10th an­niver­sary of Aleana House

Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

A 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion has taken place in Aleana House in Clonard which, un­der the aus­pices of Ard Aoíb­hínn services, has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity for the last decade.

Opened in 2008 the fa­cil­ity is a four-bed­roomed high sup­port respite house which caters specif­i­cally for chil­dren with in­tel­lec­tual dif­fi­cul­ties.

In par­tic­u­lar the cen­tre sup­ports those with high med­i­cal or phys­i­cal needs and peo­ple with autism.

Speak­ing about the event the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Ard Aoíb­hínn services in Wex­ford, Ger­ard Heaney, said the day was one of cel­e­bra­tion.

‘When we opened first our op­er­a­tion was based in Ou­lart but we made an agree­ment with the HSE and re­lo­cated to here which just made much more sense,’ he said.

‘It just made sense that respite would be based here in town,’ he added.

Mr Heaney went on to out­line how the premises pro­vides sup­port: ‘Aleana House is a four-bed­room res­i­den­tial unit and we also pro­vide Satur­day and af­ter-school services there.’

‘We cur­rently of­fer 28 week­ends of res­i­den­tial sup­port and we could love to pro­vide more but that is de­pen­dent on fund­ing,’ said Mr Heaney.

The cen­tre pro­vides an in­valu­able ser­vice to the peo­ple who use it and that fact was un­der­lined at the week­end’s an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion where ser­vice users and their par­ents and car­ers got to min­gle to­gether in a re­laxed, in­for­mal man­ner and as Mr Heaney said: ‘This day was just about cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary with fam­i­lies and ser­vice users.’

The CBS Pri­mary School’s first and sec­ond class pupils all dressed up for their an­nual Fun Run with teacher Mairead Parle.

Sinead Rafter, Paddy Byrne, Sarah Walsh, Is­abelle Walsh, Philip Ma­honey and Ri­ley Kohl.

Luke De­laney, Ben De­laney, Vera De­laney and Sheila Bol­ger.

Chloe Har­mon Browne and Erin Jones.

Gerry Heaney, Sinead McGuin­ness and Der­mot Wal­lace.

Leanne, Ni­cola and Lynda Mc Don­ald.

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