Press Release: Forthcoming Exhibition – D’lush Cafe

Through my Senses – In association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care .

Thursday 20th September – 13th October. D’lush Café – Wexford Arts Centre

Bluebird Care Wexford are delighted to be working in partnership yet again with the Wexford Arts Centre and the Collective Sensory Group to present Come in we are Awesome!, an exhibition of children’s artwork from 20th September to 13th of October – D’lush Café, Wexford Arts Centre.

The Collective Sensory Group, Bluebird Care Wexford and the 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 the local community, proving that behind every disability there is a huge amount of talent and ability that comes in many different forms.

This year the resident Artists brought imaginative and creative ideas to the table that focused on ‘Feelings’. We all have different feelings and accepting this about ourselves is a huge step. Appreciating that feeling’s we don’t like are equally as important as feelings we do like. This is what makes us individuals. Within the workshops each participant had individual goals, each of these goals were incorporated into activities by artists Tina Fortune and Deirdre Buggy. The workshops allowed for each participant to have one to one guidance, tuition and support. The activities focused on processes and materials, allowing the children the freedom to choose from an 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 they may have 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.
Deirdre Buggy is a recent graduate from Wexford school of Art and Design. Deirdre works in the medium of sculpture, film and performance art. Her work explores identity through her own personal challenges and experience.
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.

Michael Corcoran (Managing Director Bluebird Care Wexford) is passionate about finding ways to ensure individuals stay connected to their communities and believes Art can open doors and unlock potential where there may have been barriers, limitation and self-doubt. “At Bluebird Care we are dedicated to supporting individuals (of all ages and abilities) maintain their independence and continue to be a part of their local communities and these workshops have done that in spades.”

The opening reception will be held on Thursday 20th September at 6.30 pm, featuring guest speakers Shona King from The Collective Sensory Group and Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

HSE Dementia Understand Together Campaign

As a partner organisation of the HSE Dementia Understand Together Campaign Bluebird Care would like to take the opportunity to share the Learn Listen Link which is a short dementia awareness video which contains facts about dementia, links to videos of people sharing their personal experiences and steps we all can take to support the person with dementia and their families. Created by the HSE Understand Together team this Video is a helpful resource when first introducing the topic of dementia to start the conversation about dementia and things we can do to be dementia inclusive.

There is a part for everyone to play in Understand Together. Only by working together can we build inclusive communities for people with dementia, carers, families and friends. Just imagine how wonderful that would be. This is a national movement using our strong sense of community to improve the lives of everyone touched by dementia.

https://youtu.be/vHhSp2sEq_s

www.understandtogether.ie/get-involved

Bluebird Care Dublin South launches “Voice of the Carer” programme!

Bluebird Care Dublin South launched its “Voice of the Carer” programme on Tuesday 28th of August 2018.   The initiative is unique to Bluebird Care (Dublin South) and is a programme of activity for care team members that provides them with refresher training, with an opportunity to have their voices heard and with the opportunity to be rewarded for their contribution to the success of Bluebird Care Dublin South.

The first part of the day was all about refresher training for care team members. At Bluebird Care we are committed to supporting our care teams and providing them with the necessary tools to carry out their work and we focussed these training sessions around Mental and Physical Health.

Mind Your Head teaches the importance of being responsible for your own mental health. During the session we discussed feelings of loss, anger, and frustration in certain work situations and how to deal with these emotions. The benefits of mindfulness, the science behind it and a ten-minute practical mindfulness/relaxation was completed with employees and a feedback session after the event.

Mind Your Spine teaches the importance of the employee’s physical well-being and how important the spine is and why healthcare workers need to use TILE to assess their patient handling techniques. Various forms of equipment and aides are shown and a general discussion on the correct practical patient handling is shown.

The second part of the day was all about hearing the voice of our carers and a “WIFLE” (What I feel like expressing ) session was used to provide an open safe forum to enable care team members discuss what is happening out in the field and to offer feedback on how things could be done better. The feedback provided during this session was invaluable and the Dublin South team are already looking at how to implement changes suggested. So watch this space!!!

The final part of the day was all about rewarding our care team members. The Dublin South “Refer a Friend Scheme” was launched and the first gift voucher being presented to a lucky recipient who had referred a friend to work with Bluebird Care. Attendees were presented with a gift vouchers to thank them for their continual commitment to providing great care to their customers and the day was finished off with a cheese and wine party to thank everyone for their participation and allowed everyone the opportunity to relax and have a chat.

The day was a huge success and the team at Bluebird Care South are looking forward to the next “Voice of the Carer” event.

Bluebird Care wins 9 out of 9 tenders from Community Healthcare Organisations to provide care for older persons

450 new jobs to be created nationwide over next 12 months

Bluebird Care reports annual (2017-18) growth of 20 per cent

  • Leading homecare provider, Bluebird Care, to expand range of services nationwide
  • New roles, including Clinical Nurse Managers, Registered Nurses, Care Assistants, and Care Co-ordinators required across the country
  • Bluebird Care was the EIQA Q Mark Business Group of the Year 2016/2017
  • Bluebird Care now a tier one service provider of care for older persons in all nine Community Healthcare Organisations
  • Bluebird Care is also an HSE approved care provider for Children with Complex Care needs

3rd September 2018 – Bluebird Care, a leading homecare provider, is delighted to announce it has been successful in securing tenders to provide care for older persons in all nine Community Healthcare Organisations across Ireland. The jobs, which will be spread across the country, will vary from Clinical Nurse Managers to Care Assistants and will add to the already outstanding team of 1800 in place.

The awarding of these contracts has accelerated Bluebird Care’s growth plans for 2018/2019 and has led to the recruitment of over 450 new jobs across its 26 nationwide offices. Driven by over 20 per cent growth over the last 12 months, these new roles will enable Bluebird Care to continue to deliver high-quality, person-centred care for clients with a diverse range of needs.

With roles available across the country, including Kildare (30 openings), Dublin West (25 openings), Wexford (25 openings), Clare (20 openings), these jobs will be firmly rooted in the community, with a range of full and part time roles available to suit individual lifestyle needs.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care Brian MacGoey commented: “We are proud to announce that Bluebird Care will be creating 450 jobs, adding to our already high calibre team of more than 1800 who are providing invaluable care day in day out across Ireland. Winning nine out of nine contracts with the Community Health Organisations further endorses Bluebird Care’s commitment to standards of care and our ability to attract the best people.”

“We are committed to providing high-quality, safe and effective care in our client’s own home which is, more often than not, their preferred place of care. Our unique and dynamic working environment allows for rewarding and flexible employment opportunities for potential key staff. With this in mind, we are delighted to begin recruiting caring and compassionate people to join the Bluebird Care team.”

“We are now inviting all interested and qualified persons to attend their nearest open day, details can be found on Bluebirdcare.ie, or to drop into your local Bluebird office to learn more about developing a gratifying career with one of Ireland’s leading homecare companies, which holds the EIQA Q Mark for quality.”

Bluebird Care offers a range of continuous professional development supports to its staff including training programmes, mentoring and boast various avenues for staff advancement nationwide.

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About Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care was set up in Ireland in 2007 to provide accessible, quality, safe care for individuals of all ages and varying degrees of ability.

Bluebird Care has 26 offices throughout Ireland providing health and social care services within the home setting and local community. Quality and safety is at the core of all our work, and every office (independently owned and managed) possess the Q Mark for Quality.

Bluebird Care provides direct care to customers on behalf of the HSE and other agencies as requested. It also provides services to customers in a private capacity at the request of the individual/family member. As a provider of high quality nursing, personal and social care services, we believe that Bluebird Care is ideally placed to support individuals who wish to be cared for in their home or within their community.

Our staff are trained to place the customer at the heart and centre of every interaction and to provide care and support with kindness, compassion, consideration and respect.

Services provided by Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care provides a range of health and social care services in every county across the country including:

  • Care for older person
  • Persons who require care due to :
  • A medical diagnosis of Dementia
  • A chronic illness
  • Brain/spinal cord injury
  • A physical/sensory or intellectual disability
  • Neuro degenerative conditions
  • Care for children and adults with complex care needs
  • Care for children and adults who require convalescence/rehabilitation post hospitalisation
  • Respite Care
  • Personal Assistance support

 

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

Recruitment Locations

Region Jobs available
Louth, Cavan and Monaghan 20
Donegal and Leitrim 8
Longford, Roscommon and Westmeath 10
Meath 20
Dublin West 30
Laois & Offaly 20
Kildare 30
Tipperary and East Cork 10
Cork North & South Lee 30
Kerry 20
Limerick 25
Clare 20
Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford 15
Wexford 25
Dublin North 15
Dublin North East 20
Dublin South 10
Wicklow & Dublin South East 25
Dublin South West 20
Sligo and Mayo 20
Galway 22