County Wexford Community Workshop celebrates 40 years in the community
Spirits were high in Enniscorthy last week as 40 balloons were unleashed into the darkened sky to mark the fortieth anniversary of the County Wexford Community Workshop.
The significant occasion was one of great celebration for those involved in the services, who arrived in their droves despite the horrific weather. Each balloon symbolised one year of support and care that has been provided by the disability service since it began. On the day, over 150 guests, members of the advocacy team, service users and their families gathered rejoice the growth and success of CWCW.
'It has gone from a place of small sheltered employment for people, to a place that gives them an opportunity to go out and work in the community and integrate socially,' explained Trish Carty, Clinical Nurse Manager at CWCW. 'We now have huge day and residential services and with 200 service users, are one of the biggest disability providers in the county.'
The celebration coincided with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The advocacy team, who were tasked with organising the event, felt that it was an appropriate day to highlight the many years of education, training, employment services and respite that have been provided by the service to the disabled community.
Several passionate speeches were made on the day, with speakers including Chairman of the Board of Management CWCW PJ D'Arcy, CEO of CWCW Trevor Jacob and several members of the advocacy team. Wexford TD John Browne also made a speech, before receiving a presentation from CWCW in honour of his retirement.
'John has been a great supporter of the CWCW throughout the years,' said Trish.
There was another great celebration on the day for 70 service users who have been with CWCW for over 20 years. Following this, Fr Tom Dalton switched on the Christmas lights and everyone enjoyed a disco.