Cork CIL Personal Assistant Rosie O’Regan is also a member of Clowns Without Borders (CWB) Ireland. Those of you who have met her might not be surprised and will probably agree that she really is some clown.
This November, CWB Ireland are sending a small team of performers to tour refugee camps in Greece. The aim is to bring some laughter to the people living in these difficult places. Rosie is delighted and honoured to be joining the crew of jugglers, acrobats, and performers. They will visit the island of Lesbos, which has over 10,000 refugees originally from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They will also spend a week in Athens visiting refugee camps there.
An article in today’s Irish Examiner reported on Cork CIL service user, Seán Bosonnet. Suffering from progressively-worsening scoliosis since his teens, Seán finally received life-changing surgery in June, 2016, thanks to a voluntary medical support group called Straight Ahead Ireland. The charity provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.
In 2016, we introduced the Supporting Service Users with Financial Transactions and Handling Service Users’ Money Policy to all Service Users & Personal Assistants (PAs). Following useful feedback from PAs, it has been reviewed and updated.
Jill Duffy of PCMag UK wrote this useful piece on How to Add Emergency Info to Your Phone’s Lock Screen. The article explains how to add “in case of emergency” (ICE) information—such as an emergency contact and medical notes—that can be accessed even if your phone is locked.
Event organiser and Cork CIL Community Employment Supervisor Nicola Meacle was MC for the evening. She screened four short films on the theme of “A Visual Exploration of Disability and Independent Living” and gave a brief introduction to each one. Nicola prefaced I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much (a talk given by Stella Young at TEDxSydney in April, 2014) by breaking the sad news that Stella had recently passed away.