Bluebird Care get out and about with Vantastic

40 Accessible Minibuses delivering 12,000 trips per month across Dublin

Bluebird Care, one of Irelands leading health and social care service providers is delighted to be renewing its partnership with Vantastic for 2018. Vantastic are an accessible transport charity, and Bluebird Care will continue to support them in the delivery of 12,000 monthly trips across Dublin city and county.

Cormac Moloney, the charity’s CEO says corporate social responsibility is a vital part of their revenue stream.

“Vantastic’s focus for 2018 with the support of Bluebird Care is to provide a transport link for people with varying degrees of ability, which affords independence, well-being, good mental health and in many cases interaction with other people.

Through the funding provided by Bluebird Care, we have not only been able to keep the wheels turning on the minibuses but have successfully grown our Accessible Minibus and Mobility Car Rental services. The partnership to date has enabled us to transport 140,000 passengers on our low cost minibus service and provided 3,000 days of wheelchair accessible car rental.

This partnership is about supporting the invaluable services Vantastic provides and two service providers coming together making a meaningful impact on the communities we are both part of.”

Brian MacGoey is the Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland. He believes that Bluebird Cares mission to enable customers to live as independently as possible, ties in perfectly with the service provided by Vantastic.

“We deliver 12,000 home care visits per week to people who live in Dublin and its surrounding areas. While we ensure that people can remain in their own homes, the vital link for full independence is transport.

“So often we take for granted the chance to go out, meet friends, go shopping or even visit our GP. This is why we are so delighted to partner with Vantastic and support their invaluable work.”

Bluebird Care enjoyed a day out and about with Vantastic, meeting many of their customers. They got to see and hear first-hand how the services Vantastic provide make a worthwhile and tangible difference to the quality of their customers lives.

Vantastic customers Margaret, Cepta and Jean shared their experiences with us. Watch the video here:

Bluebird Care Galway are associate sponsors of the 2018 Galway Summer Rally!

Sean Lyons Managing Director of Bluebird Care Galway will also be competing in the event on the 19th August in his Bluebird Care sponsored Subaru Impreza N12B, his co-driver will be the Galway Makeup Artist Emel McNamara of “Emel Nadine Makeup Artistry” fame.

Sean says “I am really looking forward to competing in my local event especially that it’s once again supported by Bluebird Care which will be our third time and it will be great to be co-driven once again by Emel who was also in the hot seat on the Circuit of Kerry as motorsport is in her blood being a granddaughter of the famous 60’s & 70’s racing car driver Mattie McNamara from Athenry which should help us get a good result.”

Emel says “Iam really excited to be doing my first Galway Supper Rally but I feel a great sense of responsibility carrying the McNamara name into its third generation of motorsport competitors & enthusiasts.”

The Galway Summer Rally is run by the Galway Motor club and is an annual event usually run on the last Sunday of August but a more famous person decided to visit Ireland this year on the scheduled date so the rally has been brought forward to Sunday 19th to avoid clashing with Pope Francis who will be visiting Knock shrine on Sunday the 26th so as not to generate additional traffic on the road to Knock.

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Advice for writing a good CV

In today’s market place there is a lot of competition when applying for roles which is why good CV writing is key to getting that all important interview. Your CV is potentially the first (and possibly the only) introduction an employer has to you as a prospective employee, so it’s absolutely essential you ensure your CV reflects your experience, skills, qualifications and strengths.

There are many formats and layouts and templates available on the internet to make the job of creating your CV easier. Find the one that best suits you, and the role you are applying for.

The Basics

You must give careful attention to the 5 key elements of the CV:

  • Presentation
  • Layout
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Content

Tailor your CV to each specific job rather than sending out a generic CV. Read the job description and pick out the key capabilities listed and ensure you show your ability to meet the employers needs within your skills and experience section.

Keep your CV simple, concise and easy to read.

Presentation and layout

Keep your CV simple with adequate white space to enhance readability and ideally keep it to two pages long.

  • Use simple font like Arial, 10-12pt, and keep formatting like italics and underlining to a minimum.
  • Bulletsare extremely useful in CV’s as they allow you to highlight key points succinctly and keep the document looking tidy.
  • For past roles, start each bullet with an action verb instead of using “I” to start the sentence.
  • Spelling and punctuation must be perfect, so after you proof-readit, ask a friend to check it over for readability and any errors you may have missed.
  • Create your CV in Word so it can be opened and read by recipients easily. PDF formats can often cause issues if the reader does not have the appropriate software packages.



Basic CV structure

  1. Name, address and contact details

Make sure to use the phone number and email address that you use most often. Make sure the e-mail address you use appears professional as something like would not be appropriate.

  1. Relevant experience and skills
  • List your work experience in chronological order, beginning with the most recent. Include employer names, positions held and primary responsibilities and any relevant key achievements.
  • Do not leave gaps in your CV. If you took a year out, carried out an interim assignment, or travelled for six months, say so.
  • If you are a graduate or someone who has only started or is intending to do a course, you may not have a great deal of work experience. In this case highlight the relevant skills that you gained in your course, on work experience or from caring for a family member or relative, again, list your experience in reverse order, so that the most recent appears first.
  1. Education and training
  • Use your common sense here. If you have an educational qualification, most employers are not going to be concerned about your Junior Cert.
  • Make sure to include any training courses that you have done that are relevant to the job that you are applying for.
  • Where appropriate include any computer or software packages that you have experience using that may be required for the job.
  1. Include Nationality and working visa details

This is only relevant if you are on a working visa.

  1. Referees

You can either include your referees in your CV or state that they will be vailable on request.