Wonderful sensory garden opens in Clonakilty

  On a rather blustery and cold Saturday (6th April), the Tidy Towns along with key sponsors Supervalu, local politicians and the wider Clonakilty community gathered at the newly completed sensory garden, which has been positioned on the grounds of the Model Railway village and overlooks Clonakilty Bay. We were delighted to go along to the official opening and see such a fantastic resource unveiled. The garden is another example of how accepting the town is of people with autism and indeed additional needs in general. The Clonakilty Autism Friendly Town committee , after several group meetings and long discussions, gave the go ahead and work went underway in January of this year and the true essence of community in Clonakilty was clear in the huge amount of work that went in to this amazing project in just a few short months. Clonakilty Mayor Gretta O’ Donovan said that she […]

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Irish Tatler Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award Goes to Kildare Woman Karen Leigh

Leigh is the founder and CEO of a charity which looks after children with special needs. Bridging the gap between the private and public sector, sensational kids is made up of a wonderful team of people who make a tremendous difference for families throughout Ireland. Ten years ago, Karen Leigh was appalled by the lack of support she could find for her children. Upon discussing with fellow parents, she realised that many children with special needs faced lengthy waiting lists and couldn’t access affordable and accessible occupational therapy services. It is from her own experience then, and her dedication to the cause that Sensational Kids was born. This community and voluntary organisation is now celebrating a decade in business and employs 21 staff across its centres in Kildare and Cork. The fact that parents from Donegal and Waterford have made the trip to bring their children to Sensational Kids for […]

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Voluntary Board Members & Company Secretary

Sensational Kids is seeking expressions of interest from candidates who are interested in becoming voluntary board members or from those who have experience/qualifications to take on the role of company secretary.  These roles are available due to the rotation of board members at the end of their terms as well as additional roles to strengthen the existing team.  We are also interested in recruiting board members in the Kildare, Cork and Mayo areas who can attend or skype into meetings which are held in Kildare.  Sensational Kids is seeking board members who have experience in Social Enterprise Development during periods of growth and scaling. The ideal candidate should have an interest in and knowledge of the social enterprise sector. We are interested in hearing from candidates who have experience in: Social Enterprise Development Fundraising Strategy Retail Development Finance/Accounting Corporate Governance Clinical Governance: which may be interest to those who have […]

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