Cluain Trainig & Support Centre which provides training and support for seventy five service users from throughout South Tipperary was accorded a mayoral reception at Clonmel Town Hall last Friday.
Mayor Cllr.Billy Shoer told the invited guests that the policies of integration that Cluain Centre have followed over the years by training, educating, preparing, and encouraging as many services users as possible to get involved in outside life and with community groups have been very successful.
“We can now look back over the past 20 years and say that Cluain Centre is a success story, through all of the above activities where the service users through training and supports have regained their rightful place back in the heart of society
We can also say people’s attitudes to mental health has changed over those years, through awareness and discussion, we have become more tolerant, and a more open society, we understand better today, the pressures that Individuals and Families are coming under in those hard economic times, trying to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, that anyone can become sick with despair that can lead to deep depression and brake down,” said Mayor Shoer.
Mayor Shoer,who welcomed Cluain Chairman Seamus Leahy, the Board of Directrors and Cluain Manager Ronnie Corbett, to the Town Hall, said it was great to see the service users getting involved with places like Café Place 4U a drop-in centre in Morton St, where greats things are happening presently,
“St Patricks day parade was another opportunity when services users proudly marched through the street of Clonmel with the Junction Festival group with the theme “tree of life”
And last January I had the pleasure of launching an Art Exhibition by Cluain service users at the Art Centre Nelson St, called ,” Spring Time of Hope,” with wonderful art work and crafts on display and as good as I have seen anywhere from Painting, Pottery, Copper work to Tapestry, you can all be very proud of your talents and Achievements,” he said.
Mayor Shoer said it was a privilege and honour to accord a mayoral reception to mark the 20th Anniversary of the setting up Cluain Training and Enterprise Centre and the event was especially important as it afforded elected representatives the opportunity to thank everybody associated with the Cluain success story personally.
Cluain Training & Enterprise Centre was established by the South Tipperary Mental Health & Voluntary Housing Association in November 1993. The South Tipperary Mental Health Association’s members, are mainly made up of family/friends of people with mental health difficulties and mental health professionals working in South Tipperary.
With the move away from long-term institutional care many former Service Users found it difficult to cope well in the community. Cluain Centre was established to address this issue through offering training, support and employment initiative.
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