A Special Home for Some Special People in Your Community – Remember UsOctober 16, 2014 ADMIN 0
Remember Us have just unveiled their exciting plans to create a new permanent home for their members. The charity or ‘The Club’ as their members like to call it, caters for children with special needs from the age of four through to adulthood.
At a recent event to announce these plans, a clearly delighted Nora Roban, the founder of Remember Us, explained to us how important having a permanent home is for their members.
“After 16 years of having to use hired facilities and venues throughout North County Dublin, to create a social outlet for people with special needs, the time has come to provide a building which allows our members to learn, form friendships and develop their social and life skills in an environment that caters to their needs. Because of the difficulties,like sensory and mobility problems experienced by our members,we have found hired properties prove inadequate for our needs and limit the activities we can run. This can often result in some members being excluded from taking part”.
Nora continued, “We need to provide facilities such as wheelchair accessible activity rooms, a sports hall, a sensory room, a permanent games room and a Youth Café style meeting place, where our members can gather with their friends and family in a non-intimidating, safe and secure environment. Our own place would truly enrich the lives of our members and help them to become part of the fabric of the community. It would also enable Remember Us to further develop the range of programmes it offers and accommodate many more members”.
Nora announced that a property has been identified that would meet the needs of the Club. The purchase of the property, together with the cost of fitting it out to accommodate the special needs of the members, will cost circa €600,000. Nora pointed out that through energetic fundraising and prudent housekeeping Remember Us has already raised €210,000 towards this cost and they are now looking to the North County Dublin community to help them raise the balance required.
“We are asking businesses to become Patrons or Friends of Remember Us. And we are also hoping that local community groups will help us by hosting various fundraising events. We know reaching our goal is no small task, however, we do believe we can do it when communities come together”.
Remember Us have already secured some patrons. At the event Sean Staunton CEO of the Progressive Credit Union announced that they have agreed to become a ‘Premier Patron’ of Remember Us and presented the charity, with a cheque for €30,000, bringing the total towards the property to €240,000
So why have Progressive Credit Union taken this decision? According to Sean Staunton
“After discussions with Nora to explore more about Remember Us and the service they provide to the local community, the Progressive Credit Union was delighted to become a Patron with a donation of €30,000.The Credit Union which was formed by members will always be part of the community. Although there have been some changes over recent years, we are always mindful that it is our members who are at the core of the services we provide. We make contributions such as this in the hope that we help promote community spirit, pride in our local towns and make a difference to some of our members’ lives. It gives us great pride to be part of this venture and we have every confidence in Nora and her wonderful Remember Us team to continue to excel in the service and devotion they provide which goes towards improving the quality of life for many families in the north County Dublin area”.
Also on the night there were presentations of original pieces of art, created by some of the members, made to 3more Patrons. These were Gerry Andrews from Andrews Spar, Colin Hughes, LEC Ltd and Tony Murphy, Councillor.
The Event was sponsored by the Bracken Court Hotel with the wine sponsored by Supervalu Balbriggan and supported by the Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce. It was very well attended by Councillors, businesses and community groups from North County Dublin.
If you want to become a Patron or Friend of Remember Us call Nora on 087 669 2683.
If you know of someone with special needs who would benefit from being a part of the Remember Us Club get in contact today. For further information please visit our website – www.rememberus.ie.