Kelly's Story

KW work experience

1. How did you organise your work experience?

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.

2. What kind of things have you been doing in the Hives to prepare you for work experience?

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.

3. How did you feel before your first day?

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.

4. Did you know what to expect before you went in?

No at all. That’s why I felt nervous.

5. What kind of jobs did you do during your first day?

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.

6. What did you learn after your first day?

I learned to work with new people. I had to talk nice to the customers as well.

7. How did you feel after your first day?

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!

Zarah's Story

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

Liam's Story

1. How long have you been attending Milltown Day Service?

3 years.

2. What are your favourite activities from your Milltown week?

I like bowling. I like wall climbing. 

I like baking and I like cooking.

I like dance class. I like hiking. 

3. Are you learning anything interesting at the moment in Milltown?

World research, learning about Nigeria and other countries.

I am doing Communication in ASDAN. 

4. What is your favourite place to go outside of Milltown?

Movies @ Dundrum. 

5. Have you seen any good movies lately?

Finding Dory. Beauty and the Beast. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Cars.

6. Is there anything else you enjoy doing in Milltown?

I enjoy spending time on the computer. I enjoy going to town to charity shops.

7. Thanks for your time Liam.

This a picture of me in the library.

Follow me on my instagram account @myboostergram

Me in the library Feb 2019 (1)

PJ's Story

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"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"

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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.

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Dedicated to Philomena Tierney (1929 - 2016).

Best Grandmother any Grandson could ask for.

Eoin Sheedy

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