THE lives of children with disabilities have received a boost with news that the Caring and Sharing organisation (CASA) has claimed a top award in the AIB Better Ireland Programme.
The local charity, which was founded in 1981 to develop friendships and social outlets for people with disabilities, has received E5,000 in the awards scheme. CASA provides services in three areas: regular social events organised through our local groups nationwide, respite breaks in our Breakhouses in Malahide and Swords, and pilgrimages to Lourdes.
It has 20 groups nationwide and the organisation is affiliated to the Disability Federation of Ireland. CASA Breakhouses, which opened in 1989, offer respite care to people with disability in an atmosphere where each individual is valued and respected.
They provide quality breaks for the disabled people, providing respite for the family carer. Each member with a disability is paired with a volunteer for the duration of their stay and this one-to-one care underpins the CASA ethos.
Frances Hargadon from CASA said: 'We are delighted to receive this award and would like to thank all those who took the time to vote for us. This will really make a big difference to our children's Groups in Swords.'