Sean Abbott, CEO of Cope Foundation; Shaunna McGowen, Minister Anne Rabitte TD, Euan Pickard and Mayor of County Cork Cllr Frank O’Flynn at the opening of the Cope Foundation Community Hub in Mallow. Photo: Adrian O’Herlihy

'Future is looking bright in Mallow'

A not-for-profit voluntary organisation, which supports over 2,800 children and adults with an intellectual disability and/or autism has opened a new hub in Mallow.

Cope Foundation has opened the new community hub, which will support up to 25 people to live a life of their choosing, close to their home, their friends and family.

The new hub, located at Market Square in the town, has three staff members and is kitted out with a kitchen, computers and recreational spaces to allow for a wide variety of activities including yoga, swimming, pottery, drama and fishing. It is also a place where people can learn money management skills, independent living skills and discover employment and further education opportunities.

Shaunna who is attending the new community hub added: "I am so excited to attend the new community hub. It's right in the middle of town and it really couldn't be in a better location. It will make such a difference to my everyday life. I will be able to do more in the community and have more choices. The future is looking bright in Mallow!"

The centre was officially opened on Monday by Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State at the Department of Health and at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Minister Rabbitte said: “The ethos that underpins this service is one which allows an individual to choose to learn, participate and to be an active citizen with a socially valued role.”

Chief Executive Officer of Cope Foundation, Sean Abbott said: “We are immensely proud of our new community hub in Mallow, which will no doubt be of great benefit to the people we support in the local community. This is our 13th community hub, I want to take this opportunity to thank staff, people we support, the HSE and relevant stakeholders for their guidance and support in developing community hubs across the city and county.”