“Time for Us” was a hugely successful pilot project which created a community sensory room in Spraoi agus Spórt and delivered over 1,300 hours of alternative daytime respite to 38 children in Inishowen with a disability during 2014.  31 of these children received no respite from the HSE and these families have said this project has changed their lives.

“Time for Us”:

  • Created a community sensory area within Spraoi agus Spórt;
  • Delivers a monthly dedicated Parent & Toddler Group for children with a disability – learning disability, physical and sensory and autism spectrum;
  • Develops and provides after-school, weekend and holiday time activities for children with a disability – learning, physical and sensory and autism on a drop off basis;
  • Thereby providing alternative daytime respite for the parent/carer and their families and
  • The children with an opportunity to avail of a programme of activities suitable for their individual needs while simultaneously giving them an opportunity to socialise and be connected with their community.

Funding was provided by both GENIO and the International Charity Bazaar in 2014.

We are now in talks with the HSE in Donegal in an effort to secure funding for this project in an effort to ensure “Time for Us” remains sustainable into the future as this project places a premium on making sure that being part of one’s local community is a real option.

“Time for Us” ensures our children with a disability have equal access to after-school, weekend and holiday time activities in the same way as mainstream children. It is imperative that it is funding accordingly.

Each child will be assessed individually and activities will be provided that best suit their needs. In terms of the multi disability approach where individuals of a similar ability would benefit from a group activity then we will offer this workshop.

The project will ensure that a wide variety of social activities are made available for the children and that families are encouraged to engage and explore all options available to them in terms of suitable recreational activities.

We will ensure that all the activities on offer will build on the child’s strengths and will in no way focus on any deficit.  This project is based on supports and settings which are chosen by the person with a disability.  This core of this project is its capacity to support our children with disabilities to live active and included lives.

This project is in line with the vision outlined in the Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland “to contribute to the realisation of a society where people with disabilities are supported, as far as possible, to participate to their full potential in economic and social life, and have access to a range of quality personal social supports and services to enhance their quality of life and well-being”.