaching.
    supporting children and their families to grow socially,
    emotionally, culturally, physically and intellectually. This has
                                                                        Throughout the year, our students participated in many field
    been addressed through a number of ways with children
                                                                        trips to such diverse places as the Lifetime Lab, Triskel Arts
    attending a variety of services, social development groups,
                                                                        Centre, Cork Pops, Glucksman Gallery and Mayfield
    week-day and week end family therapy pool sessions, gross
                                                                        Community Arts Centre, as well as weekly activities
    motor developmental groups and individual sessions.
                                                                        including swimming (using both the Mayfield Swimming
                                                                        Pool and the COPE Foundation Therapy Pool), horse-riding
    An ‘out reach’ programme, is aimed at supporting children
                                                                        and visiting the Mayfield Library. The students also took part
    to develop in their own community services. This service
                                                                        in a variety of competitions, including swimming and
    continued to expand last year as more children with
                                                                        athletics competitions organised by the Irish Special Schools
    intellectual disability attend community preschool
                                                                        Sports Councils, Texaco Art Competition, INTO Handwriting
    programmes. An increase of interaction between specialist
                                                                        Competition and the IFA Colouring Competition.
    staff and community preschool was very apparent in 2006,
    with 2 training nights in October. The key worker model,
                                                                        Our annual Art Week was a wonderful success once again,
    where a family is assigned a named person to act as ‘single
                                                                        providing our children with a myriad of opportunities to
    point of contact’ for any enquiries and concerns.
                                                                        express their creativity in music, art and dance. Our
                                                                        exhibition this year was opened by renowned artist, Maud
    Rainbow Lodge pre-school has been in existence for twelve
                                                                        Cotter, who was so impressed by the work and enthusiasm
    years and has witnessed a change in service delivery as more
                                                                        of both pupils and staff that she donated a magnificent
    children are availing of the move to inclusion into
                                                                        piece of stained glass to the school.
    community settings. The preschool continues to provide an
    invaluable service to children aged between 3-6 years,
                                                                        Staff and pupils were overjoyed to be awarded the Green
    providing a supportive learning environment for the 22
                                                                        School’s Flag for our efforts in promoting responsible
    children who attend on a sessional basis in groups of four.
                                                                        behaviour towards the environment amongst the school
                                                                        children and the wider community. Members of the Green
    During 2006, Parent Talk Nights, Family Lámh programmes
                                                                        School Committee and two students went to Dublin in May
    and a camp for siblings were held by the team to provide
                                                                        and were presented with the Green Flag. In June we had a
    families with information and skills. Individualised family
                                                                        flag raising party, hosted by Lord Mayor, Deirdre Clune. Our
    service plans (IFSP) remain very much in their infancy. These
                                                                        next challenge is to audit our energy use and find ways of
    IFSP’s involve families identifying their priorities and concerns
                                                                        reducing this - so a busy year is ahead of us all here in Scoil
    and the team arrange to meet with a family to discuss how
                                                                        Eanna.

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            Students’ awareness of the plight of needy            St. Paul’s School
children in other countries was raised through using the
funds raised at the annual cake sale to purchase a goat for       St. Paul’s School has sixteen classes for pupils who have
Africa. The remainder of the money was taken to Thailand by       a moderate or severe/profound learning disability. We aim to
staff members, Grace Twomey and Valerie Sheehan, to aid           cater for each pupil’s individual needs while offering a broad
child victims of the Tsunami. This money was used to buy          and balanced education across six curricular areas -
school supplies and to provide uniforms for an entire school!     Communication and Language; Physical Education; Arts
                                                                  Education; Social, Personal and Health Education; Social,
With our fabulous outdoor playground up and running we            Environmental and Scientific Education and Mathematics. We
now hope to improve our indoor facilities. Plans are in now in    have a strong multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively
place to revamp and refurbish our playrooms to provide for        with our teachers and special needs assistants to provide a
soft play and a relaxation room as well as a general play         service to our pupils that addresses both educational and care
room. We are also looking forward to having Broadband             needs.
installed this year to allow both pupils and staff access the
vast educational resources available on the internet.
                                                                  Activities and Achievements
Scoil Eanna was very sad to say goodbye to Veronica
Vaughan, who retired as Principal in August 2006. Her vision      2006 was a big year for fundraising in St. Paul’s. One of our
of education, her gentle nature, and her understanding and        special needs assistants, Margaret O’Connor, completed her
concern for pupils, parents and staff alike continue to inspire   amazing 500 mile cycle from Malin to Mizen last February to
our work here today.                                              raise funds towards a bus for educational trips for our pupils.
                                                                  Many of our staff and parents also took part in the Ladies
We extend a warm welcome to Marie O’Donoghue as the               Mini Marathon last September. As always, there was excellent
new principal of Scoil Eanna. We know she will use her wide       support for the Munster Special Olympics "Bears for
experience of working in Scoil Eanna, and in special              Valentine’s" fundraising effort in which St. Paul’s takes a
education in general, to the benefit of the entire school         leading role.
community.



                                                                                                                        seventeen 17
              Last summer, the family of the late Fred Markham
              donated a beautiful perpetual trophy to St. Paul’s, to
              be presented to the student who made the greatest
              personal strides during the year. The first recipient of
              the award was Stephanie Kelly from Class 3. She won
              the award for her bravery, determination and good
              humour through a period of ill health that culminated
              in a severe operation.

              Over 70 St. Paul’s pupils participated in a wide range
              of Special Olympics events. A special bonus was that
              9 athletes were selected to represent Munster in the
              Ireland Games last June. Without the limitless energy
              of our many staff who give so generously of their free
              time, our pupils could not participate.

              As a new initiative in 2006 we formed integration
              links with four local primary schools. All inter-school
              visits so far have been enormously successful
              educationally and socially. Pupils worked together on
              art and cookery activities, and played together in our
              playground.

              At Christmas, all classes worked together to create a
              multi-media art trail telling the story ‘Twas the Night
              Before Christmas’ throughout the school. The pupils’
              parents, family and friends came and enjoyed a
              wonderful morning following the trail, buying our
              mini-enterprise products and having an informal chat
              with each other and with school staff.




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Scoil Bernadette
                                                                                Distinctions                 2
Scoil Bernadette is a co-educational post-primary school, which                 Merits                       5
caters for the needs of students aged 12 -18 years with mild                    Passes                       2
general learning disabilities. The aim of the school staff is to
provide a secure, caring and supportive environment, through         FETAC
the provision of social, personal, academic, vocational and
relevant lifeskill programmes.
                                                                     12 Students in the "Leavers Class" successfully completed the
                                                                     following modules in the Further Education & Training Awards
Certification of student success forms a significant element of
                                                                     Council Programme.
the academic programme. Courses provided include Junior
Certificate Schools Programme, Junior Certificate, Leaving
                                                                         Modules included: Health & Fitness; Preparation for Work;
Certificate Applied and FETAC. Running in
                                                                              Food and Nutrition; Horticulture; Computer Studies;
conjunction with these courses is the
                                                                                  Personal & Interpersonal.
Revised Primary School Curriculum.
                                                                                        Sports Activities continue to be of major
Junior Certificate                                                                        importance. Students have been involved
Schools Programme                                                                          in the many Inter-Special Schools
                                                                                            Competitions, including soccer (indoor
                                                                                             and outdoor), swimming, athletics and
45 Students participated in
                                                                                             basketball. We have also played
the Junior Certificate Schools
                                                                                              mainstream secondary schools in girl’s
Programme and 20 students
                                                                                              basketball.
completed the course this
year. The highlights of the
year were Make a Book                                                                          Highlights of the year:
Project, the Christmas Pageant,
Animal Rights and Poverty and                                                                 • Under 18 Girls Basketball
the Simon Community Projects.                                                               • Competing in the All-Ireland Finals in the
                                                                                          Tallaght Sports Centre, Dublin
Junior Certificate                                                                      • The Geraldine McGinn - COPE Foundation
                                                                                     Tournament
                                                                                 • Boys under l8 team won the cup while the girls
The number of students who completed
                                                                            under l8 team got through to the final of the Plate
courses in various subjects is as follows:
                                                                     •    Soccer - Indoor and Outdoor - U- 18 Boys played in
                                                                          the Munster Special School Programme
          English                      11
                                                                     •    U- l5 Boys and Girls played in a new competition,
          Maths                        13                                 organised by Niamh Walsh (Scoil Bernadette) in Little
          Woodwork                     18                                 Island Sports Centre - Scoil Bernadette was particularly
          Irish                         8                                 pleased with their "trophy haul" on the occasion.
          Home Economics               13
                                                                     Other sporting events included: Munster Swimming Gala in
          Art                          19
                                                                     February; Munster Athletics (C.I.T. grounds) in May; Kinsale &
                                                                     Oysterhaven Outdoor Pursuits in June.

Leaving Certificate Applied                                          Many thanks to Mayfield F.C. for the use of their magnificent
                                                                     astro-turf pitch.
The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme is specifically suited
to developing skills for many of our students for future life. One   Our yearly Art Exhibition was held in the Millennium Hall (City
of the more important areas of the programme is Vocational           Hall) and all our students involved were delighted to show
Preparation. Students particularly gain from their 8 week            visitors their works of art over the two day exhibition.
placement over this two year course.
                                                                     In conclusion, the staff and students in Scoil Bernadette wish to
Nine students completed the course with the following                acknowledge the many supports of COPE Foundation which
success/awards:                                                      serve to enable and enrich the lives of our young people.
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   Plans for 2007
   As we move into 2007 we look forward to the
   completion of our new foyer and lift. This will
   enable all our pupils to access our many
   resources upstairs. We hope that it will also
   give a welcoming, modern look to the front
   of the school building.

   With our school bus we will extend pupils
   learning through local educational
   outings and trips into the community. St.
   Paul’s pupils will also make return visits
   to the primary schools who participated
   in our integration initiative.

   Through ongoing in-service for staff
   and the development of formal and
   informal communication opportunities
   between parents and staff, we will
   continue to strive towards providing a
   happy and energetic learning
   environment at St. Paul’s in 2007.

   Rehabilitative Training
   Centres
   2006 was another busy year for the
   Training Services, COPE Foundation. 75
   trainees took part in Foundation Training at
   Bonnington Training Centre, Montenotte
   and Doras Training Centre, Penrose Wharf.

   FETAC Certification continued to be delivered
   in both centres. Programmes in Employment
   Development,        Personal    Development,
   Functional Education, Independent Living Skills,
   Computers, Work Related Skills were delivered in
   the training centres.

   There was a continued emphasis on community
   integration and mainstreaming and to this end,
   some trainees took part in community based,
   FETAC accredited programmes in Mayfield
   Arts Centre, while other trainees were
   facilitated to attend mainstream training in
   Failte Ireland. As part of the social &
   recreation programme trainees took part in
   many community based activities such as
   visiting local libraries, coffee shops,
   exhibitions, horse riding & bowling.
   Many of the clients took part in
   Special Olympics activities with the
   support of staff from the Leisure,
   Recreation & Physical Activities

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Department. The basketball team continued to participate in        QDS hosted an information day as part of the Life Long
games at a local and national level. Bonnington Training           Learning Festival.
Centre moved premises during 2006 and is now temporarily
based in Parkview in order to allow the Foundation prepare         2006 saw the beginning of a new annual Sports Day,
for major refurbishments of the original Training Centre           supported by the Local Community, Gardai, and Businesses.
premises. This refurbishment will provide the trainees and         QDS was for the first time accredited with F.E.T.A.C. Quality
staff with a high quality purpose designed environment and         Assurance in Further Education and Training and continues to
is much anticipated by all.                                        be accredited by the International Standard Organisation
                                                                   (I.S.O.). Twenty six clients completed FETAC courses
Quality Developmental Services                                     including: Computers, Cookery and Craft.
 (Vicar’s Road, Cork)                                              QDS developed a number of new Sports Teams and
                                                                   participates regularly in Special Olympic Events.
     2006 was a great year in the development of QDS.
      From the beginning of the year the centre worked
       towards new goals adding new educational,
                                                                   Self-Advocacy at QDS               - report from Sean Ryan
      recreational and artistic programmes to its already
     existing programmes. Occupational work continues to           My name is Sean Ryan. I am based in QDS, COPE Foundation.
     play a role in many of the clients’ daily lives. A range of   I am very well supported by COPE Foundation and as a result
        modules is being offered by the staff of QDS.              of this support, I have been appointed to the board of self-
                                                                   advocates in Inclusion Ireland. I attend meetings for self-
                                                                   advocacy regularly nation wide. As part of my role I have
          New Initiatives and                                      visited Brussels and Prague in connection with the European
           Achievements:                                           platform for people with intellectual disabilities.

            A new state of the art Gym was opened in QDS.          After attending the above meetings, I report back to the QDS
                                                                   self advocacy group with any new information. This
            The craft department held their first craft fair in    information is shared at monthly meetings where a client
            Fota House to promote the work created by the          from each area represents their own department.
           clients in QDS. A new Kiln & Potter’s Wheel were
           purchased to develop the pottery programme.             I am currently working part-time in Sunbeam on the Old
                                                                   Mallow Road, under supported employment and absolutely
          Community Integration Programmes continue to             love being a representative for people with an intellectual
         be developed including:                                   disability at a national level. I have been very lucky in my own
                                                                   life with the support of COPE foundation and have always
              •   The ongoing efforts to create                    wanted to give something back to my friends.
                  opportunities in Supported Employment
                  for clients who would like to work               John Bermingham Centre, Glasheen
                  outside of QDS.
              •   Links with the Togher Music Centre, Cork         An extensive refurbishment programme of the bays and all
                  City Music Library.                              weather pitch commenced in June 2006. The refurbishment
              •   Ballyphehane Resource Centre                     will result in a bright, modern spacious facility that will
                  Community Walkers.                               provide enhanced opportunities to the clients that attend.
              •   Participation in the St. Patrick’s Day           The all weather pitch is being replaced with a state of the art
                  parade and Togher Halloween parade.              all weather surface and an all weather golf facility comprising
              •   Participation in a Community Crochet             chipping and putting greens. We look forward to reopening
                  Group.                                           this facility in 2007.
              •   Ladies Mini Marathon.
              •   Links with Educational Centres including         The John Bermingham developmental centre has grown since
                  Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, St. Johns College,      its inception in 2001 to reflect the ever-changing needs of
                  F.A.S. and Mayfield Community Art                adults with a severe or profound intellectual disability. Up to
                  Project have all been developed and              25 clients attend the developmental centre on a daily basis
                  activities with these groups continue to         with a 2:1 client staff ratio. All clients participate in ongoing
                  grow.                                            education and activity programmes. Clients avail of the
                                                                   services of the multidisciplinary team, comprising
                                                                   Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech and Language,

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   Physiotherapy, Nursing, Social Work, Art and Music. A             Hollyhill
   person centred approach to the individual is evident in the
   John Bermingham Centre with parents being met on a                Services in Hollyhill strive towards developing and
   regular basis to discuss their sons/daughter’s needs, goals       maintaining the potential of all clients, by embracing a
   and progress. Clients not only avail of the wide range of         holistic approach.
   services within the organisation but also access a wide range
   of services in the community such as libraries, museums,          The year was an exciting and busy year for both clients and
   leisure facilities etc.                                           staff in Hollyhill, where we enjoyed a number of on and off
                                                                     site activities. Off site activities included "excursions" during
   Two very successful parent client evenings were held in the       the year to various beaches, farms and picnic sites around
   John Bermingham Centre during 2006. The summer activity           County Cork and beyond, dining out, shopping, going to the
   evening hosted 60 people with the presentation of                 Circus, Fota, Donkey Sanctuary, Disney on Ice, pantomimes
   certificates and medals for clients participation in a range of   and other concerts all facilitated by the use of our people
   sports events. Parents were also presented with life              carriers, and the list goes on and on.
   storybooks, potted plants or an array of framed photo
   shoots which clients were involved in putting together. Light     Our summer Activity Fortnight was a huge success this year
   beverages were enjoyed by all at the end of the evening. The      with each client availing of several outings. During the year
   Christmas activity evening hosted 74 people with an electric      we were lucky enough to have numerous visiting
   atmosphere on the night. Carol singing, games, spot prizes        performers, including Voices of Cork, the Army Band and
   and the presentation of clients’ works such as Christmas          Jazz Musician Yossi Valdman, along with performances from
   logs, cards and potted poinsettias were the order of the          our very own Sunny Oak Dance Ensemble. One of the
   evening.                                                          highlights of the year was when a group of 10 supporters
                                                                     went to Dublin for two days to cheer on Kathryn Thomas in
   John Bermingham Centre                                            "Celebrity You’re A Star" at the Helix in DCU, a great trip
   Glasheen Hostel                                                   was had by all.

   It was a busy year for clients and staff in Glasheen Hostel.      The last two-storey house was refurbished in 2006 and
   The 25 full-time residents continue to enjoy the day services     planning is in place to commence refurbishment of the final
   provided by the John Bermingham Centre, as well as our            two bungalows in 2007. The houses and bungalows are
   hostel based activities. Some of the activities include,          home for 56 clients with varying degrees of intellectual and
   pastoral care, individual and group sessions, incorporating       physical disabilities and are designed to meet their needs. A
   sensory and motor activities, assessing and devising              number of residents from the houses attend the Activation
   programmes to maximise client well being and                      Centre on a daily basis, with all clients attending the Centre
   independence, opportunities for social development and for        on a sessional basis.
   integration in the wider community.
   .
   The "Essence of Care in Food and Nutrition" standard
   has been introduced this year in collaboration with
   catering staff and all members of the multi-
   disciplinary team. This is an initiative to further
   improve the quality of client care in this area.
   Families continue to be encouraged to be
   involved and participate in activities at the
   hostel. Many impromptu singsongs and
   music sessions occur throughout the year.

   Congratulations to James Wally one of
   our residents, who was successful at the
   Special Olympics in Belfast this year. His
   family and staff are very proud of him.



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Overall, 2006 saw clients integrating more than ever with the     Centre, each house accommodating six adults
local community of Hollyhill and beyond.                          with an intellectual disability. Each resident has their
                                                                  own single room accommodation, which allows high levels of
Ashville                                                          privacy in a homely and domestic environment. The houses
                                                                  are centred around courtyards, creating a feeling of privacy
Ashville is a residential unit providing twenty four hour care    and security. The Day centre includes three multi-purpose
for clients with moderate to severe/profound degrees of           activity rooms, a Computer Room, Life Skills Room, Music
intellectual disability. Ashville provides twenty six full time   Room and a Sensory Room, which is designed to stimulate
residential beds and three regular respite beds. The services     sight, hearing, smell and touch.
available to clients include occupational therapy,
physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, dietician,             There was a great turnout for the opening, which was
doctor, dentist, hydrotherapy pool, behaviour therapy,            attended by parents and families, clients and staff, the Lord
psychology, and LRPA. Onsite facilities include suitably          Mayor of Cork and local politicians and friends. A great
adapted dayrooms, bathrooms and bedrooms, multi-sensory           afternoon was had by all on this very exciting and eventful
and soft playrooms.                                               occasion.

In 2006, some of the bedroom facilities were upgraded to          Initially our priority was to settle and familiarize our clients in
meet the needs of six clients. Social outings increased in 2006   their new home. This we did by gradually exposing them to
with the use of a vehicle designated exclusively for Ashville.    Ard Dara on a phased basis involving afternoon visits. As well
An annual FOTA ticket was obtained in 2006 and proved very        as our clients having to re-adjust, staff also had to adjust to
popular with clients. Family members are welcomed and             their new environment. This involved changing work
encouraged to visit and the Christmas party continues to be       practices and attitudes.
popular with both clients and family members.
                                                                  Multi-disciplinary team meetings were established and
                                                                  priorities were discussed and agreed on each client's person
Ard Dara                                                          centered plan. Families were also included in this process.
                                                                  Activities and programmes provided for the clients in Ard
Ard Dara was officially opened on the 3rd March 2006 by           Dara include personal skills, perceptual skills, leisure and
Mary Harney, Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children.       recreation, outdoor activities and communication skills. The
This opening represented a very important day in the lives of     provision of a second people carrier has greatly enhanced the
the residents and staff of Parkview who were now                  quality of life of our clients as every client enjoys going out on
transferring to their new homes. Ard Dara consists of six         regular daily trips to local community amenities.
single storey houses and a Day Developmental


                                                                                                                        twenty three 23
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In conclusion, the transfer of our clients from Parkview to Ard    •   Individualized fitness programmes.
Dara has greatly improved and enhanced their quality of life.      •   Activities in relation to Independent Living skills e.g.
We will continue to empower residents to lead as full and              baking, cooking, household chores.
independent lives as possible, by respecting their individuality   •   Use of public transport.
and dignity at all times and giving them the opportunity to        •   Art and craft activities offered extensive guidance for
increase their skills, fulfil their own expectations and               the client’s skill development, many of which excelled to
maximise their quality of life.                                        participation in gallery presentations.
                                                                   •   The introduction of the new pocket money scheme has
Ennismore Lodge, Springfort and                                        proven a huge success and facilitated clients in
                                                                       accessing their own funds for various activities and
Springfield                                                            personal needs.
Over the past year within the areas of Ennismore Lodge,
Springfort and Springfield, a great focus and effort has been
made to continue to promote opportunities for our                  Riverview, Montenotte
residents to lead as full and independent lives as possible.
This was achieved by respecting their individuality, by            Riverview retirement home now provides residential
promoting their self worth, self esteem and dignity at all         accommodation for thirty residents. Activities in Riverview are
times.                                                             based on the individual needs of the ageing residents.

Achievements                                                       The emphasis of care in Riverview centres around skill
                                                                   maintenance and each individual is afforded a sense of
•   Credit Union Art competitions held locally and nationally      respect, value and belonging through Reminiscence Therapy,
    saw many of our clients participate in gallery                 Validation Therapy, Sonas and Relaxation. Individuals are also
    presentations and winning awards for their efforts. We         encouraged to express themselves through art, crafts, music,
    were delighted when David Hartnett and Valerie Scully          speech and song.
    came first and second in their respective competitions.
•   Participation in the Cork St. Patrick’s Day parade             Other activities in Riverview include swimming, bingo,
    signifies the continued growth and acceptance of               outings, beauty therapy and massage. These activities have
    people with intellectual disability in a now diverse multi     now been extended into the community due to Riverview
    cultural Irish society.                                        receiving its own 8-seater wheelchair accessible mini-bus.
•   In close collaboration with Leisure and Recreation staff,
    our involvement in the Special Olympics, with its wide         Pastoral care is again provided by Sr. Thaddeus whose twice-
    range of activities, brought great success and                 weekly visits are looked forward to with great enthusiasm by
    achievements for many.                                         both the residents and staff. The Oratory in Riverview is also
•   The mini marathon offered a great sense of self worth,         a source of great enjoyment for the residents as it provides a
    fun and satisfaction.                                          chance to celebrate monthly mass in an intimate and
•   The Christmas show 2006 saw all clients performing for         personal way, with many of the residents assisting Fr. Kidney
    family, friends and staff. The sense of achievement was        and Sr. Thaddeus. The Oratory also has other uses as it allows
    immeasurable, seeing all clients using their creative skills   the schools to celebrate communion, again in an intimate
    in music, dance and drama.                                     and personal manner, and it is sometimes used as a place of
                                                                   rest for deceased residents from other areas within COPE
                                                                   Foundation.
Activities
                                                                   The residents of Riverview celebrated again this year as we
Over the year clients have been exposed to an array of             now have nine members of the ‘elite’ Old Age Pensioners
experiences that are necessary to promote their individual         club. Riverview prides itself on the homely, relaxed
holistic growth. These included on site and mainstream             atmosphere it provides thus enabling the residents to enjoy a
activities such as:                                                comfortable environment to spend their twilight years.
• Yoga, pool and snooker club, basketball club, table
    tennis club, use of the public library, church, shopping,
    restaurants, beauticians, hairdressers, cinema, theatres,
    pub and daily excursions.
• Summer holidays for all residents remains an on going
    event.
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                                          RESPITE CARE NIGHTS - 2006
         Location                                                 Respite   Crisis/Emergency   Total

         Number of respite nights   in   Ashville                   782              8          790
         Number of respite nights   in   Kinvara                   1241             21         1262
         Number of respite nights   in   Ard Dara                    63             14           77
         Number of respite nights   in   Springfort                 552             44          596
         Number of respite nights   in   Vicars Road/Brooklodge
         /Westside/ Silverheights                                  1004              0         1004
         Number of respite nights   in   Glasheen                   534             45          579
         Number of respite nights   in   Hollyhill                  309              0          309
         Number of respite nights   in   Clonakillty                 98              0           98
         Number of respite nights   in   Midleton                   241              0          241
         Number of respite nights   in   Cobh                       455              0          455
         Number of respite nights   in   Mallow                     641              0          641
         Number of respite nights   in   Fermoy                     297              0          297
         Number of respite nights   in   Ennismore                   93             43          136

         TOTAL                                                     6310            175         6485



                                         RESPITE CARE PERIODS - 2006
         Location                                                 Respite   Crisis/Emergency   Total

         Number of periods in Ashville                              101               4          105
         Number of periods in Kinvara                               184               5          189
         Number of periods in Ard Dara                               63               1           64
         Number of periods in Springfort                            164              15          179
         Number of periods in Vicars Road/Brooklodge
         /Westside/ Silverheights                                   216               0          216
         Number of periods in Glasheen                              119               8          127
         Number of periods in Hollyhill                              77               0           77
         Number of periods in Clonakillty                            28               0           28
         Number of periods in Midleton                               61               0           61
         Number of periods in Cobh                                  136               0          136
         Number of periods in Mallow                                164               0          164
         Number of periods in Fermoy                                 66               0           66
         Number of periods in Ennismore                              27               2           29

         TOTAL                                                     1406              35         1441

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EAST CORK                                                         amenities. A new social club was also set up to allow for
                                                                  more creative activities in a safer environment. Other
                                                                  departments have also become more actively involved in the
Midleton                                                          centre such as Speech and Language department,
                                                                  Physiotherapy department and ongoing LRPA department
Midleton benefited in 2006 from the donation of a people          activities. Work placement is also being continuously
carrier through the efforts of the local fundraising              implemented and client independence is central to their
committee as the number and variety of outings for clients        progress.
was increased. Clients went to the Opera House in Cork to
see "Joseph & his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat",                Oakland’s Garden Centre, Kanturk
Swimming, Golf, Horse-riding, Cinema, West Cork Bantry
Meditation Garden, the Toy Factory Macroom and Bowling.
                                                                  Every season that approaches brings with it new work to be
Clients took part in the COPE bowling league and won for
                                                                  carried out so that the staff and clients are ready for the rush
the first time.
                                                                  of people looking for plants that look good in their gardens
                                                                  at that time of year. During the year, in Kanturk, we have
Midleton holds two Sales of Work each year in July and
                                                                  been developing an area for displaying large trees. A gazebo
December with great support from the local community and
                                                                  was built in the centre of the Garden Centre as a focal point
family members. Arts and Crafts are a very popular activity
                                                                  and is available for customers to purchase and have
in Midleton and raises awareness of the abilities of the
                                                                  constructed in their own garden. Surfinias are the main
clients attending the centre.
                                                                  flower in baskets and window boxes and we pot up to five
                                                                  thousand each year and use them to fill our customers
In April, the staff and clients performed the "The Wizard of
                                                                  containers and sell the remainder in the Garden Centre.
Oz" over two nights. This was well supported by staff, family
members and the local community. All costumes and props
                                                                  Cork County Council held an Environmental Awareness Day
were made in the day centre during the year. Preparations
                                                                  at the Garden Centre on 12th August. This day was an
for "South Pacific" in 2007 are already underway. Other
                                                                  information day for customers to learn and understand how
activities in the workshop include music, sonas, computers,
                                                                  their compost bins work. We had guest speakers talking
literacy and numeracy skills, self-care, yoga, relaxation /
                                                                  about composting, recycling and water-butts.
meditation, traffic training and cooking skills.
                                                                  Our Social Outing this year was to Fota Wildlife Park in Cobh
Interaction with the local community is an important part of
                                                                  where we got to see some exotic species of Wildlife.
everyday activities in the Centre and volunteers from Vincent
de Paul, Legion of Mary, Aghada National School, student
Gardai and students from local schools, all contribute to the     COPE Foundation Centre, Mallow
rich variety of experiences for both volunteer and client.
Student Gardai who had placements in Midleton Hostel              2006 was a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding year for the
organised a soccer tournament and raised funds for                clients and staff in Mallow. The construction of two extra
Midleton and an enjoyable time was had by competitors and         rooms within the centre is facilitating the changing and
spectators.                                                       evolving needs of the clients. One room is used to meet the
                                                                  health and hygiene needs of the group while the second
NORTH CORK                                                        room is dedicated to art and relaxation activities.

                                                                  Fourteen trainees completed the initial 3-year Rehabilitative
Fermoy Hostel & Activation Centre                                 Training (RT) programme in May 2006. All trainees achieved
                                                                  certification in various FETAC and NPTC certified modules
Fermoy services had a progressive year in 2006 with the           and eight of these trainees achieved a FETAC National
addition of another staff member to the staff team. This          Certificate which is a major FETAC award. These awards
allowed for further improvement to the services provided in       were presented at an Open Day held at the centre in
the centre. The new team created a more structured                October. This was attended by the Minister for Enterprise,
approach to the client’s activities in conjunction with their     Trade and Employment Micheal Martin. During the year the
Person Centred Plan. Clients and staff continue to work           centre also obtained the FETAC quality training award and
within the local community utilising the facilities such as the   secured the use of a mainstream education centre in Mallow
local secondary school, local leisure centre and other            town to deliver the RT programmes.

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   A new venture for the Kaleidoscope Theatre during 2006 was the move to Blacklight Theatre - this form of
   theatre is well known in Eastern Europe. This particular artistic medium depends on having a ‘blackout’ stage set up
   and involves the use of puppets.

   Many clients are also involved in the Stop and Stare Theatre Group – this is an educational theatre group which deals with
   issues such as bullying, name-calling and the isolation of people for various reasons. After four weeks training, seven of the
   clients go to different schools every week and train 6th class pupils in the show ‘Look Beyond’. Essentially the message given
   is ‘treat people as you would want them to treat you’.
   During the year many clients from Mallow were successfully involved in the Special Olympics Ireland Games. Gold, silver and
   bronze medals were achieved for 5-a-side football (men and ladies teams), aquatics and equestrian events.

   With the support of clients, families, staff, volunteers and many local business, educational and community groups, a wide
   range of opportunities and achievements were possible during 2006. Goals for the coming year include the development of
   a multi-sensory area within the centre and the development of a quarterly information magazine.

   WEST CORK
   Mill Road, Skibbereen
   Celebrating 25 years in existence, Skibbereen was COPE Foundation’s first venture outside Cork City. It is a residential hostel
   providing both 5-day and 7-day accommodation as well as planned and emergency respite care.

   The clients participate in a wide range of community events for example:

   •     Art classes
   •     Drama
   •     Group outings organised by a rota of local volunteers
   •     Swimming – transport and help provided by a group of local volunteers.




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Clients also avail of a wide range of services within the Hostel   Macroom
for example: Anam Sessions, Speech Therapy, Art Therapy,
Arts/Crafts,      Occupational      Therapy,       Horticulture,   Macroom Hostel comprises of a group of 9 clients with
Physiotherapy, Massage, Several Picnics on the local Beaches,      varying degrees of intellectual disability. The age of the clients
Day trip to Killarney, Shopping trips to Cork.                     range from 21 years to 45 years. The daily activities of the
                                                                   clients include swimming, bowling, music and art therapy.
Two groups of 4 clients accompanied by staff went on               We have a varied physical education programme which
holiday to Glengarriffe. This holiday cottage is given free of     involves trips to the gym and community hall for indoor
charge by Mr. Pat Summers twice yearly. Cooked meals are           games. At present the clients are partaking in a bowling and
provided at his local restaurant and are very much                 hockey league.
appreciated by all.
                                                                   All clients have structured programmes which incorporate a
The programme for each client is structured and family             wide range of skills e.g. personal, domestic, cognitive,
involvement is encouraged through the Person Centre                perceptual, recreational and occupational.
Planning process.

The Highlight of the year was meeting John Hume, Nobel
                                                                   Teach Cairde, Clonakilty
Prize Winner and internationally-acclaimed politician and
peacemaker. The staff of COPE Foundation both Mill Road            The refurbished building was officially opened on 27th March
and Townsend Street received an award from the local Credit        2006 by Mr Shaun Stanley of the Stanley Trust Ltd. The new
Union. They were joint winners of the Community and                and improved setting has enhanced the lives of our clients
Neighbourhood category. The award was presented to Jerry           with individual bedrooms, large sensory and activation rooms
Buttimer by John Hume.                                             and suitably adapted bathrooms. New transport for the
                                                                   hostel has enabled clients to go near and far on many
                                                                   outings.
‘Orchards’, Townsend Street, Skibbereen
                                                                   2006 saw increased input from therapists and the
This hostel provides 5-day residential accommodation for           introduction of visiting physiotherapy, which enables us to
eight people with a mild/moderate learning disability.             work as a team to improve the care provided to clients.
Clients participated in a wide range of community events
during 2006 namely:

•    Involvement with the local Tidy Towns Committee
     where the group take responsibility for keeping the
     street front clean and tidy.
•    Participation in swimming and water aerobics every
     Monday night - in the Baltimore Harbour Hotel.
•    Participation in a swimming gala with clients from Co-
     Action, West Cork.
•    Three Clients were involved in the Special Olympic
     training which has given them new opportunities.

On Tuesday mornings, six clients participate in an Adult
Education Program consisting of literacy, numeracy and I.T.
skills in the local Vocational Education Centre.

•    Seven clients participate in music lessons within the
     hostel.
•    Clients attend various concerts and functions.
•    Two clients are employed by John Field at
     his local supermarket.
•    Some of the client group are involved in
     the local sports and recreation centre.


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    COPE Foundation Centre, Clonakilty                              Table Tennis became available in the Centre two days per
                                                                    week and it has proven to be a very popular sport with many
    The COPE Foundation Day Centre in Clogheen, Clonakilty          clients. A group of clients from the centre received first prize
    has become a Centre where clients can avail of a wide range     for their painting in the 2006 Credit Union poster
    of training modules and can become involved in many social      competition.
    and recreational activities.
                                                                    Sadly during the year one of our clients, Aisling O’Sullivan,
    During the year thirteen clients finished a three year          passed away and is greatly missed. A special Mass was held
    Rehabilitative Training programme from which they derived       in the Centre in September in her memory.
    many benefits including work skills, to assist them in
    acquiring supported employment and literacy and computer
    skills, to mention but a few. A number of clients received      ANCILLARY AND SUPPORT
    certificates from the Minister for Education and Science Mary
    Hanafin T.D. at a function in Inchidoney in June. A further
                                                                    SERVICES
    eleven clients have now begun a further three years training
    under the same programme.                                       Montenotte House
    In 2006 a group of nine clients from the centre began           Education is central to the services provided in Montenotte
    attending the Adult Education Centre in Skibbereen, once a      House. All activities organized by the Practice Development
    week, for classes in numeracy, literacy and computers.          Coordinator aim to enhance and develop practice so as to
    The number of clients on our supported employment               provide quality services for our clients. The aim is to identify
    programme also increased during the year.                       and make available resources to effect changes in practice,
    In 2006, FETAC asked all providers of training throughout       culture and to support the development of evidence-based
    the country to submit a quality assurance system for their      care.
    training. The COPE Foundation Centres in Clonakilty and
    Mallow along with QDS submitted their quality system and        During the year, we have worked in partnership with
    all have been granted approval to continue providing Level 3    University College Cork and the Centres of Nurse Education
    training, which is FETAC approved. It is hoped to introduce     to ensure programmers prepare nurses to meet the
    Level 1 and 2 FETAC modules in Clonakilty during 2007.          requirements of the service now and in the future.

    Staff members from COPE Foundation’s                                            The concept of lifelong learning and
    Psychology, Social Work, Occupational                                              professional development are critical to
    Therapy, Speech and Language and                                                     the maintenance of competence in
    Physiotherapy Departments continue to                                                  nursing practice and the delivery of
    have greater inputs at the centre                                                       effective and efficient quality
    providing a multidisciplinary approach                                                    assured care to our clients. COPE
    to dealing with client related issues.                                                     Foundation has demonstrated
    This work is done, using a person                                                          huge commitment to this and
    centered approach, in conjunction                                                          currently a number of nurses are
    with staff from the Centre. Most of                                                        being facilitated to undertake
    the staff attended specialised                                                             Masters, Post Graduate Diplomas,
    training courses during the year to                                                       the BSc Nursing degree and
    help them to continue to carry out                                                       Diploma courses at University
    their function in the best interest of our                                              College Cork, Waterford Institute of
    clients.                                                                              Technology, Tralee Institute of
                                                                                        Technology and University of Limerick.
    On the social/recreational side, clients
    enjoyed many outings during the year to                                         Nurse Information Days are organised to
    destinations such as Cork Opera House, Fota, bowling                     facilitate staff who undertake change projects and
    and shopping visits to Cork.                                    research in their work areas to pass on the information to
                                                                    their colleagues.



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Montenotte House is a busy venue for meetings and                    In September, a very informative an
continues to be a major centre for in-service training.              interesting afternoon was facilitated by Lynn Gibson
Courses on offer to staff in 2006 included: manual handling,         from Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust on the utilisation and
induction course for new staff, cardiopulmonary                      value of The Distress Disability Assessment Tool (DisDAT).
resuscitation CPR/AED, preceptorship courses for nurses who          Lynn and her colleagues developed this tool.
support student nurses, understanding and responding to
challenging behaviour, the LÁMH training course and                  In November, 15 staff including Nurses, Care Assistants,
reflective days for student nurses.                                  LRPA staff and Supervisors who completed the Sonas/Anam
                                                                     aPc course were presented with their FETAC Certificates at a
The Intellectual Disability module of The Healthcare Support         ceremony in Montenotte House.
certificate for Health Care Assistants which is validated by
the Further Education Training Awards Council (FETAC) at
Level 2 is taught by Angela Geary in Montenotte House. Five
                                                                     Student Nurses
staff from COPE Foundation graduated in December 2006.
Another five staff members are expected to complete this             COPE Foundation in partnership with University College
course in May 2007.                                                  Cork provides a four year undergraduate BSc programme
                                                                     (intellectual disability) for student nurses. Currently there are
                                                                     92 student nurses on this programme. The first cohort who
Other Courses                                                        commenced in October 2002 graduated in June 2006. In
                                                                     November 2006 a celebration Ceremony was held at the
In February 2006, Sonas/Anam Module validated by the                 John Birmingham Centre, Glasheen for these nurses.
Further Education Training Awards Council (FETAC) was
facilitated by Sr Mary Tredgold who developed this course.           In October 2006, An Bord Altranais, the statutory regulatory
                                                                     authority for nursing and midwifery in Ireland undertook a
In June 2006, a training course on MINI-PAS-ADD (Psychiatric         very comprehensive site visit to University College Cork and
Assessment Schedules for Adults with Developmental                   its partner health care providers who provide Clinical
Disabilities) was facilitated by Dr. Steve Moss who developed        Placement areas for the BSc Nursing Students. Two members
this tool. Steve has an international reputation as a leader in      of this team inspected a number of the placement areas for
the field of intellectual disability since 1985. He is currently a   student nurses in COPE Foundation. Verbal feedback from
consultant research psychologist at the Estia Centre, Guy’s          this team was very positive and we await the written report.
Hospital, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.


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                The following projects are being coordinated by staff in
                Montenotte House:

                    The 'Essence of Care' toolkit, structures for improving
                    nursing practice through clinical benchmarking and
                    audit is becoming established across the Organization.

                    Introduction of the 'OK' Health Check, which is used as
                    an integral part of Person Centred Planning. This is
                    currently being piloted in the Kanturk Centre.

                    Introduction of The Distress Disability Assessment Tool
                    (DisDAT).

                    COPE Foundation sought and received funding from the
                    National Council of Nursing and Midwifery to run a
                    Nursing Conference entitled Person Centred Nursing
                    Care of People with Severe / Profound Intellectual
                    Disability. This conference will be held in
                    November 2007.


                The Library
                The aim of the library is to support client care, learning,
                teaching, research and continuing education needs of staff in
                COPE Foundation. The services provided include: a core
                collection of books and journals, computer search facilities
                and lending facilities including inter library loans.



                THERAPY SERVICES
                Physiotherapy Department
                Physiotherapists use mainly physical means to maximise the
                functional potential of clients mainly through exercise. We
                advise and prescribe orthotics for some of our clients. We
                liaise with medical staff outside the foundation regarding the
                ongoing care of our clients and liaise with the Inter
                Disciplinarily Team regarding positioning, seating etc…This
                necessitates our attendance at clinics. As physiotherapists,
                our role involves the assessment for and prescription of
                specialised walking aids and other equipment for standing
                and positioning. We assist in drawing up integrated care
                plans for all our clients and attend regular meetings
                regarding same. We also have an active role in the education
                of carers/parents/guardians/school staff in exercise regimes
                and positioning issues.




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Staffing in 2006 increased to nine physiotherapists, allowing the department to give a regular service to clients who attend
county sites. We have also been able to increase our input in the schools, 0-6 service and adult centres in the city. We have
increased our undergraduate commitments and have two Physiotherapy students from UCD throughout the year. We have
also provided elective placements for students from other Universities.

During 2006, we piloted hydrotherapy sessions on Saturday mornings, allowing more involvement from family members and
more direct contact with the physiotherapist involved. Feedback to date has been extremely positive from both staff and
families.

Speech & Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapy Department, COPE Foundation, aims to assess, diagnose and treat persons with
communication and/or feeding difficulties. The SLT works as part of an interdisciplinary team and provides a service to both
children and adults at COPE Foundation.

This year, exciting developments took place with the expansion of the team. New services in 2006 were developed for children
with a primary diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum disorders (ASD). The Adult services also saw considerable development with
expansions to Hostels and Centres in North, East and West Cork. These sites include Kanturk, Midleton and the COPE
Foundation Centre, Clonakilty.

Training Opportunities
A range of training opportunities was provided for staff, siblings and service users in 2006.

These included:

      •    The first sibling Lámh summer camp.
      •    The first Hanen programme for families of children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
           (More than words).
      •    Hanen "It takes two to talk" programme for families in Early Intervention.
      •    Liberator road show and training in Alternative and Augmentative communication (A.A.C.) was housed in
           Montenotte House and provided training for COPE Foundation staff, staff from other agencies (such as Brother’s
           of Charity) and families. It was a huge success with excellent attendance.
      •    Communication and feeding workshops in Glasheen, Ard Dara and Ennismore for staff. Staff members from other
           organisations outside COPE Foundation were also invited to these sessions with an aim of sharing expertise.
      •    Communication workshops in Fermoy adult services for families and staff.
      •    Communication workshops for families of children in Early Intervention.
      •    Lecture/symposium in U.C.C. for therapy students on working in the field of Intellectual Disabilities.
      •    The SLT department took 14 students in 2006 on placements from various Universities in Ireland.


Research and Professional Development
The SLT Department is dedicated to promoting research and professional development opportunities for therapists with the
aim of providing a service of excellence at COPE Foundation. The SLT Department strives to ensure best current practice
through research of new professional developments and use of evidence-based therapy. Some key achievements this year
included:




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            •    Presentation of a poster at an international seminar on Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC).
                 The poster presented an interdisciplinary research project carried out in St Paul’s school, based on data collection
                 in the multi-sensory room.
            •    Completion of a research project on the "learning language and loving it" programme. The results of this study
                 will be presented at a conference later this year.
            •    Two Speech and Language therapists qualified as Lámh tutors in 2006.

    The wider community and Speech and Language Therapy
    The SLT department aims to be involved in projects that enable the person with Intellectual Disability to be included in the
    community.

            •    A project was recently completed in conjunction with County Hall on creating a signage system that is more
                 accessible for persons with Intellectual Disabilities. We were delighted to be involved in a project that may
                 enable persons with ID to use public services more readily.

            •    Day long training workshop for pre-school teachers who have children from COPE Foundation attending their
                 schools. This training took the form of an interactive workshop from the Hanen Centre programme "Learning
                 Language and Loving it". Seventeen teachers from community pre-schools attended with very positive feedback
                 given to the facilitators. The aim was to encourage pre-school teachers to use communication strategies in their
                 classroom to facilitate language development. It also addressed the challenge of "including the child with
                 special needs in a mainstream classroom".


                                               The year ahead…2007
                                                    2007 promises to be an exciting year for speech and language therapists
                                                     working at COPE Foundation. Further expansions to adult sites are planned for
                                                      the near future. More training opportunities will be available to staff and
                                                      families in communication and feeding strategies. The S.L.T.’s are committed
                                                      to working as part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team. New projects for the
                                                     year ahead include:




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      •     Supporting adult literacy programmes.                    therapists received a national research award
      •     Research projects in Autistic Spectrum Disorders.        in occupational therapy for a Masters level study on
      •     Development of Alternative and Augmentative              the free play of children with Intellectual Disability.
            Communication supports for adult service users.
      •     Development of interdisciplinary training                Therefore, not surprisingly COPE Foundation’s occupational
            workshops for staff working with service users           therapy department is a popular choice for OT students
            who have feeding issues.                                 wishing to secure supervised practice placements. The
      •     Provision of Lámh training to staff and families         department hosted students from both the University of
            particularly the new Lámh module one course              Limerick and from University College Cork.
            and the family training course.
                                                                     OTs were involved during the year in guest lecturing in UCC,
                                                                     separately and together with colleagues from the
Occupational Therapy                                                 physiotherapy and speech and language therapy department.
Throughout the year the Occupational Therapy department              Other educational endeavours included talks to nursing and
provided a range of assessments and interventions that               care staff, parents, teachers and pre-school teachers on ways
supported individuals in participation of everyday activities.       of supporting individuals occupational engagement.
Therapy was therefore delivered in a variety of settings; in
classrooms, hostels, day centres, therapy treatment rooms
and family homes.
                                                                     Art Therapy

Close collaboration with families and staff was pivotal in           Art therapy within COPE Foundation has continued this year
ensuring the individual had opportunities to utilise skills          both within the city and in West Cork in a variety of settings
developed in therapy in their everyday activities of daily living.   including residential areas, day centres and training areas.
                                                                     2006 saw, for the first time, a bereavement group facilitated
Two papers were presented by Occupational Therapists at the          by both the Art Therapist and Psychologist.
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland national
conference. One of the therapists made a joint poster                Art Therapy is useful for clients who are non-verbal clients as
presentation with a Speech and Language Therapy colleague            a tool for expressing themselves and for clients with verbal
at an international conference. Representation of therapeutic        skills to enjoy discussing their works of art. Clients can attend
work at this level showcases occupational therapy services at        sessions on an individual or group basis situation.
COPE Foundation. In keeping with this theme, one of our


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    Leisure Recreation and Physical
    Activities (LRPA)                                               The continuation of Saturday opening has
                                                                    facilitated additional physiotherapy sessions as well as
    In 2006, the LRPA Department expanded its service to            recreational swimming for pre school children, together with
    include Macroom and Kanturk. In addition to these,              their families and our own residents.
    together with our sites in Montenotte, Glasheen, QDS and
    Hollyhill, the LRPA staff members also travel to Mallow,        After hours activities are arranged by LRPA Department staff
    Mitchelstown, Midleton and Fermoy and provide a very            on 4 evenings a week, with Social Activity Clubs running in
    necessary service there.                                        Glasheen on both Monday and Wednesday evenings,
                                                                    Hollyhill on Monday evenings, Basketball Club on Tuesdays,
    While participation in Special Olympic events is the main way   Table Tennis Club on Wednesdays and an evening swimming
    in which our athletes can gain representative sporting          session on Thursdays.
    honours, 2006 saw a series of internal leagues in bowling,
    hockey and basketball. Athletes from all over COPE              Clubs have become more reliant on voluntary assistance and
    Foundation city and county services came together every         we had a significant increase in the number of volunteers in
    week for competition and this initiative proved to be hugely    our clubs in 2006 and we will be actively recruiting more in
    popular.                                                        2007. If interested in sharing your skills and time with us,
                                                                    please contact Terence McSweeney, LRPA Manager.
    2006 was another very big year for our special Olympic
    Programme with athletes training throughout the year and        The LRPA Department continued its close links with the
    competing in approximately 30 events and in 11 different        Sports Science Dept. of Limerick University and the Health
    sports. The highlight of the year was the All Ireland Games     Science Department of The Institute of Technology, Tralee
    in Belfast in June where 72 clients from COPE Foundation        with 3 students from these colleges completing 6 month
    competed in a memorable 4 day event. 11 of these athletes       work placements in the Department. The LRPA Department
    were subsequently selected to represent Ireland in the 2007     also worked closely with Limerick University in the
    World Summer Games to be held in Shanghai, China in             production of 3 research papers on levels of physical activity
    October 2007.                                                   of teenagers in COPE Foundation. The Department recruited
                                                                    a Physical Education teacher during 2006 to bring to 12 the
    The Therapy pool has continued to increase its numbers of       number of staff currently working full time in the
    users who engage in a mix of water based recreational           Department and throughout COPE Foundation.
    activity, swimming lessons and hydrotherapy. Numbers using
    the pool have risen to 12,000 in 2006, an increase of 20%
    on 2005.

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Special     Olympics      participation                                                    process. Sixty-one referrals were
increased significantly again with                                                           made        for        Physiotherapy,
355 clients now registered with                                                                 Occupational Therapy, Speech &
that organization and athletes                                                                   Language therapy as well as to
from      COPE     Foundation                                                                      the        Dietician          and
participate and compete in                                                                          Paediatrician. Liaison with
all the events on the Special                                                                        the Early Intervention Team
Olympic sporting calendar.                                                                            Leader is an important
                                                                                                      aspect of service delivery
COPE Foundation – city                                                                                 as teamwork in childrens
area is now represented in                                                                             services is vital in the early
mens and ladies soccer                                                                                 years. To that end, the
leagues after an absence                                                                               Community              Nurse
of about 10 years, with                                                                               Specialist took part in 95
players and coaching staff                                                                           home visits with different
for both teams coming from                                                                          members of the trans-
QDS staff. COPE Mallow has                                                                         disciplinary team including
flown the football flag for                                                                       physiotherapists, occupational
some years but will be faced                                                                    therapists and speech and
with some stiff competition now                                                               language therapists.
from the city teams.
                                                                                         The Community Nurse Specialist also
Once again, COPE Foundation hosted and                                              provides support to adult clients, for
organised the annual Munster Special Olympics                                 example, an adult transferring from one service to
Table Tennis and Motor Activities events in Glasheen and            a different service requires a high level of support and
these were a great success. The level of family involvement in      understanding. As the client population ages, so also do the
all these events continues to grow and the LRPA Department          parents of clients and this can be a very traumatic time for
appreciates very much all the assistance received from the          parent, child and siblings.
families of all our athletes.
                                                                    Support during bereavement can be an important aspect of
Community Nurse Specialist                                          the Community Nurses role. In 2006, in conjunction with a
                                                                    Social Worker a number of awareness sessions were provided
The role of the Community Nurse Specialist is to recognize          for staff entitled "People with a Learning Disability -
and respect the uniqueness of families who have a                   Bereavement and Loss". This training will continue in 2007.
son/daughter/relative with an Intellectual Disability by
providing ongoing support information and advice. This              Social Work Department
enables families adjust to changing needs so that their
son/daughter/relative is facilitated to reach their potential and   2006 has been an interesting and challenging time in the
to access services.                                                 Social Work Department. The staff continue to provide
                                                                    comprehensive support to the service users and their
In 2006, twenty-five referrals were made to the service from        families/carers. The aim of the Social Worker is to work in
the Admissions officer, Social Work maternity services,             partnership with service users, families, carers, staff and
parents and the Consultant Paediatric service. The                  service providers, to identify needs, to facilitate emotional
Community Nurse Specialist meets families within a period of        and practical support, to empower service users and their
2 weeks following referral and most families were met within        families and to enhance their quality of life.
the period; this was achieved by being flexible with meeting
times, i.e. scheduling home visits at mutually agreeable times.     Some examples of pro-active interventions provided by the
                                                                    Department include:
Families were supported in their applications for services and
information was provided to COPE Foundation to enable this




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    Supported Living Project - this continues to be a positive        contributed greatly to the development of policies and best
    initiative, where the former service users are supported by a     practice.
    Social Worker to live within the community. It is hoped to
    further develop this project in conjunction with the Social       Psychology Department
    Housing agencies.
                                                                      During 2006 the Psychology department continued to
    Best Buddies - this project provides opportunities for people     extend the range of services offered to clients throughout all
    with an intellectual disability to socialise with people who do   service areas of COPE Foundation. Psychologists strive at all
    not have an intellectual disability, on the basis of one to one   times to provide interventions derived from evidence-based
    friendships. The service users involved are from the training     research/practice to optimise the development and
    centre and are matched with students from a local secondary       wellbeing of children and adults with intellectual disability,
    school. This was the second year running this initiative and      and also children presenting with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    has again proved to be very successful. It is hoped to develop    (ASD). Continued professional development and ongoing
    this project within the adult service within the coming year.     training, is therefore essential. This was planned and
                                                                      arranged for each staff member during the year thus
    Sibshops - this interagency programme continues to                ensuring that psychologists keep abreast of approaches and
    develop. It offers siblings of children with a disability the     interventions that assist in meeting the vision, mission and
    opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed and fun           goals of this organisation. The Psychology Department also
    setting. The group meetings give the children an opportunity           continued to facilitate students pursuing post-graduate
    to discuss many aspects of what it is like to have                             qualifications in clinical/ educational psychology
    a brother/sister with a disability.                                                 courses during 2006. Other activities
                                                                                            pursued by staff included involvement
    A "drop in" social club is held one                                                        in the provision of staff training
    night per week in the city centre                                                            courses, participation in local and
    and it provides a service for                                                                  national interest groups formed
    former service users. These                                                                     to promote the rights and
    young people are in receipt of                                                                   welfare of individuals with
    a disability allowance, some                                                                      intellectual disability, and
    of whom are in supported                                                                           conducting research projects
    employment       while    the                                                                      in conjunction with staff from
    remainder do not attend any                                                                        various disciplines.
    service. A wide range of
    issues are addressed with this                                                                     Plans for 2007 include the
    group.                                                                                            further development of team-
                                                                                                     based approaches in the
    Autism Spectrum Disorder                                                                        delivery of services, taking time
    (ASD) - a multi disciplinary team                                                              to evaluate current models of
    has been developed within COPE                                                               service      delivery,      ongoing
    Foundation and offers intervention                                                         engagement in research projects to
    to children who have ASD and their                                                      ensure evidence-based practices are
    families within the North Lee catchment                                             followed, the development of collaborative
    area. Siobhan Mehigan joined the Social Work                                  initiatives with parents/ families and the further
    team and has taken up duties on the ASD team. This                expansion of group-work interventions to address common
    is proving to be a very interesting post.                         issues for clients.

    The Social Work department continues to facilitate University
    Student placements and during the past year two students
                                                                      Catering Department
    from UCC and one person from Athens were supervised and
    guided through their placement.                                   This past year has seen several changes in the Catering
    Other activities included participation in local and national     Department. The growth in the use of our Staff Restaurant
    special interest groups promoting the rights and welfare of       facility in Beech Hill has been tremendous. This includes the
    individuals with intellectual disability. These groups            various visiting groups attending Seminars and Training
                                                                      sessions in Montenotte House. The variety of foods and

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choices in our menus continues to grow and these changes          Health Promotion
now influence our client menus as well.
                                                                  Health Promotion involves Health Education, Environmental
We are adapting our menus to meet the increased demand            Health, Preventative Health Services and Policy Development.
for the special dietary needs of our clients and are sending
supplies to an increasing number of hostels in the                The Hepatitis B vaccination programme for staff and clients,
Montenotte area.                                                  as directed by the Department of Health and Children,
                                                                  continued to be implemented. Presentations to staff on
The Opening of the Ard Dara complex has extended our              Hepatitis B presentations were given during the year. First Aid
services and now includes the individual purchase                 response to epileptic seizures and the administration of
requirements for the six houses. The year 2006 has been one       Stesolid training was given to staff on a one to one basis as
that has seen the Catering Service expand and develop and         required.
2007 will see a continuation of this development.
                                                                  Flu clinics were held for staff and clients in the autumn and
Transport Department                                              flu vaccine distributed to all areas.

The transport department provides a vital service to clients in   Hand Hygiene was promoted as part of the Infection Control
transporting people to various services, activities,              programme. Internal and external training was made
appointments around Cork City and County. All vans are            available for Hand Hygiene Assessors. Most areas now have
equipped with the most modern of equipment including seat         two staff Assessors (one nurse and one care assistant) on
belts, secure points for wheelchairs and drop down access for     each shift who are responsible for training and assessing staff
ease of access in safety. The drivers and their helpers assist    hand hygiene. Cutan hand soap has been introduced and
the catering department by delivering dinners in specially        Cutan Foam sanitiser for staff doing home visits. Z fold
adapted vans, stores and equipment are also transported to        towels are being used throughout the organisation.
various locations. Four new vans were purchased in 2006 for       Presentations on Hand Hygiene were given in Scoil Eanna,
Ard Dara, Riverview, Scartagh and Mitchelstown.                   Glasheen and Clonakilty.

                                                                  The Marie Keating Foundation visited Glasheen and
                                                                  Montenotte. The focus was on "Men Keeping Fit".


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    Amenity Horticulture                                             Garden Project will symbolise COPE Foundations recognition
                                                                     as a tribute to clients, staff and families involved in the care
    Amenity Horticulture is now linked with Person Centred           and development of the Foundation over the past 50 years.
    Plans for our clients, an innovative programme which             This project combines the artistic partnership between the
    facilitates the development of a positive lifestyle centred on   Horticulture Department in Montenotte and Ennismore
    creativity, and promotes progression to expand their social      Lodge and will involve 30/40 clients.
    and integration work and interpersonal skills.
    The design, planning, planting and after-care of COPE            Beech Hill Garden Centre
    Foundations gardens reflect the high standards of amenity
    landscaping and horticultural practices throughout the           Beech Hill Garden Centre is a well established quality retail
    grounds attached to the various properties.                      horticultural outlet based in Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork.
                                                                     It first opened to the public in March 1988, and over the
    These award winning and much commendable practices               years has gone from strength to strength. As part of COPE
    were exemplified in the design and execution of the              Foundation it plays a major role in providing good quality
    landscape gardening undertaken in advance of the official        training in horticulture for a number of its clients.
    opening of Ard Dara, Springfort, Montenotte, the purpose
    built facility consisting of six residential houses and a day    The Garden Centre, as a retail outlet, provides a great
    centre for adult persons with a severe/profound intellectual     opportunity for its clients to learn and master new skills such
    disability. The main landscape feature is a specially designed   as the use of cash registers, visa machines, pricing guns,
    water feature which follows the main circulatory footpaths       develop sales techniques and become familiar with
    between the houses. It is at an elevated level, designed to      horticultural products. The clients also have the opportunity
    stimulate all the senses and uses the different site levels to   to interact with the public. These skills can help the clients to
    travel through a number of waterfalls. Selective plants were     develop their self confidence and for some they can be a
    chosen to compliment this outdoor water feature, together        stepping stone to outside employment.
    with specific sensory planting throughout the total
    landscaping of this project, to stimulate all the senses of      As in the past the Centre continues to invest in improving
    clients.                                                         the service to the public and 2006 has been no exception. In
                                                                     Autumn of 2006 the shop had major refurbishment work
    Likewise, quality landscaping was carried out prior to the       carried out. This work consisted of new PVC wall panels
    official opening of the re-development of the ‘Teach Cairde’     being fitted, new doors installed which are much wider and
    project in March 2006.                                           which allows easier access to the shop. Several new
                                                                     windows have also been installed which makes the shop a
    Educational-cum-social outings were organised for clients        lot brighter and provides a wonderful view out to the
    and staff during the year. In early summer we visited the well   Garden Centre. The inside of the shop has been upgraded
    known       Robinsonian      garden    at   Annes      Grove,    with new carpet tiles and a new lighting system. The
    Castletownroche, as well as a nearby private garden in           shelving layout has been changed which makes the shop
    Killavullen. Then coming on to December, a visit was             more spacious and allows the customers more room to
    arranged to Anne Moloneys prize-winning garden in                browse around.
    Rochestown.
                                                                     We, at Beech Hill, are delighted with our new upgraded
    Looking ahead to 2007, further FETAC courses will be             shop and are confident that it will help boost our sales well
    available for our clients as part of the expansion of the        into the future.
    Person Centred Network Programmes.
                                                                     Wishing you all Happy Gardening from all at Beech Hill
    Also, in 2007, as part of celebrating 50 years of Service to     Garden Centre, and thank you for your continued support.
    Persons with an Intellectual Disability, a Memorial Garden
    Project will be created and constructed in a prominent
    position in the grounds in Montenotte. The memory of the




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Human Resource Division                                           Information Systems Department
The Human Resource Division has had another busy year and         The Information Systems Department, based in Bonnington
during the year 2006 some of the initiatives undertaken by        House Montenotte continues to provide services and support
the staff of the Division included: the continued recruitment     to the ever increasing number of COPE Foundation staff who
success within the Foundation; the further development of         use computers and information technology in their day-to-
the co-ordination of training courses to ensure greater           day work.
effectiveness in the training of staff within the Organisation;
advice given on industrial relations issues to both staff and     During 2006 the COPE Foundation website was reviewed,
management; the ongoing professional development of staff         re-designed and re-launched. The website (www.cope-
within the Division; continuing improvement of staff              foundation.ie) now has a contemporary look and is more
communications including the implementation of the                user-friendly than its predecessor.
Communications Policy; the implementation of the Dignity at
Work Policy, which is the national policy document                Work continues on The Electronic Document Management
implemented in the Health Sector; the annual lunch for            System (EDMS) which is implemented in both the Central
retired members of staff of the Foundation.                       Records Office and the Accounts Department.

We are once again delighted to welcome new employees              In line with the ongoing changes, improvements and
and we are confident that their experience and qualifications     developments in COPE Foundation facilities the network
will contribute to enriching the quality of the service we        infrastructure continues be upgraded and expanded. The
provide to our clients.                                           table below details the COPE Foundation locations
                                                                  throughout Cork City and County that are connected to the
The whole time equivalent staff complement of Cope                network.
Foundation at the end of 2006 was 774, employed at over
60 centres of Cope Foundation in Cork City and County.
Cope Foundation complies with the Safety, Health and
Welfare at Work Act 2005. Under the terms of this
legislation, the Safety Statement was reviewed, up-dated
and re-circulated through out the Organisation in 2006.

The Foundation operates a defined benefit pension scheme
for employees who joined before January 1, 1988 providing
benefits at retirement. The assets of the scheme are held
separately from those of the Foundation and are managed
by Irish Life Assurance plc. The contribution rates are
determined by a qualified actuary on the basis of triennial
valuations. The most recent actuarial valuation was carried
out at January 1, 2005. All other qualifying employees are
provided for by the State Nominated Health Agency
Superannuation Scheme, which provides defined benefits for
all members. Under this Scheme the Foundation is
responsible for paying all benefits arising and these costs are
to be reflected in the annual Health Executive Service
allocation towards funding.




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    Current Network MAP


        Fibre Connectivity                      Leased Line Connectivity                 ISDN/DSL Connectivity

        Administration, Montenotte              Hollyhill                                Clonakilty Centre
        Ashville                                QDS                                      Mallow Centre
        Parkview                                John Birmingham Centre                   Teach Cairde
        Tracton House                           Bridgeway                                Ennismore Lodge
        Springfort                              Doras                                    Midleton
        Beech Hill Offices                      Fermoy                                   Kanturk Hostel

        Long Range Ethernet (LRE)               Wireless Connectivity
        Connectivity

        Riverview                               Montenotte House
        Beech Hill Garden Centre                Rainbow Lodge


    COPE Foundation’s bespoke Client Information System underwent some further enhancements and refinement during 2006.
    Changes were made to meet the information requirements of COPE Foundation staff and also to meet the data requirements
    for the National Intellectual Disability Database which is updated daily.

    Plans for 2007
         •     Implement and test a Disaster Recovery Procedure
         •     Expand Network infrastructure
         •     Further roll-out of EDMS
         •     Staff Training


    Fundraising Department
    We are extremely grateful to the various individuals, groups and businesses for arranging various projects on our behalf during
    the year.

    The time, commitment and financial success of these projects has been phenomenal.

    Fundraising events together with voluntary contributions that have been made by parents and staff have contributed
    significantly towards our extensive development plan.

    We also wish to acknowledge the commitment of our various fundraising committees throughout Cork City and County and
    for the much needed funds which they raise and also their involvement in raising the awareness locally of the needs of people
    with an intellectual disability.

    We look forward with confidence to a continuation of that essential support in the years ahead.




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STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS’                                          ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
RESPONSIBILITIES
                                                                 Anthony Dinan retires under the provisions of Articles 21.4
Irish Company law requires the Directors to prepare Financial    of the Articles of Association of COPE Foundation, and being
Statements for each financial year, which give a true and fair   eligible, offers himself for re-election.
view of the state of affairs of the Company and of the profit
or loss of the Company for that period. In preparing those       Jerry Corkery, Hilary Grimes and Denis O’Mahony retire
Financial Statements, the Directors are required to select       under the provision of Articles 23.2 of the Articles of
suitable accounting policies and then apply them                 Association of COPE Foundation, and being eligible, offer
consistently; make judgements and estimates that are             themselves for re-election.
reasonable and prudent; state whether applicable
accounting standards have been followed subject to any           ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
material departure disclosed and explained in the Financial
Statements; prepare the Financial Statements on the going        We wish to express our thanks to the following for their help
concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the     and support during the year:
Company will continue in business.
                                                                     •   Minister and Officials, Department of Health and
The Directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting              Children
records, which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time         •   Minister and Officials, Department of Education
the financial position of the Company and which enables                  and Science
them to ensure that the financial statements are prepared in         •   Chief Executive and Staff, Health Service Executive
accordance with accounting standards generally accepted in               Southern Area
Ireland and to comply with the provisions of the Companies           •   City Manager and Staff, Cork City Council.
Act 1963-2005. They are also responsible for safeguarding            •   County Manager and Staff, Cork County Council
the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable            •   Chief Executive and Staff, National Federation of
steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other                Voluntary Bodies
irregularities.                                                      •   General Secretary and Staff of Inclusion Ireland


BOOKS AND ACCOUNTING RECORDS                                     RETIRED STAFF

The Directors are responsible for ensuring that proper books     We would like to take this opportunity to thank all retired
and accounting records, as outlined in Section 202 of the        staff members for their dedication and commitment
Companies Act 1990, are kept by the Company. To achieve          throughout their working lives and extend our best wishes
this Directors have appointed appropriate personnel to           for a continuing happy retirement.
ensure that those requirements are complied with. The
books and records are maintained at the Companys                 EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY
Registered Office, Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork.
                                                                 COPE Foundation would like to express their sympathy to
                                                                 those families and friends of clients and staff who died
AUDITORS                                                         during the year 2006.
Ernst & Young, Accountants, having intimated their               VOLUNTEERS
willingness to act, are appointed Auditors for the coming
year in accordance with Section 160 (2) of the Companies         The contribution of very many volunteers around Cork City
Act, 1963.                                                       and County who offer their services in a variety of ways
                                                                 such as: fundraising, helping at sporting, leisure and
                                                                 recreation occasions, is deeply appreciated.




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              GENERAL FUND ACCOUNT & BALANCE
    GENERAL FUND ACCOUNT
    for the year ended 31 December 2006


                                                               2006           2005
                                                                  €              €


    OPERATING INCOME                                     54,660,433     48,388,923

    OPERATING EXPENSES
    Pay expenses                                        (41,263,157)   (37,407,496)
    Non-pay expenses                                    (13,442,073)   (11,036,738)
                                                          __________     __________

    Total operating expenses                            (54,705,230)   (48,444,234)
                                                          __________     __________

    OPERATING DEFICIT                                       (44,797)       (55,311)

    Impact of adoption of FRS 17
    ‘Retirement Benefits’                                   621,000        844,000
                                                         __________     __________

    Post adoption of FRS 17:
    ‘Retirement Benefits’ – operating surplus arising       576,203        788,689
                                                         __________     __________

    OTHER INCOME
    Fund raising campaigns                                1,904,605      1,351,462
    Capital grants                                        2,830,218      1,223,000
    Miscellaneous corporate income                           49,744         34,709
                                                                                      NOTE:
    Grant amortisation                                      246,036        193,074
    Donation of property                                  3,370,193              -    The attached information is
                                                         __________     __________    extracted from the audited
                                                                                      financial statements on
    Total other income                                    8,400,796      2,802,245    which our auditors, Ernst &
                                                         __________     __________    Young, have issued an
                                                                                      unqualified opinion. The full
    OTHER EXPENSES                                                                    financial statements, and
                                                                                      accompanying notes, are
    Miscellaneous corporate expenses                       (412,333)      (372,044)
                                                                                      available to Members on
    Depreciation charge                                  (1,834,779)    (1,507,526)   application to the Company
                                                         __________     __________    Secretary.

    Total other expenses                                 (2,247,112)    (1,879,570)   On behalf of the Board
                                                         __________     __________
                                                                                      Jeremiah Buttimer: Director
    NET INCOME FOR YEAR                                   6,729,887      1,711,364    Denis O’Mahony: Director
                                                         __________     __________
                                                                                      12 April 2007


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BALANCE SHEET
at 31 December 2006


                                                        2006           2005
                                                           €              €

ASSETS EMPLOYED

FIXED ASSETS                                      57,990,288     52,284,400

CURRENT ASSETS
Stocks                                               290,991        312,324
Debtors:
- Grants receivable                                3,164,331      2,828,394
- HSE - In-Patient Charges                         1,838,739        991,809
- Other                                              564,178        191,193
Cash and bank balances                             2,659,589        222,086
                                                 ___________    ___________

                                                   8,517,828      4,545,806

CURRENT LIABILITIES
Creditors: amounts falling due within one year    (5,285,826)    (4,410,299)
                                                 ___________    ___________

NET CURRENT ASSETS                                 3,232,002        135,507

CREDITORS: amounts falling due after more
than one year                                               -    (3,750,000)

DEFERRED GOVERNMENT GRANTS                        (9,027,160)    (2,583,664)   NOTE:

PENSION LIABILITY                                   (629,000)    (2,846,000)   The attached information is
                                                                               extracted from the audited
                                                 ___________    ___________
                                                                               financial statements on
                                                                               which our auditors, Ernst &
NET ASSETS                                        51,566,130     43,240,243    Young, have issued an
                                                 ___________    ___________    unqualified opinion. The full
                                                                               financial statements, and
FINANCED BY                                                                    accompanying notes, are
                                                                               available to Members on
ACCUMULATED FUND                                                               application to the Company
General fund account                              51,566,130     43,240,243    Secretary.
                                                 ___________    ___________
                                                                               On behalf of the Board

                                                                               Jeremiah Buttimer: Director
                                                                               Denis O’Mahony: Director

                                                                               12 April 2007



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                 FINANCIAL BACKGROUND AND COMMENTARY 2006

                 COPE Foundation is a voluntary non-governmental organisation, and registered charity, constituted as a
                 Company Limited by Guarantee, Not Having a Share Capital, No.17844.

                 In that capacity, it has served since its incorporation in 1960 as an agent of the statutory authorities in the
                 provision of a range of health, education and social services to persons with an intellectual disability in the
                 Cork City and County areas.

                 Down the years, a system of funding the bulk of the running costs of the organisation by the State has
                 evolved, from very small beginnings in 1960 when services were in their infancy, to the present day where
                 such funding covers the pay and support costs of an organisation with 1600 clients of all ages and
                 dependency levels, at 60 cost centres, served by over 775 staff of relevant professions.

                 From a purely financial viewpoint, most of the voluntary effort and input is concentrated on fundraising,
                 which in turn is totally dedicated to putting in place the necessary infrastructure of buildings, and
                 associated facilities required to meet not only the changing needs of the huge existing client base, but also
                 the unmet and emerging needs of the future clients with intellectual disabilities and associated physical
                 disabilities.

                 In respect of those respective role contexts, the following are some relevant facts and statistics for 2006:

                 Total income received for running costs amounted to €54.660mm. for 2006. Of this €42.689m. derived
                 from Dept of Health sources, €1.524m. from Dept of Education sources, €6.785m. from Dept. of Social
                 Welfare, and the balance of €3.662 m. derived from a combination of other sources.

                 The income for the year was expended on a combination of either professional payroll and associated costs
                 of €34.150m., social welfare allowances to clients of €7.114 m. plus the remainder of €13.441 on a range
                 of non-pay expenditure.

                 During the year, wholetime-equivalent staff numbers (excluding Special School staff) averaged 734
                 wholetime equivalent staff, made up of 6 recognised census categories of Management/Administration,
                 Medical, Nursing, Health and Social Care, General Support Services, and Other Patient and Client Care
                 groupings.

                 On the capital development aspect, income for the year amounted to €8.401m, made up of fundraising
                 income of €1.905m, capital grants of €2.830m, donation of property €3.370m and miscellaneous income
                 of €296k.

                 Capital grants comprised regional grants from the Health Service Executive South, which enabled the
                 Foundation to make steady progress in achieving and accelerating the development goals set out in its
                 5-Year Capital Development Plan 2006 to 2010.


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Capital expenditure during 2006 amounted to €4.041m, comprised mainly of payments on account on
ongoing contracts at Springfort, Hollyhill, Glasheen Day Centre and a host of smaller improvements /
extensions to premises.

In all, at years end 2006, COPE Foundation had capital commitments, including contracted for and
committed, of €22.847m for which funding is being sought through capital grants or via its ongoing
proactive fundraising schemes.

In addition, further significant resources are constantly being invested back into maintaining and
improving existing infrastructure at 60 locations, through an ongoing significant minor capital scheme
designed to deal with buildings, environmental requirements and safety health and welfare agenda items.

Various longstanding and new schemes of fundraising continued apace during the year 2006. A total of
€23.884m, excluding the Honan Home property donation worth €3.373m, has been raised in that
fashion since 1956, which if adjusted for changes in purchasing power over the years, would indicate that
COPE Foundation has thus been enabled to put a significant part of its extensive infrastructure in place,
purely from fundraising sources down the years.

COPE Foundation has put in place capital borrowing facilities of €11m to finance the remaining portion
of the capital development plan up to 2011, and anticipated continuing levels of fundraising will underpin
its ability to service this debt.

During the early part of 2004, COPE Foundation commissioned an independent review of its client
caseload and casemix, which since has served as a useful baseline benchmark against which to measure
future service delivery and dependency level components. The report also proved the need for significant
augmentation of running cost resources to enable the Foundation to meet quality objectives among its
very large mainly high dependency client group.

In the meantime, the Foundation continues to export all its service delivery statistics to the National
Intellectual Disability database at required intervals throughout the year. Four pie charts attached
respectively depict in percentage terms the age levels, gender mix, category mix and residential status of
clients, based on the most recent underlying statistics.

Accounting policies and presentation formats are kept under review by the Audit Committee on a yearly
basis. Certain further mandatory improvements were implemented this year, with corresponding changes
to comparative figures for 2005.




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           Client Statistics


           MALE/FEMALE BREAKDOWN               DEGREE OF INTELLECTUAL
                                                     DISABILITY


                                                      Profound
                                                         10%


                                                 Severe                Mild
                                                  17%                  37%
               Male            Female
               53%              47%

                                                          Moderate
                                                            36%




             AGE RANGE OF CLIENTS          DAY CLIENTS / RESIDENTIAL CLIENTS



                                6-17
               40-59            18%
               30%

                                                   Day               Residential
                                                   65%                  35%
                                   18-24
                                   13%

                       25-39
                       36%




                 0-5 = 2%      60+ = 1%

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                                                       MITCHELSTOWN


                                        KANTURK
                                                    MALLOW      FERMOY

                                                              GLANMIRE

                                                                      MIDLETON
                                 MACROOM                          COBH
                                                       CORK
                                     BALLINCOLLIG



                                              BANDON
                                 CLONAKILTY
                    SKIBBEREEN




COPE Foundation
Cork City & County
Services in Cork City available at
• Montenotte
• Penrose Wharf
• Glasheen
• Togher
• Hollyhill

                                                       CORK




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Cope Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork
     Tel: 021 450 7131 • Fax: 021 450 7580
     Email: headoffice@cope-foundation.ie
            www.cope-foundation.ie




                                                D & A O’Leary, Cork. Tel: 021 431 2644

								
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