RehabCare Resource Centre and Residential Services in Kilnamack west, Kilmanahan, Knocklofty started the bank holiday weekend early with a community day on Thursday, July 31 when service users, their family and friends, along with neighbours and people from the local community, attended the annual summer barbecue.
After strolling around the gardens to see the animals and rare breed poultry that the service users look after (including horses doing dressage), mouths were watering as people tucked into a pig on a spit donated by Hotel Minella, with hotel proprietor John Nallen acting as head chef.
There was something for everyone with a kids corner, a treasure hunt, free zumba classes, vintage cars on display, drama performances and a free pottery class.
Some people took the opportunity to stock up on some tasty home produce, organic vegetables, free-range hen and duck eggs as well as some of the beautiful crafts made in the centre, and even some guinea pigs. Special guests included the centre’s two lamas, Milky Way and Coco.
The resource centre provides services for 17 people with physical and intellectual disabilities. They are supported to increase their independence and confidence, enabling them to improve their quality of life through person-centred planning. There are a range of one-to-one and group activities and programmes such as art and crafts, drama, horticulture, leisure activities, cookery, independent living skills, sports, dancing, group excursions and many more.
Miriam Cleary, Community Services Manager, RehabCare said, “We had a great day and were delighted that so many people joined us to see first hand how unique a service we are in our rural setting, and how much of a community dynamic we have. It was great to see so many of the local organisations and businesses that support us here today including parents, families, FAS, Clonmel Tourism, Hotel Minella, the vintage car club, Ely’s Centra, Grange Community Hall, Glenview Lounge, Supervalu, Supported Employment South Tipp, Hillview Sports Centre, local councillors, the Mayor and Deputy Mattie McGrath.