Saint John of God Community Services - Ireland
Kildare Services
Seasons Day Programme

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from left: Elizabeth Gannon, Sean Kelly and Edel Kelly receiving their Certificate in Co-operative Learning from Minister Kathleen Lynch during the Graduation Ceremony at DCU.

Seasons Day Programme, located in the Abbey at Celbridge, supports adults to participate in a variety of centre and community based educational, work, leisure and recreational based programmes.

A team, comprising staff, an adult that we support and a family member took part in the Co-operative Learning Programme at DCU. The Co-operative Learning Team identified Music and the Arts as their project theme. As a result of the DCU programme, participants at Seasons have completed a 10 week Music Therapy Programme, working with music students from Ballyfermot College of Further Education and National Concert Hall. Participants have also attended local musical recitals.

A Sibling Group has been formed to support family members to attend music and arts events in the community. Members, with the support of siblings, have attended a Beatles concert and are looking forward to attending Abba Forever at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght in December.

Saint John of God Kildare Services supports and empowers children and adults with intellectual disability to be active participants in the community in which they live.

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from left: Dr John Paul Lyne, Sharon Boyle – FAI, Laura Maloney - HSE Services, Blanchardstown, Marie Sutton - DETECT, Dr. Mary Clarke - DETECT and Andy Heffernan - CEO of Saint John of God Community Services

The winners of the Professor Eadbhard O'Callaghan Memorial Bursary 2013 were announced recently. They are:

Marie Sutton of DETECT to stage the drama exploring the experience of psychosis  ‘One Man, Many Voices’ in various locations to raise awareness.

Laura Maloney, Occupational Therapist with HSE Services in Blanchardstown, for a football programme for adults with psychosis.

Dr John Paul Lyne, formerly of DETECT, to present his research findings at an international conference in Florence.

DETECT aims to provide a service for individuals experiencing first episode psychosis and their families living in Cluain Mhuire, Elm Mount, Newcastle and Saint John of God Hospital services. DETECT also aims to provide an effective Irish model of early intervention for people with first episode psychosis informed by developments in evidence based healthcare. DETECT is funded by the Health Service Executive of Ireland and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God.

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Kerry Services

Last week Brother Gregory McCrory, Brother Kilian Kearney and Wheran Kee delivered two days Hospitaller Training to eleven staff members Monday and Tuesday plus one day refresher training to fifteen staff members on Wednesday.  It was a great opportunity to learn about the amazing kind acts of one man Saint John of God and the almost impossible challenges presented to him all those centuries ago.  Staff also had the opportunity to meet and catch up.

Saint John of God Kerry Services provide training, employment, social and residential programmes for people in County Kerry.

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North East Services

Opera Night Duet

Soprano Sally–Ann Sheperdson and Tenor Eugene Ginty perform at "Dinner and A Night at the Opera" in aid of Saint John of God North East Services.

On Saturday 16th November Saint John of God North East Services hosted a novel fundraising event, "Dinner and a Night at the Opera”.

The event included a sumptuous 5 course meal prepared by our catering team and entertainment on the night was performed by Tenor Eugene Ginty and Soprano Sally–Ann Sheperdson. Our church was transformed into a beautiful candlelit venue to host the event and guests also enjoyed viewing the lovely candlelit rooms of the house.

The event was a huge success and was made possible through the voluntary efforts of a number of staff and their family members.

Opera Night Audience

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Saint John of God North East Services provide 630 children and adults with residential and day services in counties Louth, Monaghan and Meath.

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