St. Ciaran’s Day Centre
St. Ciaran’s Day Centre is one of North West Parents & Friends services and is located on St. Ciaran’s Seravices campus in Carrick-on-Shannon, alongside Sunbeam Lodge Community Group Home and Sunbeam House Children’s Respite Service.
St. Ciaran’s Day Centre offers a range of activities to adults aged from 18 to 65 years old with a diagnosis of intellectual disability. In addition to this diagnosis, individuals may also have additional support needs such as Autism, Dual Diagnosis and/or Sensory issues.
We aim to promote partnership working with all stakeholders in order to access and respond to people’s needs.
Help for years
St. Ciaran’s Day Service was established in 1983 to provide a Day Service for people with an intellectual disability from the South Leitrim/West Cavan catchment area.
Our aim is to provide a Person-Centred service to each individual. The New Directions programme is being implemented at the Day Service.
New Directions sets out twelve supports that should be available to people with disabilities using Day Services. It supports people to live a life of their choosing in accordance with their own wishes, needs and aspirations.
At our Adult Day Service we are implementing New Directions and are striving to achieve the following for the people who use our Services:
St Ciaran’s Adult Day Services
We enjoy our local Community – visits to Church, walks on the local Blueway canal, shopping, restaurants, swimming, gardening, music and dance classes
We keep up our skills in Numeracy and Literacy with remote support from the local E.T.B.
We also enjoy arts & crafts, beauty treatments, our Sensory Room and Garden, train trips.
Sunbeam Lodge Community Group Home
Sunbeam Lodge Community Group Home is a bungalow situated on the grounds of St. Ciaran’s Services Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This house was opened in 2005. It provides full time accommodation to adults with a moderate to profound intellectual disability.
The house facilitates male and female Service Users. All referrals to Sunbeam Lodge must be over 18 years of age and referrals are made through the HSE Adult Referral Process.
Sunbeam Lodge is a three bedroomed bungalow with a sitting room, dining room and small kitchen. It has a large car park to the front and an enclosed garden to the side. There is also a small green area to the rear of the property. It has a wheelchair accessible wet room. Each Service User has their own bedroom. Telephone and internet access are provided.
Service Users have access to local Services such as GP, Pharmacy Services, Physio, OT, Speech & Language, Dietician, Chiropodist and M.H.I.D. team. Any other Services required can be sourced.
In January 2021 a Service User who had attended shared care moved to Sunbeam Lodge on a permanent basis. Sunbeam Lodge now accommodates 3 service users, 2 full time and one shared care.
In December 2022 a new wheelchair accessible bus was purchased by the Service in order to accommodate community participation for our Service Users.
Sunbeam House Respite Service
Sunbeam House Respite Service is a bungalow situated on the grounds of St. Ciaran’s Services at Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
It provides 3 overnight places on any given night for respite care for service users aged from 5 years to 18 years. It provides respite to service users with a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability. Service users may also have additional diagnoses of Autism or Sensory issues.
Sunbeam House can only accommodate one wheelchair user at any given time. Nursing care is provided based on the assessed needs of the service users. Sunbeam House Respite Service is only funded to be open on a part time basis.
All referrals to Sunbeam House come through the children’s referral committee HSE.
Claire & John Parents of Joanne.
We cannot recommend Holy Family Preschool enough. In the short time that our daughter has attended Holy Family she has thrived both socially and developmentally. We are amazed by how quickly she has settled in and this is a testament to staff who are so caring, supportive, intuitive and just brilliant at what they do. The support, communication and partnership we have received from the staff & the whole school community has been far beyond our expectations. Our daughter is so happy and excited to go to preschool each day. Holy Family is a very special place and we are so grateful that our daughter has had the chance to experience such a warm and caring environment. Thank you so much for everything you do.
Michael & Claudine Parents of Harry
Our son Harry started the Holy family preschool when he was 2 years and 10 months old. We as a family were very much ‘deer in headlights’ as we did not know what to expect as he was afraid to leave the house and would not interact with anyone outside of our family of 4. We knew Harry had difficulties but the support and welcome that we received was second to none, for Harrys first year he excelled and was taught basic life lessons which where hugely challenging before now. Harry was diagnosed with level 3 autism during his time in Holy Family and the support we received again was exceptional. What we found from the Holy family is the following: Holy family was only a phone call away and always answered by staff who always reassured us and followed up on any concern we had no matter how big or small it was. Harry was happy and excited to go to school & excelled throughout the months & staff treated him like their own. The friendly bus drivers and escorts that arrived every morning, reassured us that Harry would be ok if he was having a bad morning, for us as a family we are blessed that the Holy family came into our lives at such a time of need and difficulties. We are in awe of each and every one of the staff that make up this fantastic unit.