Changing times

Valerie Moran Manager of Longford's Independent Living Center in College Medical Centre. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Longford Centre for Independent Living was established in September 1999 for and by people with physical and sensory disabilities in Co. Longford. and is a Personal Assistance service for people with physical and sensory disabilities enabling them to access education, training, employment, social activities and simply living independently in their own homes within their community if they so choose.

Longford Centre for Independent Living was established in September 1999 for and by people with physical and sensory disabilities in Co. Longford. and is a Personal Assistance service for people with physical and sensory disabilities enabling them to access education, training, employment, social activities and simply living independently in their own homes within their community if they so choose.

At this time no appropriate service for people between the ages of 18 and 65 yrs existed within the County and we identified this as a huge stumbling block to our participation within the community in any meaningful way.

Our objectives were to enable ourselves to become active and contributing members of our community and to have equal opportunities in the same way as our peers. In doing so we also hoped to change people’s perceptions of people with disability as being people with ‘special’ needs, something different to normal or what is accepted as normal within society.

This Personal Assistance service is provided by a Personal Assistant who is also known as PA. A PA is a person who assists another person (with a disability) in all aspects of daily living within the areas of their personal, domestic, social, educational and employment needs. Their assistance enables the person with a disability to lead an independent life and ultimately gain greater control, enabling the person to make their own choices.

As a result of budget cuts of up to 15% to our funding over the last number of years we are struggling to maintain frontline services enabling people with disabilities to remain living in their community independently.

Longford CIL are now embarking on a new and exciting enterprise. We are extending our services to assist people with disabilities who can not avail of HSE funding to live in their own homes in keeping with the Philosophy of Independent Living. At this stage we have the experience, expertise and local knowledge of the area and peoples needs.

We have a personal understanding of the needs of people with disabilities. We are local based, respected in the community for the quality of our service and staff. Our staff are Garda vetted, with FETAC Level 5 qualifications and have on average a minimum of 6-10 years experience in disability. We can guarantee continuity and flexibility of care as directed by the service user. Our service is fully insured giving added comfort and peace of mind to new clients.

For more information or if you require a service call Valerie on 043 33 31702 or 086 807 3099.

Fundraising

Fundraising has become a must for all organisations in the current climate, and for the first time ever Longford CIL is embarking on a fundraising campaign. First up on April 5th we are holding a table quiz in the Golf Club from 9.00p.m. We would love to see you there! Please call Elizabeth 087185 5214 or Valerie on 086 807 3099.

And we are braving the streets of Dublin at the Flora Ladies (and a few gents in disguise!) Mini Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd.

For more information or if you require a service call Valerie on 043 33 31702 or 086 807 3099.

If you would like to participate or support in any way please contact our office, College Medical Centre, 1 Ballinalee Road, Longford. Tel 043 33 31702

All money raised will go directly to support people with physical and sensory disabilities to remain living in their own homes and to access their community.