New Cashel homes designed for independent living

Kathleen McLoughlin CEO IWA curing the ribbon to officially open the Steeples Housing Project last Friday . L/R. Helaine Gallagher, Teresa Walsh, Cllr Martin Browne,CTC  Cllr. Billy Bourke, TTC Don Cambell, Lorraine Doherty.
A cosy development of eight homes designed specifically for people with physical and sensory disabilities has opened in Cashel.

A cosy development of eight homes designed specifically for people with physical and sensory disabilities has opened in Cashel.

Last Thursday the Irish Wheelchair Association officially open the Steeples Housing Project, providing accessible homes for Cashel residents in their own community.

CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Kathleen McLoughlin joined with residents and their families at the official opening of the supported independent living homes for people with physical and sensory disabilities.

The houses which are located at St John’s Court, The Steeples, Dualla Road, will provide residents with the opportunity to live in a community setting, while also receiving the support from IWA to live independently in their own homes.

The Steeples Housing Project was funded by the Department of the Environment under the Capital Assistance Scheme.

IWA worked closely with South Tipperary County Council and in December 2012 the first residents began to move into their new homes.

Speaking at the opening Ms McLoughlin said: “The availability of accessible accommodation, in a suitable location and with the required personal supports for a person with a disability to participate in the life of their community is a basic right.

“IWA is committed to supporting independent living and assisting people with disabilities to achieve their desired living situation.

“The eight homes which have been built here in the heart of Cashel will provide local people with disabilities with the opportunity to live in the community in which they grew up.”

Pictured above: Kathleen McLoughlin CEO IWA curing the ribbon to officially open the Steeples with Helaine Gallagher, Teresa Walsh, Cllr Martin Browne, Cllr. Billy Bourke, Don Cambell and Lorraine Doherty.