Mayor Visits as Cedar Foyle Showcase Services!

Friday 25 November 2016

Cedar Foundation were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock to their premises in Springtown on Wednesday 23rd November to showcase their services in the North West.  Cedar, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, is renowned for its work in delivering exceptional services for both children and adults with physical disabilities, autism, brain injury and long-term health conditions. 

Services include support to return to work or training, housing support, specialist services for children and adults with autism, short breaks services for children and young people and transitions services. Many of Cedar’s services are delivered through close partnership working with statutory, voluntary and community sector groups, but most importantly in partnership with our service users. 

MAt the event Mayor McClintock heard directly from service users about their experiences of Cedar and the impact this has had on their day to day lives.  Brian Murray, Regional Chair of Cedar’s User Forum also attended and told her about the important work the User Forum does in representing the voice of people with disability.  Speaking at the event Breeda Doherty, Services Manager for the Employability & Inclusion service, said “today has been a great opportunity to highlight the work we are doing in the area to Mayor McClintock and to let her see those services in action”. 

One of the participants on the Inclusion Works service, Eamon Faulkner, told how Cedar had supported him to develop his skills after acquiring a brain injury "Cedar has been a great help in keeping me focused on my studies and completing tasks essential for my future. By monitoring my progress they've provided a stimulus for me to achieve university entrance qualifications, through which I intend to secure employment".   

Mayor McClintock commented at the end of her visit "It was a pleasure to meet with staff and users of the Cedar Foundation today and learn more about the wide range of services that they provide. I received a very warm welcome in the centre and was most impressed by their professionalism and dedication to those with disabilities, autism or brain injury.” 

Cedar delivers a large range of services centred around the individual needs of each client that enable users to lead a fuller and more inclusive life.  Cedar’s Inclusion Works service is funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy and the 5 Heath & Social Care Trusts in NI.

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