A new children’s residential and respite centre has been officially launched in Letterkenny.Tusla Child and Family Agency unveiled the new centre on Thursday, which will be called ‘Saoire’.Saoire provides a respite and support service for children and young people between the ages of six and 17 who are living at home or in foster care and require additional supports to maintain their placement in a family environment. This typically means spending a few nights at the centre surrounded by friendly staff, enjoyable activities and an opportunity to avail of a range of supports and interventions offered to help equip them better for family life.Donal McCormack (right) National Service Director, Residential Childcare Services Tusla pictured with manager Elaine Rooney (5th from right front row) and staff members at the official opening of Saoire, the new children’s residential and respite centre in LetterkennyCommenting at the opening on Thursday, Donal McCormack, National Service Director, Residential Childcare Services, Tusla said: “I’m delighted to officially open Saoire. The centre was developed as a respite centre after careful consideration of the needs of children and young people in Donegal. It’s fantastic that a centre such as Saoire can help to maintain long-term placements, and can provide valuable supports and interventions.”The centre has the capacity to work with up to for fifteen children and families at any one time.Its objective is to support children and young people who need supplementary assistance to assist in sustaining their continued placement in a family environment. The length of each placement depends upon each young person’s needs as outlined in their respite plan and their progress through the Welltree Wellbeing Outcomes Framework.Guest speaker, Aisling Gillen, Regional Services Director West Tusla and Donal McCormack, National Service Director, Residential Childcare Services Tusla at the official opening of Saoire, the new children’s residential and respite centre in LetterkennyMr McCormack continued: “Saoire has undergone extensive renovation to ensure that it provides a homely, welcoming environment for young people to come to.“Respite centres are important as they provide a respite option for both children and families in need of such an intervention without breaking the essential link between the full time placement and the child.”Some of the services provided by the centre include planned respite breaks, individually tailored placement plans, outreach support for the young people and families/foster carers, 24 hour telephone support.Mr McCormack explained: “Saoire’s respite programme is based on offering the young people as much choice as possible in order to have meaningful participation by the young people in the service from choice of activities, outreach service, and over how they wish to make use of the overall respite plan. It works to build on the strengths of young people and their families to sustain them in family life in the future.” New children’s respite centre opens in Letterkenny was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyresidentialrespitesaoireTUSLATusla Child and Family Agency
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