Cope Christ­mas craft fair and cof­fee morn­ing

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MALLOW -

THERE’S a Christ­mas Craft Fair and Cof­fee Morn­ing in aid of Cope Mallow this Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Run­ning from 10am to 1.30pm at Mallow Day Ser­vices in the Quar­ter­town In­dus­trial Es­tate, there will be a ‘sale of work’ and re­fresh­ments avail­able for visitors to the fair.

There will also be a raf­fle on the day with some great prizes to be won.

Cope Foun­da­tion aims to en­hance and sup­port the lives of peo­ple with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and/or autism. The Cope Foun­da­tion’s day sup­ports cen­tres are open five days a week and give clients an op­por­tu­nity to be ac­tive dur­ing the day.

A range of sup­ports are made avail­able in the Mallow cen­tre, where staff and vol­un­teers try to make sure sup­ports are made to fit each per­son’s needs. Th­e­ses can in­clude arts and creative ther­a­pies, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and sports, oc­cu­pa­tional, and speech and lan­guage ther­apy.

The Quar­ter­town Cen­tre was opened in 1989 and was one of the first ma­jor de­vel­op­ments for the Cope or­gan­i­sa­tion out­side of the greater city area. The am­bi­tion was to bring the ser­vice to the peo­ples’ own lo­cal­ity. At the time this was a very im­por­tant is­sue as peo­ple had to com­mute for up to 80 miles per day round trip, prior to the de­vel­op­ment in Mallow.

Greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity to a lo­cal ser­vice brought about a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple were able to spend more qual­ity time at home and in­deed within their own com­mu­nity par­ish. The enor­mous ben­e­fits are that the fam­ily are en­abled to play a greater role in the de­vel­op­ment of the ser­vice user’s life, and the greater com­mu­nity, lo­cal em­ploy­ers can con­trib­ute in many dif­fer­ent ways to the ful­fil­ment of the many tal­ents and skills that peo­ple with such a va­ri­ety of abil­i­ties can bring to a com­mu­nity.

Since then, Cope and Cope ser­vice users have be­come in­creas­ingly in­ter­ac­tive with the broader com­mu­nity in Mallow, in­clud­ing sports and leisure or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­ness.

Áine, Eleanor, Jac­que­line, Clíona, Mary, Kathríona and Mary are the team at Joyce’s Phar­macy.

Mallow Macra re­cently held a Hol­ly­wood themed quiz in The Arches Bar, Mallow. A to­tal of €1211 was raised from the quiz with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Cope Foun­da­tion (Curra House, Kan­turk). Pic­tured are mem­bers of Mallow Macra pre­sent­ing the cheque to staff and peo­ple sup­ported by Curra House.

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