A number of Crann's teenage cohort attended University College Cork today for a guided tour of the facilities. The group learned of the supports available to UCC, the DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) college admissions scheme, as well as supports available to secondary schools through UCC’s Assistive Technology Outreach Programme. The Crann teens were then given an opportunity for questions and answers with current UCC student who has a physical disability. The group even got to partake in a Podcast workshop with UCC Campus Radio 98.3FM station manager Kieran Hurley. A big thanks to UCC's Madeline Jennings and Deirdre Madden for facilitating the tour.
Crann is delighted to announce the formation of the Crann Junior Board. The purpose of this Junior Board is to interpret the Crann mission statement for a younger generation and their peers. This is a particularly exciting development for Crann as a comprehensive schedule of services is now being offered to those with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and other related disabilities. The Junior Board will have a vital role in sharing the Crann message of family centered services and supports now available at the project centre in Ballincollig. Kate Jarvey, Crann Founder and Chair says, “In the course of ongoing searches it is very apparent that the Junior Board structure is not widely endorsed in Ireland. To date only one [...]
We're also delighted to introduce Eimear Daly, Crann's new Health and Continence Programme Manager. Having worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intellectual Disability in the acute setting for almost 11 years Eimear has recently joined the team here at The Crann Centre as Programme Manager for Health and Continence. Eimear has a background in Intellectual Disability and Children’s Nursing and also holds a Masters (MSc) in Nursing. She has worked with both physical and intellectual disability services throughout the Cork area acting as a point of contact for both healthcare professionals and for parents in relation to symptom management and coordination of care. Here at the Crann Centre Eimear will be providing continence clinics for those with neurogenic bowels [...]
Beauty Therapist and Crann Centre member Sarah Dullea was a recent guest on the popular Elaine Show. The Dunmanway native joined the panel to discuss her recent business venture, Sarah's Art of Beauty, which opened here at Crann in November. Sarah's determination and endeavour to realise her goal of being an entrepreneur is a real inspiration to us here and we're honored to be able to help in whatever way we can. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIFdLHvRjrg
The Crann Centre were honoured and grateful to join 29 other Irish charities in recently receiving a significant donation from The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) at a recent reception hosted at University College Cork. In total, €140,000 was donated to the charities at the event, including €4,000 to the Crann Centre. The event was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill, and special guest, former Ireland and Munster Rugby International, Marcus Horan. Crann Centre founder Kate Jervey said of the event, "On behalf of the entire Crann team I want to thank the HSF for the lovely reception and presentation evening at UCC. The experience was a great privilege for me and for the Crann [...]