Small Business makes a Big Difference in Clontarf
26th August 2013, Clontarf: Almost 40 volunteers from RED C Research, recently visited the headquarters of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) in Clontarf, to transform the Carmel Fallon Holiday Centre and the grounds of the campus, as part of their 10 year anniversary celebrations. RED C Research selected IWA as their local charity of choice to work with and support on Friday, 16th August, enabling their staff to give back to the community in which they are based.
Approximately 120 people with physical disabilities receive services from IWA in Clontarf on a weekly basis. The range of programmes offered by the Association from Clontarf includes the Resource and Outreach Centre; Independent Living Units; Assisted Living Services; Wheelchair Solutions – wheelchair sales, rentals and repairs, Sports Hall; Accessible Gym, and the Carmel Fallon Holiday Centre.
The Carmel Fallon Holiday Centre which is a six bed facility, providing accessible and supported holidays and breaks to people with disabilities will be the centre of activity this Friday, with volunteers from Red C Research painting and decorating the living room area and a brand new games area for guests who travel to the holiday centre. The volunteers will also be assisting IWA with the maintenance and upkeep of the green space areas and garden located on the campus grounds.
Speaking at the volunteer event, Richard Colwell, Managing Director of Red C Research stated:
“RED C started life as a business in Clontarf in 2003 with just three staff, and a very empty office. Over the past 10 years we have grown to employ close to 40 permanent staff, and over 100 part time interviewers all over Ireland. As a business we are proud to support a number of charities at home and abroad in different ways.
On our 10 year anniversary we are therefore delighted to celebrate the growth we have enjoyed during that time, by giving back to people in need in our local community. We hope that in giving both funds and more importantly our time to this local and worthy cause, we can help make the visits of those people to the centre more enjoyable. We hope to remain part of the community for the next ten years, and continue to provide employment and support to the people of Clontarf in any way we can.”
The RED C Research Team also kindly made a donation towards the volunteer event which was used to purchase the necessary supplies and equipment required to redecorate the Carmel Fallon Holiday Centre and transform the green space areas enjoyed by IWA members and visitors to the Association’s campus.
Kathleen McLoughlin, IWA’s CEO joined the volunteers on the day, while talking about the event she said:
“Thanks to the generosity and support of RED C Research, IWA can now successfully complete a series of necessary projects on campus. In particular, the painting projects in the Carmel Fallon Holiday Centre will greatly enhance the ambience and atmosphere of the centre providing our guests with a more welcoming and enjoyable experience during the stay.
IWA relies heavily on the support of the local communities in which we are based. The Association delivers person centred, high quality services to people with physical and sensory disabilities so that they can lead full, active and independent lives in their own communities.
A key element to our social, educational and training supports is the creation of links and partnerships with local businesses and organisations. I would like to thank RED C Research and the 40 volunteers who have made a real difference to our campus in Clontarf today”.
For further information about the Irish Wheelchair Association and the range of services the Association provides in communities throughout Ireland please visit www.iwa.ie or call IWA Customer Care and Information Services on 01 818 6485