Enable Ireland currently provide support services to over 670 children at the Lavanagh Centre in Cork. Founded in 1954, the centre is no longer suitable for the needs of children with disabilities. Having purchased a seven acre site in Curraheen and received planning permission for a new state of the art Children’s Centre, Enable Ireland is appealing to communities and companies to support them in their appeal to make this €7.5m project a reality. In Feb 2017, Enable Ireland Cork Services was awarded Cork Chamber Non Profit of the Year.
Founded in 1948, Enable Ireland provides services to over 5,200 children and adults with disabilities from 40 locations in 14 counties. Their services for children and their families cover all aspects of a child’s physical, educational, and social development from early infancy through adolescence. They offer a range of services to adults with disabilities which include day care training, personal development, supported and independent living, and social and leisure activities. Enable Ireland is part funded by the HSE and other statutory agencies. Every year it requires over €2 million in additional funding to meet the costs of delivering its services to the children and their families who rely on their services. This is sourced through community and corporate fundraising and income from its chain of retail shops which sell clothes, bric-a-brac and books.
The demand for their services continues to increase throughout Ireland. They have set ourselves the challenging goal of meeting these needs by providing a full range of high quality services, and expanding into local communities.
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