Jason helped me get my work experience. Jason and I went into the shop and met Keith, the shop owner. We asked Keith did he need any help in his shop. I felt nervous because I was meeting someone new.
I post letters for Claudine (Location Manager) and do some emails. I also did an interview before my work experience in Donnycarney which helped me to prepare.
I felt alright before my first day. I was nervous and couldn’t sleep. I was nervous because I didn’t know what Keith was going to be like.
No at all. That’s why I felt nervous.
To be honest, I had to work behind the counter when Keith was busy. I helped the customers with what they were looking for. I also helped taking the plastic off new stock.
I learned to work with new people. I had to talk nice to the customers as well.
I felt happy..completed first day. I felt shocked because Keith gave me a free bottle of coke at the end, which I wasn’t expecting. I had my purse out ready to pay him for the coke and everything!
I started working in Gheel Autism Services because I wanted to support adults with autism. I have a brother with autism so it means a lot to me. I want the people I support to reach their goals and to experience being part of the community.
When I saw Gheel’s aims and values, it showed a lot about the service in my opinion. I love my job because it is like my second family. I look forward to seeing service users as their smile says it all when they see their staff. They look forward to their day like going for a drive, going for a walk, painting, baking, watching a movie or even just having a chat with the staff.
I look forward to seeing the staff as we discuss goals that have been met for service users or upcoming goals. A typical day for myself would involve supporting service users to make breakfast, assisting them with personal care, going out on adventures like a drive or a walk. I also support individuals to attend appointments, being there for them, supporting them through daily and nightly routines and achievement of their goals.
I go to work with a smile and go home with a smile due to the fact that the service user has reached a goal or had a fantastic day. We all have good days and bad days but they really need us on the bad days which makes me smile because they trust us.
A career aspiration for me is to become full time as I am relief staff at the moment and hopefully in the future to become part of the management team.
A quality service is a service that takes care of their staff and gets the required training for their staff.
By Zarah Conyard, Fairview Bungalow, started 14th May 2018
I like bowling. I like wall climbing.
I like baking and I like cooking.
I like dance class. I like hiking.
World research, learning about Nigeria and other countries.
I am doing Communication in ASDAN.
Movies @ Dundrum.
Finding Dory. Beauty and the Beast. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Cars.
I enjoy spending time on the computer. I enjoy going to town to charity shops.
This a picture of me in the library.
Follow me on my instagram account @myboostergram
"Today I stand in front of you as a person with a home that I can call my own and now I'm living the Irish dream"
My name is PJ. I'm going to tell you a bit about my story.
I was having problems at home with my family and I couldn’t live there anymore. I was in touch with Laura by the counsellor in the Mater hospital. Laura and I worked together to get me home because I was a sofa surfer at that time. But every door we went through was locked. I went to see Deirdre, a psychologist from Gheel she was a window for me to get a house. But she told me that because I am working, she couldn’t work with me.
I tried to get on the housing list but because of my disability I found the form impossible to fill out. My sister filled it out for me first but then the social housing office lost the form and then found it again after I filled out another one. So I put up on Facebook, "how could someone lose a social housing form?" because the form is so difficult to fill out.
I had nowhere to go. I ended up in a hostel. I had my own room, but I didn’t have my own space. The TV was upstairs and there was always a fight. And when they were drunk they were worse. Because of my condition I was taken advantage of. It was bad time, I was nearly losing my job because of it.
I was put in contact with Outreach. I met Paul once a week. I had to get an independent living skills certificate to get a house. I did the independent living skills course after I got my certificate I became a team leader and I started to help other people in the same boat as me.
After that I got an apartment from Outreach. I love my apartment; it's a nice space, it's comfy, it's easy to clean, the view is amazing, the sun is beaming at you all day, you get a tan. It makes me feel great because it's your own, it's your own space, you can do anything you want. It's your pad.
How did it change my life? Dramatically. I used the opportunities I was given to my full advantage. I started going to the gym 7 days a week, I started eating healthy, I gave up smoking, started drinking less, I started losing weight. I was 19 stone and now I'm down to 12 stone. I got supports to do activities and I did things I never got to do before. Next year, my new year's resolution is to go on holidays. One day I'd really love to be a gym instructor. I love all the classes TRX, spinning, boxing, circuit, kettle bells and all and I like showing people how to do good in classes, the same way I showed people how to cook and other things when I was a team leader.
I'm now living independently. With the support I got, it changed my life because I got to live on my own. I'm well able to manage.I got my own life. I am ecstatic with it. I made so many friends in the gym. Before, I was not able to trust people. Now I can.
I hope my story can inspire other people with the same disability. This story can teach them if they're feeling down, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it's small steps by going the gym or talking to people. When you're given a bad hand in life and it knocks you down, you can get back up. I hope this story helps others do the same.
Today I stand in front of you as a person with a home that I can call my own and now I'm living the Irish dream.
Eoin's Speech at the Gaisce Awards Ceremony
Good afternoon Lords and Ladies
Where do I begin?
How about Muck and Magic? Where I have volunteered for the past 6 months. I am no Monty Don, but it has really opened my eyes to the world of gardening. I took Tai Chi aswell, unleashing my inner Shaolin Warrior. Finally, even if we didn't make it to Inis Eoin, as I had suggested, I still had a fantastic experience and a room to myself on the adventure journey.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to be standing here today, in fact a few times it looked like I might give up, but with the help of Emma and Sarah I succeeded.
I am now going to quote the modern day poet and prophet Brendon Urie who did not long ago declare 'You have to have high hopes for a living, shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing, didn't have a dime but I also had a vision, always had high hopes. You have to have high high hopes for a living, didn't know but I always had a feeling, I was going to be that one in a million, always had high hopes'.
And that poem has had a profound influence over me over the last few months while going my Gasice awards. I aimed high and most definitely succeeded.
I would like to thank my Mom, my Dad, my brother, the entire Sheedy and Tierney families, the entire staff at Gheel and everyone else who helped me along the way.
I never imagined this day would come, it has surpassed my wildest expectations.
Thank you to all and here is to a bright and optimistic future.
Dedicated to Philomena Tierney (1929 - 2016).
Best Grandmother any Grandson could ask for.