Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáíl TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has officially opened a new disability Day Service Hub in Creggs Rugby Club.
Operated by Ability West, the ‘Avondale Hub’ was opened on Friday, with service users, family and friends, and community groups including Creggs Rugby, Creggs Care Association, and pupils from Creggs National School, all in attendance.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Rabbitte said:
One of the best parts of my job as Minister is getting to travel around the country and see for myself the wonderful, high quality disability services that organisations like Ability West are developing, and of course it is always particularly nice to visit services in Galway!
A brilliant job has been done in developing this service, it is a great credit to all involved, and I know Jackie Kelly of Ability West leads a great team here and over in Kilkerrin and Glenamaddy.
Particular mention also goes to brothers Kieran and Gerard O’Dowd for their Trojan work getting this over the line.
I also know there are plans to develop further residential and respite service in the area, which I’m hugely supportive of and will work with the HSE and Ability West to help deliver. Indeed, I hope to attend the public meeting in Creggs on May 30th to discuss the plans with families and interested groups.
I think this service is such a fantastic example of what New Directions is all about. It was established back in 2021 to provide a day service for two young women from the Creggs area, Amy and Caoimhe, and the service will be growing this year and into the future as more school leavers from the area transition to adult day services.
The supports here at Avondale are tailored to meet individual needs as much as possible, supporting adults with disabilities to be included in the community, maximise independence, develop personally and socially, express themselves and their own creativity, have meaningful social roles and influence service policy and practice in their own service.