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News and Views
RehabCare Newsletter What’s in this issue?
Editor’s note Pg 2
Home Based Services
RehabCare UK Pg 3
East/South East Pgs 4-10
North East/Midlands Pgs 11-16
South/Midwest Pg 17
Talking Advocacy West/North West Pgs 18-20
The new NRAC National Committee was things for people with disabilities.”
Creative Corner Pg 21
elected in November 2006 and will be Jimmy Dooner
working on national issues for RehabCare
Service Users for the next 2 years. As they “I want to try and help people get NRAC Pg 22
get started in their new roles, here’s what accommodation to live independently
some of the committee members had to because I have being doing it myself for
say about Advocacy and what their role the last year and a half. As time went on Information Bulletin Pg 23
means to them. it got easier and staff supported me to
make this move. I am enjoying being a
“What Advocacy means to me is to newly elected member of NRAC and will
encourage people to stand up for work for the Service Users of RehabCare.”
themselves as well as representing Jane Donnelly
people, supporting each other and also
What’s Advocacy all
coming up with solutions to improve (Continued on page 23) About?
Respect yourself and others
It is very important to respect
yourself and others. If we
respect ourselves, we are more
likely to respect others.
Respecting ourselves means
liking, tolerating and approving
of ourselves. We also respect
ourselves when we value our
individuality and uniqueness as
human beings. To lead
productive and constructive
lives is another example of
respecting ourselves. When we
find ourselves liking, tolerating
and meeting other people half
way, we are well on the way to
showing appropriate respect for
Back row from left: Michael O’Brien, Jimmy Dooner, Margaret Norris, Patrick Hargarden
Front row from left: Catalina Keys, Jane Donnelly, Laura Gaffey, Simon Buggy By Denis McGirr, RehabCare HOPS
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This is our first themed edition and it’s been wonderful to read your thoughts on what
advocacy is and see the posters you’ve put together to represent advocacy for our
competition (take a look at page 22).
It’s been a joy and a pleasure working on News and Views over the past few months – I
think my favourite part is the excitement I’ve felt as the submissions start to arrive for each
new issue. I’m really pleased to welcome Kathleen Morris back as editor and I’d like to wish
her every success with the rest of the editions this year. I look forward to reading all of
them from cover to cover!
All the very best wishes
CareLink/Home Based Services
Working with CareLink arranging extra care for a client within time. While the skills that I gained
their own home or helping my from being part of the CareLink Team
daughter learn lots of exciting things prepared me for motherhood, I am
It is almost six years since I joined the like crawling and feeding herself with hoping that my new experiences and
CareLink Team, and in that time the a spoon – all of them very challenging skills as a mother will benefit me
organisation has grown from providing (especially the spoon feeds, as this within the team – after all, you never
services for 440 clients to the present often means several changes of know when expertise in how to get
day of 700 clients, along with a fully clothing through the day!!). spaghetti bolognaise out of your
functioning team, including Managers, clothes will be really useful!
Care planners, Team Leaders and In providing the many services that we
administration staff, covering services have in CareLink, we deal with a wide By Nicky Scudds, CareLink
in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford. range of clients from children with
disabilities right up to the older person.
I have been lucky to have had the Compassion, patience, empathy and
opportunity to be involved in all of the trust are as much tools of our working
services at some stage or other within day as are pens, computers and the
those 6 years. It was exciting to have ever present mobile phone – such tools
been involved in many of those are as useful to a member of the
services from the very beginning, CareLink team as they are to a mother.
having an input into the processes that
are involved in putting a service As the CareLink offices are constantly a
together, recruiting staff, assessing hive of activity, I have always tried to
client’s needs, liaising with families be very organised in how I go about
and all the other work that’s part of my work and I feel that this has now
the day to day running of an extensive helped me at home with my daughter.
care service. This is especially so on work days,
when bottles have to be made, clothes
I have recently returned to the team on laid out and breakfast and lunch
a part time basis after time off on prepared for later in the day, while
maternity leave. I now feel that I have getting myself ready for another day in
the best of both worlds, coming into CareLink.
the office for the first part of the week,
and then spending the remainder with Now that I am a working mum, I can
my daughter. I am really enjoying all more readily appreciate the challenges
the challenges that I encounter on a and difficulties of caring for someone
daily basis, whether this be attending a who is dependant on you and trying to
meeting with the local health service, juggle five or ten things at the same
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Rehab UK’s Parliamentary Pancake Race
grows in stature
Rehab Winning Team Media Scrum
Living with Brain Injury
David, who was a client at the London Brain Injury Centre normal.
until last year, received his brain injury many years ago. He
tells us about his experiences and shares his insight into On joining Rehab UK I soon learnt this wouldn’t be the case.
Rehab UK’s work. They are not magicians. They can’t make you see again,
speak properly, walk or cure the damage caused by the
In 1998 I was diagnosed as having since birth a AVM in the injury. What they can do is give you the strategies to deal
brain, which means the arteries and the veins in it were with the problems life has dealt, then it is up to us to put
joined meaning I had high pressure blood seeping into the our training into good use and develop our futures. Before I
veins which are only built for low pressure blood. This was went to Rehab I had no confidence. My legs would shake as
causing them to swell and in my case the swelling was I left the house always worried about what the day had in
pressing on an optic nerve and causing blindness in both store for me. As life goes on I have made many mistakes
eyes. When I went for an eye test the optician asked me and treated them as tasks to put right.
when I had received my brain damage.
In Rehab UK you realise you are not the only one with brain
During surgery in October 2000 the surgeon got rid of about damage and this helped me to realise the benefit I was
90% of the AVM. July 21st 2001 – I had a Brain Hemorrhage getting from their training. I know now that without it I
leaving me in a coma for about 8 weeks. I spent about 5 wouldn’t be holding down a good job and also travelling
months in different hospitals thinking I was ok. I couldn’t with my wife all over the world and enjoying my life again.
wait to get out and back home into normal life, only when From my heart, thank you Rehab UK.
the time came I realised I wasn’t back to normal. I couldn’t
remember things or recognise people, including my wife if I By David Bromley
met her away from our home. When I left Hommerton
Hospital I was recommended to go for an interview at
Rehab UK. I thought great, everything would soon be
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Day Trip to Kilkenny
On Friday 23rd March, a group of us went to
Kilkenny Castle. There is free entry on every
Friday during March. A tour guide showed us
around the castle. We looked at a video for 10
minutes first. We were brought into the sitting
room, library, hallway and bedrooms. There
were beautiful paintings on the walls from
years ago. We walked around the gardens
outside the castle as well, as it was a lovely
sunny day. After our visit to the castle, we went
into the Kilkenny Design Centre but none of us
bought anything as everything was very
expensive. After that we went down town to
Dunnes Stores Restaurant for lunch before
returning to the centre on the bus. It was a From Left: Michael Carton, Elizabeth McHugh, John Sheehan, Sean
really nice day out. Sketton, Teresa McLoughlin, Laura Agar, Irene Daly and Patricia
By Elizabeth McHugh, RehabCare Carlow
How we used to spend Saturdays
When I look at my grandchildren now and listen to them as to how they are going to spend their Saturday, I think back to
when I was young over seventy years ago, when as children the way we spent Saturdays was not a case of putting your
feet up, going to the shops or bowling.
Our kitchen seventy years ago in Dun Laoghaire was a big homely place. On one side we had a mahogany sideboard with
big mirrors on it, which held all my mother’s prized possessions of Waterford glass and silver. On the other side of the room
there was an old fashioned dresser filled with delph and copper kettles. There was a Stanley range on which all the cooking
was done. In the middle of the room there was a large wooden table surrounded by six wooden chairs and two big
comfortable armchairs on each side of the range.
Saturday morning was always a hive of activity in our house. We had a leather shop in the front and my mother had to look
after that as my father had died in 1936. We had to put all the chairs out into the back garden, the dresser had to be
emptied and scrubbed down. This was done weekly. All the delph was washed and put back in place. The table was
scrubbed white. I remember the tubs of Vim we used to get the wood white.
The floor then had to be scrubbed. After that, we had to go out into the garden to scrub all the chairs with soapy water. That
was a few hours gone on a Saturday morning.
Then, in the afternoon, I remember having to go up to Hicks pork shop and queueing up to get sausages and pudding for
Sunday morning breakfast. There was always a very large queue. Come evening time, any shopping that had to be done
was taken care of, and then it was time for everyone to wash their hair. A big galvanised bath was taken into a room for us
to bathe in. Kettles of water were heated for the bath.
We then listened to the radio until nine o’clock until we retired to bed, tired but happy. This work was always just taken for
granted and nobody complained. These were times when industriousness was valued and all children were trained in
domestic tasks to prepare them for life ahead.
So, it is with amusement that I now hear my grandchildren talk about how they will ‘take it easy’ on Saturdays. If only they
By Betty Halpin, Park House Stillorgan
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EDS Course in Waterford
The Inter.Com Centre run the EDS course in Waterford with Pobal and it is co-
ordinated by a lady called Joan Holden. EDS stands for Enhancing Disabilities
Services programme. The course is held in the Inter.Com centre on the Yellow
Road and in the Mount Sion Centre in Waterford City.
I got involved because Delia White the Programmes Supervisor asked me if I
would like to do a course that would update and enhance my work skills and I
jumped at the chance. During the course I did Computer Skills, Office Skills, Food
Hygiene, First Aid, Health/Life Skills and Manual Handling. I also did some work
experience. After completing the course it was offered to four others from
RehabCare in Waterford – Gordon Bowers, Keith Whelan, Maria Allen and Olan
The course was officially launched in Waterford City Hall by the Mayor of
Waterford. On the day, as well as it being the official launch of the programme,
the students who participated in the course were presented their certificates by
Minister Martin Cullen.
By being involved in this course I not only enhanced my work skills in many
areas, ranging from computers to manual handling, but I have also gained
confidence. This helps me not only in my supported employment job in Castle
Furniture but also in my role in the General Industries Workshop in RehabCare.
By doing the course my leadership skills have also been enhanced which helps David Supple and his Mum at the EDS
in my role as Waterford NRAC Chairperson. course Graduation
By David Supple, RehabCare Waterford
Annual Waterford NRAC Election NRAC
As a member of the NRAC
The Annual Waterford NRAC Election • Teresa Kelly – Secretary committee in Waterford here are a
was held on January 30th 2007. • Terry Coady – Treasurer few things that we do:
Sixteen people put themselves forward • Richard White, Joseph O’Shea and
as candidates in the election. At a Gordon Bowers – Committee members • NRAC put out a suggestion box to
house meeting everyone who was a allow everyone make suggestions on
candidate stood up and told everyone The first goal we have for the year is the service
else why they wanted to be on the about Health & Safety and manual
Committee and what they would do if handling in the centre. We are having • NRAC speak for themselves and
they were elected. The staff made a Health and Safety week the second others
ballot papers with each candidate’s week in May. The next goal is planning
picture and name on it and we had a Waterford RehabCare’s annual Day Trip. • We keep an eye out for any
secret ballot. When we come back from our summer problems in the centre
holiday we will be looking at Road
The people who were elected were Safety around our Centre and in • We keep people informed of
Pat Cassin, Terry Coady, David Supple, Waterford city. And our final goal for changes in the service
Teresa Kelly, Richard White, Gordon the year will be organising the
Bowers and Joseph O'Shea. Christmas party. • We are here to listen
The officers of the new Committee are: By Mary Power, RehabCare Waterford By Richard White, RehabCare
• David Supple – Chairperson Waterford
• Pat Cassin – Vice-chair
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The KnockLofty Rural Project
At long last an ambitious rural independent and two independent workshop, as well as a barn for a
development at Knocklofty on the units. variety of rural activities.
borders of Tipperary and Waterford is
complete. Set in beautiful surroundings An Activation Centre is due to be up The first three residents have moved in
close to the River Suir with the Galtee and running by September this year to following visits to the site to choose
Mountains visible in the background, it provide a variety of activities for up to bedrooms, furniture, interior décor, and
looks more like the Swiss Alps instead 25 people. Outdoor activities will be names for the houses. A further three
of being only 3 miles outside Clonmel. horticultural with a large greenhouse people will eventually fill the first 6-
and gardening areas. We are hoping to bed unit with the 5-bed and two
The development is a joint venture eventually obtain some hens and pigs, independent units occupied by the end
between RehabCare and the Tipperary with more exotic animals (ranging of the year.
Association for Special Needs with the from goats to llamas) eagerly being
financial support of the HSE South East, talked about. Indoor areas consist of a Visitors are always welcome but please
Waterford County Council and the canteen and meeting area with rooms bring your wellies!
Department of the Environment. It will intended for arts and crafts, and
eventually provide accommodation for computer skills. Separately there is a By David Frith, Residential Services
thirteen people with one semi- large woodworking and pottery Manager
Seen here is Karen Daly checking out the new kitchen Activation Centre
The NRAC committee is an advocacy representative committee for the clients in the centre. It helps people to be more
confident in speaking up for themselves. If a person is a bit shy in speaking up the NRAC committee can do it for them if
the person wants it. Advocacy has helped me to speak up a bit more for myself and sometimes I would speak on
behalf of another client if they wanted me to. Through NRAC we are hoping to get a petition signed concerning road
safety in our area and after the elections we hope to contact our local council representatives to put forward this
petition to the council.
By Josephine Doyle, RehabCare Kildare
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James Havens R.I.P.
James will be remembered by his many friends in RehabCare Carlow. He
was a very independent person who would decide if he wished to go on
daytrips/ shopping etc. by judging what was the means of transport,
because he wanted to have the opportunity to stop and have a cigarette,
so it was a major surprise when he decided to go with us on the trip to Paris
in 2002. Although he was very nervous of flying, he did, and had a
wonderful time. He talked about many of his memories up to the end.
Within the centre, he took part in our karaoke sessions but would only sing
songs from the Elvis selection. His favourite was ‘The Wonder of You’. He
was a great fan of western films and his favourite film was ‘The Magnificent
Seven’. James came from England and he was very proud of this. He was
delighted to come in to the centre and give everybody a hard time when
England won matches, but would say nothing when they lost. He had no
comment to make about the last rugby match in Croke Park. His favourite
soccer team was Newcastle Utd. James Havens
Horseracing was his real passion and he was well known amongst bookies
around town. James was a very private person, so if he won or lost, you were never told how much. He went through the
racing list on the paper with special friends in the centre, and the feeling is if there is a TV in heaven, it will be hard to get to
see it, as the gentle giant will be watching the racing from Cheltenham. James had a unique personality, and it took people
time to understand him, but when it came to look for time off to see a race, he was well able to have it all worked out as to
why you had to give him the time off. One just could not say no to him.
He took part in pool competitions within the centre and the South East region centres, and he took great pride in having his
photo taken when our centre won the Intercentre Competitions.
James will be remembered in many ways, as he had the ability to befriend people at different levels and for different reasons,
but all was done with a great respect for people who had time for him.
May he rest in peace.
From all at RehabCare Carlow
My First Day
My first day in RehabCare was a good day. I knew a few people from here like Joe and Nigel but it took me a few days
to get to know everybody. You have a good laugh here and good fun. I enjoy playing pool and sometimes I like doing
art or cooking. I like doing sign language too and playing football on Thursday. We have meetings on Monday and Friday.
Rebecca is my supervisor. I hope to get a full time or part time job soon – a good job with good money. I like going
swimming with our other staff member Jack once a month – it is good fun with the lads and we have a bit of splash
By Gary Burton, RehabCare Bray
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You’re a Star
Congratulations and well done to our four
contestants: Brigid Delaney, Elizabeth
McHugh, Irene Daly and John Langton who
took part in ‘You’re a Star’ in the Seven
Oaks Hotel on Wednesday night 28th
March in aid of the Special Olympics. They
took to the stage and did us all proud with Irene Daly
the performances they gave of the songs
‘Paper Roses’, ‘Crystal Chandelier’, ‘ One
Day at a Time’ and ‘Hello’. They were up
against a very high standard of talent with
the other contestants, but did not let it
daunt them in any way. It was a very
enjoyable night and the 12 finalists chosen
go forward to the final in May. We wish all
of them the very best of luck.
From all at RehabCare Carlow
My name is Ian and I attend RehabCare tournament.
in Kildare. We have many different
programmes running in our centre; The winner of each match went into The National RehabCare Advocacy
some of these are Creative Writing, Art, the next round and this carried on until Committee in our centre in
Numeracy, Computers etc. there were only two players left for the Kildare represents our views and
Final. When the Final was played I ideas, and works to make our
As we have a pool table and I thought Centre as good as possible. The
divided out the money which was €15
it would be nice to have a pool committee informs the staff of
for first place, €12 for second, and the any suggestions or problems we
tournament, so I spoke to the staff and two runners-up played each other for
they said “Yes – go ahead and start may have. It also gives us a
€7 and €6 respectively. forum, and encouragement, to
one”. I got all the names of the clients
who were prepared to compete – these speak up for ourselves. To me,
I hope to have more tournaments in advocacy means speaking up for
totalled twenty in all. At €2 per entry, I the future and I am thinking of inviting yourself and not being afraid to
collected €40 altogether. I then put all clients from other centres to come and do so. It also means you can
the names into a hat and made the have a few games with us. have a difference of opinion with
draw in the presence of five people, so other people – but to do it in a
that it was seen to be fair and above By Ian Murphy, RehabCare Kildare nice way.
board. Then we started the
The NRAC committee meets with
Bowling the clients every week and we
discuss the programmes that are
I went with the Kildare RehabCare group on the train to Carlow for a bowling running in our centre and also
match. We divided into teams to start our games. When the match was over those programmes we would like
we all went out for lunch together. After lunch we went for a lovely long to see in action.
walk. At 2.30 pm we got the train back to Kildare, arriving at 3.45 to meet
our bus at the train station. We all got home safely and were very happy with By Gerry Lambe, RehabCare
our lovely day out. Kildare
By Adrienne Foley, RehabCare Kildare
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Every Thursday we have our literacy group. We
have it here in RehabCare. There are six in the
group. Carol is our teacher. We do things like
reading, spelling and writing.
It is a very interesting class and Carol is a very
nice person and good teacher.
I don’t find it difficult and look forward to it every
week. These skills we learn can help us in our
everyday life, which I think is great. When we
finish we will get a certificate for our
By Glenn Walsh, RehabCare Waterford
Being a Musician Disney on Ice
I started playing the drums in 2002. I always wanted to play the
On the 12th of April I went to Disney on Ice
drums in a band.
with RehabCare Bray. The show was at 3
I play for the De la Salle pipe band. We play every Sunday from
o’clock. The costumes were beautiful. I liked
11.00- 1.00 and every Monday night from 7.30-9.00 in the De la
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty the best.
Salle School on Patrick St.
By Belinda Flynn, The Phoenix Service
For my first time playing outside Ireland, we played in Scotland. I
have walked in parades for four years. I never get nervous when I
am walking in the parades.
By Declan Purcell, RehabCare Waterford
RehabCare Best Club in Bray
I like Rehab, it’s delightful and trilightfull.
I am a member of Bray Lakers club. This is a fun
It makes you laugh. Makes you Scream with delight.
club for people with disabilities. The club stated in
Sun in the morning when I wake up and have to come in to Rehab.
1989. I started in the club in 1990. I am in the club
Happy smiles from everybody at work as if we were in Disneyland.
17 years now.
I play bowling and bocce and sometimes I play the
Big large door waiting for you
basketball. I was a player in the Area regional and
To open for you.
National Games, which were held after The World
Jack the man, and Kiara the happy one and Rebecca smiling as always
And Ashling is working in her office as usual.
The good news for Bray Lakers is that we got a
There is a place in Bray, Rehab it’s called,
clubhouse – we were waiting on a premises and at
The bright place and if you have problems,
last we have one!
You come here, you come see.
By Marian O’Rourke, The Phoenix Service,
By Bridget Kavanagh, RehabCare Bray
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FETAC Awards Snack Attack
I take part in the snack attack programme on
a Wednesday morning. This programme is
about learning to make snack food that we
will be able to make at home. We decided
as a group what we would like to make then
An Awards Ceremony was held FETAC Certificates in Craft and we write down the ingredients. We use the
recently in Dundalk Sheltered Computers. A great night was had new scan check-outs to pay for our groceries.
Workshop for people who received by all! We have made scones and fruit salads. We
have tasted fruits like mango and pineapples
and made toasted sandwiches, bagels and
eggs. One of my goals for my PCP was to
cook at home. I made beans on toast for
mum and me.
By David Coyle, Dundalk Resource Centre
Dundalk ARCH Club
The ARCH club started in the Order of Malta Hall
in 1977. This year it celebrates 30 years in
Dundalk. There are ARCH clubs now all over the
country. On the 24th March ARCH clubs from all
over Ireland met in Galway for competitions
Front row seated from left: including Art, Crafts, Writing and Photography.
Kathleen Lamb HSE, Siobhan McCabe FETAC, Catherine McDaid,
Councillor Noel Lennon Chairman UDC Dundalk, Rose Marie Sheelan, Jim McAleer from the centre, is one of the
Noreen Crotty, Una McNamee longest serving members of the club which is
now held on a Thursday night in the Friary Hall. I
Back row standing: enjoy going. They have parties at special times
Aveen Toner Regional Support Manager, Deirdre Quinn, Gerry e.g. Valentines Day. They also go on a tour at
O’Callaghan, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Hanlon, Heather Alexander, Niall the end of the season.
Connor, Liz Hughes, John Meegan, Therese Crosbie Area Manager HSE,
Joseph Smith, Attracta Burns By Jimmy Hanlon, Dundalk Sheltered Workshop
Self Awareness Class
In the centre we had a programme called Self Awareness. As part of the
programme we did a programme on bullying. We watched discs on the
computer and talked about different forms of bullying. We also
discussed who we should tell if someone was bullying us. It is really
important to talk to someone.
We also looked at issues to do with budgeting and using our money.
Everyone really enjoyed the programme.
By Jimmy McAleer, Dundalk Sheltered Workshop
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My Job in JJB Dundalk
My name is Martin O’Connor. I have a I would love to see more people with
part time job in JJB in Dundalk. I work 3 disabilities employed in Ireland. Since I
full days a week. I work on the football started in JJB my friend Brian has since
pitches. I take out the goal posts and been employed by JJB. I got the chance
sort out pitches for games. I like my job to meet the Taoiseach Bertie Aherne in
and I have made some new friends, our centre to promote “Paid
Danny and Neil. employment I can do it.”
I am treated just the same as everyone I told him all about my job and how
else which I think is great. much it means to me.
By Martin O’Connor, Dundalk Resource
A Seat at the Table Our NRAC
I was chosen in an election between the On the 20th February there was a Public
centres of Carroll Village and Coes Road Meeting in the Nuremore Hotel. There We meet and learn how to take
as their representative on Seat at the was a big crowd there. I am the turns when talking and that it is
Table. I get the opportunity to attend the chairman of the parliament. Everyone important to listen to people when
Dundalk Institute of Technology once spoke introducing themselves and also they are talking. Also that it’s
per month along with people from other explaining what we had done so far.
important people understand you
RehabCares and other groups in the People had an opportunity to ask
and that you get your point across,
North East. Some of the modules I have questions from the floor. There were
studied are History of the Disabled in some people from the South East group while being honest and polite.
Ireland, Communications, Leadership there. A number of people from the This helps all of us to speak our
and Inclusiveness, Interview Techniques centre went along to the open meeting. mind.
By Michael Smith, Dundalk Sheltered From the NRAC Committee,
Workshop Portlaoise Resource Centre
Service Users from Dundalk Resource
Centre meet Enda Kenny during a trip to
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Mama Mia Concert
I recently attended the Mama Mia concert in Dublin, at the Point
Theatre. I really enjoyed the show – the staff and I had been planning
it for months as it was one of my person centred goals.
We set off at 4pm and arrived in Dublin by 6pm. The day had been
especially planned around my likes and needs. First we went for a nice
meal and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. It was then time to go to
the concert. I loved the BUZZ and the atmosphere – the lights, sounds
I hope to plan an event like it again soon.
By Mary Farrell, Highfield House
Mary Farrell, David Ward and Helena Corrigan from Highfield House
Dance Fun In Funderland
A few months ago we started a The morning of the 11th of January was
new dance programme made up dull and frosty but for Helena and David On arrival the excitement of what was in
of six girls from Carroll Village it was filled with excitement as both of store for us had everyone feeling great –
and three girls from Coes Road. them were looking forward to a day out bright lights, loud music and the smell of
We do our dancing in Coes Road. at Funderland in Dublin’s RDS. candyfloss didn’t disappoint. Following
The dance that we do is exercise two hours of fun we went to ‘Eddie
and keeping time to the beat. It Supporting staff for the outing included Rockets’ for French fries, southern fried
was my first time dancing and I Olivia, Sandra and Tommy. Our first point chicken and some soft drinks. After that
really enjoy it. of call was Enfield for a jumbo roll, we headed home, as it had been a fun
which everyone enjoyed and provided filled but tiring day!
By Dolores Mc Keever, Dundalk us with much-needed energy for the
Resource Centre day ahead. From Highfield House
“Cats” The Musical
On Thursday the 8th of March, we went to see “Cats” the musical. It was in the Grand Opera House in Belfast and it was a
musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. We left the centre that morning at 10.30. We travelled by minibus. We stopped at McDonalds
at 12.30 for lunch. It was lovely.
When we got to the theatre we were shown to our seats and the musical started at 2pm. The stage was an alley with
newspaper and rubbish to add to the effect. In the background there were cats’ eyes flashing. The cats came from all sides of
the theatre and went up on the stage. They started to dance and sing. Some of our favourite cats were Angelica, Deuteronomy
and Grisabella. There were so many good songs, but we all liked “Memory” the best. We all enjoyed the musical and we had
a wonderful day. It was one of the best musicals we have ever been to.
For some people it was their first time in Belfast and they really enjoyed themselves. The musical finished at 5pm and we
arrived back in Monaghan at 7pm that evening. The next day some people were tired but it was worth it.
From all in RehabCare Monaghan
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Eileen was a service user in our centre
in Tullamore for a long time. She was In Memory of Eileen O’Connor RIP
very funny and loved laughing and
joking with her friends while she
worked. She also loved animals. We
were very sad when we heard the news
that Eileen had passed away. In January
we held a Mass for Eileen and also for
Keith Hewson who was a service user
who passed away in February 2005. It
was a lovely Mass. We framed a picture
of Eileen which is now hanging up in
our centre. We also got a plaque
engraved and put it on the seat outside
in her honour. Eileen is missed by
everyone in our centre, both service
users and staff, and she will always be
in our prayers.
By Ursula O’Brien & Christine Delaney,
Tullamore Sheltered Workshop
Swim and Gym Independent Travel
We attend a gym and swim
programme every Tuesday. A
group of us head up to the local
leisure centre. We spend an hour On Tuesday 13th March, five of us who is a prison officer, came and
in the gym where we all have a went to Portlaoise on the town link showed us around. He showed us
programme that has been done bus as part of our independent travel where the prisoners exercised and had
up by a gym instructor. We will module in the Atlas programme. We their dinner. All of the prisoners do
be getting these looked at left at 10 o’clock and we arrived in woodwork, cooking, reading and
regularly as we get better so Portlaoise at 11. We went to the writing. Then he showed us the
they get changed to suit us. As shopping centre until 12 o’clock and visiting rooms where the people visit
we improve we will be then we went to Midlands prison. We the prisoners. When we were finished
increasing our weights. We then were in the prison from 12.15 until 2 the visit, we collected our phones,
have a break and head for the o’clock. When we were waiting to go coats and bags from the lockers.
pool. We have great fun playing into the prison we were in a room
ball in the pool. with the two doors closed. We had to By Olive Hickey, Tullamore Sheltered
put our phones, bags and coats into a Workshop
By Daniel Eletrash and Brian locker before we went in. P.J Delaney,
Travers, RehabCare Navan
The Marie Keating Foundation
On the 5th of April, The Marie Keating women could get. An important thing testicular and bowel. We learned how
Foundation came to the centre to talk we learned was that eating healthily to protect ourselves from cancer such
about cancer. It has been established to helps protect us against cancer. Eating a as skin cancer by using sun cream. We
provide cancer information and wide variety of vegetables, fruits, were taught how to check for signs of
awareness free of charge to the pulses and cereals will certainly help cancer also.
general public throughout Ireland. reduce the risk.
It was a very interesting talk and we
We were split into two groups, men There are a lot of different types of learned a lot.
and women. We learned about cancer cancer that we learned about at the
that men could get and what cancer talk. There is breast, skin, prostate, From RehabCare, Monaghan
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R.D.A.I. Annual Conference
At the R.D.A.I. Annual Conference in the Bloomfield Hotel Mullingar, Ann-
Marie Murray won first prize in the colouring competition. The President of
the R.D.A.I. handed Ann-Marie a red rosette and a miniature horse to great
applause and congratulations from the R.D.A.I. Kells Volunteers. Ann-Marie
was a great Ambassador for RehabCare and the whole day was very
By Catherine Coull, RehabCare Navan
My New Job
I started a new job Supermacs in Navan on 11th September 2006. I really enjoy it. All
We started up our gardening the staff are really nice to me and treat me really well. I work in all the areas. I work
programme this year and in the restaurant cleaning the floors and tables and on the till serving the customers. I
decided to put in a wildlife work a roster and have to check it every week as my days change. I really enjoy my
garden. We have planted two new job.
hedges, one with blackberry,
gooseberry and beech so it will By Elaine Fahy, RehabCare Monaghan
produce berries for the birds.
We have also prepared a
flower garden which we Our Relaxation Room
planted up with seed to attract
butterflies. We still have a lot We recently had our recovery room done up and it will now be used for many
of work to complete it and we functions. Aoife who does beauty with us took control and got new paint, new
will be busy all summer. flooring and a new bed and bed linen. Michael Neville worked hard with Aoife to
get the room painted. It is now a nice restful place to be. The room will now be a
By Margaret Vaughey and Josie lovely place to relax in, recover in and we can’t wait to get all our treatments in.
Coloe, RehabCare Navan
By Helen Flemming and Grace Nolan, RehabCare Navan
My Wedding Day The Mad
My wedding day took place on 28th
October 2006. It was the happiest day
of my life. I married my best friend Neil
By Doreen Casey, RehabCare Navan We had a surprise hen party for
Doreen before she left to get
married. Everyone had to wear
hats – there were pink cowgirl
hats, horse riding hats, witches
hats and more. There was a disco
and a great laugh as we all saw
Doreen off in style to start her
By Lorraine, Susan and Avril,
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What does NRAC do in your centre? How has Advocacy made a difference Advocacy means
The NRAC meeting is held once every in your life? 1. To stand up for what you believe in
month. They work on behalf of all the Advocacy has made a difference – it 2. To speak up for what you believe in
service users. They take issues to the helps people to achieve things that 3. To put your point across
meetings e.g. getting the yellow are important to them. It is a voice 4. To be confident in what you do or
boxes out in front of the centre to and a support for all. say
keep clear for buses. When issues 5. To be independent
arise sometimes the county councils 6. To look out for one another
and governments need to be
contacted. NRAC is a voice for the From all in RehabCare Monaghan
people, a support that gets things
Trip to Aras an Uachtaráin
On the 5th of April, fifteen service users and three staff
went to Aras an Uachtaráin. Six of us went in the space
wagon and twelve went on the train. We got taxis up to
the door of Aras an Uachtaráin. We got a nice surprise
when we were told that the President was there and
she was going to meet us. There was another group
there from RehabCare Dundalk. When President
McAleese came into the room, she came around to
everyone and we introduced ourselves to her. We got a
group photograph taken with her. We were then shown
around some of the rooms. We went out to the garden
and went to the Hyde room where we had tea, coffee,
7up, pastries and cakes. We had a great day!
By Gary McCabe, Tullamore Sheltered Workshop
Standing (from left to right): Greg Callaghan, Jenny Monaghan, Paul Byrne, Claire Gill, Breda Malone, Andrew Minnock, Thomas
Champ, Geraldine Harrington, Cathal Molloy, Joe Lawless, Veronica Conroy, Caroline Byrne, Kieran Shields, Jonathon Fitzpatrick,
Joseph Mulvin, David Matthews
Seated (from left): Harry Beacon, President Mary McAleese, Gary McCabe
Health and Safety
Committee First Aid
I do a First Aid Programme on a Tuesday morning
We have started a health and safety committee in our
in our Mighty Men’s Group. Barry, Paddy, Martin,
centre. There are eleven members and we are all
Liam, David and I are in the group. Michelle does
responsible for different areas of our centre. We have a
the programme with us. We have learned how to
weekly checklist that we do with the help of the staff
put on bandages, the recovery position, acting
and then have a meeting. Any problems we have are
out the scene of an accident, quizzes, and burns.
fed back to the health and safety manager who brings
It is good to know about these things as I could
them to the manager and to the service users through
help someone who had an accident.
NRAC. We put together new notice boards for the
centre and have helped to sort out storage problems
By Stephen Murphy, Dundalk Resource Centre
for people’s bags that were on the floor.
By Lorraine Kangley Chairperson, RehabCare Navan
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RehabCare Blennerville Shines taking to the streets to wow the crowds.
Brightly in Easter Parade “Me and Jane were gas as Posh and Becks,” Tommy
Cantillon said, “I wore a sarong, an English football jersey,
spiked my hair and dyed it blonde.”
For several hectic weeks before the parade everyone was
busy designing and making costumes using a variety of
materials including paint, cardboard and polystyrene. The art
room bin was cleverly transformed into the robot R2D2
bringing much laughter from the parade’s spectators. Dolly
Parton refused to reveal how she made her costume,
although the centre’s toilet roll supply was seriously
Last year the theme of the parade was “roots” and everyone
dressed up as vegetables simmering in a giant stew pot,
and traditional Irish characters. Ann Lane, who played
Deirdre from Coronation Street complete with a five feet
Storm troopers, Jedis, robots and a range of celebrities long cigarette, said: “It was much better than last year. The
exploded onto the streets of Tralee at Easter when service parade route was longer and being at night really fitted in
users, staff and their families at RehabCare in Blennerville with the theme of stars.”
took part in the town’s annual parade.
And stars weren’t the only thing adorning the night sky. As
Organised by the community arts organisation Samhlíocht the parade came to an end there was an impressive
Chiarraí, the theme of the parade was “stars” and we chose fireworks display in the town park.
to dress up as characters from Star Wars, a number of well-
known showbiz faces and a uniquely designed Aries ram Everyone at RehabCare in Blennerville would like to thank
storm trooper. So fetching was this costume that its designer Gerry O’Donnell, Pat Brackenbury and all those who helped
and wearer Richard Smyth was told by one woman that he make the Easter parade such a success.
looked like “her knight in shining armour”. Everyone
twinkled in the flashlights of the local paparazzi before From all at RehabCare Blennerville
Obstacles Can Be Surmounted …
I’ve got the incentive, I’ve got the drive - The future appears peachy
With application I’ve produced the output: with hardly a cloud
Over 750 poems in less than three scant years, to mar the horizon,
evident testimony to the glad fact I can write! my major concern, poor eyesight.
Better mention the stories, 66 to date, So long as I persist
focus of early endeavour, now pleasingly achieved! at not overtaxing my vision
Likewise personally gratifying is having recently rewritten all indicators are favourable
lyrics to popular songs - twenty and counting, a score or I’ll continue to thrive,
more! like Chris de Burgh, personal hero,
Cause for pride, inspiring to share … my generation’s jet-setter!
I’ve more than muddled through It’s my luck to have more than muddled through,
since former days quite difficult, traversing daunting hurdles,
tough times through which I struggled, bright future in prospect,
challenged and burdened. encouragement to share insights:
And yet, inspiration beckoned “Keep striving, you’ll make it.
illuminating Tunnel’s End … Persistence pays off!”
From drab realities I’ve emerged Muddling through understates the case.
to realise brighter possibilities of late! Obstacles can be surmounted … I’m living proof!
By Richard Smyth, RehabCare Blennerville
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An interview with Paul O´Neill and Pat Hackett from RehabCare in Limerick.
51 years old
Lives in Limerick
Hobby: He likes watching television and listening to
Dislikes: He doesn´t like getting up in the morning
29 years old
Lives in Limerick
Hobby: He likes going out, watching matches like
rugby and football, travelling and swimming
Dislikes: He has no dislikes
Question 1: What have NRAC been doing in your centre?
NRAC is good because it gives help to people. In our centre we have been holding information talks. We have invited people
in with other religions to give a sense of aspects of different religious viewpoints. We have talked about CCTV in the
community to protect people in the centre. We brought in Sergeant O´Neill, the community Garda in Limerick. He spoke about
the crime that is going on in the city. It opened our minds to danger. It is nice to meet new people and to exchange new
ideas and points of view.
Question 2: How has advocacy made a difference in your life?
Advocacy has helped us to speak up for ourselves and others. Being on the NRAC committee has given us confidence to get
up and speak in front of a crowd. Advocacy has helped us getting people to listen to the things we are saying.
Question 3: How are you influencing the services you want?
We are getting help from the national NRAC committee and in partnership with government worked on the implementation
of the disability bill. We are going to speak to the politicians about the national election and to review their policy and what
they are standing for. We want to have a right to speak up about disability policy.
Question 4: Sum up what you think Advocacy means
• It means to have a right to speak
• It means equality
• It means respect
• It means supporting each other
• It means speaking up for yourself
Cork FETAC Awards
A number of service users from Brandon House and
Bruach services in Cork recently received FETAC Level
3 certification in Computer Literacy. They were
presented their awards at a ceremony hosted by the
Lord Mayor of Cork during the Lifelong Learning
Pictured from left are: Kathleen Hurley, Siobhan Burns,
Leonard Corcoran (Computer Tutor), Mary Williamson,
Collette Crowley, Stephen Lynch
Rehab Care Newsletter May07 23/05/2007 15:15 Page 18
In 2001 I left home and I went to live
in Lake Lodge and stayed there from
May 2001 to February 2002 when I
moved into Clara Glen.
When I lived at home with my mother
I did the cleaning and prepared
breakfast in the morning. My mother
used to eat the parsnips and carrots as
she got them ready for dinner – I was
afraid I would cut my finger doing
them. If my mother was ever going
anywhere she would tell me what time
to put on the dinner, this would be my
Ann, Josie, John, Alberto & Fidelma enjoying a fair day in Tubber
When I was younger I could get around bills and the running of the house – we • Evening television
myself but I lost my confidence and are very independent. Everyone is • Weekend outings
started to use a stick. For the last 5 to involved in the cleaning and the
6 years I have been using a walking different jobs. I have my own routine I find an awful lot of change with
frame. and plan my week with the staff and myself.
the other people we live with. We plan
I am a tenant of Newgrove Housing things like: By Josie Cullen, Sligo Resource Centre
association. We all pay towards the • What we are going to have for dinner
Satisfaction guaranteed with the VEC
2006 has been one of the busiest patience and time to explain
years that I can remember in my 10 everything to us.
years with RehabCare. I have
completed three VEC Courses. They I have gained great experience and
were Consumer Awareness, Personal personal satisfaction. It has also given
Care & Presentation and Advocacy. The me more confidence in myself. At the
courses ranged from 10-20 weeks in a completion of the course we were
three-hour session every week. I felt given certificates and I felt I had
they were all very educational and achieved something special. I would
taught me a lot of skills in dealing strongly recommend these courses to
with everyday situations. anyone who would be interested in
furthering their education.
Michelle and Marrion were our tutors
from the VEC. In each course there I hope to become involved in a
was only a small number involved, computer course as well as other
which was great as the tutor had a lot courses in 2007.
of time to spend with each person.
The tutors encouraged us to ask By Edel McIntyre, Sligo Resource
questions and they had lots of Centre
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Claire Mc Loughlin Tells
of times in RehabCare
I joined RehabCare in 1977, just after my father passed away.
I started work in the garment making section in the old
RehabCare building in Bridge Street. Mrs O’Reilly was our
supervisor. One day I went upstairs and started doing the
rubbers. We also wound up Miranda into rolls and packed
boxes. I moved into the workshop in St Annes in 1997,
where I continued to be involved in sorting work.
I had a health scare in 2002 and I decided to move into the
resource centre. I find it more relaxing; there is an easier
pace. Staff support me with my appointments and I go on
outings like bingo. I take part in the “Go for life” exercise
programme and we have the odd party too. I enjoy bowling
and I like the "Remember When" group we do. We went to Maureen & Claire Remembering how it was
Riverstown Folk Park and had a buttermaking session here in
the centre. memories of the time I have spent in Bridge Street.
I look forward to the holidays each year. I have many good By Claire McLoughlin, Sligo Resource Centre
friends here in the resource centre and I have happy
What NRAC in Sligo has been Doing
Our NRAC Committee in Sligo meets every Thursday for respected.
one hour to discuss issues that are brought to our attention Advocacy is empowering people, gaining self-confidence,
by other service users. No issue is too big or too small. aspirations and skills.
We feel empowered as a committee because we see an Advocacy informs us on issues important to us.
outcome to the issues brought to our attention. We have Advocacy promotes equality and gives us choices.
developed a good working relationship with the manager Advocacy is about speaking up for yourself or speaking on
of the centre who supports us. We have improved on our behalf of someone.
own skills and gained self-confidence by taking an active Advocacy is about using your rights and responsibilities.
role within our centre.
By Mary T Dolan, Bernie Cullen, Adrian Cornwall, Brian
What Advocacy means to us Murrin and John Martin
Advocacy is about having a voice that's listened too and RehabCare Sligo NRAC Committee
Looking Back on My Life
I went to school in Harmony Hill many years ago, while living in a Hostel in Teeling
Street. I moved from there into a house in Heather View where my friend Paddy
lived and we have since moved twice. I worked over in Bridge Street doing many
different types of jobs. We moved to a new place called St Gerard’s and then moved
to RehabCare a few short years later.
I really like coming in to RehabCare on Mondays. We have a weekly house meeting.
We get to hear about all the different things that are going on in the centre and also
hear about any news to do with Rehab Group.
I enjoy painting and arts & crafts. I love to have a chat with all my great friends
here. I also enjoy going out for coffee with one particular friend Paddy. We all love a
great party and a chance to dance the night away to good music. I also like cooking
in the kitchen and settling down to read a good book.
By Patricia Marren, Sligo Resource Centre
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Speaking Up and Stepping Out
I believe advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and letting
people know what you need or want. I let the people working with
me know I needed help getting out and about more in the
community. We decided to apply for a Personal Assistant (P.A.) who is
a guide aid for me.
It all got arranged for me just before Easter. My first P.A. went on
holidays to Cuba; she met a man over there and decided to stay. My
next P.A. is still my current P.A. and we have been working together
for over 3 years.
Having a P.A. has made a big difference to my life. With her help I
can take off up town and go shopping, get my hair done and we
often go swimming too. My P.A. comes to me twice a week at a set
time that we agree on. I get to meet people when I am out and
about and I have gotten to know friends through my P.A.
If I could not have my P.A. it would mean that I would not be able to get out and
about as much. I would feel lost without my P.A. and I would miss both the
company and friendship I have built up with my P.A.
Spring is here
If you are ever looking for something or thinking about becoming more In my garden dear.
independent, don’t be afraid to talk to the people working with you as they can The flowers are bright.
help. I spoke up and got my P.A. and with her help I get out and about in the They mask a pretty sight.
community more. I got a P.A. and a friend who is always good for some advice.
The wind becomes wild
By Aisling Egan, Sligo Resource Centre Away from the wild.
The rose is near.
National Tree Week 2007 From my window I see
The beautiful cherry blossom tree,
Pink and white
It makes my heart delight.
The cherry blossom tree
Appears once a year,
It is a symbol of time.
Of nature all sublime.
The outdoors beckons me,
I feel so free.
The hearth side is quenched.
The flowers are drenched.
Spring is my favourite season,
The colours are the reason.
The theme for this year's National Tree Week was 'Trees for Energy'. A group The mornings are bright.
from The Resource Centre in Galway participated by helping to plant trees in The evenings are just right.
Terryland Forest Park. The afternoon was a great success and we will all enjoy
watching the trees as they grow and contribute to a positive environment. By Ailish Higgins, Galway Resource
Galway City Council facilitated this event. Centre
From Galway Resource Centre
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For our competition this month we asked you to send us a poster that represented what you think Advocacy is all about.
We had a very creative response, so well done to everyone!
Our overall winner is a group entry from RehabCare
Portlaoise for their very powerful visual representation
of Advocacy. Here’s what they had to say about it:
“Our poster is about team effort – all together as one
working for the things we want. We give respect and
Overall Winner: RehabCare Portlaoise Poster
We also had two runner-up prize-winners.
RehabCare Sligo won for their poster that explains very effectively what Advocacy is all about.
Finally a special congratulations to Domhnall Flynn from Dundalk Resource Centre who won a runner-up prize for his direct
and striking poster.
Runner-up: Poster from RehabCare Sligo Runner-up: Domhall Flynn’s poster
Rehab Care Newsletter May07 23/05/2007 15:16 Page 22
(continued) The New NRAC National Committee talking
about Advocacy and their Roles
“I got elected in November 2006 for a term
My name is Catalina Keys. I am happy to be
of 2 years. I have achieved a lot through
on NRAC and talking to others and finding
NRAC. I have more confidence, ask more
out more about it. I am a new member on
questions and understand things better.”
the committee and I would like to thank
everyone for voting for me at the last
election, which was in November 2006. I
would also like to thank the staff and clients
for coming with me up to the Glenroyal
“We have been in training from January Hotel, Maynooth.
about NRAC and our needs to function as a
committee. The sessions involved - What is We need to help one another, support people
Advocacy, Roles of Members/Officers, to have a voice to speak up for their rights
Guidelines, Contact Lists, Presentation from and listen to what they have to say.”
the Communications and Public Affairs Team
and PCP training” Catalina Keys
“My name is Laura – I am in the Centre in
My name is Michael O’Brien – I am a service
Athlone. I am pushing forward disability
user in Cork. I would like as a member of
issues and getting more access for
NRAC to listen to the views of service users
wheelchairs. I am after getting new ramps in
and speak up for people who cannot speak
Athlone. I enjoy meeting new people and
up for themselves. I am also a member of
getting things done at a national level.
RehabCare Training Team.
NRAC training has helped me to understand
I would like to see more funding for
the role more clearly which will help all
service users within RehabCare.”
NRAC regional days are currently being planned and will be held in each region between June and August.
This is a reminder for all local committees that we will be reviewing the NRAC Guidelines on Bullying for Service Users in the
next couple of months.
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What is a Risk Assessment? By Michelle Peate-Morgan,
Health and Safety Manager
A risk assessment is a careful examination of anything in your
workplace that could cause injury or ill health. The level of
risk you are exposed to is dependent on the combination of
the likelihood of a hazardous event occurring, and the
consequence of the event.
Risk = Likelihood x Consequence
How do I carry out a Risk Assessment?
It’s important that before you carry out a risk assessment you
ensure that you have received the relevant training.
There are six key steps to carrying out a risk assessment:
5. Record Your Findings
1. Identify Work Task Not only it is good practice but it is also a legal requirement
You need to make a list of the all the tasks you are to record your risk assessment in writing. Once you have it
responsible for, anything you manage, the people involved, recorded it’s important you communicate the details to all
the equipment they use and the different locations they work staff and ask your staff to sign the risk assessment indicating
in. they have read and understood its contents and control
2. Identify the Risk
In order to identify the risks you will need to know what the 6. Review Your Findings
hazards are, who might be harmed and how. You will need to Finally it’s important that you set a date to review your risk
observe the work being carried out, speak to the staff assessments, annually or sooner. However, there are instances
concerned, review the safety statement and read up on where it may need to be reviewed earlier:
hazards relevant to the activity/area. • Following new legislation
• Following an accident/incident
3. Estimate the Risk • Following the introduction of new equipment, procedures
You need to weigh up how serious each risk is. In order to do or staff
this you need to look at how likely it is that something could
go wrong and how serious the outcome would be. This Tips to improve your risk assessment:
involves the estimation of the likelihood and the
consequence. • Make sure it’s suitable and sufficient
• Better data helps make better judgements
4. Evaluate the Risk • Involve the people it’s likely to affect
The higher the risk level the more serious the risk is and the • Conditions may vary from site to site so ensure you look
more likely it is you will have to take some action. The best at each site
way of evaluating the risk is by using a Risk Matrix (See • Consider “on the spot” assessments, in order to check your
Section 10 of the RehabCare Safety Statement). assessments are covering all they need to
Need Further Information?
Please refer to Section 10 in the RehabCare Safety Statement
where you will find more information on Risk Assessments
and Control Measures.
Your comments are always welcome and if you would like any
particular area of Health & Safety covered in the next issue
then please send an email to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me at 01-
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If you would like further information on any RehabCare services in
your area, please contact us at:
RehabCare, Roslyn Park, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 205 7200