Brothers of Charity seek move into outskirts of Limerick City

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE Brothers of Charity are seeking permission to open a day centre at the National Technology Park in Plassey - a move which will see the charity move some operations from Bawnmore.

THE Brothers of Charity are seeking permission to open a day centre at the National Technology Park in Plassey - a move which will see the charity move some operations from Bawnmore.

The charity has lodged planning papers with Limerick County Council to change the use of an existing building to a day centre.

This will contain consulting rooms, offices, a tea room, toilet facilities and storage rooms.

The move will see current clients of the charity move from its ageing premises in Bawnmore to this new state-of-the-art building on the outskirts of the city.

A nationwide charity, principally funded by the HSE, the Brothers aim to give people with autism or an intellectual disability the chance to live the lives they choose.

They are currently undergoing a transformation in the manner they support people with intellectual disabilities.

Looking forward, they want to form a partnership with each individual and their family, enabling them to design their own service to they can enjoy a ‘real life’.

Supports like this proposed day centre form a part of that ethos.

Acting chief executive of the charity Norma Bagge said their approach is changing in line with the New Directions report, which encourages provision of services in the community.

“We believe that this is a very exciting development and engagement with families of Service Users has already commenced. We hope that the new building will be ready for use in six months time and we will use this time to focus on preparing Service Users and their Families for this change,” she said.

Castleconnell area councillor Mary Jackman backed the proposal, saying the workshops in Bawnmore are becoming out-of-date.

“The Brothers of Charity have done unbelievable work over the years. It is essential, and this is something everybody will welcome. This is a very welcome resource,” she told the Limerick Leader yesterday.