Prosper Fingal Opens New Facility in the Heart of Skerries
Prosper Fingal celebrates a new day centre facility on Strand Street, Skerries and a new residential community house in Ballustree Lodge, Rush
On Wednesday 30th March, Prosper Fingal celebrated the official opening of its new day centre for adults with an intellectual disability at 1, The Obelisk, Strand Street in Skerries.
This development would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the HSE who provided funding for the development and for service provision from this centre. Prosper is also fortunate to have incredible neighbours who have backed this project from day one.
This development is also a celebration for the town. Prosper Fingal’s history is deeply rooted in Skerries, with its head office and first day service located in the old De La Salle Christian Brothers School.
The opening of this purpose-built, universally designed facility at 1, The Obelisk, represents a positive step forward in meeting the increasing demand for day services and supports for adults with an intellectual disability. Today, Prosper provides services in line with HSE New Directions policy, which represents best practice.
Commenting on the opening of the new centre Paula Carey, Chairperson of Prosper’s Board of Directors said: “Congratulations to everyone who had a role in creating this beautiful Centre, the Obelisk. We all hope it will be a place of fun, a hive of activity and a central hub in the town of Skerries and beyond, where people feel both at their ease and supported in their everyday lives”.
Pat Reen, CEO of Prosper Fingal stated that “I’m so proud of what we have delivered for Skerries town, and for current and future generations of adults with an intellectual disability and their carers. The design of this new centre and the services provided from it are a true reflection of the mission of Prosper.”
The opening of this new centre brings a sense of pride and celebration to the community after what has been a difficult two years for people with disabilities and their carers. Designed by local architect Terence Woods, overseen by Adam Cronin Consulting Engineer, and built by Howard Building Contractors Ltd, the benefits of this new centre will be longstanding, serving many generations of people to come.
Alongside the opening of the new centre, Prosper Fingal also celebrated the opening of a new residential community house called Ballustree Lodge, Rush. This fine development has provided a much-needed permanent home for five adults with an intellectual disability in line with HIQA standards. The residential facility represents how good collaboration between Prosper, the HSE and Fingal County Council can provide housing solutions for those who need it most.
As society opens up again after the pandemic, Prosper looks forward to working closely with the Skerries community to advance its vision of supporting people with an intellectual disability to live the life they choose in the same way and same places as everybody else.