We offer support for Pre-School Children and Individuals, with a philosophy that promotes independence, choice and empowerment, with a vision of 'Individualisation Towards A Better Life'. More information on each area is available below.
Starting back in 1976, we have a lot of information to share, with the plan to share more as we venture forward in the coming months. This section, we view, as an area for people to found out more about us and who we really are.
We realise that the community that people live in can be a vast resource of activity and opportunity so everyone is encouraged to get involved in their own community or their community of choice as much as possible. To do this we feel that we can help with those first steps by educating communities about us and what we do.
Firstly, through our Ability Awareness Programme, which we deliver to community groups, schools and more, we discuss the importance of focusing on peoples' abilities, and how they could best serve a community and enhance its quality. We believe everyone has something to offer a community and we aim to help people see that by creating awareness around what people can do rather than what they can’t.
We have been involved in the Enabling Excellence Programme, with Genio and Hope Leet Dittmieir, which explores Social Role Valorisation, a methodology to work with people trying to achieve their goals by enhancing current socially valued roles and creating new ones. This involves supporting people to live the life they want to live and we have been very excited about implementing and embedding this approach.
For more information, view the pages below.
Ability Awareness is a training programme created with the wider community in mind, to tackle the stigma surrounding disability while also highlighting the positive contributions people can make to society. The programme is aimed at many different groups in the community and to date has been delivered to transition year students, community groups and sports clubs. It provides the learner with information “to enhance individual and community awareness of peoples' strengths, abilities and potential”.
The trainers are a mix of individuals that attend the service, staff and also members of other community groups, such as New Ross Chamber of Commerce, Sports Active Wexford and Leinster Rugby. This mix allows for trainers to offer differing perspectives and backgrounds in their approach to delivering the programme.
When Project Cumas started, a barrier to worthwhile community involvement was identified as a community’s willingness to be open to the individuals attending Cumas to be actively recognised in their community. Ability Awareness seeks to help break down this barrier by emphasising the qualities that people can offer to a community.
The programme is based around facilitating discussions and taking part in activities to explore the world of disability. Language is also explored and the impact of the words that are used can have on the perception of an individual.
To date the programme has been received very positively and has generated some interesting conversations in the training sessions. More information can be got from Cumas by completing the Ability Awareness interest form in the ‘Join In’ section. We would love to hear from you!
The Community Inclusion Programme was a project part-funded by The Wheel, in conjunction with the Ordinary Lives Network, which ran originally in 2012 and 2013 with final graduations on the 25th February 2014. SOS Kilkenny were the lead organisation, and in partnership with WALK and Cumas New Ross who each provided trainers and hubs to roll-out the programme to the other organisations in the aforementioned network. Over the course of the programme, nearly 400 people completed the training with individuals and staff partnering to complete action plans to enhance the community inclusion levels of the individual. In Cumas, 38 people went through this original roll-out, 19 individuals and 19 staff.
The programme itself consisted of linking individuals “with their communities to develop their own interests in a supported and structured way”. Socially valued roles are an important element of this and identifying how a person is valued in their community is a necessary development in this process. Discussions in the programme focused on:
|-||Identification and Overcoming of Barriers|
|-||Development of a Community Inclusion Action Plan|
The programme also used tools to support the process of understanding a person’s place in their community, such as:
|-||Community Mapping – social inclusion tool to ascertain information about the community|
|-||Network Mapping – social inclusion to examine who someone knows in their community and their relationship with that person|
|-||Capacity Inventory – a tool to look at what skills and interests (capacities) the person may have that could be introductions to more effective community involvement in their area|
The programme introduced ideas, concepts and practices that created an awareness of the importance of community inclusion in the minds of the individuals and staff.
With the programme now finished, the learning within the organisation continues and the skills the programme helped develop are used every day to enhance the levels of community inclusion that the individuals being supported experience.
Documentation from the programme can be found in the publications section.
Driven by the pursuit of better life outcomes for supported individuals and the requirements of government policy in Ireland, many organisations have been actively seeking to enhance the capacity of their personnel to promote high quality individualised supports. Particular interest has been focused on harnessing the potential of methods derived from the ‘Social Role Valorisation’ (SRV) approach of Wolf Wolfensberger to help individuals to achieve ‘Supported Self-Directed Living’ (SSDL).
Since 2011, Genio has worked with Hope Leet Dittmeier, a leading international SRV practitioner, to develop quality training in this area and Genio’s ‘Endeavour for Excellence’ programme is now a recognised benchmark for practice development in Ireland. In April 2013, Hope was involved along with other international and national experts in the ‘Immersion Transformation’ conference that was organised by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disability (NFVB) with Genio’s support. This conference proved highly transformational for many of those involved and it led to a significant increase in the demand for training.
Since the Immersion Transformation conference, Genio and NFVB have worked together with a view to responding positively to this demand by making training more widely available. The result of this collaboration is the ‘Enabling Excellence’ programme which incorporates many of the key elements of ‘Endeavour for Excellence’.
The above information is taken from Genio.
Individuals from Cunas, along with some of their family members, staff, management and community stakeholders participated in the week long Immersion Transformation conference. The learning obtained from this conference service to confirm that Cumas was on the correct path during our transformation.
Staff from Cumas attended the Train-the-Trainer of Enabling Excellence, rolled out that learning to the rest of the organisation and it has now become embedded in our service delivery.
Here you will find our policy documents.
|Allegations of Abuse Procedure|
|Annual Report - Audited Accounts 2013|
|Applications and Admission Procedure - Residential|
|Code of Conduct|
|Code of Governance|
|Confidentiality Policy (Pre-School)|
|Data Protection Principles|
|Designated Centre Statement of Purpose|
|Board of Directors - Terms of Appointment and Conduct|
|Grievance and Discipline Procedures|
|Employment Equality Policy|
|Interal Financial Controls|
|Freedom of Information Policy|
|Guiding Principles for Fundraising|
|Harassment and Bullying Policy|
|Health & Safety Policy|
|Holiday & Trips Policy|
|Medication Management Policy|
|Mobile Telephones Policy|
|Personal Bill of Rights and Responsibilities|
|Prevention of Abuse Policy|
|Promotion of a Positive Image of Individauls with Disabilities|
|Promotion of Rights Policy|
|Protective Disclosures Policy|
|Recruitment & Personal Development Policy|
|Residential Reporting Procedure Serious Incident or Accident|
|Risk Management Policy|
|Transport Safety Code|
|Vision and Mission Statement|
|Volunteer Role Description|
Our Management Team consists of Robert Smith, General Manager and Anne Keenan, Services and Quality Manager.
Information regarding their responsibilities are found below. They can be contacted through (051) 448063 or directly
at (051) 448086 (Robert) or (051) 448085 (Anne).
Management Structure & Responsibilities
|Name & Appointment||Responsibilities|
Overall Company Management
Services & Quality Manager
Each profile picture that you see, represents a person who has a blog. The purpose of the blog is that individuals have their own space to share whatever they want as they endeavour to achieve their goals. We feel this is paramount in the work that is done in Cumas, celebrating the successes we have. We’re currently on a very exciting journey and this is an opportunity for an individual to share their thoughts on that, if they wish. As profile photos appear, it shows that a person's blog is up and running.
The focus here is on how we spend our days by showing the results of many different projects we have been involved in over the years and some areas we are particularly proud of. There are many different aspects of creativity on show here and highlights of great experiences we've had on our journey to where we are today as an organisation.
On this page, we will showcase some of our video and audio work that we've been involved in over the years, linking through our Cumas New Ross Youtube Channel.
Bike Week in Loftus Hall, 2014
A day of Abled Cycling organised with Loftus Hall and Sports Active Wexford for Bike Week 2014. The event took place on Monday 16th June 2014.
A County Wexford Community Arts Network funded filmaking project with Cumas New Ross, then as County Wexford Community Workshop (New Ross) in 2011 as an outreach project of County Wexford Youth Film Project based in St. Micheal's Theatre, New Ross. Project Participants were Diarmuid Byrne, Justin Crowdle, Sharon Foley, Shay Foley, Mariusz Kowalski, Bridget Sinnott and Mary Shalloe. Filmmaking Facilitator was Terence White. Cumas Facilitator was Liam Galvin.
The President - Behind the Scenes
A Behind the Scenes Featurette from The President showcasing extra footage that was shot.
This section is intended to be a resource and it contains organisational literature and publications. These documents may be useful for students, individuals that attend the organisation, parents and family members, staff and the general public if they require specific information on the organisation.
|Employee Handbook 2014|
|Cumas New Ross - The Evolution of the Community Workshop|
|Community Inclusion - Team Leader Handbook|
|Community Inclusion - Team Partner Handbook|
|Community Inclusion - Workshop Guide|
Presentations and sharing information in general have become more common over the past few years. This section includes relevant presentations that have been used or created by the organisation to use as a resource. The Presentations created by the organisation are the property of Cumas New Ross and are for viewing purposes only and should not be edited by anyone without the owner's consent.
|Individuals Day - September 2015|
People get involved in the organisation in many different ways and we love drawing on people's skills and experiences to enhance the work carried out every day. A vital resource to have, we are providing information here for people that may want to get involved and we hope to hear from you soon.
|Health Service Executive (HSE)||www.hse.ie|
|National Federation of Voluntary Bodies||www.fedvol.ie|
|Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)||www.hiqa.ie|
|National Disability Authority||www.nda.ie|
|Carriglea Cairde Services||www.carrigleaservices.com|
|Windmill Therapeutic Training Unit||www.windmilltherapeutic.com|
|St. Aidans Day Care Centre||www.saintaidansservices.com|
|Delta Centre, Carlow||www.deltacentre.ie|
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