Through My Senses Exhibition

Through my Senses
In association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care
Friday 22nd September – Wednesday 11th October 2017

D’lush Café – Wexford Arts Centre

Opening Reception

You are warmly invited to the opening reception on Thursday 21st September at 6.30pm, featuring guest speakers Shona King from The Collective Sensory Group and Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care.

Wexford Arts Centre in association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care are delighted to present Through my Senses, an exhibition of children’s artwork from 22nd September to 11th October at D’lush Café, Wexford Arts Centre.  

The Collective Sensory Group, Bluebird Care and Wexford Art Centre combined their expertise to provide art workshops for young people with additional needs, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the positive and encouraging impact of art. This workshop also sought to promote inclusion and awareness within our community, proving that behind every disability there is a huge amount of talent and ability that comes in many different forms.  

Collectively, we decided to take a sensory approach to the workshops. This process gave each participant the opportunity to work on issues that impact them on a daily basis; including social anxieties, sensory issues, communication differences and intellectual disabilities. Within the group, each child had personal goals that artist Tina Fortune worked on helping them to achieve. The workshops gave one to one guidance, tuition and attention to each participant. The activities also focused on processes and materials, allowing the children the freedom to choose from array of materials and methods of application. The workshops were a phenomenal success as evidenced in the exhibition, with all our participants achieving above and beyond any goals and aspirations that were set in the beginning.

Tina Fortune is an artist living and working in Wexford. Working mainly in acrylics, her practice includes drawings, paintings and murals. Her practice is strengthened by her four children; one who is on the Autism spectrum. Tina works extensively with children with special-needs and has created inspiring work on sensory rooms for children at the Collective Sensory Group and St. John of God National School. She has also worked with the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford, on multiple commissions, and has been involved in various exhibitions of her own work.

The Collective Sensory Group is a non-profit, voluntary led group based in Wexford town providing Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy to their clients. The group also provides recreational activities and workshops on a regular basis for young people, while also supporting and working with parents. Renowned for their community integration work, high standards of care, and positive clinical feedback, they are a non-funded organisation and rely solely on fundraising and donations so they can continue to subsidise their services.

Bluebird Care, which provides care and support in the home and community, seeks to meet the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of their clients and families while providing supportive and practical services in a dedicated, highly professional and dignified manner. Known for forging personal connections with their customers, Bluebird provides their services in a positive atmosphere, with their approach, drawing on a support plan, identifying the goals and aspirations of the individual.

For further information on the artists or the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email

Bluebird Care in Wexford nominated for a National Q Mark Award

The National Q Mark Awards

Friday September 29th | Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4 

The National Q Mark Awards 2017 nominations have been announced and Bluebird Care in Wexford has been nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award for their Quality Management System (QMS). The coveted Q Mark award is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.

On hearing of their nomination Michael Corcoran, Managing Director said “We are delighted and honoured to be nominated for this award. For a company that is a little over 3 years in business this is a great reflection on the fantastic work done by our care staff and the great support given to them and our customers by our administration team”

The team at Bluebird Care are delighted to be nominated because this is external validation of their processes, procedures and commitment to excellent customer care. Bluebird Care has an outstanding record in an area where customer care in its truest sense is essential. They invest considerable resources into supporting and training their staff so that they can deliver this care in a professional and supportive manner.

EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally

Only business that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. Once Shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document is then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “To be nominated for The Q Mark Awards is an enormous achievement. Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business”

We are hiring qualified nurses

Do you want to increase your skills as a Registered Nurse? An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of a dedicated team caring for an individual in the community using a person-centred approach.  All staff will receive extensive, advanced training prior to commencing work.

Job Description

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Providing the highest standard of care to the client in their own home.
  • Provide skilled assessment and intervention for children with chronic, complex and/or life-threatening conditions and their families.
  • Provide clinical consultation as active member of interdisciplinary care team.
  • Attend to system dynamics of the health care delivery network to foster best use of resources, effective service delivery, and patient and family satisfaction.
  • Ensure compliance with practice standards and codes.
  • Advocate for interventions that alleviate burden and facilitate coping for chronic illness.
  • Collaborate with family and team to identify options, goals and priorities for care for advanced care planning.

Essential Criteria

  • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais
  • Minimum of two years post-registration experience in hospital, community or nursing home setting
  • Experience working with children or adults with disabilities
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Desire to work in community setting
  • Thorough knowledge of HIQA standards and regulations

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Bluebird Care announce new job opportunities nationwide

National recruitment campaign underway with 370 new roles across the Republic of Ireland

  • Bluebird Care to increase its service delivery by 20 percent
  • A range of new roles, including Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants required in all locations
  • Recruitment fairs to take place across the country including in Galway, Wexford and the across the Dublin region

Bluebird Care, one of Ireland’s leading providers of homecare, is proud to announce that over the coming months, it will create over 370 jobs in its 26 offices across the country, growing its health and social care team by over 20 per cent. Set up in Ireland in 2007, these new jobs will support Bluebird Care in the delivery of person-centred care to even more individuals, with very diverse needs, within the home setting and local community.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care said “We are delighted to announce an increase in the range and type of services across the country by adding an additional 370 people to our existing staffing complement. The diverse nature of our range of services means that we can deliver safe, effective care in the customers own home which is often their preferred choice. This dynamic work environment, therefore offers interesting, flexible, and rewarding employment opportunities for key care staff, and in this regard, we are delighted to be in a position to announce our plans to recruit enthusiastic, caring people to our organisation”.

About Bluebird Care Staff

Before entering the workplace all Bluebird Care staff:

  • Are personally interviewed
  • Vigorously reference checked (including all previous employers)
  • Must have received acceptable Garda Clearance
  • Must have a 3rd level qualification in a relevant health related subject
  • Must attend and complete comprehensive Induction, Orientation and Manual Handling training
  • Must complete shadowing module with experienced senior staff and Supervisors

All staff are employed directly by Bluebird Care; thus Bluebird Care deal with the administering of payroll, taxes, PRSI and provide comprehensive public liability and employers liability insurance.

Bluebird Care always have staff on call and one of the benefits of using Bluebird Care is that we can sustain our services at short notice, even if a staff member is unable to work as planned. Bluebird Care staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if any emergencies should arise.

Welcoming the announcement of the creation of 370 new roles, Tánaiste and Minister for Job, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said “I am delighted that Bluebird Care is expanding its workforce by 20 per cent. Indeed, I am especially pleased to see the creation of jobs across the country. Bluebird’s commitment to hiring in the local community and offering to train local people up to care for those most vulnerable in their community is to be commended.”