Minister impressed by visit to Kilcannon
County Wexford Community Workshop CLG and Kilcannon Garden Centre & Restaurant have expressed delight at being able to host a visit by Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD.
He was accompanied on his visit by Minister Paul Kehoe, who also expressed delight at being in attendance.
The two ministers viewed the social enterprise activities and also met with employees in Kilcannon.
They also met builders and members of the design team currently involved with Phase 1 of enhancement works being undertaken with regard to the main building at the garden centre.
Minister McGrath said he was delighted to have the opportunity to make the visit and having viewed the facilities in Kilcannon he went from there to the Nova Group based in the Church Institute in the town centre.
While there Minister McGrath met with people involved with the group and talked to them about their day programme activities.
Minister McGrath took time to meet individuals and discuss their activities with them.
Fintan Broaders, from the Advocacy Committee, was MC and he welcomed the ministers and everyone else present to the event.
After spending time with the Nova Group, Minister McGrath was given a presentation in the Astro Active Centre in Bellefield .
As part of that presentation he listened to recorded stories of service users.
Chief Executive Officer, Trevor Jacob, gave a summary of the various services available and he highlighted areas that could benefit from increased Government support.
Minister McGrath then addressed the large gathering of service users, families, staff, volunteers, funders and invited guests.
He highlighted areas where he had achieved investment in disability services and areas he is prioritising at present.
He was complimentary about what he had seen during his visit and praised the commitment of staff and all involved with the various services.
He was taken by the high levels of employment of people with disabilities within the Social Enterprise activities section of the organisation. He has a personal interest in disability services as his own daughter attends a similar day service.