New centre in West Limerick for children’s services

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Staff at the new West Limerick Childrens Services building prepare one of the therapy rooms in the purpose-built centre
A NEW centre has helped transform the lives of children and teenagers with complex disabilities in the West Limerick area.

A NEW centre has helped transform the lives of children and teenagers with complex disabilities in the West Limerick area.

Just a short two months after it opened its doors, the West Limerick Children’s Services building has been given the thumbs up by parents.

“The new building is like a breath of fresh air. From the waiting rooms to the therapy rooms it is bright and cheerful and there is space for my child to move in,” one parent has gone on record as saying.

And, in the view of another parent: “I feel that now with the new facilities and equipment such as the walking frames, my boy’s sessions are more meaningful for both him and his therapist.”

She described the therapy rooms as fantastic and added: “I feel that for both the various therapists and parents this makes their lives a little bit easier. Everyone now has the room to explore other avenues of therapy and try out different types of equipment as the need arises.”.

The purpose-built centre is located on the same campus as the Desmond Complex in Newcastle West and is now home to the Early Intervention and School Age Teams which make up the West Limerick Children’s Services.

The service is a partnership between the Brothers of Charity and the HSE and provide specialist therapeutic assessment and intervention to children with complex disabilities and/or developmental delay.

“We are committed to working in partnership with families of children and young people with disabilities to minimise the impact of disability and maximise opportunities for growth and development,” a spokeswoman for the HSE said this week. “The service is child and family centred and is offered across a range of settings- the centre, home, school and preschool as appropriate.”

The new building brings the service together in one location and was funded through the JP McManus Charitable Foundation with support from the Brothers of Charity Services Limerick, the HSE, the National Lottery and local fundraising events.

The various rooms in the new centres are specifically designated for the different therapies and have all been fitted out for that purpose.

The bigger space will, it is hoped, enable the provision of more group sessions, which is an intrinsic part of providing services for children attending the School Age Team, in particular.