Enable Ireland appeals to people of Wicklow as it is forced to close Bray store
Enable Ireland is appealing to the people of Wicklow to help them raise funds after they were forced to temporarily close their 21 charity shops, including its shop in Bray, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity is now facing a potential loss of €1.5 million income in 2020 and is asking members of the public who are at home during the outbreak, to take some time to de-clutter their wardrobes and homes and get ready to donate their unwanted items to Enable Ireland once their shops re-open.
Enable Ireland is a national charity which employs 1,200 staff and provides disability services to over 8,500 children and adult with disabilities in 15 counties.
In Wicklow, Enable Ireland has provided disability services for over 50 years, and currently supports over 250 children with disabilities from Marino Centre on Church Road in Bray, and centres in Arklow, Avoca River House, and Bridgewater Centre.
They also have a children’s respite service in Silverpines House, Bray, where children can come for a break with their friends.
Like many frontline healthcare workers, Enable Ireland staff in Wicklow are continuing to support people with disabilities during the Covid-19 epidemic.
Dedicated Enable Ireland staff are providing essential residential, respite, community living and family support, in a way that is safe for all.
“Where we can’t provide face to face support, our staff are finding creative and innovative ways to deliver clinical and therapy support for children and their families in key areas like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy,” said Frankie Barrett, Enable Ireland Director of Services Dublin South and Wicklow.
“We’ve delivered therapy sessions via video and provided home support programmes over email or in some cases hand delivered support packs to people’s homes.
“The ongoing contact and support are vital at a time when many people with disabilities are feeling very anxious and vulnerable to Covid-19. We are using technologies like Facebook groups and video conferencing to stay connected and provide supports.”
Pictured: Volunteer Tracy Cullen visits the Silverpines Respite House in Bray