Active autumn follows busy summer for Laois Friends

Laois Friends comittee members.
Laois Friends have had a highly successful and productive summer and began their Autumn schedule with an afternoon social for adults with special needs and their families.

Laois Friends have had a highly successful and productive summer and began their Autumn schedule with an afternoon social for adults with special needs and their families.

Its autumn schedule got under way in the Rambling House, Cashel, Ballyroan on Sunday September 28 with an evening of music by The Ramblers and a disco using the new sound system.

Continuing from the summer programme are a number of initiatives. Laois friends now hold monthly socials on Monday mornings at 11am in the Rambling House. They welcome participants from the mental health programme, Nua Healthcare, people with special needs and people from the Wheelchair Association. The Co-ordinator and Director of the socials is song and dance teacher Maureen Culleton, whose position is funded by Laois Parternship.

They have also been developing an initiative around the walkways and are now offering a walks programme once a week, on Thursdays. Nua Healthcare are the main supporters of the project, not only enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the walkways, but stopping off for a cup of tea and chat in the Rambling House afterwards.

In order to move this scheme forward, Laois Friends is exploring the possibility of the service providers recruiting participants from social employment schemes to facilitate the walking trips out to Rockview Walkways. This member of staff would assist groups travelling out. It would be heartening to see service users enjoying all the walkways have to offer such as picking berries, a picnic by the stream and having a cup of tea in the Rambling House to round off the visit. The charity look forward to increased numbers travelling from services providers in Autumn and into 2015. Over the summer, the charity hosted the National Children’s Day, organised by Laois County Council. This day of free fun events for families was a huge success and we look forward to working with the fantastic team who put it together again next year.

For more call Michael Deevy on 057 8627062.