The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Clare Region, provide services through-out the county to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Clare is a sparsely populated county and our supports stretch to many rural towns and villages, such as Lisdoonvarna, Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Kilrush, Kilkee, Ennis, Shannon, Scariff and Killaloe.
We work in each of these areas, to develop partnerships with community organisations, as a means to embed people in their local areas. The focus of our work is to support people to be in and of their community in a real and valued way, by being present and contributing citizens.
The services in Clare have evolved over the years from centre based, grouped and congregated services, to more individualised, community based supports. Available resources are nowadays, utilised to developed specific supports, to best meet the needs of individuals. This is in contrast, to previously placing people into existing service vacancies, with no or limited choices.
Our service is divided into three geographical areas, namely,
• North/West Clare,
• East Clare/Shannon
We provide the following services in these areas:
• Day Support
• Support to live in the community,
• Respite Supports for Adults and Children
• Advocacy Supports
• Homeshare Services
• Multi D Supports
The management of the services are supported and directed in their work by people with intellectual disability, through organised advocacy. This ensure that management are focused on the needs of those supported.
Our Vision as a service, is to support people with intellectual disabilities in county Clare, to take their rightful place in communities and at a societal level, to be strong advocates for themselves and others and to live a life of their choosing, rather than one prescribed by the system.