A Community Hub which allows people with an intellectual disability live the life they want, has opened in Midleton. Cllr Michael Ahern deputised for County Mayor, Patrick Gerard Murphy, to perform the official opening last Friday 12 April at the centre which is located next to the South Doc building on the Old Cork Road.
The Fianna Fail Cllr said the Hub is more than a building- it’s a gateway to the community where people can access local services and jobs. He said “It helps them become active citizens in their life and live life to the full….by assisting individuals influence decisions that affect them and actively take part in the community.”
The Cope Foundation Community Hub currently assists 12 young adults through person centred services and supports. A team of 6 Staff work discreetly to create an environment of natural supports. Every service user has a person centred plan from which they decide what they want to do, and are supported by staff who assist in implementing that on their behalf.
Sean Abbot, COPE CEO said “with the right supports people accessing the Hub can live a full active and productive life in their own community. “ “It’s about living life your way, directed by you and driven by you” he told the 12 service users who gathered at the Midleton Hub last Friday. The COPE Foundation supports over 2,000 children and young adults in 65 different locations across Cork City and County.