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Members of the Saoirse Training Centre in St Aidan's Services at their exhibition 'The Sky's the Limit' in Gorey Library on Tuesday.

Members of the Saoirse Training Centre in St Aidan's Services at their exhibition 'The Sky's the Limit' in Gorey Library on Tuesday.

Raymond O'Brien and Sean Kinsella.

Raymond O'Brien and Sean Kinsella.

Exhibitors Michelle Nolan and Liam Breen with their exhibits.

Exhibitors Michelle Nolan and Liam Breen with their exhibits.

Exhibitors Clodagh McCarthy and Lucy Cunningham.

Exhibitors Clodagh McCarthy and Lucy Cunningham.

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Members of the Saoirse Training Centre in St Aidan's Services at their exhibition 'The Sky's the Limit' in Gorey Library on Tuesday.

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Individuals supported by Saoirse were invited to share their aspirations and interests in a creative art project and they certainly aimed high when taking on the task.

Using a variety of craft supplies, along with endless amounts of imagination and creativity, they produced a colourful collection of decorative hot air balloons that they later displayed in Gorey Library. Each one was unique to the artist, with some taking the opportunity to share their dreams for the future, and others sharing the joy of hobbies, nature, shapes and colour through their final piece. Through their creative endeavours, they hoped to show people that sky is the limit when it comes to hopes, dreams and aspirations.  

"The project was based on the HSE system called New Directions, which is all about getting out and about in your community, and sharing your hopes, dreams and aspirations. We are all equal. Sometimes, people don’t see beyond the disability. This project aims to allow the individuals to show people that ‘I too have potential’, ‘I too have hopes and dreams’,” explained Helen Tobin of St Aidan’s Day Care Centre.

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Each design was as unique as the individual themselves. A balloon depicting astronauts was created by an individual who uses a wheelchair, explained Helen.

"He would love to be an astronaut but knows that probably won’t be possible. However, he said that just because he can’t do that, it doesn’t mean he cannot have the dream. In the meantime, he watches the stars and a dream may be to go to Cape Canaveral one day.”

Another balloon decorated with bees centres on the idea of being in the present moment.

“That was to do with being mindful of where you are now. You might not be where you want to be but this is where you are now, so it is important to make the best of it and keep striving ahead.”

Polka dot patterns and jewellery-inspired designs were just some of the other creative ideas that the group brought to life.

“I believe that everybody is an artist. You don’t need to have a degree behind you,” said Helen. “Nobody sees the world as you do because nobody sees the world through your eyes.”

Through the New Directions project, the individual aspirations of every person are identified and made a reality.

“We will always provide what the individuals needs. What is being focused on now with New Directions is providing them with what they want. Whether someone wants to be part of the community, be independent and travel on local transport, or learn to drive, we support them in being who they want to be,” explained Helen. “We are there to enhance their lives and give them a pathway towards what they want.”

St Aidan’s Day Care Centre CLG provides a number of day services which are underpinned by the guiding principles of New Directions. Saoirse Training Centre is one of these services.


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