Saturday 20 April 2019

State of the art new centre opens

Brenda Harold, Becky Hanney of Enable Ireland, Bianca Baroczai and Eva Kolozsvari.
Brenda Harold, Becky Hanney of Enable Ireland, Bianca Baroczai and Eva Kolozsvari.

Esther Hayden

A new state of the art hydrotherapy pool and children's centre was opened in Bray last Friday.

The new Enable Ireland's Children's Services Centre and hydrotherapy pool were officially opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris and Enable Ireland service user 7-year-old Bianca Paroczai.

This purpose-built centre for children with disabilities will service the needs of nearly 200 children and families from Bray and north Wicklow.

The new centre has eight intervention rooms, a fully equipped physiotherapy gym with ceiling track hoist, sensory room, a space for group meetings and training, and additional rooms which can be set up to suit the needs of the child and therapist.

The colourful child-friendly interior design provides a welcoming place for the children and their families who will attend the new centre for a range of therapy, social and educational services. Also opened today was the vitally important hydrotherapy pool.

Opening the centre Minister Simon Harris spoke of the importance of the service that Enable Ireland provide to children and their families in the community.

'I was really delighted to join Bianca and the whole Marino community to open this fantastic and much needed facility. I know from my previous visit to Enable Ireland's Silver Pines respite house, the work they do is incredible and hugely welcomed in our community.

'In particular, the Hydrotherapy Pool is a welcome addition to the new Children's Centre in Bray,' said Minister Harris.

'The new facility will be of huge benefit to the children at Enable Ireland who require this form of therapeutic intervention as they would have previously travelled to Sandyford for this service. I commend the incredible efforts of Enable Ireland and all involved in making this possible.

'The multi-disciplinary and holistic nature of the service that Enable Ireland provide is so important for people with disabilities and their families. It is fantastic to see Enable Ireland looking to grow and develop here in Co Wicklow. I look forward to working with them on future development plans.'

Minister Harris was presented with a poem written by service user Danny Miller to mark the occasion.

Bray People