The not for profit No Limits group has opened new premises for children with special needs at the old Saint Canices School in Kea-lew Business Park in Portlaoise.
The community group ran its specialist programmes for over two and a half years from The Old School in Ballyfin. Due to circumstances beyond the groups control new premises had to be found.
Joint co-ordinator Nicola Coss said, “We are delighted to have found a new home in Portlaoise and to be able to welcome everyone along. We have so much more space which will allow us to expand our services.
All hands have been on deck over the past few weeks between moving our equipment and re-vamping the school which was idle for several years. We have the facelift just about done. We are appealing to the business community for help in creating an outdoor space for the children to play safely. The yard needs to be scraped and safety equipment installed. We would appreciate any help that we can get. Every penny that comes into No Limits is put back in. Nobody takes wages. Our staffs are made up of volunteers and people on various community schemes.”
A public information evening will take place on Thursday 21 July at 7.30pm in the new premises just opposite Doheny Homecare in Kea-Lew Business Park to inform people about the services and facilities that are available. Everyone is invited along. Light refreshments will be served.
The new facility will include both a pre-school and an after-school catering for children with special needs from around the county which is due to open in September.
Other facilities include coderdojo, a cinema, a theatre, summer camps, computer training, arts and crafts, baking, film making, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and a publically accessible sensory room.
All staff are garda vetted, trained in child protection and hold qualifications in childcare and special needs. No Limits works in line with Better Outcomes Brighter Futures and the National Policy framework for Children and Young People.
No Limits are appealing to the public for help to fill their 12 rooms with equipment for the children. A bank account is in place in the Portlaoise branch of Bank of Ireland where donations can be made. The sort code is 90-18-88 and the account number is 2988 9130.
Information is available from Nicola 087 7497826 Darren 089 7026148 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. No Limits can be found on Facebook.
The management wishes to thank everyone who has helped in any way.