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                                HeadsUpThe writing is on the wall
                                       as new website launched

                Rehab Enterprises’ Ambitious Future Plans
December 2008

                RehabCare’s Rare Disorders Report Launched
                Heroes Honoured at People of the Year Awards
                Rehab UK Client on how K2 Climb Changed her Life Forever

News Roundup                                                  News and Features

An overview of the latest developments                      My Greatest Challenge
from across the Rehab Group.....................4           Rehab UK client Helen Lane tells Rehab
                                                            News of her recovery and rehabilitation
                                                            from an acquired brain injury sustained
                                                            while climbing K2............................................13

                                                            Man with a Mission
                                                            Michael Horgan, Rehab’s Director of
                                                            Enterprises, outlines exciting expansion plans
                                                            for the next few years ........................................14

                                                            National Learning Network’s
                                                            Satisfied Customers
                                                            Research on National Learning                                                  “Crossing the Line”
                                                            Network’s Employer-Based Training                                              “Crossing the Line”, a project which
                                                            Programme shows high levels of work                                            supports people with learning difficulties,
                                                            satisfaction amongst those on work                                             focuses on three areas within Ireland’s

                                                  4         placements ......................................................17            border region ..................................................25

                                                                                                                                           Winning the Race
                                                                                                                                           Oppenheim Investment Managers scoops
Cover Story                                                                                                                                Rehab Great Investment Race for second

HeadsUp Blazes a Trail as Innovative
New Website Launched
Rehab recently launched, a new
                                                                                                                        14                 Teach na hÉireann at Ambassador’s
                                                                                                                                           Representatives from Teach na hÉireann
interactive website as part of our mental                                                                                                  recently attended a reception in the Irish
health promotion project. .............................10   Rehab Conference Marks World                                                   Embassy in London .......................................26
                                                            Mental Health Day
                                                            Stephen Pocklington, Executive Director                                        Home Sweet Home
                                                            of the Copeland Center for Wellness and                                        The Summer Accommodation Scheme, an
                                                            Recovery, talks to Rehab News about                                            innovative new pilot project introduced by
                                                            WRAP......................................................................18   National Learning Network in Hollyhill, Co.
                                                                                                                                           Cork, has proved hugely successful........... 27
                                                            RehabCare Report Calls for Centre
                                                            of Excellence for Rare Disorders in                                            RehabCare in Dundalk Celebrates
                                                            Ireland                                                                        Success
                                                            A new research report has focused                                              Twenty-eight people from the centre in
                                                            attention on the plight of individuals with                                    Dundalk were recently presented with
                                                            rare disorders and the impact on their                                         certificates marking their achievements......28
                                                                                                                                           Help and Advice on Brain Injury
                                                            Qualifying Success                                                             Rehab UK is set to publish the latest edition
                                                            Rehab employees receive Certificates in                                        of the Brain Injury Handbook .......................30
                                                            Disability Management ................................23
                                                                                                                                           Rehab Goes Behind the Scenes on
                                                            Who Says Learning Can’t Be Fun?                                                RTÉ’s Nationwide

                                             10             Work Matters, Momentum’s mental health
                                                            service’s innovative project, is making
                                                            learning fun ......................................................24
                                                                                                                                           Nationwide recently visited the National
                                                                                                                                           Learning Network’s “Choices” programme
                                                                                                                                           in Athy, Co. Kildare...........................................31
In this issue                                                                                                                                                December 2008

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Week in October shows the dedication                                          offers a range of programmes, including the                                with us.
displayed by Irish households to the cause                                    employment programme, Workability.......42
of recycling .......................................................32                                                                                   Acknowledgements:
                                                                              Fundraising                                                      , Corporate
Best-ever People of the Year                                                  A busy and exciting programme of                                           PR Photography, Crosslight
Awards Celebrate Ireland’s Finest                                             fundraising events and activities in Ireland                               Photography, Donald Stuart, Pat
Ireland’s great and good turned out in style                                  has been lined up for 2009..........................44                     Tinsley Photography, Eoin Hennessy
to celebrate our heroes at a glittering award                                                                                                            Photography, Fennell Photography,
ceremony in Dublin............................................34              My Working Day                                                             Raymond Humphreys, Maxwells
                                                                              Two Rehab staff talk to Rehab News about                                   Photography and Brian Reynolds
Holocaust Survivor is Living History                                          a typical day in their working lives ...........48                         Photography.
Zoltan Zinn-Collis recently visited National
Learning Network in Athy and spoke of his                                       Bulletin Board                                                           Published on behalf of the
experiences during World War II................40                                                                                                        Rehab Group by:
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News Roundup

                                                                    Pictured above: The Johns family at the Top Hats and Tiaras Ball
                                                                    in aid of Momentum are (left to right) Cerys Johns, Iris Johns,
Pictured above: Staff, service users and their family members in    Rhian Johns, Ray Johns and Bethan Johns.
front of London’s City Hall.

Crossing Bridges                                                    Hats Off to Ball Organisers!
                                                                    it WaS ceRtaiNLy a Night           many months in hospital.
London Fundraising Walk                                             of glamour. Organised              When she was discharged,
                                                                    by Momentum service                Rhian joined Pathways,
oveR 35 peopLe, iNcLudiNg SeRvice uSeRS, theiR                      user, Rhian Johns, and             Momentum’s brain
families and Rehab UK supporters, took part in the                  her mother, Iris Johns, the        injury service based in
Crossing Bridges sponsored walk last July, raising over             Top Hats and Tiaras Ball           Aberdeen, to progress her
£2,000 for Rehab UK’s Family Support Days project                   took place at the Hilton           rehabilitation and fulfill
at the London Brain Injury Centre. Among the many                   Aberdeen Treetops Hotel            her dream of going to
highlights of the walk through London city centre were              recently and was a fantastic       University. That dream is
Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern,                 success, raising in excess of      now a reality and to show
the Globe Theatre and the Golden Hind ship.                         £30,000 for Momentum.              her gratitude, Rhian and
                                                                                                       Iris organised the ball to
                                                                    At the age of 20, Rhian            raise money for the charity
Mont Blanc                                                          had a brain haemorrhage.
                                                                    She was in a coma for
                                                                                                       they credit with playing
                                                                                                       such a huge role in Rhian’s
Challenge                                                           five weeks and spent               recovery.

BRave peteR RoBeRtSoN
(51) has returned home                                              White Water
safe and sound after
climbing Western Europe’s                                           Rafting Bare-
highest mountain, Mont
Blanc, and raising over
£3,000 for Momentum
                                   Pictured above: Peter Robinson
                                   (foreground) takes a break       Knuckle Ride
                                   while climbing Mont Blanc for
in the process. The keen           Momentum.                        NiNe ScottiSh compaNieS
mountaineer and father of                                           recently took part in
three, who is a farmer in          making it all the way to the     Momentum’s White                   Pictured above: Volunteers
the Scottish Borders, was          top. He did, however, reach      Water Rafting fundraiser,          brave the rapids for Momentum.
put through three days             a splendid 4,000 metres,         raising £8,000 for services
of vigorous training by            just 807 metres short of         throughout Scotland. A             four-mile route towards
one of Chamonix’s world-           the summit. Undaunted,           total of 13 rafts took to          Pilochry, getting thoroughly
famous mountain guides in          Peter plans to return to the     the River Tummel on the            soaked along the way
preparation for the climb.         Alps to attempt to scale         Rannoch Moor to tackle             and plunging down drops
Unfortunately, heavy storms        the mountain again in the        the raging rapids. The             of up to 18 feet, but
prevented Peter from               future.                          teams crashed down the             nevertheless having fun!
                                                                                                        News Roundup | 5

A roundup of News from across the Rehab Group

TBG Learning’s Kayleigh Burman Skills for London Awards
is Apprentice of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS TO             the local community. It
Kayleigh Burman from           currently has over 1,000
Essex who recently won         candidates on National
the LSC Essex Apprentice       Vocational Qualification
of the Year having             (NVQ)/Apprenticeship
completed two                  programmes across England.
apprenticeships with
TBG Learning in Colchester.
Kayleigh, who works                                              Pictured above: At the awards were (left to right) David Lammy MP,
at Beautiful Brides in                                           Sue Gidman, Operations Director, TBG Learning, Fearne Cotton, TV
Clacton-on-Sea, successfully                                     presenter, and Darren Avery, Manager, TBG Learning Tower Hamlets,
completed apprenticeships                                        Newham and London Employer Division.
with TBG Learning in
Customer Service and                                             CONGRATULATIONS TO                 seven months of enrolling
Business Administration.       Pictured above: Kayleigh          TBG Learning’s Iwona               with TBG Learning, she
Part of the Rehab Group,       Burman from TBG Learning who      Zamojska who was named             had been offered a job
TBG Learning is an             won the LSC Essex Apprentice of   “Skills for Life Learner           as an Office Manager.
independent training           the Year. Kayleigh is now         of the Year” at the 2008           Over 100 candidates were
provider, providing            employed at Beautiful Brides      Skills for London Awards,          shortlisted for the awards,
education and training for     in Clacton-on-Sea.                held last summer in the            which were organised by
                                                                 Royal Opera House in               the Learning and Skills
                                                                 Covent Garden. Iwona,              Council and presented
Exhibition                                                       who is originally from
                                                                 Poland but now living in
                                                                                                    by TV celebrity Fearne
                                                                                                    Cotton, and Skills Minister
Showcases                                                        Brixton, enrolled with TBG
                                                                 Learning in March 2006
                                                                                                    David Lammy MP. TBG
                                                                                                    Learning, which has
RehabCare Artists                                                after struggling to find a
                                                                 suitable job due to her
                                                                                                    seven centres in London,
                                                                                                    also won “Provider of
REHABCARE IN WEXFORD           including patchwork               lack of English skills. Iwona      the Year” for its success
recently held an exciting      quilting, embroidery and          had been working as a              in transforming people’s
art exhibition celebrating     knitting, as well as painting     chambermaid but within             lives through learning.
the creative talents of        with pastels, oils and acrylic.
24 artists in the centre.      Photography of images of
The free exhibition was        Wexford also featured.
part of the 2008 Wexford       Gordon Rochford,
Fringe Festival – a cultural   Community Services
fiesta of 250 varied events     Manager, RehabCare,
which took place at the        says, “The art on display
same time as the Wexford       showcased the artists’
Festival Opera. It was         dedication and commitment
officially opened by Andrew     to creativity and high
O’Connor, Chairperson, and     quality. This exhibition is       RehabCare Tramore’s Happy Heart Walk
John Thomas, Secretary,        the culmination of a year’s
of the Wexford National        work completed through            During October, RehabCare in Tramore organised a Happy Heart
RehabCare Advocacy             programmes facilitated by         Walk in J.F. Kennedy Park in New Ross to celebrate World Heart Day.
Committee.                     RehabCare staff, supported        Pictured taking part are (left to right) Amy Roche, Karen Wiggans,
                               by the Back to Education          Sharon Love, Richie White, Mary Power, Joan Doyle, Gordon Bowers,
A host of different arts       Initiative and tutors supplied    Olan Roring, Teresa Kelly, George Stacey, Declan Purcell, Jean
and crafts were on display     by the VEC.”                      Corcoran and Aisling Power.
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News Roundup
                                                  bIG LotteRY InVestMent
                                                  FOR MOMENTUM’S SPINAL
                                                  INJURIES SERVICE
                                                  MoMentuM has been              	
                                                  awarded	£189,982	from	         adjust	as	successfully	
                                                  the	Big	Lottery	Fund	for	      as	possible,	and	to	
                                                  Tech-Net	–	a	new	element	      have	better	social	and	
                                                  of	Assist,	Momentum’s	         vocational	opportunities	
                                                  national	Spinal	Injuries	      in	life.	
                                                  Service	based	at	the	Queen	
                                                  Elizabeth	National	Spinal	     Tech-Net	will	provide	an	
                                                  Injuries	Unit	in	Glasgow’s	    outreach	service	which	will	
                                                  Southern	General	Hospital.	    be	delivered	by	a	network	
                                                                                 of	trained,	supported	
                                                  Tech-Net	is	designed	to	       community	volunteers	
                                                  support	patients	when	         whose	aim	will	be	to	

Friends of
                                                  they	return	to	their	          meet	the	needs	of	each	
                                                  communities	following	a	       individual.	
                                                  spinal	injury.	The	project	

Rehab Society                                     works	to	enable	people	
                                                  who	are	facing	up	to	a	
                                                  life	with	a	severe	physical	
                                                                                 The	Big	Lottery	Fund	has,	
                                                                                 in	the	past	five	years,	
                                                                                 committed	more	than	
 the FRIends oF Rehab socIetY Is a                disability	to	have	the	        £1,000,000	in	support	of	
 society	formed	to	support	the	achievement	       confidence	and	skills	to		     Momentum’s	services.	
 of	the	objectives	of	the	Rehab	Group	
 through	volunteering.	

 Members	of	the	Society	may	volunteer	
 their	time	to	assist	with	Rehab’s	fundraising	
 activities	or	to	help	out	by	getting	involved	
 in	RehabCare’s	Volunteer	Programme.	
 Members	may	also	donate	funds	either	
 directly	to	Rehab	or	through	Rehab’s	
 fundraising	initiatives.

 The	Society	promotes	Rehab’s	Bonanza	Draw	
 and	Rehab’s	online	bingo	on	the	internet.	
 Bonanza	Draw	members	and	members	
 of	Rehab’s	online	bingo	community	are	
 members	of	the	Friends	of	Rehab	Society.		

 The	Society	holds	an	AGM	each	year	to	
 report	on	the	activities	of	the	Society.	The	
 AGM	for	2007	is	being	held	on	Wednesday,	
 25th	February	2009	at	12.30pm	in	Rehab’s	
 offices	at	Roslyn	Park.	Members	of	the	
 Society	may	attend	the	AGM	by	advising	
 Kate	Ryan	on	01	205	7231	or	by	email	at
                                                                                                               News	Roundup			|			7

A roundup of News from across the Rehab Group

football for all                                                         Coffee Moments
Proves a Crowd-Pleaser                                                   Joanne Eakins is Sales Manager
                                                                         with Rehab Lotteries. Here she
                                                                         gives an exclusive insight into her
The final of The fooTball associaTion	of ireland’s                       passions and reveals her all-time
(FAI)	Eastern	League	Football	for	All	tournament	was	                    hero.
hotly-fought	this	year.	National	Learning	Network	
emerged	victorious	with	Ballyfermot	and	Phibsboro	                       1. What do you do to relax?	
crowned	winners	in	Divisions	A	and	B	respectively.	                      I	love	going	for	a	long	run	to	
The	finals	were	the	culmination	of	monthly	five-a-side	
football	matches	played	between	National	Learning	                       2. What is the best holiday you have ever had?	
Network	and	RehabCare	centres	in	Ballyfermot,	Bray,	                     My	honeymoon	in	Crete;	I	could	eat	as	much	as	I	liked	and	
Dundalk,	Navan,	Park	House,	Phibsboro,	Roslyn	Park	                      didn’t	have	to	worry	about	fitting	into	a	wedding	dress.
College,	Swords	and	Tallaght.	Approximately	120	people	                  3. how do you stay motivated in your job when you
took	part	in	the	competition	which	was	played	with	                      have been in the company 16 years?	
great	spirit	and	camaraderie.                                            I	always	ask	for	new	challenges.
Speaking	at	celebrations	to	mark	their	win,	Phibsoro	                    4. What is your top finance tip?	
Captain	Richard	Molloy	said,	“It	was	very	well	run.	We	                  Buy	your	cigarettes	in	duty	free!	(though	I	do	hope	to	be	a	
worked	great	as	a	team.	Everyone	played	to	their	best.”                  non-smoker	by	the	time	you	read	this...)

Football	for	All	is	a	joint	initiative	between	the	FAI	and	              5. What is your biggest regret in life?	
Rehab	to	deliver	access	to	sporting	activities	to	people	                Starting	smoking.	It	has	been	the	biggest	challenge	in	my	
with	disabilities.	It	enables	participants	to	practise	                  life	to	give	up	for	good.
teamwork	skills,	make	new	friends	and	develop	a	
                                                                         6. if you won the rehab bingo jackpot, what would
healthier	lifestyle.	To	prepare	for	their	matches,	the	
                                                                         you do?	
teams	attended	weekly	training	sessions.	Points	were	
                                                                         Visit	my	brother	in	Australia.
awarded	to	teams	that	won	their	matches	and	friendlies	
were	also	played.	The	teams’	managers	took	part	in	                      7. What has been the most memorable day of your
training	too	and	have	received	coaching	qualifications.                  life?	
                                                                         I	have	three	-	holding	each	of	my	girls	for	the	first	time	in	
                                                                         my	arms.
                                                                         8. Your all-time hero?	
                                                                         My	husband	for	taking	me	on;	he	really	is	a	hero	-	he’s	
                                                                         9. When you were a little girl, what did you want to
                                                                         be when you grew up?	
                                                                         I	wanted	to	be	a	writer	and	an	actor.
                                                                         10. The secret to happiness?	
                                                                         Work-life	balance.
Pictured above:	The	winners	of	Football	for	All’s	Eastern	League	        11. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever
Division	B	tournament	from	Phibsboro	National	Learning	Network	          done?
are	(back row, left to right)	Michael	Breen,	Assistant	Coach,	Terence	   Changing	from	blonde	to	brunette.
Dowdall,	Coach,	Justin	Falvey,	Aoife	Flynn,	Football	Team	Manager,	
Michael	Moore,	FAI	Development	Officer,	Ger	Columb,	Regional	            12. What would you do if you became Taoiseach in
Manager,	National	Learning	Network,	Joe	Higgins,	(front row, left to     the morning?	
right)	Cormac	Baker,	Mark	Mulhall,	Carl	Matthews	and	Richard	Molloy.     Resign!
   8   |   Rehab News       |   December 2008

News Roundup
 Service User Spectacular

                                                                               Pictured: Participants on Momentum’s
                                                                               community arts project in Glasgow are
                                                                               (left to right) Graeme McDonald, James
                                                                               McTaggart, Mike Gallagher, Jackie Sutherland,
                                                                               Simon Cook, Phil Bell and Hugh Quinn.

AFTER FIVE MONTHS               by service users after        design and painting of          Assisting service users
of dedication, service          sustaining a brain injury     a mural which covers            in the creation of the
users from Momentum’s           and how Momentum has          an entire wall of their         mural was local artist Phil
brain injury services           helped them towards a         common room but they            Bell and Employment
at the Savoy Tower in           brighter future.              also raised every penny         Development Officers
Glasgow have completed                                        for the project themselves      Cheryl Butler and Lorraine
a spectacular community         Not only did the service      by selling raffle tickets to     Murray, who is herself
arts project. The mural         users make a substantial      shops around the city of        a Glasgow Art School
depicts the journey taken       contribution to the overall   Glasgow.                        graduate.

 Graduate Holds                                                                             Pictured: A photo of a tall
                                                                                            ship taken from the Wexford
 Photography                                                                                coast by Frederick Griffith, a
                                                                                            former digital photography

 Exhibition                                                                                 student in National Learning
                                                                                            Network’s Roslyn Park College
                                                                                            in Dublin. Frederick recently
                                                                                            held an exhibition of his work,
                                                                                            featuring landscapes, portraits
                                                                                            and wildlifes in Damer Court
                                                                                            on Upper Wellington Street
                                                                                            in Dublin. The exhibition was
                                                                                            opened by the Archdeacon of
                                                                                            Dublin, the Venerable David
                                                                                                     News	Roundup			|			9

A roundup of News from across the Rehab Group

National Learning               Iwan Thomas stars in Hole in the Wall
Network                         tHe BritisH olympic medallist aNd                 their	chosen	charity.	As	a	member	of	
Recognised for                  UK	and	Commonwealth	400m	runner	is	               the	victorious	blue	team,	Iwan	raised	a	
                                used	to	facing	challenges,	but	none	quite	        staggering	£10,000	for	Rehab	UK.	Iwan	
Excellence                      like	the	challenge	he	faced	last	October	         is	a	keen	supporter	of	Rehab	UK	and	was	
                                when	he	starred	in	a	new	BBC	game	show,	          the	official	starter	for	the	Parliamentary	
NatioNal learNiNg               Hole in the Wall.	Hosted	by	Dale	Winton,	         Pancake	Race	in	early	2008.	A	very	big	
Network recently                the	new	game	show	sees	two	teams	of	              thank	you	goes	to	Iwan	and	to	Talkback	
achieved	Recognised	            celebrities	compete	to	raise	money	for	           Thames	TV	from	everyone	in	Rehab!	
for	Excellence	Level	4	in	
acknowledgment	of	its	
commitment	to	excellence	
in	all	of	its	activities.	

The	award,	presented	by	
the	European	Foundation	
for	Quality	Management	
(EFQM)	recognised	
the	National	Learning	
Network’s	delivery	of	high-
quality	person-centred	
services,	its	success	in	
meeting	the	individual	
needs	of	learners	and	its	
ongoing	commitment	to	
continuous	improvement.	

During	a	three-day	
assessment	visit,	the	
assessors	visited	National	
Learning	Network	centres	
in	Limerick,	Portlaoise	and	
Tallaght,	where	they	met	
with	staff	and	learners.	
They	also	met	with	a	wide	
variety	of	staff	from	across	
the	organisation	and	with	
support	staff	from	the	
Rehab	Group.	

Marie	Kelly,	Director	of	
Training	and	Employment	
Services,	Rehab	said,	“I	
would	like	to	congratulate	
all	of	the	staff	on	this	
excellent	achievement.	It	
is	a	great	accomplishment	
for	all	of	us	involved	in	
National	Learning	Network	
and	we	are	delighted	           Pictured above:	British	Olympic	medallist	and	Rehab	UK	supporter,	Iwan	Thomas	(left),	with	
to	have	achieved	this	          teammate,	Darren	Gough,	in	the	new	BBC	game	show	Hole in the Wall.	Iwan	and	his	team	raised	a	
recognition.”	                  staggering	£10,000	for	Rehab	UK.	
    10 |     Rehab News         |   December 2008

Pictured above: Students from St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin, join Niall Breslin and Justin Ryan (back row, left to right) from The
Blizzards, comedienne Maeve Higgins (third left) and Sophie Merry of You Tube’s “Groovy Dancing Girl” fame at the launch of

HeadsUp Blazes
a Trail as Innovative
New Website Launched
                                                                                                 Cover Story |   11

                                                          to reduce suicide amongst the 15-24 year age group.
                                                          Up to 500 people die from suicide in Ireland annually, a
                                                          significant proportion of these being young adults.
                                                          The website has been developed with the direction of
                                                          a panel of youth advisors and will enable young people
                                                          to find out about mental health issues, promote positive
                                                          mental health and provide information and support. The
                                                          site includes a host of cutting-edge features including
                                                          Mind Gym with lots of interactive games, Self Help
                                                          modules and “Art from the Heart”, along with discussion
                                                          forums, information on support services, well-being tips,
                                                          fact sheets, reviews and competitions.

                                                          Dublin-based graffiti artist, Maser, has been painting
                                                          for over 12 years on the Irish and international graffiti
                                                          scenes, including New York, Copenhagen and London,
                                                          and his artworks reflect a common theme of social

                                                          Maser was very keen to get involved in the project
                                                          and wrote an article for the website revealing how
                                                          the death of his best friend from suicide affected him
                                                          deeply. For him, the exhibit was a way to connect with
                                                          young people in a language that they understand.

                                                          “Young people appreciate street art. Graffiti is the art of
          here was a real buzz of exciTemenT in           a generation and a positive art form that young people
          Temple Bar for the launch in November of the    can associate with. I am delighted to have been able to
          new interactive website for HeadsUp, Rehab’s    use this medium to let people know about, a
          mental health promotion project. A throng of    very worthwhile and necessary project for young people
          onlookers, including students from St Mary’s    in Ireland today.”
College in Rathmines, Dublin, had gathered to see
Graffiti sensation, Maser, put the finishing touches to   So how difficult was it to put the “wall” together? “Once
a graffiti wall on display in the windows      we had worked out the design, having initially done
of Filmbase. With chart-toppers The Blizzards and         some loose sketches and building it up from there, it
comedienne Maeve Higgins lending their support, and       took about three days to actually paint the piece in
Sophie Merry of You Tube’s “Groovy Dancing Girl” fame     studio. First I gave the plywood panels an emulsion
doing some funky moves to entertain passers-by, the       base, then sketched up the drawing on a large scale,
event really caught people’s imagination.                 before filling it in with warm colours to give it a more
                                                          friendly and inviting feel. Then I set about deconstructing
HeadsUp is an initiative targeted at improving young      it to give it that graffiti effect and adding in some of the
people’s mental well-being with the overall goal being    smaller elements.”
    12 |     Rehab News         |   December 2008

Collette Ryan, HeadsUp Project Manager, says, “Eight                   these struggles and deal with them in an appropriate
out of ten 15 to 24-year-olds use the internet, and with               manner. The aim of this writing competition was to, we are providing young people with the                     encourage young adults to write and to explore how
facility to share their worries, difficulties and stresses. In         they are feeling and, in so doing, lift the burden of silence
addition to providing information on support services,                 and share and learn from each others’ experiences.” n will promote positive mental health and
mental health awareness through its extensive Self Help                A selection of entries will be featured on
modules, games and forum discussions.”                       

Separately, HeadsUp recently launched a nationwide writing               HeadsUp Text Expands to include College
competition in association with the Irish Independent with               Support Services
the top prize of a Dell laptop and the opportunity to have
the winning article published in the paper.                             Headsup Text, the text support service operated by
                                                                        Rehab and supported by Meteor, has just expanded
The competition on the topic “Head wrecked – what’s                     its offering to include a list of student support
going on in my head?” sought to give budding young                      services available at 26 colleges nationwide. The
writers the opportunity to enter an article addressing                  extension means that national help and support
difficult life issues that affect young people or which                 services are now available with local on-the-
impact on their mental health.                                          ground services in colleges.
“A lot of young people struggle with financial difficulties,            The new service was launched to coincide with
sexuality issues, drugs, stress and relationship problems,”             the Union of Students in Ireland’s Mental Health
says Collette Ryan, “and it is important to recognise                   Awareness Week, which took place during
                                                                        November. Details of the participating institutions
                                                                        include Ireland’s leading universities – Trinity
                                                                        College Dublin, University College Cork, University
                                                                        College Dublin, NUI Galway and the University of
                                                                        Limerick – as well as the Institutes of Technology
                                                                        and other colleges and institutes of education.

                                                                        HeadsUp Text is a free and confidential 24-hour
                                                                        service which gives access to helpline numbers and
                                                                        support services to young people in difficulty on
                                                                        a range of topics, including relationships, alcohol,
                                                                        drugs, suicide, teen issues and mental health.
                                                                        As a result of this development, students will
                                                                        now, at the touch of a button, be able to access
                                                                        services that are available on their own college
                                                                        campuses, including students’ union offices, college
                                                                        counsellors, chaplaincies and access offices.

                                                                        The text service is open to all mobile phone
                                                                        users on all networks by simply texting the word
                                                                        HEADSUP to 50424 and selecting the “Student
                                                                        Services” option.

                                                                        Anthony Muldoon, Welfare Officer, Union of
                                                                        Students in Ireland, says, “Going to college brings
                                                                        huge changes to students’ lives and sometimes
                                                                        these can be overwhelming. The inclusion of
Pictured above (left to right): Niall Breslin and Justin Ryan of The
                                                                        student services on Headsup Text gives students
Blizzards at the launch of, the new interactive website
                                                                        another opportunity to find help on their campuses
for HeadsUp, Rehab’s mental health promotion project for young
                                                                        when they need it. Student services are there for
people aged 15-24 years. A special graffiti wall designed by
                                                                        students and have their interests at heart. Help is
Maser, Ireland’s best-known graffiti artist, was unveiled to mark
                                                                        at hand for any student who needs it.”
the launch of the new website.
                                                                                                        Feature    | 13

My Greatest
Challenge                                                                        Pictured above: Helen Lane with K2 in the

Helen Lane, a former Director of Operations with a UK hospital, tells Rehab
News of her greatest challenge – that of recovery and rehabilitation from an
acquired brain injury.

     n August 2005, Helen Lane             With ongoing physiotherapy and        returning to a highly-pressurised
     and her husband Stuart began          occupational therapy sessions,        job.”
     their trek to K2, the world’s         Helen gradually regained her
     second-highest mountain at            ability to walk and talk and was      Fourteen months after being
     8,611 metres, located on the          then transferred to Hillingdon        discharged from hospital, Helen
border of Pakistan and Tibet.              Rehabilitation Unit – the hospital    began at Rehab UK’s London Brain
                                           where she used to work as a           Injury Centre.
On the trail out across Pakistan’s         Director.
Karakoram mountain range, Helen                                                  “When I started, I was still of
slipped suddenly whilst crossing a         Helen was allowed weekend leave       the mindset that I could perform
glacier – the fall would completely        from hospital so that she could       at a senior level. Now, with the
change her life.                           spend time at home with her           experience and training I’ve received
                                           family and slowly begin to regain     from Rehab UK, I’ve decided that I
Her next memory was waking up two          her independence.                     want to work more locally, on a part-
weeks later in a Neurosurgical Unit in                                           time basis, in a stress-free job.”
England; the events in between had         Helen’s speech therapist then
been wiped clean from her memory.          suggested a referral to Rehab UK      Helen was set up on a suitable
                                           in order to move her rehabilitation   job placement by Rehab UK
Prior to the accident, Helen worked        onto the next stage. Eight            which helped her to rebuild her
long hours as the Director of              months after her fall, she was        confidence and to discover her
Operations for a hospital and was an       finally discharged from hospital.      strengths.
active individual who enjoyed jogging      However, Helen’s hopes of
four times a week. Helen also had a        returning to her former role were     “My first job placement, which I
great passion for the outdoors, having     shattered when the hospital’s HR      really enjoyed, demonstrated to
been born in Tipperary and brought up      Director suggested she take early     me that I could still work as part
on a farm at the foothills of the Galtee   retirement on medical grounds.        of a team, problem-solve and
Mountains.                                                                       complete a project,” says Helen.
                                           Helen says, “I found this extremely
Helen says, “I remember waking up in       hard to accept. I was determined      She adds, “Rehab UK has helped
a hospital bedroom and being unable        to return to my pre-injury state,     me change my focus and adapt to a
to walk or talk.”                          believing I was capable of            new way of life.” ■
   14 |     Rehab News       |   December 2008

                                                                                                 Pictured left: Michael Horgan,
                                                                                                 Director of Enterprises, Rehab

Man with a Mission
Michael Horgan, Rehab’s Director of Enterprises, speaks to Rehab News about
his exciting expansion plans and his aim to double the number of people with
disabilities employed by Rehab Enterprises over the next three years.

                 ichael horgan             impressive and dynamic management         disabilities. Approximately 430 people
                 is not your average       team, introduced a host of new            are currently employed in Rehab
                 shopkeeper. While         innovations and service developments.     Enterprises’ range of businesses, more
                 Rehab’s Director          Michael has already presided over the     than half of whom are people with
                 of Enterprises has        introduction of Rehab’s first recycling   disabilities.
ultimate responsibility for its network    facility for expanded polystyrene
of six retail shops in places as diverse   in Navan, the buying out of the           Born in Dun Laoghaire in County
as Dáil Éireann and Ulster Bank in         City Recycling Company in Dublin,         Dublin, it was after a stint in Dublin’s
Dublin, he also has responsibility         Galway and Mayo which collects            College of Marketing and Design
for a host of other innovative             glass recyclables from businesses, and    and several different roles in leading
businesses, including Rehab Recycle,       the launch of the new ABLE award          Irish and international companies
Rehab Logistics, and Workability,          for business excellence which sets        that Michael joined what was then
which incorporates Rehab Retail,           disability standards for companies.       Gandon Enterprises in October 2000
Rehab Packaging, Access Ability and                                                  as Business Development Manager.
Mediability.                               Rehab Enterprises is the commercial       “Would you believe back then in our
                                           division of the Rehab Group and is        facility in Tallaght we used to make
Michael took charge of the Rehab           the world’s first company to provide      jams and biscuits – everything from
Enterprises division in March 2007.        truly integrated social employment        chocolate chip to shortbread! We
Since then, he has, along with his         opportunities for workers with            have moved away from that and, of
                                                                                                          Feature | 15

                                                                                   “In the next few years, we aim to
                                                                                   increase the number of retail units
                                                                                   we have at the moment to 10 and to
                                                                                   move into handling new products such
                                                                                   as household goods in our logistics
           Rehab Enterprises is the commercial                                     division. We are planning to expand
            division of the Rehab Group and is
           the world’s first company to provide
            truly integrated social employment
              opportunities for workers with
                                                       ‘‘                          our glass recycling facilities and looking
                                                                                   at venturing into recycling other types
                                                                                   of materials such as plastics and wood.
                                                                                   We are in the process of developing
                                                                                   a total waste management solution
                                                                                   for companies, which will incorporate
                                                                                   everything from cardboard to wet
                                                                                   waste, and we are also planning to
                                                                                   offer contract services in areas like
                                                                                   cleaning, gardening and maintenance.”

                                                                                   Michael takes great pride in the
                                                                                   fact that more than half of Rehab
                                                                                   Enterprises’ employees are people
                                                                                   with disabilities. “There is a
                                                                                   tremendous feelgood factor in working
                                                                                   in Rehab Enterprises and we take great
course, today our Tallaght operation    Michael also regularly meets               pride in seeing our people develop
is home to one of the country’s         colleagues from other organisations        and fulfilling their potential. In fact, we
biggest waste electrical and            in Europe and worldwide, through           plan to double the number of people
electronic recycling facilities which   Workability International. “That’s an      with disabilities in our workforce in the
has the capacity to recycle some        incredibly useful network, and we          next three years. It may be somewhat
50 tonnes of material every day.”       have seen many tangible benefits in        clichéd to say but in the case of Rehab
                                        terms of contacts with big companies       Enterprises, it really is true, we do
People might be surprised to learn      which have bases in a number of            make a difference.”
that Rehab Enterprises is not only      different countries,” he told Rehab
in Ireland, but also has operations     News. Rumour has it, that the              So after all of that, is there any spare
in Poland and the Netherlands.          language barrier causes no problems        time left in Michael Horgan’s schedule?
How did Rehab end up in these           for Michael, whose command of              “I’m a keen sailing enthusiast and was
far-flung locations? “We were           French is magnifique.                      an instructor in a previous life. I love
invited!” says Michael. “We do a                                                   nothing better than to hit the waves
lot of work for Dell in Limerick and    So is the talk of economic difficulty      whenever I can – it certainly clears the
when Dell decided to open a new         worrying? “While we have seen our          mind!” Given his ambitious plans for
facility in Poland, they asked us to    bottom line develop considerably           Rehab Enterprises, it’s hardly surprising
come along and set up a similar         in recent years, like everyone else,       to know that Michael, competitive
logistics operation there. It was a     we would have concerns about the           as ever, has competed in the round-
challenge to get up and running         economic environment but we are            Ireland yacht race and has represented
in six months but we jumped at          working very hard to minimise the          Ireland on a number of occasions in
the opportunity. I guess you could      effects. Needless to say, there is a big   various competitions.
say that they are a very satisfied      emphasis on sales at the moment
customer. It was a similar situation    and we are looking very closely            It’s just a pity there isn’t a marina near
with Microsoft in the Netherlands       at all the costs across the range of       Rehab’s head offices in Sandymount
who invited us to set up a reverse      businesses. We are certainly confident     so Michael could beat the traffic on his
logistics facility there, taking back   for the future that we will be able        commute. Perhaps, another exciting
unsold and out-of-date products for     to weather the storm and we have           new venture for Rehab Enterprises to
recycling.”                             some exciting plans.                       think about. n
   16 |      Rehab News        |   December 2008

Pictured above (left to right): Sinead Cafferky, Hugh Whitla, Paulo Piper Segurado and George Nikov at the launch last June of the ABLE
Business Excellence Award.

The ABLE Business Excellence Award
 The ABLE Business Excellence Award is a new award                    disabilities. For example, are staff trained in disability
 for disability in the marketplace organised by Rehab                 awareness and does the company’s website have a
 and the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA). A             “AAA” approval rating for people who are visually
 mark of quality and distinction, this award is a key tool            impaired?
 for businesses to demonstrate their commitment and                      The “Leadership” category examines the organisation’s
 achievement as employers of, and providers of services               commitment to providing equality to people with
 to, people with disabilities.                                        disabilities, and whether there are action plans and
    Ten per cent of our population has a disability and               resources in place to implement this. The organisation’s
 it makes good business sense for companies to make                   compliance with disability legislation and codes of
 sure that people with disabilities are being provided for            practice is also reviewed along with the promotion of
 appropriately.                                                       equality of service delivery, opportunity and accessibility.

 The Categories                                                       The Assessment
 Companies will be assessed on four main criteria as part             Following the submission of a self-assessment form, a
 of the ABLE award:                                                   site assessment will be arranged and carried out by ABLE
    The “Employment and Career” category will look                    representatives after which the company will receive
 at companies’ approach to recruitment and career                     the results and feedback in the form of a report, which
 development for people with disabilities within an                   provides key learnings for further development.
 organisation.                                                           Businesses can apply for the ABLE Business Excellence
    The “Built Environment” category will review the                  Award at any time and the process takes approximately
 issues of accessibility to the company’s premises, goods             12 weeks from application to assessment. The ABLE
 and services. For example, criteria such as access to                award is issued by the EIQA and is subject to re-
 buildings and the provision of lifts that can assist in              assessment every two years.
 making the workplace more “disability-friendly”.
    The “Customer Services” category will review how                  Companies can register their interest on
 a company and its staff interact with customers with        to receive a full information pack.
                                                                                                          News	     |	 17

National	Learning	
Network’s	Satisfied
           esearch	examining	the	         eventually	end	up	working	for	the	
           experience	of	learners	        company	in	which	they	conduct	
           on	National	Learning	          their	work	placement,	until	now	
           Network’s	Employer-            very	little	research	has	been	carried	
           Based	Training	                out	in	this	area.	The	results	of	the	    Above:	Pauline	Byrne	hard	at	work	in	
Programme	has	revealed	high	              collaborative	research	show	that	        SuperValu	in	Eyre	Square,	Galway.	A	highly-
levels	of	work	satisfaction	among	        three-quarters	of	respondents	           valued	member	of	staff,	Pauline	completed	
those	on	work	placement.                  report	being	satisfied	or	very	          her	Employer-Based	Training	in	2003	and	
                                          satisfied	with	their	work.	              has	been	working	with	SuperValu	ever	
Some	65	learners	from	throughout	                                                  since.		
the	midlands,	west	and	north-west	        On	the	whole,	the	report	clearly	
region	completed	the	study,	which	        shows	a	close	correlation	between	
sought	to	find	out	the	extent	to	         levels	of	job	satisfaction	among	        estimating	their	own	ability.	“The	
which	learners	were	satisfied	in	their	   learners	and	levels	perceived	by	        nature	of	some	disabilities,	such	
work	placement,	were	happy	with	          instructors.                             as	mental	health	difficulties,	may	
the	level	of	supervision	they	received	                                            also	result	in	people	feeling	more	
and	were	mentally	stimulated	and	         According	to	Suzanne	Allen,	these	       negative	about	themselves	and	their	
challenged	in	their	role.	                results	indicate	a	very	positive	        abilities.	While	this	study	did	not	
                                          outcome	from	a	staff	perspective,	       categorise	respondents	in	terms	of	
A	key	element	of	the	study	was	the	       in	that	they	show	an	awareness	          disabilities,	it	may	be	an	element	
inclusion	in	the	research	of	National	    by	staff	of	learners’	experiences	       worth	considering	for	any	future	
Learning	Network	instructors,	who	        in	the	workplace.	However,	the	          research	in	this	area.”n
were	asked	to	rate	their	perception	      importance	of	actually	asking	
of	job	satisfaction	levels	among	the	     learners	how	they	feel	about	their	
learners	who	participated	in	the	study.   job	was	highlighted	in	the	report	
                                          as	the	impressions	of	staff	can	               Who to contact
The	research	was	conducted	by	            vary	from	the	actual	experience	of	            For	further	information		
Denise	O’Dwyer,	Suzanne	Allen	            learners.                                      please	contact:
and	Mary	Hughes,	all	of	whom	
are	Rehabilitation	Psychologists	         One	area	where	learners’	results	
with	National	Learning	Network.	          did	differ	considerably	from	
Both	learners	and	instructors	            those	of	staff	was	the	question	
completed	the	WORKPART	scale,	            of	learners’	ability	to	work	
which	measured	various	aspects	           independently.	While	staff	felt	
that	contributed	to	job	satisfaction,	    that	83	per	cent	of	learners	were	
including	mental	stimulation,	            capable	of	working	without	                 Suzanne Allen
interaction	with	colleagues,	             supervision,	only	51	per	cent	of	           Rehabilitative Psychologist,
teamwork	and	level	of	supervision.	       learners	felt	that	they	could	do	so.		      National Learning Network

Despite	the	fact	that	a	large	            According	to	Suzanne,	there	could	          00353	91	796650	
proportion	of	those	on	Employer-          be	a	number	of	reasons	for	this	  	
Based	Training	programmes	                disparity,	including	learners	under-
   18	 |		 Rehab	News	      |	 December	2008

                                          Pictured left: Stephen	
                                          Pocklington	of	the	Copeland	
                                          Center	for	Wellness	and	
                                          Recovery	at	the	“Partners	
                                          in	Recovery:	A	Community	
                                          Conference	on	Wellness	                 developed	by	the	Copeland	Center,	
                                          and	Recovery”	organised	by	             participants	take	control	of	their	lives	
                                          National	Learning	Network	and	          by	gathering	information	on	what	
                                          RehabCare.	                             helps	them	to	feel	and	stay	well,	
                                                                                  identifying	the	signs	that	indicate	
                                                                                  they	are	becoming	ill,	and	then	
                                                                                  determining	methods	for	coping.	
                                                                                  Each	plan	is	therefore	specifically	
                                                                                  tailored	to	the	individual	and	their	
                                                                                  situation.	The	WRAP	process	takes	12	
                                                                                  to	18	weeks	to	complete.

Rehab	Conference	                                                                 WRAP	was	developed	by	Mary	Ellen	
                                                                                  Copeland	of	the	Copeland	Center	for	
                                                                                  Wellness	and	Recovery	in	America	

Marks World Mental
                                                                                  with	people	with	mental	health	
                                                                                  difficulties	and	has	been	translated	
                                                                                  into	Spanish,	French,	Japanese,	
                                                                                  Mandarin	Chinese	and	Maori.	

Health Day                                                                        Speaking	at	the	conference,	Marie	
                                                                                  Kelly,	Rehab’s	Director	of	Training	
                                                                                  and	Employment	Services,	said,	

                                                                                  “This	conference	provided	a	valuable	
             ne in fOur peOple            difficulties	could	prepare	for	their	   opportunity	to	highlight	the	many	
             in	Ireland	will	             own	recovery	by	focusing	on	what	       challenges	experienced	by	people	
             experience	a	mental	         keeps	them	well	using	the	WRAP	         with	mental	health	difficulties	and	
             health	difficulty	at	some	   (Wellness	Recovery	Action	Planning)	    how	WRAP	can	help	them	recover	
             stage	in	their	life.	To	     recovery	tool.                          and	stay	well.	WRAP	approaches	
mark	World	Mental	Health	Day	on	                                                  have	seen	very	positive	results	for	
October	10th	last,	National	Learning	     Speaking	to Rehab News,	                people	in	the	US,	Canada,	the	UK,	
Network	and	RehabCare	organised	          Pocklington	said:	“WRAP	opens	the	      Japan	and	New	Zealand,	and	should	
“Partners	in	Recovery:	A	Community	       door	to	recovery	through	a	shared	      also	have	positive	outcomes	for	us	
Conference	on	Wellness	and	               learning	process	and	empowers	          here	in	Ireland.”	
Recovery”	in	Galway.                      people	to	plan	the	life	that	they	
                                          want.	The	key	concepts	of	this	         RehabCare	and	National	Learning	
The	guest	speaker	at the	conference	      are	hope,	personal	responsibility,	     Network	were	among	the	first	
was	Stephen	Pocklington,	Executive	       education,	self-advocacy	and	           organisations	in	Ireland	to	introduce	
Director	of	the	Copeland	Center	for	      support.	A	crucially	important	part	    the	WRAP	programme.	Currently	
Wellness	and	Recovery	in	Arizona.	        of	the	process	is	the	involvement	      20	trained	facilitators	deliver	WRAP	
Pocklington	has	worked	within	the	        of	family,	friends,	peers	and	health	   at	Rehab	centres	in	Arklow,	Cork,	
mental	health	system	for	over	21	         professionals.”                         Tullamore,	Bantry	and	Dublin,	as	well	
years	and	has	personal	experience	                                                as	in	conjunction	with	the	Health	
of	both	mental	health	and	                Unlike	other	forms	of	recovery,	        Service	Executive	in	Balbriggan,	and	
substance	challenges.	He	described	       WRAP	is	based	on	the	philosophy	        there	are	plans	to	roll	it	out	to	other	
how	people	with	mental	health	            of	“wellness”.	Based	on	insights	       centres	in	the	near	future.
                                                                                                         News | 19

                                                                                        Pictured left: At the “Partners
                                                                                        in Recovery: A Community
                                                                                        Conference on Wellness and
                                                                                        Recovery” are (left to right)
                                                                                        Adrian Ahern, Health Service
                                                                                        Executive, Lucianne Bird,
                                                                                        Regional Director, National
                                                                                        Learning Network, John
                                                                                        Moloney TD, Minister of State
                                                                                        with responsibility for Equality,
                                                                                        Disability and Mental Health,
                                                                                        Stephen Pocklington, Executive
                                                                                        Director of the Copeland Center
                                                                                        for Wellness and Recovery,
                                                                                        Laura Keane, Assistant Director
                                                                                        of Health and Social Care
                                                                                        Services, Rehab, Mick Coughlan,
                                                                                        Principal Psychologist, National
                                                                                        Learning Network, and Marie
                                                                                        Kelly, Rehab’s Director of
                                                                                        Training and Employment

Stephen Pocklington – in his own words
How did you hear about WRAP?                              self-directed so it can be approached from a lot of
As part of my own path to recovery, I explored every      different perspectives. WRAP is not a commodity.
avenue that presented itself and embraced work            Facilitators create a safe, learning environment
that was obviously making a difference. I had both a      where clients can do self-exploration. It’s a process of
personal and professional interest – I was a recovery     discovery.
educator and I was looking for new, effective ways to
empower people. I had a colleague who introduced          What are you hoping to have achieved with the
me to WRAP as a powerful means to promote                 conference?
self-determination. I talked to Mary Ellen Copeland       I hope we stimulated some critical thinking about
and did the project locally which quickly led to my       how we think and talk about mental health issues.
becoming a WRAP facilitator.                              Some things are presented to us as a given.
                                                          Assumptions about illness aren’t consistent with
What makes WRAP different?                                our own experience if you look through the lens
Firstly, it’s accessible. The facilitators have already   of “wellness”. For example, madness is part of the
done WRAP for themselves as part of their training        fabric of our lives – it can be the natural response
so they can say how it has helped them. They can          to horrible things but you have to address the root
relate as equals with clients. Secondly, WRAP can be      problems that caused it.
used by anyone, not just people with a wide range
of mental health challenges. It works equally well for    A person can think, “I’m a very fragile person and
people struggling with substance abuse, grief, divorce    the world is a scary place.” But you still have the
or general malaise. It allows you to harness your own     freedom and the power to choose your response to
power to get what you want. The skills and strategies     whatever life throws at you. You can’t control the
it helps you develop have universal applicability for     world but you can control your responses. You are an
the wider community.                                      agent of change and an agent of control in your own
                                                          life. You grow in your power and you start to take
Thirdly, WRAP is a facilitated process – clients can      control. You can use WRAP’s strategies and tools to
engage with the support of their classmates. It’s         do that. n
    20	 |		 Rehab	News	         |	 December	2008

RehabCare Report Calls
for Centre of Excellence
for	Rare	Disorders	in	Ireland

Pictured above:	At	the	launch	of	RehabCare’s	research	into	rare	disorders	were	(left to right)	Professor	Hilary	Hoey,	Head	of	the	
Department	of	Paediatrics,	Trinity	College	Dublin	and	Consultant	Paediatric	Endocrinologist	with	the	National	Children’s	Hospital,	Tallaght,	
Angela	Kerins,	Rehab’s	Chief	Executive,	and	Sarah	Jane	Dillon,	Rehab’s	Director	of	Policy	and	Co-ordination.
                                                                      News	     |	21

           hey form a sector of our           about	rare	disorders.	Doctors	also	
           community that	is	often	           highlighted	the	issue	of	the	lack	
           overlooked,	but	a	research	        of	information	available	with	over	
           report	published	by	RehabCare	     three-quarters	experiencing	difficulties	
           earlier	this	year	has	focused	     in	providing	information	to	families	
attention	on	the	plight	of	individuals	       about	rare	disorders,”	said	Rehab	
with	rare	disorders	and	their	families	       Chief	Executive,	Angela	Kerins.	“A	
on	the	island	of	Ireland.	A	rare	disorder	    centre	of	expertise,	supported	by	a	
is	classified	as	affecting	five	or	fewer	     website	and	guided	by	specialist	health	
people	in	every	10,000	and	it	is	             professionals	and	families,	is	therefore	
estimated	that	between	5,000	and	             a	necessity.	The	centre	would	provide	
7,000	rare	disorders	exist,	the	vast	         social	support	and	information	on	rare	
majority	affecting	children.	Among	the	       disorders,	outreach	and	community-
better-known	rare	disorders	are	Prader-       based	services	as	well	as	training	to	
Willi	Syndrome,	Cornelia	de	Lange,	           healthcare	professionals,	teachers	and	
Fragile	X	and	Williams	Syndrome.		            other	community	stakeholders.”

The	Health	Research	Board-funded	             With	over	72	per	cent	of	GPs	reporting	
research,	which	took	place	between	           that	having	a	rare	disorder	gives	rise	to	
December	2007	and	March	2008	and	             family	problems,	including	feelings	of	
involved	interviews	with	families	            isolation,	additional	financial	pressures	
affected	by	rare	disorders	and	a	survey	      and	siblings	feeling	overlooked,	
of	GPs	in	both	Northern	Ireland	and	          the	new	centre	would	also	address	
the	Republic,	found	severe	deficits	in	       these	needs	through	the	provision	of	
the	information	available	to	health	          counselling,	respite	care,	peer	and	
professionals.                                sibling	support.	

With	a	staggering	60	per	cent	of	GPs	         Welcoming	the	research,	Professor	
forced	to	access	information	on	rare	         Hilary	Hoey,	Head	of	the	Department	of	
disorders	from	the	internet,	the	report	      Paediatrics,	Trinity	College	Dublin	and	
highlighted	the	need	for	reliable,	           Consultant	Paediatric	Endocrinologist	
accessible	information	to	be	available	       with	the	National	Children’s	Hospital,	
to	health	professionals	from	an	Irish	        Tallaght,	said,	“This	provides	an	
source,	in	a	format	suitable	for	families.	   important	evidence	base	as,	until	
A	centralised	information	service	would	      now,	little	research	has	been	done	
minimise	the	risk	of	families	who	            on	the	social	support	and	information	
experience	rare	disorders	accessing	          needs	of	families	who	experience	
worst-case	scenarios,	inaccurate	and	         rare	disorders	across	the	island	of	
out-of-date	information	and	feeling	          Ireland.	RehabCare’s	research	not	only	
overwhelmed	as	a	result.		                    benchmarks	the	current	provision	of	
                                              information	and	support	services	but	
“Many	of	the	families	that	were	              plays	an	important	step	in	helping	
consulted	reported	negative	                  to	inform	future	support	service	
experiences	of	receiving	information	         development.”	n
 22	 |		 Rehab	News	       |	 December	2008	

Annette’s Story
“He’s	my	forever-baby”,	says	Annette	Kinne	of	her	four-year-
old	son,	Alex,	who	was	born	with	the	rare	disorder,	Mowat	
Wilson	syndrome.	

In	fact,	Alex’s	condition	is	so	rare,	that	when	he	was	
diagnosed	at	the	age	of	15	months,	he	was	the	only	case	
of	Mowat	Wilson	syndrome	in	Ireland.		Since	then,	Annette	
says	that	two	more	cases	of	the	genetic	condition	have	been	
diagnosed	in	Ireland.

Annette	speaks	with	great	knowledge	about	her	son’s	
condition.	“Mowat	Wilson	Syndrome	can	affect	children	
differently.	However,	there	are	some	common	traits.	For	
instance,	moderate	to	severe	learning	and	physical	disability	
is	usual,	as	are	heart	and	kidney	problems.	Epilepsy	is	also	
extremely	common,	as	are	speech	difficulties.	Muscle	
tone	among	children	with	the	syndrome	tends	to	be	badly	
developed,	most	will	not	walk	until	they	are	at	least	four	
years	of	age	and	some	will	never	walk	independently	at	all.”

Unfortunately,	Annette’s	knowledge	of	Mowat	Wilson’s	
syndrome	is	not	something	that	the	medical	profession	as	
a	whole	tends	to	share.	“In	many	respects,	we	were	quite	
fortunate.	A	geneticist	we	attended	in	Crumlin	Childrens’	                      Pictured above:	Annette	Kinne	with	
Hospital	had	been	at	a	conference	where	Mowat	Wilson	                            her	son,	Alex,	at	the	launch	of	the	
syndrome	was	discussed,	and	he	was	able	to	diagnose	Alex	                       RehabCare	Report	on	Rare	Disorders	
as	soon	as	he	had	examined	him.	However,	the	geneticist	                                   on	the	island	of	Ireland.
was	about	the	12th	consultant	that	we	had	seen	over	an	

eight-month	period,	so	the	search	for	a	diagnosis	certainly	
wasn’t	straightforward.”	

Even	after	Alex	had	been	diagnosed,	the	Kinne	family	still	
encountered	problems	with	the	lack	of	knowledge	about	
the	condition	among	the	medical	profession.	“Every	time	
we	visit	the	hospital	with	Alex,	we’re	constantly	having	to	
repeat	what	Mowat	Wilson’s	syndrome	is,	and	how	it	affects	
Alex.	Doctors	then	usually	have	to	go	off	and	research	
the	condition,	sometimes	on	the	internet,	to	get	further	
information	before	they	treat	Alex.

“A	centre	of	excellence	on	rare	disorders	is	something	
that	was	identified	in	the	RehabCare	report,	and	it	is	badly	
needed.	At	the	moment	there	is	no	centre	where	you	can	go	
for	advice,	and	sometimes	you	can	feel	really	on	your	own.

“The	sharing	of	information	is	vital	for	families	affected	by	
rare	disorders,	but	so	too	is	research	into	rare	disorders.	Peer	
and	sibling	support	is	also	important,	so	that	the	siblings	of	
those	with	rare	disorders	aren’t	forgotten	themselves.	They	
                                                                    Every time we visit the hospital
                                                                      with Alex, we’re constantly
                                                                     having to repeat what Mowat
                                                                    Wilson’s syndrome is, and how
                                                                             it affects Alex.

need	to	have	a	childhood	too.”
                                                                                                             News	      |	 23

                                                                                                 Pictured: Wolfgang	
                                                                                                 Zimmermann,	Executive	
                                                                                                 Director	of	the	National	Institute	
                                                                                                 of	Disability	Management	and	
                                                                                                 Research	(centre) with	four	
                                                                                                 of	the	seven	Rehab	Group	
                                                                                                 employees	who	recently	
                                                                                                 became	the	first	people	in	
                                                                                                 Ireland	to	receive	certification	
                                                                                                 in	disability	management.	
                                                                                                 They	are	(left to right) Hugh	
                                                                                                 Cassidy,	Operations	Manager,	
                                                                                                 Workability,	Jane	McCarthy,	
                                                                                                 HR	Business	Partner,	Rehab	
                                                                                                 Enterprises,	Niamh	Byrne,	
                                                                                                 Human	Resources	Manager,	
                                                                                                 Rehab	Enterprises,	and	Susan	
                                                                                                 Slater,	Workpath	Facilitator,	
                                                                                                 Rehab	Enterprises.

Qualifying Success
           even Rehab GRoup                Management	and	Research	(NIDMAR)	          work	to	keep	people	at	work	and,	
           employees	recently	             and	has	since	been	rolled	out	in	          secondly,	they	can	work	with	people	
           became	the	first	people	        Canada,	Germany,	the	UK,	Holland,	         who	are	absent	due	to	illness,	injury	or	
           in	Ireland	to	receive	          Australia	and	China.                       disability,	to	get	them	back	to	work	in	
           certification	in	disability	                                               a	safe	and	timely	manner.	
management	having	sat	the	                  Rehab	now	holds	the	only	licence	to	
inaugural	examination	last	May.	They	       provide	training	in	the	Certificate	in	   “For	individuals,	early	return	to	work	is	
join	the	700	other	certified	disability	    Disability	Management	in	Ireland.	The	    essential	because	research	has	found	
management	professionals	worldwide	         modular	training	programme	is	flexible	   that	the	longer	a	person	is	off	work	as	
qualified	to	deliver	return	to	work	        and	can	be	developed	and	delivered	       a	result	of	an	acquired	disability,	the	
and	disability	management	services	         according	to	an	organisation’s	needs.	    less	likely	they	are	to	return	to	work	in	
for	workers,	employers,	insurance	          The	24	modules	include	topics	such	       the	long-term.”	n
providers	and	rehabilitation	providers.     as	injury	prevention	and	health	          	
                                            promotion,	legislation	and	disability	          Who to contact
Until	recently,	there	had	been	no	          management,	assistive	technology,	              For	further	information		
professional	qualifications	in	Ireland	for	 job	analysis	and	managing	the	return	           please	contact:
disability	management	professionals	        to	work	process.
with	a	return-to-work	focus.	However,	
the	introduction	by	Rehab	of	the	           “Absenteeism	has	a	serious	and	
Certification	in	Disability	Management	 detrimental	effect	on	the	successful	
(CDMP)	provides	a	professional	             running	of	a	business.	In	Ireland	
qualification	for	practitioners	            alone,	it	is	estimated	that	more	than	
overseeing	or	delivering	services	          f790	million	was	lost	in	2007	due	          Mairead Conroy
for	people	returning	to	work	having	        to	absenteeism	and	related	costs,”	         Research & Development Officer
acquired	an	illness	or	a	disability.	       says	Mairead	Conroy,	Research	              Rehab	Enterprises
                                            and	Development	Officer,	Rehab	             	
The	internationally-recognised	             Enterprises.	“For	companies	there	are	      00353	1	205	7265
qualification	was	developed	by	the	         two	courses	of	action	to	minimise	
Canadian	National	Institute	of	Disability	 these	costs.	Firstly,	companies	can	
   24	 |		 Rehab	News	      |	 December	2008				|				News

                                                                                                 Pictured left:	
                                                                                                 Momentum	service	users,	
                                                                                                 Colin	Stevenson	(left) and
                                                                                                 Sandy	Thompson	doing	
                                                                                                 research	in	the	library.	


             n innovAtive project	         their	findings	in	the	form	of	a	           John	continues,	“The	social	research	
             is	making	learning	fun	for	   display.	Recently,	these	displays	         projects	contribute	to	increased	
             people	who	attend	Work	       have	been	exhibited	in	public	places	      confidence	and	self-worth	in	the	
             Matters,	Momentum’s	          such	as	the	Paisley	Town	Hall,	            people	who	use	our	services.	
             mental	health	service	        museums	and	on	roadshows.                  No	matter	what	age	or	barriers	
based	at	the	Charleston	Centre	in	         	                                          people	face,	social	research	can	
Paisley,	Glasgow.	                         John	McMahon,	Work	Matters	                work	with	anyone.	Undertaking	
                                           Manager,	says,	“The	idea	came	from	        the	projects	also	enhances	people’s	
The	social	research	project	is	offered	    giving	people	who	were	undertaking	        communication	skills,	team-
as	part	of	the	programme	and	is	           an	IT	course	at	Work	Matters	some	         building	skills	and	encourages	them	
designed	to	enhance	people’s	skills	       light	relief.		I	was	aware	that	sitting	   to	develop	relationships	and	to	
in	using	IT	in	an	interesting	way.         at	a	PC	all	day	could	be	boring,	          consider	other	people’s	views.”	n
                                           therefore,	I	decided	to	use	my	
The	programme	is	for	people	aged	          background	in	community	arts	to	
16-64	years,	who	are	registered	           look	at	ways	of	getting	people	away	            Who to contact
as	unemployed	and	who	have	a	              from	the	PC	while	still	having	to	use	          For	further	information		
diagnosed	mental	health	condition	or	      the	learned	skills	of	IT.”                      please	contact:
                                           The	most	recent	project	undertaken	
The	social	research	group	gathers	         by	the	service	users	involved	them	
once	a	week,	with	participants	            working	in	partnership	with	several	
introduced	to	a	cultural	history	          Councils	to	develop	and	produce	
subject	relating	to	the	community	         an	interactive	display	illustrating	
that	they	live	in.	The	subject	is	         the	Paisley	Canal.	The	service	users	        john McMahon
researched	by	the	group	of	service	        produced	a	full	report	on	the	canal	         Work Matters Manager,
users	which	can	include	them	going	        which	included	artwork,	narration,	          Momentum
on	a	field	visit	and	holding	meetings	     stories	and	music	to	support	an	
with	various	people	including	those	       animation.	The	display	has	been	             0044	141	842	3410
who	work	in	museums,	libraries,	           exhibited	at	a	number	of	locations	          john.mcmahon@
Councils	and	higher	education	             including	Paisley	Museum	and	      
institutions.	The	group	then	presents	     Scotland	Street	School	Museum.		
                                                                                                               News | 25

the Line
     n the hustle and bustle of today’s busy
     world, thinking about goals and dreams is not
     something that we often have time for. Yet, as
     a group of people with learning disabilities from
     the border region will tell you, giving some
thought to what you want to achieve from life can
reap huge rewards.                                           Pictured: Guests at the “Crossing the Line” project event, which
                                                             was delivered by RehabCare and sponsored by CAWT through the
And so it has been for a group of 56 adults who              European Union INTERREG IIIA funding programme are (left to right)
participated in the innovative “Crossing the Line” project   Peter McKevitt, RehabCare, Arlette Howell, Health Service Executive,
that supported people with learning disabilities to          Dermot Ryan, Department of Health and Children, Margaret
develop their own person-centred plans and to achieve        McDonnell, Department of Health and Children, Leo Kinsella, Health
their individual goals in areas that included training,      Service Executive, and Margaret Dolan, Western Health Social
employment, education, recreation and leisure.               Care Trust.

Delivered by RehabCare’s north-west and north-east           Peter McKevitt, General Manager North East/Midlands,
regions, the year-long project was sponsored by              RehabCare, commented, “For the person-centred
Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) and funded           planning process to succeed, it is vital that a person’s
by the European Union INTERREG IIIA programme. It            wider support circle – their families, friends, support staff
focused on three specific geographical areas within the      and members of the wider community – support them in
border region: Clones, Co. Monaghan and Roslea,              achieving their goals.”
Co. Fermanagh; Blacklion, Co. Cavan and Garrison,
Co. Fermanagh; and Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and               Brigid McGinty, Programme Manager, CAWT, added,
Castlederg, Co. Tyrone.                                      “Person-centred planning is a process of continual
                                                             listening, learning and focusing on what is important
An event held last August in Enniskillen and attended by     to people with disabilities, both now and in the future.
people with disabilities, their families and professionals   By working together, we can all support and provide
from the disability sector, not only marked the              an opportunity for every individual to achieve real and
completion of the “Crossing the Line” project, but           lasting positive changes in their life. The support a
also saw the launch of a DVD and booklet specifically        person receives should always be active and flexible and
designed to introduce families, friends and carers to        never set any limits on a person’s dreams.”
the ideas and concepts that underpin person-centred
planning and the benefits to people’s lives.                 A subsequent independent evaluation concluded that the
                                                             project was extremely well-managed both by RehabCare
Speaking at the event, Anne Marie Ward, Manager              and the project board, and that the objectives were met
for Training and Occupational Support Services, Health       to a significant extent. n
Service Executive West and Chairperson of the “Crossing
the Line” project board, said, “With person-centred
planning, people with disabilities are offered the
                                                              If you would like to get a copy of the “Crossing the
opportunity to make choices and decisions in areas that
                                                              Line” DVD and booklet, please contact Jacqui Browne
are important to them and to live their life the way that
                                                              on 042 933 7418 or email
they want.”
    26 |      Rehab News          |   December 2008

Winning the Race
Oppenheim Investment Managers emerge victorious in the Rehab Great
Investment Race.

          ongratulations to
          Oppenheim Investment
          Managers who, for the
          second year running,
          emerged victorious in
the Rehab Great Investment Race.
During a period of extreme global
economic turmoil and uncertainty,
the team from Oppenheim
Investment Managers made a
staggering return of 257%, raising
over €250,000 for Rehab’s autism
services in the process. Oppenheim
were joined in the race by the
cream of Irish fund managers, all
of whom gave selflessly of their
time and expertise to support an
extremely worthy cause. Participants
in this year’s race included AIB
Investment Managers, Bank of
Ireland Asset Management, Irish Life
Investment Managers and KBC Asset
Management.                                   Pictured above: Two in a row! (left to right) Richard Dunn and Stephen Hynes celebrate their
                                              victory in the Rehab Great Investment Race for Oppenheim Investment Managers last year.

teach na hÉireann attends Ambassador’s reception

                                                             onica Whitehurst,                Teach na hÉireann provides
                                                             Manager of Teach                 services to the most vulnerable
                                                             na hÉireann, Rehab’s             members of the Irish community
                                                             Irish Elders’ Resource           living in the Coventry region and
                                                             Centre in Coventry,              has developed from a Drop-in
                                              attended an Irish community                     Centre to a registered Day Centre
                                              reception held at the Irish Embassy             and Social Inclusion Centre. Open
                                              in London in November.                          five days a week, over 25 people
                                                                                              access the centre on a daily basis
                                              Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,         availing of a range of activities
                                              Micheál Martin TD, was guest of                 that include keep fit, Tai Chi, Irish
Pictured: Monica Whitehurst,
                                              honour at the event which was                   language and IT classes. Teach
Manager, Teach na hÉireann, with
                                              hosted by the Irish Ambassador,                 na hÉireann also provides a very
Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,
                                              David Cooney, in recognition of the             successful Outreach Service to
Micheál Martin TD.
                                              tremendous work undertaken by                   older people in the Coventry area
                                              organisations in the UK.                        who cannot access the Day Centre.
                                                                                                                News | 27

Home Sweet Home!
Moving out of home for the first time is a huge step in anyone’s life. With so
much to consider, it can be exciting and, yet, a very daunting time.

            owever, tHe Summer                 The extensive training programme,          fully engaged with the process,
            Accommodation Scheme,              which all participants had to agree        knowing that they would soon
            an innovative new                  to undertake, was devised by               be putting all they had learnt into
            pilot project introduced           Rehabilitation Officer, Maura Keane,       practice. Parents and guardians also
            by National Learning               in conjunction with instructors at         reaped the rewards as shopping and
Network in Hollyhill, Cork, has                the centre and featured a particular       cooking skills were developed and
assisted a group of learners, many             emphasis on safety issues and planned      learners gained a new appreciation
of whom had never lived away                   responses to different scenarios.          of budgeting and the cost of living.
from their family before, with the                                                        Plus, there were benefits too for the
opportunity to live independently              A single apartment, comprising             centre at Hollyhill, as friendships
with a group of their peers.                   four bedrooms and shared living            grew among participants who were
                                               room, bathroom and kitchen, was            attending different courses. There
The concept for the project was                rented from the University for six         was certainly a great buzz in the
simple. Pre-book some nice, clean,             weeks and learners could decide            centre during the scheme.”
safe and accessible accommodation              how long they wanted to stay in
from University College Cork during            the accommodation – one learner            Following the huge success of the
the summer months, undertake                   stayed the full six weeks, others          pilot programme, it’s no wonder
some preparatory work and then                 for between one and four weeks.            that many external agencies and
hand over the keys.                            Learners, who attended different           other National Learning Network
                                               courses at the Hollyhill centre as         centres are looking at the viability of
                                               normal during the day, had to learn        introducing similar schemes. In the
                                               how to manage their own resources          meantime, back at Hollyhill, planning
                                               – dealing with practical issues such as    is already well underway for next
                                               cooking, cleaning and shopping. They       year’s Summer Accommodation
                                               also had to resolve any disputes that      Scheme, which looks set to be bigger
                                               arose during the course of their stay.     and better than ever. n

                                               According to Padraig Healy, Assistant
                                               Manager, National Learning Network,             who to contact
                                               Hollyhill, many of the learners who             For further information
                                               participated in the scheme were very            please contact:
                                               happy living at home, but this project
                                               gave them an opportunity to prove
                                               to themselves and to others that
                                               they can be independent. “Without a
                                               doubt, the learners who participated
                                               in the scheme gained a huge
                                               amount of practical experience and           Padraig Healy
                                               valuable life skills. What’s more, their     Assistant Manager, National
                                               confidence levels really improved.           Learning Network, Hollyhill

                                               “The learners themselves weren’t the         00 353 21 430 0144
Pictured: National Learning Network learner,   only ones to benefit. For staff, there
Kieran Ryan, opening the door to his           was real enjoyment in providing
accommodation at University College Cork.      the training to learners who were
   28	 |		 Rehab	News	         |	 December	2008

Pictured above:	RehabCare	client	Maria	Brady,	with	Minister	for	Justice,	Equality	and	Law	Reform,	Dermot	Ahern	TD,	at	the	Celebration	of	
Achievement	Evening	in	the	Fairways	Hotel,	Dundalk.

RehabCare in Dundalk
Celebrates	Success!
          he life of an irish poliTician is an endless	   recently	at	the	RehabCare	certification	ceremony.	
          stream	of	official	openings,	presentation	      Twenty-eight	people	from	the	RehabCare	centre	in	
          ceremonies	and	receptions.	Let’s	face	it,	      Coes	Road,	Dundalk,	had	gathered	at	the	Fairways	
          Minister	for	Justice,	Equality	and	Law	Reform,	 Hotel	to	be	presented	with	certificates	marking	
          Dermot	Ahern	TD,	has	probably	been	to	more	     their	achievements	over	the	past	year	by	Minister	
official	events	than	he	has	had	hot	dinners!              Ahern.	They	were	joined	by	their	families,	friends,	
                                                          RehabCare	staff	members,	representatives	from	the	
So,	it	would	take	something	very	special	for	the	         Health	Service	Executive	and	external	organisations,	
Government	Minister	to	return	to	the	stage	at	the	end	of	 as	well	as	by	many	local	employers.	In	fact,	such	
the	formal	speeches	to	describe	just	how	touched	and	     a	large	crowd	gathered	to	support	the	RehabCare	
inspired	he	had	been	by	the	thoughts	and	sentiments	      service	users	that	there	was	standing	room	only	at	
expressed.	But	that	is	exactly	what	happened	in	Dundalk	 the	event.
                                                                                                                   News	     |	 29

The	certificates	were	awarded	for	achievements	in	
manual	handling,	the	European	Computer	Driving	Licence	
(ECDL),	Long	Service	Awards	and	Driver	Test	Theory.

Speaking	at	the	event,	Peter	McKevitt,	RehabCare	
General	Manager,	North	East/Midlands	said,	“These	
programmes	have	given	those	who	use	our	services	the	
opportunity	to	learn	new	skills,	develop	new	interests	
and	to	grow	in	confidence.	It	has	been	an	extremely	
positive	experience	for	all	involved	and	everyone	at	
RehabCare	would	like	to	offer	our	congratulations	on	
their	achievements.”

Among	those	speaking	at	the	event	were	Alma	Carroll	
and	John	Moore	who	together	had	conducted	an	
accessibility	audit	of	public	buildings	in	Dundalk.	They	told	
guests	of	the	problems	they	encountered	and	the	most	
accessible	buildings	in	the	town.	Other	service	users	spoke	
about	the	importance	of	setting	goals	and	about	the	40	or	 Pictured above:	The	staff	team	in	RehabCare,	Coes	Road,	with	
so	different	programmes	available	at	the	centre.               the	Minister	for	Justice,	Equality	and	Law	Reform,	Dermot	Ahern	
                                                                  TD,	(front centre),	at	the	Celebration	of	Achievement	Evening	
The	ceremony	also	marked	the	launch	by	Minister	                  are	(back row, left to right)	Elizabeth	McArdle,	Rosaleen	Philips,	
Ahern	of	a	new	RehabCare	brochure	specifically	                   Attracta	Burns,	Naomi	Millen,	(front row, left to right)	Stephen	
designed	to	encourage	local	businesses	to	employ	                 Caraher	and	Deirdre	Quinn.
more	people	with	disabilities.	

The	Part-time	Work	Initiative	brochure	not	only	highlights	 that	RehabCare	provides	to	the	business	community	
the	benefits	of	employing	people	with	disabilities,	but	    when	employing	a	person	with	a	disability	from	a	
also	provides	valuable	information	on	the	many	supports	 RehabCare	service.

                                                                  Among	the	local	employers	present	at	the	event	was	
                                                                  Linda	Stewart,	proprietor	of	a	local	beauty	salon.	Linda	
                                                                  spoke	briefly	about	her	positive	experiences	employing	
                                                                  people	with	disabilities	and	announced	that	she	would	
                                                                  soon	be	providing	employment	for	a	third	person	who	
                                                                  uses	RehabCare’s	service	for	her	Mizu	Beauty	Salon	and	
                                                                  soon-to-be	opened	Mizu	Café	in	Dundalk.

                                                                  Ms.	Stewart	wasn’t	the	only	local	employer	to	pledge	
                                                                  jobs	for	RehabCare	service	users.	According	to	Deirdre	
   These programmes have given
   those who use our services the
  opportunity to learn new skills,
 develop new interests and to grow
           in confidence.
                                        ‘‘                        Quinn,	Community	Services	Manager,	RehabCare,	a	total	
                                                                  of	four	jobs	have	been	secured	for	service	users	on	the	
                                                                  basis	of	the	event	in	the	Fairways	Hotel.	What’s	more,	
                                                                  countless	more	employers	have	been	made	aware	of	
                                                                  RehabCare	and	the	commitment,	enthusiasm	and	talents	
                                                                  of	its	service	users.	

                                                                  The	atmosphere	of	celebration	continued	right	until	the	
                                                                  end	of	the	night,	when	Maria	Brady	stepped	up	to	the	
                                                                  microphone.	Maria,	who	has	attended	RehabCare	in	Coes	
                                                                  Road	for	nearly	a	decade,	brought	the	house	down	with	
                                                                  her	rendition	of	the	classic	“How	do	you	solve	a	problem	
                                                                  like	Maria?”	It	was	a	performance	that	earned	her	a	big	
                                                                  hug	from	the	Minister	for	Justice	and	proved	a	fitting	
                                                                  finale	to	a	wonderful	night.	n
   30 |     Rehab News       |   December 2008      |   News

                                                                                         The Brain Injury Handbook
                                                                                         from Rehab UK.

                                                                                     “Because Jordan looks well, people

Help and Advice
                                                                                     don’t realise the devastating impact
                                                                                     that his brain injury has had on him
                                                                                     and on those around him. I believe
                                                                                     that it’s only once you start to
for those affected by a Brain Injury                                                 recognise and understand the changes
                                                                                     that occur following a brain injury,
                                                                                     can you then begin to look at how

                                                                                     best to overcome the challenges you
         HE LATEST EDITION OF              members of the rehabilitation team        face. The Brain Injury Handbook was
         Rehab UK’s Brain Injury           are profiled by experts in the field.       a very positive first step for us. In fact,
         Handbook is in the final stage     There is information on returning         I now give copies of the handbook
         of production and is set to       to work, Rehab UK’s vocational            to everyone I meet who has been
         be published by the end           rehabilitation programmes and             affected by brain injury.” ■
of 2008. The new-look handbook is          advice on legal and financial issues,
packed with helpful information which      as well as further reading and lists of   The Brain Injury Handbook will be
will prove invaluable for people with      resources.                                available from Rehab UK and online at
acquired brain injury and their families                                   
and friends.                               Angie Cowan is one of the people
                                           who write in the handbook of their
The handbook, which will be available      personal experiences of brain injury.
                                                                                           Who to contact
                                                                                           For further information
online for the first time, covers a wide    Her son, Jordan, acquired a brain               please contact:
range of subjects related to brain         injury following a brutal assault four
injury starting with the brain itself.     years ago.
There is an explanation of its different
parts and the effects of injury which      “I cried when I read the Brain
can vary from person to person.            Injury Handbook,” said Angie from
The physical, mental and emotional         London. “For the very first time
consequences of brain injury are           since my son Jordan acquired a
described in detail along with tips        brain injury, I felt that somebody out       JONATHAN SMALLMAN
for carers on how to help a person         there recognised what my family              Editor
with a brain injury overcome possible      was going through. We were not               Rehab UK
problems.                                  alone. Living with someone who
                                           has a brain injury can be incredibly         00 44 1323 744 395
The recovery and rehabilitation process    difficult and lonely. Sometimes you 
is also outlined and the different         feel like you’re going crazy.
                                                                                                                Feature | 31

Rehab goes behind the                                                                          Pictured: Norman Dungan films the
                                                                                               scene as Gary Langton harvests

scenes on RTÉ's Nationwide
                                                                                               vegetables while being interviewed
                                                                                               by Nationwide’s Valerie Waters.

           ehab News has goNe               where leeks, potatoes, cabbages and         his hand! With true showmanship,
           behind the scenes of             gooseberries had been cultivated            he didn’t bat an eyelid and the
           a recent visit by RTÉ’s          by the group. Valerie and Norman            show carried on. Over at the dessert
           Nationwide programme             directed the stars of the gardening         counter, with a flourish that would
           to National Learning             section, Gary Langton, Mark Reid and        have become Gordon Ramsay, Mark
Network’s “Choices” programme in            Aidan Day, and a hush fell as filming       Reid placed the garnish – rose petals
Athy, Co. Kildare.                          began. Gary and Aidan were filmed           and grated chocolate – on a beautiful
                                            weeding and digging up vegetables           blackberry mousse, elegantly served
“Choices” is a rehabilitation training      and brave Mark was the first on             in cocktail glasses.
programme aimed at people who               camera to talk about “Choices”.
may be experiencing a range of                                                          It was now lunchtime and everyone
mental health difficulties. As part of      The next sequence involved Gary,            sat down to enjoy the results of
the programme in Athy, participants         who was filmed picking apples for           their hard work as Colm showed
grow their own produce on local             his pie. Then it was Colm’s turn and        off the team’s other production, The
allotments facilitated by the Health        he gave an overview of “Choices”,           Walking Distance Cookbook. The book
Service Executive and take a healthy        though the noise from the nearby            celebrates food that is local, seasonal
cooking course. Nationwide journalist       supermarket nearly stopped filming          and affordable and features many
Valerie Waters and cameraman                as trolleys were collected!                 recipes traditional to the Athy area.
Norman Dungan came to the centre
to film the participants harvesting,        The crew then moved to Athy                 The unseasonal good weather held
cooking and enjoying the fruits of their    Community College, where the large          as Norman took the group outside
labour.                                     kitchens afforded space for Norman          to film incidental shots of the
                                            to film the cooking process. The menu       participants chatting as they walked
Luckily, after a week of almost             featured home-made soup, ham with           along the banks of the river. At
continual rain, the day of filming          colcannon and mashed potatoes, and a        4pm, the crew declared themselves
dawned bright and sunny. The                choice of blackberry mousse or apple pie.   satisfied and called it a day. Then it
Nationwide crew arrived at the centre                                                   was a wrap! n
at 9.30am and met everyone involved        Clodagh Ryan was first up and Norman
in the project. After a consultation with  hovered around her with his camera
                                                                                          You can view the programme
lead instructor Colm Walsh and a quick     as she carefully poured the soup. Next,
                                                                                          online at and copies of
cup of tea, it was showtime.               Anthony Pratt prepared the main
                                                                                          The Walking Distance Cookbook are
                                           course of ham, colcannon and mashed
                                                                                          available from: Colm Walsh, Lead
Everyone donned Wellies and headed         potato and a moment of comedy
                                                                                          Instructor - 00353 59 864 0024
to the allotment at St Vincent’s Hospital, ensued when the masher broke in
   32 |    Rehab News      |   December 2008

Rehab Smashes
Glass recycling records
A survey conducted for Repak Recycling Week in October proves how
Irish households are dedicated to the cause of glass recycling.

            record 46,000 tonnes         best recyclers with an average of 64     than doubled from 30,000 tonnes of
            of glass from Irish          and 63 items of glass recycled per       waste glass to in excess of 69,000
            households were recycled     person respectively.                     tonnes last year.
            by Rehab Recycle in the
            first eight months of this   The greatest increase in glass           “The results of the survey clearly
year, according to a survey conducted    recycling came in Mayo once more,        show the great efforts of Irish people
for Repak Recycling Week in October.     up by 22 per cent to 1,802 tonnes        to recycle. However, we need to
That’s enough bottles and jars to fill   of glass, followed by Leitrim where      continue our efforts and encourage
Croke Park, Ireland’s largest sporting   figures rose by 19 per cent compared     people to bring their glass to recycling
stadium, 41 feet high.                   with the same period last year. After    banks where it is separated at source,
                                         a battle of the Superquinns, the         thereby minimising contamination
The survey revealed that almost          title of Ireland’s busiest bring site    from other types of glass and
150 million bottles and jars were        was won by Superquinn Knocklyon,         recyclables. This also maximises the
deposited in the country’s bring         just edging out Superquinn Lucan,        benefit to the environment as the
banks – enough bottles to stretch over   with 274 tonnes of glass deposited,      glass recycled by Rehab is eventually
44,659 kms – during the period.          representing 899,000 bottles and jars.   made into glass once again.”

The people of Cork were once again       Commenting to Rehab News, Bob            Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak,
the country’s best recyclers with        Rowat, General Manager, Rehab            said, “Ireland’s glass recycling
deposits of 74 bottles for every man,    Recycle, says, “In the past seven        continues to go from strength to
woman and child in the county.           years, deposits at Rehab Recycle         strength and is one of our star
Galway and Leitrim were the next         bring centres nationwide have more       performers. However, Ireland’s overall
                                                                                                           News | 33

                                                                                    Pictured left: xxxxxxxx.

packaging recycling targets have           at every room in their house
increased this year to 750,000,            and every type of packaging
up 100,000 tonnes on last year.            and consider can they put it into
This is a huge leap and we need            their current recycling collection
everybody to recycle more                  systems. If we all do this, we can
packaging than before. We are              grow our recycling rates of other
encouraging everyone to look               materials to match those of glass.”

  Repak Recycling Awards
  Rehab Recycle sponsored
  two awards at the 7th
  Annual Repak Recycling
  Awards in October which
  recognise environmental best                                                      Some Glass Recycling Facts:
  practices. Minister for the
  Environment, Heritage and
  Local Government, John                                                            ● Glass  will never
  Gormley TD, was                                                                     decompose.
  special guest at the                                                                Archaeologists are still
  event which saw                                                                     finding glass used during
  Glenlo Abbey win the Repak Best Practice Award 2008 – Hospitality, and              Roman times.
  Fingal Abbey win the 2008 Local Authority of the Year.                            ● Just one recycled glass
                                                                                      bottle saves enough
  Glenlo Abbey was honoured for its ongoing work on minimising the                    energy to power a
  use of packaging and improving recycling rates. The five-star family-               computer for 25 minutes.
  run boutique hotel in Bushypark, Co. Galway, now has clearly-marked               ● Nearly three million
  recycling bins in each guest room and one particularly innovative                   gallons of fuel is saved
  scheme is its “packaging free breakfast” whereby all food items are                 each year in Ireland purely
  ordered in bulk to cut down on packaging and eliminate the need                     through the recycling of
  for individually-wrapped butter sachets and jam jars. The hotel now                 glass.
  works in conjunction with Galway County Council in order to tutor other           ● The glass recycling process
  businesses in the locality on their waste management methods.                       is a closed-loop system,
                                                                                      creating no additional
  Fingal County Council was recognised for its all-round good performance             waste or by-products.
  in terms of availability of local collection facilities for the general public.   ● It would take 3,200 forty-
  The Council serves an area encompassing 88,000 households and a local               foot trucks to transport
  population of approximately 240,000 people. In 2007, the bring collection           at once all of the glass
  system yielded 11 per cent more recycled tonnage than the previous year             collected annually by
  and all households within Fingal are serviced by kerbside collections               Rehab Recycle. That’s a
  for dry recyclables, residual waste and compost. n                                  33-mile queue of trucks!
34	 |		 Rehab	News	   |	 December	2008

                                         Pictured left:		
                                         An	Tánaiste	Mary	
                                         Coughlan	TD	pictured	
                                         with	People	of	the	Year	
                                         Award	winners	(left to
                                         right)	Darren	Sutherland,	
                                         Kenny	Egan	and	Paddy	

   Best-ever People
   of the Year Awards
   Celebrate	Ireland’s	Finest
                                                                                                                Feature	 |	 35

      t was a nIght of
      celebration	that	certainly	
      provided	a	reason	to	smile	
      and	an	occasion	to	applaud	
      Ireland’s	heroes.

The	Awards	ceremony,	which	was	
organised	by	Rehab,	sponsored	by	
QUINN-healthcare	and	televised	
live	on	RTÉ	One,	provided	a	unique	
opportunity	for	the	Irish	public	to	
honour	the	remarkable	
achievements	made	by	individuals	
and	organisations	to	life	in	Ireland.	
Now	in	their	34th	year	and	firmly	
established	as	the	Irish	people’s	
national	Awards,	the	People	of	the	
Year	Awards	were	presented	for	
the	second	year	running	by	RTÉ’s	
Gráinne	Seoige.	

But	the	star	of	Seoige	wasn’t	the	
only	household	name	at	the	
Citywest	Hotel,	Co.	Dublin	on	
Saturday,	13th	September	last.	
Guest	of	honour	at	the	glittering	
event	was	An	Tánaiste	Mary	
Coughlan	TD,	who	was	joined	by	a	
legion	of	celebrities	that	included	
Andrea	Corr,	Daniel	O’Donnell,	Ray	
D’Arcy,	Sean	Óg	Ó	hAilpín,	Diarmuid	
Gavin,	Barry	McGuigan,	Marian	
Finucane,	Dickie	Rock	and	George	
                                         Pictured above:	Joint	recipient	of	this	year’s	Young	Person	of	the	Year	Award,	Orla	
Hook.	A	host	of	other	household	
                                         Tinsley	(left),	and	singing	sensation,	Andrea	Corr,	who	presented	Orla	with	her	Award	
names	from	the	world	of	television	
                                         on	the	night.
and	music	were	among	the	nearly	
1,000-strong	audience	that	filled	
the	venue.	

But	despite	the	attendance	of	
Ireland’s	great	and	good,	it	was	the	
less	familiar	names,	who	got	the	
biggest	cheer	of	the	night.	Among	
them	was	seven-year-old	Ronan
Hayes	from	Castlemartyr	in	Co.	
Cork,	who	was	a	joint	recipient	of	a	
Young	Person	of	the	Year	Award	for	
his	courage	in	saving	the	life	of	his	
little	sister	Emily	after	she	
accidentally	fell	into	a	septic	tank.	
With	the	help	of	a	stick,	Ronan	was	
able	to	keep	his	sister	above	the	
waterline,	while	talking	to	her	and	     Pictured above: Some	of	the	winners	of	this	year’s	People	of	the	Year	Awards.	
36	 |		 Rehab	News	        |	 December	2008

Pictured above left:	People	of	the	Year	Award	winner,	Keith	Duffy	(centre)	with	this	year’s	Joint	Young	Person	of	the	Year		
Award	recipient,	Ronan	Hayes	(right)	and	his	sister,	Emily.	
Pictured above right:	People	of	the	Year	Award	recipient,	Nuala	O’Loan	(left),	with	Rehab’s	Chief	Executive,	Angela	Kerins.

urging	her	to	hold	on	as	she	                 that	have	taken	place	will,	without	          Boyzone’s	Keith Duffy	received	his	
became	increasingly	tired	and	                doubt,	have	a	significant	and	                People	of	the	Year	Award	from	
traumatised.	When	help	finally	               positive	impact	on	the	life	                  Rehab	Chief	Executive,	Angela	
arrived,	Ronan’s	hands	were	                  expectancy	and	quality	of	life	of	            Kerins,	not	for	his	worldwide	music	
bleeding	heavily	from	where	the	              people	with	cystic	fibrosis	
stick	had	cut	into	them,	but	Emily	           throughout	Ireland.	
was	now	safe.	He	emerged	from	
the	ordeal	a	true	hero.	And,	as	Seán	         Fr Shay Cullen	received	the	
Óg	Ó	hAilpín	remarked	when	                   honour	of	being	named	
presenting	Ronan	with	his	Award,	             International	Person	of	the	Year	
Cork	hurling	could	certainly	do	with	         and	was	presented	with	his	Award	
a	few	heroes	just	like	Ronan!                 by	RTÉ’s	Marian	Finucane	for	his	
                                              relentless	courage	and	
Twenty-one-year-old	Orla Tinsley	             commitment	to	protecting	
received	her	Joint	Young	Person	of	           vulnerable	children	from	abuse,	
the	Year	Award	from	the	lead	                 cruelty	and	exploitation,	and	for	
singer	of	The	Corrs,	Andrea	Corr,	            giving	them	the	opportunity	to	
while	film	star	Colin	Farrell	sent	a	         rebuild	their	lives	with	dignity.		
video	message	of	congratulations.	            For	almost	four	decades,	Fr	Shay	
Both	declared	themselves	to	being	            has	waged	an	extraordinary	                   Pictured above:	Ben	Dolan	pictured	with	
bowled	over	by	Orla’s	passionate	             campaign	that	has	given	thousands	            the	presenter	of	this	year’s	People	of	the	
and	articulate	campaign	for	better	           of	victims	of	the	Philippines’	sex	           Year	Awards,	RTÉ’s	Gráinne	Seoige.	Ben	
services	for	people	with	cystic	              industry,	jailed	street	children	and	         accepted	an	Award	in	honour	of	the	
fibrosis.	Orla’s	moving	testimony	            exploited	young	workers	their		               outstanding	contribution	made	to	the	Irish	
and	the	resulting	developments	               lives	back.                                   music	scene	by	his	late	brother,	Joe	Dolan.
                                                                                                                   Feature	 |	 37

success	or	for	his	acting	career,	but	        hard	work	over	many	years	
for	his	passionate	commitment	to	             culminating	in	their	success	at	the	
the	cause	of	children	with	autism.	           Beijing	Olympic	Games.	The	boxers	
Keith’s	daughter,	Mia,	was	diagnosed	         gave	Ireland	one	of	its	biggest	
with	autism	almost	seven	years	ago.	          medal	hauls	in	the	112-year	history	
Since	then,	not	only	has	Keith	raised	        of	the	Games,	claiming	a	silver	and	
funds	and	awareness	for	support	              two	bronze	medals.
programmes,	but	as	the	Patron	of	
Irish	Autism	Action,	he	has	become	 Radio	and	television	star,	Ray	D’Arcy,	
an	articulate	and	persuasive	       was	on	hand	to	present	Rose Uí
advocate	for	the	cause	of	early	    Shúilleabháin	with	a	Special	Award	
diagnosis	and	specific	education	   as	Ireland’s	Teacher	of	the	Year	for	
supports	of	children	with	autism.   her	extraordinary	courage	and	
                                    coolness	in	saving	the	life	of	one	of	
Boxers	Kenny Egan, Darren           her	pupils	and	for	her	ability	to	
Sutherland and	Paddy Barnes	were	 inspire	her	students	to	maximise	
each	awarded	a	People	of	the	Year	  their	individual	talents	and	for	her	
Award	by	Donal	Clancy,	General	     dedication	to	giving	them	the	best	
Manager,	QUINN-healthcare	and	      possible	start	in	life.	Thanks	to	her	
boxing	legend	and	previous	People	  quick	thinking,	and	the	presence	of	a	                  Pictured above: RTÉ	presenter,	Caroline	
of	the	Year	Award	recipient,	Barry	 defibrillator	provided	by	first-aider	                  Morahan,	walks	the	red	carpet	at	this	
McGuigan,	for	their	character,	     Robert	Bailey,	Rose	was	able	to	                        year’s	glittering	People	of	the	Year	
courage,	determination	and	sheer	   administer	CPR	to	one	of	her	pupils,	                   Awards.	

Pictured above:	People	of	the	Year	Award	recipient,	Robert	McLoughlin	of	Jomac	Productions,	and	Joint	Young	Person	of	the	Year	
Award	winner,	Ronan	Hayes,	compare	their	Awards.
38 |     Rehab News        |   December 2008

                                                                                     Nuala O’Loan displayed almost
                                                                                     limitless reserves of courage and
                                                                                     resilience as she faced up, without
                                                                                     fear or favour, to some of the most
                                                                                     controversial issues emanating from
                                                                                     the Troubles. She received her
                                                                                     Award from An Tánaiste Mary
                                                                                     Coughlan TD.

                                                                                     Also celebrating on the night was
                                                                                     Scouting Ireland which was
                                                                                     presented with a People of the
                                                                                     Year Award by radio presenter,
                                                                                     sports pundit and former Scout,
                                                                                     George Hook. The organisiation
                                                                                     received its Award in recognition
                                                                                     of 100 years of activity in Ireland
                                                                                     and for its unique contribution
                                                                                     to the development of young
                                                                                     people in achieving their full
                                                                                     physical, intellectual and social

Pictured above: Joint Young Person of the Year Award recipient, Ronan Hayes (left)
with GAA hurling star, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.

Daniel Ross, when he collapsed due          women, children living in
to cardiac arrest at a cross-country        institutional care and anyone else
championship. Now fit and healthy,           he thought could do with a dose of
Daniel and his family were on hand          the power of laughter. Indeed,
in Citywest to help Rose celebrate          fellow Award recipient, Orla Tinsley,
her well-deserved Award.                    remembered being entertained by
                                            Robert and the Jomac crew as a
And there were celebrations too             young child in hospital and how
at the table of Robert McLoughlin,          their arrival brought smiles and
when he was recognised with a               laughter to the ward.
People of the Year Award for his
boundless enthusiasm, energy and            In the year that she announced her
selfless dedication to providing a           retirement as Northern Ireland’s
light in the lives of so many people        first Police Ombudsman, Nuala
through Jomac Productions.                  O’Loan was honoured with a
Showband star Dickie Rock                   People of the Year Award for her
presented the Award to Robert               personal integrity and courage, and
who, since 1952, has entertained            for her fearless commitment to the
hospital patients, senior citizens,         highest standards of policing for        Pictured above: Chief Scout, Martin
people with mental health                   everyone in Northern Ireland.            Burbridge, with radio broadcaster and
difficulties, homeless men and               During more than seven years,            former Scout, George Hook.
                                                                                                                       Feature | 39

Pictured above: International Person of the Year, Fr Shay Cullen, shares a “high five” with the presenter of this year’s People of the
Year Awards, RTÉ’s Gráinne Seoige.

                                                             Pictured left: Betty McCarthy
                                                             from National Learning
                                                             Network in Hollyhill meets
                                                             People of the Year Award
                                                             winner and Boyzone star,
                                                             Keith Duffy, at this year’s
                                                             People of the Year Awards in
                                                             Citywest, Co. Dublin.

The Awards ceremony finished                   figure of Irish musical entertainment
with a posthumous Award to one                and a true cultural icon. In the
of Ireland’s greatest-ever                    process, he brought joy to millions
entertainers. Ben Dolan received a            of people both at home and abroad.
People of the Year Award from
Daniel O’Donnell in recognition of            It was a fitting tribute, therefore,
the outstanding contribution made             that the Awards ended with all the             Pictured above: Recipient of the Special
by Ben’s late brother Joe Dolan to            winners and presenters                         Award for Teacher of the Year, Rose
the development of Ireland’s                  congregating on stage to the happy             Uí Shúilleabháin with Daniel Ross,
music scene. From his humble                  sound of Joe Dolan’s “Good Looking             the schoolboy whose life she saved
beginnings on the showband                    Woman”. As The Irish Times put it,             when he collapsed at a cross-country
circuit, Joe became a legendary               “Roll on next year!” ■                         championship race.
   40 |    Rehab News      |   December 2008     | News

                                                                                     Pictured : Zoltan Zinn-Collis
                                                                                     addresses learners at National
                                                                                     Learning Network in Athy,
                                                                                     Co. Kildare.

Holocaust Survivor is Living History
National Learning Network in Athy had a visit from Holocaust survivor Zoltan
Zinn-Collis recently. He tells Rehab News his story.

                t’s a good thIng         he came to Belsen. A young Dutch       occasions before he started school.
                to forgive but you       law student, who spoke 10 or 12        He went on to become a chef,
                must never forget,”      languages, found me in the camp        married and had four daughters
                says Zoltan Zinn-        and brought Bob over to have a look    and several grandchildren. He
                Collis about his talks   at me.                                 didn’t think about the war until an
on the war. He was just four years                                              RTÉ documentary took him back to
old when his family was deported         “He reported that I said to him in     Belsen in 1999. He describes the trip
from Hungary to the notorious            German, ‘My father is dead. You        as both emotionally and physically
Bergen-Belsen detention camp.            are now my father.’ He simply said     tough but says, “I’m glad I went.”
Conditions were dreadful as the          ‘Yes’ in English but neither of us
camp, built to accommodate 6,000         understood the other. So the student   Reflection on the past has brought
people, held 40,000 people. Zoltan’s     translated. I think he was taken       Zoltan a new role as a writer and
mother, brother and baby sister died     aback by what had just been said.      a speaker. He recently published
there. He never saw his father again                                            a book, Final Witness, which is
after they were separated while          “In 1946, Bob brought back five        being adapted for the screen. He
boarding the train.                      orphans, including me and my sister,   visits schools, colleges and prisons
                                         from Bergen-Belsen. We were the        narrating his memories so young
His journey to Ireland began             first refugees or asylum seekers in    people understand the scale of the
when a volunteer brought him to          this country – we had no papers at     horror that occurred – 12 million
the attention of Dr Robert Collis,       all. He brought up my sister and       people died in the Nazis’ 1,700
a paediatrician at the National          myself as his own. He couldn’t adopt   camps. History can seem distant but,
Children’s Hospital who also founded     us, as they had no adoption then,      as he explains, “You can relate to the
Cerebral Palsy Ireland, now Enable       but he became our father. He gave      individual person. An eyewitness is
Ireland.                                 us a great start in life.”             not a page in a book.”

Zoltan explains, “Bob went to help       The camp conditions had a lasting      Looking back on his experiences,
the people – the orphans – after         effect and Zoltan had to remain in     Zoltan says, “I have had five goes at
the occupation. He had a kind of         hospital for a couple of years and     life. Most will only get the one. Don’t
mobile hospital and, in due course,      was critically ill on a number of      waste it.” n
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Pictured above:	RehabCare	service	user,	Derek	Smith,	catches	up	on	the	latest	news	with	Programmes	Supervisor,	Eithne	Kilty,	in	the	
relaxing	surroundings	of	RehabCare’s	new	Bailieborough	centre.

RehabCare’s new centre at
the heart of the community

     magIne havIng to spend 20 hours	a	WeeK	                            starters,	I’ve	an	extra	four	hours	a	day,	time	I	would	
     a	small	bus,	travelling	narrow	and	windy	country	                  have	previously	spent	commuting.	I’m	now	able	to	
     roads.	Until	recently,	that’s	exactly	what	Derek	                  engage	much	more	with	people	from	my	hometown	
     Smith	from	Bailieborough	in	County	Cavan	had	                      and	it’s	something	that	I	love.	I’m	bumping	into	old	
     to	do	in	order	to	attend	the	RehabCare	centre	in	                  friends	that	I	haven’t	seen	for	years.	They’ve	been	
Cavan	town,	but	not	anymore!                                            wondering	where	I’ve	been	all	this	time!”

Now,	thanks	to	RehabCare’s	new	centre	in	Bailieborough,	                “There’s	only	20	of	us	here	at	the	centre	and	the	
Derek	has	a	daily	commute	that	would	make	the	rest	of	                  smaller	numbers	mean	that	there’s	a	real	family	
us	very	jealous	indeed.	It	takes	him	just	five	minutes	to	              atmosphere.	We	keep	an	eye	out	for	each	other.	The	
walk	to	the	centre	each	day.                                            social	scene	is	good	too.	We	sometimes	head	out	in	
                                                                        the	evening	time	–	to	the	theatre	or	to	see	comedy	
“I	loved	being	in	Cavan,	but	the	move	to	Bailieborough	                 shows.	I	live	on	my	own,	so	the	social	element	of	the	
has	changed	my	life	completely,”	says	Derek.	“For	                      centre	is	really	important	to	me.”
                                                                                                                    Feature	 |	 43

I’m now able to engage much more
  with people from my hometown
  and it’s something that I love. I’m
   bumping into old friends that I
        haven’t seen for years.
                                    ‘‘                             Pictured above:	Service	users	in	RehabCare’s	new	resource	centre	in	

                                                                   In	addition	to	Workability	and	other	community-based	
                                                                   programmes,	the	busy	RehabCare	centre	also	offers	
                                                                   independent	living	skills,	relaxation	activities,	gardening	
                                                                   and	a	creative	work	programme.	This	programme	saw	
                                                                   service	users	recently	create	a	beautiful	stain	glass	
                                                                   butterfly	which	they	presented	to	President	McAleese	
                                                                   when	she	officially	opened	the	centre,	along	with	
                                                                   other	businesses	in	the	shared	premises,	at	the	end	of	

The	new	RehabCare	centre,	which	was	developed	with	                “Although	the	centre	hasn’t	even	been	open	for	a	year,	
the	help	of	the	Health	Service	Executive	North	East	               I’ve	already	noticed	a	huge	change	in	every	single	
region,	is	located	in	newly-built	shared	premises	just	            one	of	the	people	who	attend	the	service	here	in	
a	two-minute	walk	from	Bailieborough	town	centre,	                 Bailieborough,”	says	Programmes	Supervisor,	Eithne	
ensuring	that	those	who	use	the	service	are	very	much	             Kilty.	“It’s	really	wonderful	to	see	how	their	confidence	
at	the	heart	of	the	local	community.	In	fact,	all	of	the	          levels	have	blossomed.	They	now	feel	part	of	the	local	
programmes	on	offer	at	the	centre	are	designed	to	get	             community.	We	also	recently	welcomed	two	new	people	
service	users	out	into	the	local	community,	whether	               to	the	centre,	both	of	whom	have	an	acquired	brain	
that’s	by	participating	in	equestrian	skills	or	leisure	           injury,	and	we	hope	to	further	extend	our	acquired	
activities	at	local	sporting	facilities,	taking	photos	of	local	   brain	injury	service	in	the	near	future.	With	so	much	
heritage	sites	as	part	of	the	camera	club	or	exploring	            happening,	it’s	really	an	exciting	time	for	all	of	us	at	the	
Cavan’s	beautiful	lakes	with	the	cycling	club.                     centre.”		n

The	centre’s	supported	employment	programme,	
Workability,	has	also	helped	service	users	to	engage	
more	with	the	local	community.	Five	people	from	the	
RehabCare	centre	are	currently	working	part-time	in	local	
shops	and	businesses,	including	Mark	Smith	who	works	
ten	hours	a	week	in	an	architectural	office,	located	in	the	
same	building	as	the	RehabCare	centre.

“We’re	very	grateful	to	the	employers	who	have	come	
on	board	to	date,	but	there’s	more	to	be	done,”	says	
RehabCare	Area	Manager,	Bernard	McVeigh.	“With	
the	help	of	Sophie	Maher,	Programmes	Supervisor	in	
Cavan,	plans	are	well	underway	to	further	develop	the	             Pictured above:	RehabCare	service	user,	Mark	Smith,	pictured	hard	
Workability-supported	work	programme	during	2009	and	              at	work	in	a	local	architectural	office.	Mark	is	currently	one	of	five	
it	is	hoped	that	in	the	near	future,	many	new	employers	           RehabCare	service	users	who	work	in	the	local	community	as	part	of	
from	Bailieborough	will	engage	with	the	centre.”                   RehabCare	Bailieborough’s	Workability	programme.
  44 |   Rehab News   |   December 2008

The fundraising team has a busy programme          Pictured above:
of events lined up for 2009. Here’s a snapshot     Orlaith Rafter from RTÉ’s Fair
                                                   City making a splash at the
of just some of the exciting activities ahead to   announcement of the second
raise funds for Rehab's Irish services.            Rehab/Top Oil Car Wash Day.
                                                                                                  Fundraising	 |	   45

                                                                       Here are just some of the comments from
                                                                       people who have benefited from the
                                                                       services provided by Rehab. By supporting
                                                                       Rehab, you are playing a key role in
                                                                       helping people to achieve their goals and
                                                                       can be proud to share in their successes.

                                                                         “I am able to cope better with
                                                                       things such as stress and to get on
                                                                               with my daily life.”
                                                                            National Learning Network Learner

Pictured:	Aisling	Cronin	proudly	displays	her	medal,	having	run	for	      “It has helped me learn a lot of
Rehab	in	Dublin's	Flora	Women’s	Mini	Marathon.
                                                                       things and feel better about myself.”
Running for Rehab                                                                 RehabCare Service User
Rehab	is	actively	looking	to	sign	up	women	who	may	be	
interested	in	running	the	mini	Marathon	next	June	Bank	
Holiday	Monday.	The	10k	event	takes	place	in	Dublin.	
In	2008,	over	100	women	ran	to	raise	funds	for	Rehab	
and	we’re	looking	to	build	on	that	success	in	2009.	For	               “The different types of programmes
those	less	into	the	run	and	into	more	of	the	fun,	it’s	a	
great	day	out	with	a	long	walk	thrown	in!	To	get	you	                         have changed my life.
started,	we	have	sponsorship	cards	and	t-shirts	ready	to	                 RehabCare means being with
send	out	to	you.	Or	you	can	set	up	your	own	fundraising	
page	on	and	your	friends	can	sponsor	                  people your own age and having
you	online.	It’s	very	easy	to	set	up	your	own	page	and	
to	include	your	personal	message	on	it.	We’d	love	to	
                                                                        a laugh when there is nothing at
have	you	as	part	of	Team	Rehab	on	what	promises	to	be	                  home. You’re with people you like
another	great	day.
                                                                                   to be with.”
                                                                                 RehabCare Service User
 Volunteers Needed
 for St. Patrick’s
 Festival 2009

 Rehab	is	delighted	to	
 be	the	official	charity	
                                                                        “NLN means helping people to get
 partner	of	the	St.	Patrick’s	Festival	in	Dublin	for	2009.	              back on their feet after suffering a
 We’re	currently	working	with	the	festival	organisers	to	
 finalise	our	plans,	however,	we	do	know	that	we	need	                 setback in their life. It has given me a
 volunteers	to	collect	along	the	route.	So	if	you	feel	like	           reason to get up in the morning and
 being	part	of	a	great	day	in	Dublin,	please	get	in	touch	
 with	the	fundraising	team	on	01	205	7231.                               has helped me to reach my goals!”
                                                                            National Learning Network Learner
   46 |      Rehab News        |   December 2008

Pictured: Joan Claffey, Kieran Shields and Mary Claffey from RehabCare in Tullamore get off to a flying start for Rehab/Top Oil Car Wash
Day as the helicopter pilot looks on.

                                                                      Charity of the Year Programme
                                                                      The Charity of the Year programme is aimed at getting
                                                                      businesses to support our fundraising by developing
                                                                      a plan to engage employees and customers. We
                                                                      will support you by helping to organise simple and
                                                                      engaging fundraising days, draws, raffles, etc., and
                                                                      co-ordinate with other events we have ongoing. If you
                                                                      would like to hear more about our programme, please
                                                                      get in contact with the fundraising team. It’s a great
                                                                      opportunity for staff to work together in a fun way and
                                                                      raise money for Rehab at the same time.

                                                                      Fancy helping out a little and having some
                                                                      We’re always looking for people to help us with our
                                                                      fundraising all around the country. If you have an hour
                                                                      or two to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. We
                                                                      have a variety of projects you could support either by
                                                                      putting us in touch with others who would be able to
                                                                      help us or by giving direct support yourself to a project
Pictured above: Former Miss Ireland, Bláthnaid McKenna and Irish      for a few hours. We’re hearing that people want to
rugby legend, Eric Miller. Both Bláthnaid and Eric ran for Rehab in   give something back to their communities but are
2008, Bláthnaid in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon and Eric in        unsure of how to go about it. Give us a call and we’ll
the Lifestyle Sports Adidas Dublin City Marathon.                     help you find something that works for you.
                                                                                                Fundraising |     47

                                                                                          Pictured: All-Ireland
                                                                                          winners, Tyrone footballer
                                                                                          Sean Kavanagh (left),
                                                                                          Kilkenny hurler, Richie
                                                                                          Power (right) and model,
                                                                                          Aoife Cogan, at the launch
                                                                                          of the National Rehab/
                                                                                          Powers Whiskey Pub Quiz in
                                                                                          association with the
                                                                                          Vintners’ Federation of

Where Your Money Goes                                       where to go to access support services available.
Over the coming year we have a number of projects           Due to the stigma surrounding mental health,
we’re actively raising funds for around the country. A      seeking help is dependent on a high degree of
major priority is the fundraising effort to raise           confidentiality, while delivery of information and
€3 million for Regent House in Kilkenny, which provides     support must also be appropriate to the target
services for people all over Kilkenny city and county       group. With this in mind, our free text service and
and ensures that Rehab is well established to meet the      our new interactive website provide the support
challenges of the future in this area. The centre is home   needed. In order to fund these and other elements
to a National Learning Network training and education       of the project, we need to raise €300,000. n
centre, a RehabCare resource centre and to supported
                                                             How To Get Involved
Our HeadsUp suicide prevention project is also a priority    To find out more about what we do, visit www.
for funding in 2009. Young people, when faced with a or if you wish to make a donation to Rehab
problem, rarely seek professional help. Surveys among        please visit or
Irish young people also reveal a lack of knowledge about     phone 01 205 7231.
   48 |     Rehab News      |   December 2008

My Working Day
                                                                                        Robert Zapala is a
                                                                                        Home Support Worker
                                                                                        for RehabCare’s Slán
                                                                                        Abhaile service in
                                                                                        South Dublin. The
                                                                                        service, which means
                                                                                        “safe home” in Irish, is
                                                                                        funded by the Health
                                                                                        Service Executive and
                                                                                        currently caters for
                                                                                        84 people in areas of
                                                                                        Dublin and Wicklow.

      N THE MORNINGS, I WORK FOR THE SLÁN ABHAILE               Wednesdays – my day off – I go swimming or go for a
      service which is for people who have recently left        walk if the weather is nice. In the evenings I like to cook
      hospital so they are usually elderly. I leave the         for my partner – Irish food is simpler and much healthier
      house at about 7.30am, depending on where my              than Polish food.
      first client lives. My job involves care work so I
help clients to shower and dress, make their breakfast          I like my work because the people I meet are very
and do anything else that they need. I spend an hour            nice. As they are older, they have experience of life and
with each person and sometimes I go back in the                 sometimes give me advice. They tell me about their lives
evening and help them to go to bed. I also work at the          and I have learned a lot from them about Ireland.
weekend and, as I often see the same people, I get to
know them very well. We have a chat when I arrive and           I came here from Poland five years ago. I’m from a small
before I leave.                                                 village called Piotrkowace which is a few hours from
                                                                Krakow. The economic situation there was poor. I used
I have a break from 10am to 11am and I either go                to work in a hospital but I couldn’t get a good job and I
shopping in Dundrum or Goatstown or I read. I like John         wasn’t very happy.
Irving’s novels and really enjoyed A Prayer for Owen
Meaney.                                                         I came to Ireland alone and my plan was to stay for good
                                                                if I got a job. To begin with I did a variety of jobs. I worked
In the afternoons, I work for the Home Help service, which      in a restaurant, a hotel and a shoe shop, so I was very
is also for older people. I usually finish at 3pm or 4pm and     happy to get a care job again. I really like to do care work
I like to be active so I usually go jogging or to the gym. On   for RehabCare because of the contact with people. ■
                                                                                                My Working Day    | 49

Jackie Flynn is the Learning Centre Co-ordinator at
Haven Products in Hillington, Scotland. Momentum’s
social enterprise firm, Haven Products, works to create
meaningful employment opportunities for disabled people.
Around 80 per cent of its workforce have a disability.

                                                                 Since then, employees have benefited from sessions
                                                                 in confidence-building, interview skills, IT training,
                                                                 welfare rights and British Sign Language tasters.

                                                                 My other duties involve report-writing, applying for
                                                                 funding, attending management meetings and liaising
                                                                 with a variety of organisations.

                                                                 However, the extremely rewarding part of the post
                                                                 involves working with the employees themselves. I
                                                                 operate a drop-in service where people can come in

                                                                 for a chat, receive help with form-filling or practise
            OW DO I EXPLAIN MY TYPICAL WORKING                   their IT skills. At present I am working closely with
            day? The short of it all is that I have no typical   some employees on a calendar project which outlines
            day, which is what is so appealing about the         Haven’s history.
            job. In order to understand the nature of my
            role, I feel it would be beneficial to explain a      There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere in the centre and
bit about my background.                                         a lot of laughter, which is great in contributing to a
                                                                 positive learning experience.
Prior to becoming the Learning Centre Co-ordinator for
social enterprise firm, Haven Products, in January 2008,          We work in partnership with a local college, which
I graduated – after five long years – with a law degree           sends their tutors to the Centre two days per
with distinction. During my studies, I developed a flair          week. We currently have 12 learners undertaking
for working with other adult learners and began to               Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) qualifications
tutor in this field. After graduating, I pursued a career in      in IT, literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and
education. I then returned to study last year to gain my         communication. In addition, adult literacy tutors work
CPD Certificate in Adult Teaching and Learning due to the         with our employees two days per week.
sense of achievement I experienced when working with
adult learners. No easy task, especially as I am a working       I can honestly say that there has never been a dull
Mum of eight children.                                           day. I consider myself to be an energetic person – I
                                                                 often run 10k before going into work – and enjoy
I was delighted to be appointed as Learning Centre Co-           the challenge of my role. There is no doubt that it
ordinator for Haven Products which has a workforce with          is extremely varied and, as an adult who returned
a range of disabilities. As you will have gathered, I am         to education later in life, I am determined to make
used to challenges, hard work and a dynamic working              our employees’ learning experiences positive ones. I
environment.                                                     believe that my qualifications are being put to good
                                                                 use and my life experience allows me to form positive
One of the first tasks I carried out was to circulate a survey    relationships with a workforce which I enjoy working
to get a feel of what the employees wanted to learn.             with immensely. ■
50	 |		 Rehab	News	   |	 December	2008

                                         Wicklow People of the Year Award
                                         Shay	Fitzmaurice,	Managing	Editor	of	Wicklow Times	(centre),	presents	the	
                                         Wicklow	People	of	the	Year	Award	in	the	Tourism	category	to	(left to right)	Jill	
                                         O’Hare	and	Sinead	Cox	of	the	Ritz-Carlton	Powerscourt.

                                         Kilkenny People of the Year Awards
                                         The	12th	annual	Kilkenny	Local	Authority/Rehab	People	of	the	Year	
                                         Awards,	in	association	with	the	Kilkenny People,	took	place	in	October.	
                                         Pictured	at	the	event	in	the	Newpark	Hotel	are	(back row, left to right)	
                                         Declan	McCann,	Chairman	of	the	Organising	Committee,	Ronan	Collins,	
                                         RTÉ	presenter	and	MC	for	the	evening,	Hugh	Maddock,	Rehab	Area	
                                         Organiser,	(front row, left to right)	Pat	McPhillips,	Regional	Manager,	
                                         RehabCare,	Catherine	“Kit”	Quinn,	Kilkenny	Person	of	the	Year	2008,	
                                         Tomás	Breathnach,	Chairman,	Kilkenny	County	Council	and	Debra	
                                         O’Neill,	Managing	Director,	Kilkenny People.

                                                                                            Kildare People of
                                                                                            the Year
                                                                                            Young	Person	of	the	Year,	
                                                                                            Orla	Tinsley,	was	also	
                                                                                            named	Kildare	Person	of	
                                                                                            the	Year	2008	at	a	gala	
                                                                                            award	ceremony	held	
                                                                                            in	the	Keadeen	Hotel,	
                                                                                            Newbridge,	in	November.	
                                                                                            She	is	pictured	here	
                                                                                            receiving	her	award	from	
                                                                                            Cllr	Senan	Griffin,	Mayor	of	
                                                                               Bulletin Board | 51

                                                    Haven Staff Visit
                                                    Whisky Distillery
                                                    Pictured: Jackie Flynn, Haven Hillington’s
                                                    Learning Centre Co-ordinator, with
                                                    supervisors and staff from Haven Products’
                                                    Hillington and Ballieston outside the
                                                    Glenturret Distillery. Staff were treated to the
                                                    Famous Grouse Experience, which involved
                                                    a tour of the distillery, participating in the
                                                    virtual reality room and tasting some of
                                                    the famous malt whisky. The visit provided
                                                    an opportunity for Haven employees to
                                                    see how they contribute to the prestigious
                                                    image of the unique distillery through the
                                                    packaging process.

Sporting Chance Graduations and
Trip to Croke Park

                                                    pic to follow

                                  The first graduations have taken place from the Sporting Chance
                                  course in National Learning Network in Tralee. Four of the
                                  graduates are pictured here displaying their certificates (left
                                  to right) Seamus Kelly, Philomena Bates, Nigel Baldock and
                                  Anthony Kerrigan. Earlier in the year, the group made a trip to
                                  Dublin and are pictured in Croke Park.
  52 |     Rehab News        |   December 2008

         Chaseley Goes Ape
         Pictured: The Chaseley Trust’s Senior
         Physiotherapist, Rachel Wilson, at the Go Ape
         Challenge that raised over £2,700.

Rovers Visit National Learning Network in Sligo
Pictured above: Members of the Sligo Rovers football team visited National Learning Network in Bridge Street, Sligo, recently. Tony
Kelly holds up his signed Sligo Rovers shirt flanked by team members (left to right) - winger Brian Cash and striker Matthew Judge -
and the team’s PR Officer Keith O’Dwyer.
                                                                                                               Bulletin Board | 53

TBG Learning Showcase
TBG Learning South London held a fun-filled community day in the Agnes Riley Gardens, Balham, to celebrate the end of the
academic year. The community day showcased the many courses on offer through TBG Learning, and gave potential new
learners a chance to meet tutors and current students, whilst having fun. Activities on offer included football, giant Connect 4,
sumo wrestling, bouncy castles, food-tasting, nail and beauty taster sessions and team games.

                                                                            National Rehab/Powers Whiskey
                                                                            Pub Quiz
                                                                            Pictured at the final of the National Rehab/
                                                                            Powers Whiskey Pub Quiz, in association with the
                                                                            Vintners’ Federation of Ireland were the winners
                                                                            from Farrelly’s pub in Oldcastle, Meath, (centre
                                                                            front row, left to right) Adrian Tuite, Padraig
                                                                            Finnan, Barry Kevin and Peter Smith, (back row,
                                                                            left to right) Concepta Farrelly of Farrelly’s pub,
                                                                            Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh who was the special
                                                                            guest quizmaster, Pauline Crowley, Rehab’s Head
                                                                            of Marketing, Val Hanley, President, Vintner’s
                                                                            Federation of Ireland, Tom Farrelly of Farrelly’s
                                                                            pub, Michael Maguire, On-Trade Sales Director,
                                                                            Irish Distillers, and Padraig Cribben, CEO, Vintner’s
                                                                            Federation of Ireland. The competition saw over
                                                                            2,000 teams take part in 316 pubs around the
                                                                            country, raising €90,000 for Rehab’s services.
  54 |    Rehab News       |   December 2008

                                               RehabCare Carlow
                                               Pictured at the certification
                                               ceremony in RehabCare in
                                               Carlow recently are (back row,
                                               left to right) Debbie Coakley,
                                               Angela Carter, VEC Instructor,
                                               Marian Duffy, VEC Co-ordinator,
                                               Paul Collins, Rachel Doyle,
                                               Managing Director, Arboretum
                                               and Lifestyle Garden Centre
                                               who presented the awards,
                                               Karen Cullen, Patricia Nolan,
                                               Bridget Delaney, Maritta Kirwan
                                               and Fintan Kearns, (front row,
                                               left to right) Ann Donoghue,
                                               Marie Fennelly and Irene Daly.

National Learning
Network Hollyhill
Pictured at the
presentation of certificates
at the National Learning
Network centre in
Hollyhill are (left to
right) Noel Shannon,
Area Manager, National
Learning Network, Rita
O’Mahony from Mallow
who graduated from the
Employer-based Training
programme, and Minister
of State, Billy Kelleher TD.

                                               National Learning Network
                                               Pictured at the presentation
                                               of certificates to graduates of
                                               the Employer-Based Training
                                               programme at the National
                                               Learning Network centre in
                                               Carrick-on-Shannon are (back
                                               row, left to right) Nessa O’Connor,
                                               Sean D’Arcy, Area Manager,
                                               National Learning Network,
                                               James McGanity, Tom Brennan,
                                               Sinead Mulvey, Joseph Geelan
                                               and Tim Hardu-Pally, (front row,
                                               left to right) Vera Walsh, Patricia
                                               Anderson, Instructor, Lelia Pugh,
                                               FETAC, and Charlie McGettigan,
                                               guest of honour.
                                                                          Bulletin Board | 55

                                     National Learning Network Galway
                                     Pictured at the presentation of certificates to a group of
                                     graduates who have completed a range of vocational
                                     and rehabilitative programmes over the past year at the
                                     National Learning Network centre in Galway are (back
                                     row, left to right) Alan Burke, Liam Corcoran, Alan Cusack,
                                     Christopher McCormack, James Coughlan, (front row, left
                                     to right) Denise Flattery, Alan Kerins, GAA star and guest of
                                     honour, Richard Casburn, Area Manager, National Learning
                                     Network, and Niamh Healy.

National Learning
Network Bray

Pictured at the Bray National
Learning Network’s certification
evening were, (left to right)
Ben Cranny, Caroline Mohan, Cllr
Ciaran O’Brien, Cathaoirleach of
Bray Town Council, Dick Roche
TD, Minister for European Affairs,
Cyril Gibbons, Regional Director,
National Learning Network, Ian
Graham and Deborah Coughlan,
Area Manager, National
Learning Network.

                                                                    National Learning
                                                                    Network Portlaoise

                                                                    Pictured at the
                                                                    presentation of certificates
                                                                    at the National Learning
                                                                    Network centre in
                                                                    Portlaoise is Jonathan
                                                                    Bracken (left) receiving his
                                                                    certificate in the Access
                                                                    programme from (right)
                                                                    Laois footballer Ross
  56	 |		 Rehab	News	     |	 December	2008

Long	Service	Awards	were	held	recently	across	the	Rehab	Group,	recognising	the	contributions	of	staff	who	have	
served	10,	15,	20,	25	and	30	years.	They	were	presented	by	Rehab’s	Chief	Executive,	Angela	Kerins.	Congratulations	
to	everyone	who	received	an	award.	

Chaseley Long Service Award
Pictured above:	The	Chaseley	Trust’s	Nursing	Auxiliary	Michael	Prescott	receives	his	Outstanding	Achievement	
Award	for	over	30	years’	service	from	Rehab’s	Chief	Executive,	Angela	Kerins.	He	is	Chaseley’s	longest-serving	
employee,	having	worked	there	since	1973.

Rehab Enterprises Long Service Awards
Pictured above top (left to right):	Noel	Walsh	of	Rehab	Logistics	in	Mountmellick,	and	Ann	Hyland	and	Patrick	
Fitzpatrick	of	Rehab	Packaging	in	Kilkenny,	display	their	awards	for	15	years’	service.
                                                                                               Bulletin Board | 57

National Learning Network Letterkenny
                                                                            Pictured at the presentation of
                                                                            certificates at the National Learning
                                                                            Network centre in Letterkenny are
                                                                            (back row, left to right) Dr Ken Kerr,
                                                                            Rehabilitation Psychologist, Norma
                                                                            Nolan, Programme Development
                                                                            Officer, Laura Harkin, Anthony McGlynn,
                                                                            Damien Cunningham, Grainne Doherty,
                                                                            Robina Barrie, Instructor, Mary Sweeney,
                                                                            Rehabilitation Officer, (front row, left
                                                                            to right) Mura Herron, Centre Manager,
                                                                            National Learning Network, Sean
                                                                            D’Arcy, Area Manager, National Learning
                                                                            Network, Francis Byrne, FÁS Community
                                                                            Services, An Tánaiste Mary Coughlan TD,
                                                                            Anne Marie Ward, Regional Development
                                                                            Manager, HSE West and Lucianne Bird,
                                                                            Regional Director, National Learning

 National Learning Network Monaghan
 Pictured are (left to right) Miriam McQuaid, Centre
 Manager, National Learning Network, Monaghan
 with Marie Conlon, a learner from the centre’s Access
 programme and Áine Nally, an Instructor at the centre.
 Marie has just begun a Certificate in Contemporary Living
 with the National Institute for Intellectual Disability in
 Trinity College Dublin.

                                                              West Cork Walk
                                                              Pictured are participants on the recent West Cork Walk
                                                              organised by Aidan Roche, a long-time supporter of
                                                              Rehab. The group spent four days walking through the
                                                              stunning West Cork landscape and raised over €6,500 for
                                                                           Time Out                                                     We have two hotel breaks to give away!

                                                                                                                                        Take some time out, put your feet up and
                                                                                                                                        enter our competitions to be in with a
                                                                            Competition 1: Crossword                                    chance to win.
                                                                                                                                         Competition 2: Spot 6 Differences

                                                                                                                                         Find six differences in the pictures above
                                                                                                                                         and stand a chance to win a weekend break
                                                                                                                                         for two people sharing in The Best Western
                                                                                                                                         Boyne Valley Hotel in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
                                                                                                                                         This grand, country house offers comfort, style and charm
                                                                                                                                         featuring all the amenities needed to make any stay
                                                                                                                                         more enjoyable. Hotel guests can have a game of tennis,
                                                                                                                                         work out in the fitness facility or enjoy a complimentary
                                                                                                                                         full breakfast. Conference rooms are also
                                                                                                                                         available for up to 500 delegates and the
                                                                                                                                         hotel is only 25km from Dublin Airport. To
                                                                           ACROSS                          DOWN
                                                                                                                                         book, call Freefone: R.O.I . 1800 709 101,
                                                                           1 Clean and shine               2 Of very great age
                                                                                                                                         N.I. 0800 328 7076, or visit
                                                                              (wood, e.g.) (6)                (3,2,3,5)
                                                                                                                                Also, Best
                                                                           5 Drawing tool (6)              3 Fill with air (7)
                                                                                                                                         Western Travel cards are a useful
                                                                           8 Large buildings (8)           4 ___, Dickory, Dock -
                                                                                                                                         gift for any occasion and can be
                                                                           9 Snoozes (4)                      children’s rhyme (7)
                                                                                                                                         purchased by calling (01) 4605100.
                                                                           10 China’s continent (4)        5 Wallpaper glue (5)
                                                                           11 Protective outer             6 Teenage Mutant ___
                                                                              garments (8)                    Turtles - 1990 film (5)    Simply complete the crossword and/or Spot the Difference
                                                                           12 Rude, saucy (6)              7 Unplanned purchasing       competitions, fill out the entry form with your details and
                                                                           13 Loud sounds (6)                 (7,6)                     send it to Rehab News competition, Communications and
                                                                           15 TV programme in which        13 Time when Auld Lang       Public Affairs Team, Rehab Group, Roslyn Park, Sandymount,
                                                                              people are interviewed          Syne is sung (3,4)        Dublin 4, before February 27th, 2009.
                                                                              (4,4)                        14 Body’s digestive canal
                                                                           18 Whirled round (4)               (7)
                                                                           19 ___ up, explode (4)          16 ___ of London - tourist   Address:
                                                                           20 Kitchen loaf container          attraction (5)
                                                                              (5,3)                        17 Spare-time activity (5)
                                                                                                                                        Contact number:
                                                                           21 Rare bird of prey (6)
                                                                           22 Give up your job (6)
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                                                                                                                                        Last Issue’s Winners
                                                                             Complete the crossword                                     Spot the Difference winner - Christine Bergin, Co. Kilkenny
                                                                             correctly and be entered in to                             Crossword winner - Peggy O’Sullivan, Co. Cork.
                                                                             win a two-night break for two
                                                                             people sharing at Dundrum
                                                                             House Hotel in Tipperary.                                  Solutions to last issue’s Crossword and
                                                                             This elegant Georgian Manor hotel
                                                                             affords a very distinguished country
                                                                                                                                        Spot the Difference
                                                                             retreat, with old-world charm,
                                                                             atmosphere and warm hospitality. This
                                                                             prize includes one dinner and a round
                                                                             of golf. Afterwards, relax in the white
                                                                             flag-awarded Health and Wellness
                                                                             Centre with 21m pool, jacuzzi, sauna,
                                                                             steam room and gymnasium.
Employers: we want you!
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community. We currently have a number of trained people with a mixed skill base ready for employment and we are
looking for employers to recruit or contract people with disabilities into a variety of positions across all business sectors.

 Benefits of employing people with disabilities:

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