Fulfilling Potential within the community
For those service users who remain at home with their families, we offer tailored outreach support programmes – enabling them to enjoy community activities and facilities. As with residential care, there is always purpose and meaning behind each activity enjoyed – tailored to, and based on, each service user’s personal Care Plan.
Most Outreach services we provide are after-school care for children, once school is over and during school holidays – in Kerry alone we provide the service to more than 40 children, many with Autism and specific sensory needs.
Social Care Outreach programmes aren’t about ‘filling time’ – they’re about engaging in meaningful activities that reflect the interests and needs of each individual. And they’re different for everyone.
Outreach can take many forms.
It could be as simple as assistance with homework, taking a child to the playground or a particular leisure activity, or helping to grow specific social skills such as how to behave when going out for a meal.
As with all the support we provide, everything we do is informed by the highly-individualised Care Plan completed for each child. While the service is clearly of huge benefit to our service users, it can also be important in giving families some respite time – and the opportunity to focus on other family members.