Homesense is part of the TK Maxx family who have been supporting Enable Ireland since 1997, raising over €3 million to support over 6,700 children and young people with disabilities and their families in local communities, in 14 counties across Ireland.
We are excited to be building upon our existing relationship with Enable Ireland to fulfil our commitment in supporting services for children with disabilities in our local communities.
Enable Ireland provides services that cover all aspects of a child’s physical, educational and social development from early infancy through adolescence. The first two local projects Homesense will be supporting, this year, are Dublin South West Children’s Services and Cork Children’s Centre Appeal.
Dublin South West Children’s Services
Since starting in 1994, the Dublin South West Children’s Services have provided therapy and support for over 150 children with physical disabilities, and their families. Each service supports children to help them become as independent as possible and take part in their school and community, including occupational therapy, paediatrics, physiotherapy, psychology, social work, speech and language therapy and early education.
Courses to understand stages of development and encourage communication and language are available for both children and parents, as well as groups for children to help them get ready for pre-school and school.
As the children grow older, the therapy team link with the children’s mainstream schools, providing advice and support for school staff, as well as giving information on extracurricular sports and leisure activities in the area to increase social opportunities.
We are currently helping Dublin South West Children’s Services to raise money so they can buy a Lokomat – a robotic treadmill training system that lets children use robotic legs to assist with basic walking functions.
Cork Children’s Centre Appeal
The Lavanagh Centre was founded in Cork in 1954 and it currently provides important services to over 600 children.
Interdisciplinary teams work with children and their families to offer assessments, early-years intervention and education, training and support services, child and adolescence services and respite to children with a primary physical disability.
The centre’s high demand and daily challenges around access, parking, and lack of therapy rooms has led to the purchase of a new seven-acre site in Curraheen, Cork, to be redeveloped and reopen in 2020. We’re looking forward to supporting their fantastic work in providing much needed therapies to disabled children in the Cork area.
Pop into your nearest store to see how you can get involved. With your support, more children can achieve independence, choice and inclusion in their communities.