Families across Galway are being sought to help make a huge difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families by participating in a range of voluntary, personalised models of care.
These schemes, which are jointly run by the Brothers of Charity and Ability West, involve families or any suitable candidate interested in sharing their home. The initiative involves inviting persons with intellectual disability into their homes for anything from short breaks to longer, sometimes permanent stays.
Home Sharing is a family-based break where families participate on a variety of commitment levels, from a once a year holidays to more frequent arrangements.
“We don’t just look for traditional family units; but for anyone who feels that they have the time to offer support to children or adults with disabilities,” explains Cathy Byrne of the Brothers of Charity.
A contract family will offer substantial time commitment to a person with intellectual disability who has extra requirements. In the case of a contract family, a retainer and expenses will be paid.
Shared Living is the newest initiative, whereby a family or host will share their home on a permanent basis, with short break support provided, with the person with the disability becoming a part of that family. Again, a retainer and expenses will be paid.
“There are many adults that would benefit from being supported by individuals and families to spend a regular day, weekend or live with an individual or family that they could possibly make friends with and be involved in community life through the support of the host,” notes Kieran Keon, Social Worker with Ability West.
Interested people can contact the office on 091-515410.Application forms must be posted to 5 Fana Bui, Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 August as training commences in September.