New Care Co-ordinator – Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork would like to welcome Trish Kavanagh to Bluebird Care as our new Care Co-ordinator in the Kerry office.

Trish has a BA in Public Administration and an MA in Community Development.  Further education includes, Challenging Behaviour Training, child protection training and HSE Domestic Abuse training.  Trish has over 4 years experience working in Care in the community and has worked as a support worker with social services, community development worker with West Limerick CDP, a youth worker and has provided care in a private home care capacity. Trish will primarily be responsible for the co-ordination of staff, customer contact and maintaining high standards in the office through record keeping and the continued implementation of our stringent policies and procedures as well as supporting Patricia O’Neill RGN in her role as Care Manager.

Trish is passionate about the delivery of a high standard of Care which is a key focus for Bluebird Care and we would like to wish Trish the best of luck in her new role as Care Co-ordinator with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork provides a flexible and professional care service, we work as a direct provider for Kerry and West Cork HSE and on a private basis and can be contacted on 066 710 4015 or email kerrywestcork@bluebirdcare.ie

It’s High Time For High Tea with Age Action

Afternoon Tea Dance in association with Age Action in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. Sponsored by Bluebird Care.

On Tuesday Bluebird Care in conjunction with Age Action will host Afternoon Tea in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin for 450 elderly people who will come together for an afternoon of great music, food, company and also to honour a Bluebird Carer.

Celebrating Age Action’s 20th Birthday, the team at Bluebird Care will lend our support to celebrate active ageing in Ireland. This is the first in a series of Tea Parties planned for across the country. So stay tuned for one near you soon. Unfortunately tickets for the Dublin Tea Party are all sold out.

The entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by everyone’s favorite – Sonny Knowles and Tony Kenny.  They will perform some of their well known hits, many of which you will be able to sing along to.  My Son, Any dream will do, Butterfly kisses from Tony and My child, When the Snow is on the Roses, and of course a wave from Sonny.

We will update news and photos from the event on our blog and of course share news of our Dublin Carer of the Year.

Supporting a VanTastic Charity!

Vantastic Branded Vans Sponsored by Bluebird Care

We are delighted to announce details of our partnership with Dublin-based Charity Vantastic. They provide accessible door-to-door transport services for the elderly and the disabled.

The Vantastic service originated from the total lack of accessible transport in the early 1990s and the efforts made by the Centre for Independent Living Dublin to establish a transport division (called Vantastic) with the twin aims of providing an accessible transport service for people with disabilities and also to act as a policy lobby group on government.

And so in 2000 the charity was born. Coming on board to sponsor 12 of their Vantastic Vans, Bluebird Care recognises the importance of this charity.  We look forward to developing this partnership.

Log onto Vantastic.ie for more details of their services.

Taking a Step over the Edge for Charity

Pictured at the abseiling of Limerick’s Clarion Hotel on Saturday is Rhona O Connor Age Action; Lorna Liney Bluebird Care; Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland Brian MacGoey; Age Action’s Head of Advocacy and Communications Eamon Timmins; William Ring Bluebird Care and Charlotte Kelly Age Action

“Felt the fear and did it anyway for Age Action”

Over 90 people from across Munster endured a step over the edge as part of a 200ft abseil sponsored by Bluebird Care and organised by older people’s charity Age Action.

Stepping off Ireland’s tallest hotel  – the Clarion Hotel – in Limerick at the weekend (Saturday 28th April) were young and old, who braved the elements in the spirit giving for charity.

Some of those reaching dizzy heights for Age Action were members of Bluebird Care’s head office.  Climbing up and then stepping over the edge of the Clarion Hotel at Steamboat Quay were Brian MacGoey, Lorna Liney and William Ring.

With his feet firmly back on the ground Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland Brian MacGoey said, “in a show of support and in the spirit of this charity event, we came on board as sponsors with high hopes that it would raise a lot of money.  Our staff spend their days with eldery people who more often than not meet life head on.  So we felt strongly that we should take on a challenge on their behalf.

“This abseil actually personifies the strength of character of a generation of people in this country who live life to the full. Despite  our own greatest fears we took on the abeiling challenge and really just felt the fear and did it anyway,” says Brian.

Sisters Louise and Michelle Mulcahy from Limerick City did a tandem abseil and even dressed in phantom faceless costumes for the occasion helping to hide their nervous faces.

Age Action’s Head of Advocacy and Communications, Eamon Timmins says, “we teamed up with Bluebird Care to help us organise this event. And in doing so asked 11 other national and local charities to join us.  So the event has helped multiple good causes in the region. Government funding for Age Action has been cut, as is the case with many charitable organisations, so we are more heavily reliant on the commerical sector to come in behind us.  Bluebird Care will sponsor a number of other key events over the coming months which will allow us continue our work in older people’s services and advocacy.”

For more photos from the abseil event log onto bluebirdcare.ie