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Cope appeals for more space

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 5:42pm

A charity helping people with intellectual disabilities and autism is looking for more space so it can continue with its day services.

The ongoing restrictions caused by Covid-19 means that almost all of Cope Foundation’s day services have had to limit the numbers of people who can safely attend.

As a result, many people across Cork have seen their day service hours significantly reduced and Cope Foundation is concerned about the impact this is having on people and their families.

The organisation is looking for a suitable space to either sub-let or use on a pro-bono basis to allow elements of its day services to be delivered in these new locations as an interim measure so that it can provide more services for people.

Sean Abbott, Chief Executive at Cope Foundation, said: “It is so important to us to continue to look at ways to continue the good work done by the team and Cope. We are committed to doing everything we can for the people we support. Cork businesses and the community have always been supportive of us and now we can help this worthwhile initiative to keep a sense of normality for the people we support.”

Cope Foundation supports people across the city and throughout Cork so the appeal for space applies to the city or any of the larger towns.

Companies, community groups and workplaces who have some space can contact Derval McDonagh, General Manager, Person-Centred Services and Supports on 021-4643100 or email headoffice@cope-foundation.ie.

Ideally, the space would be:

• Private - not shared or used by others at the time

• Accessible for people with disabilities

• Equipped with bathroom facilities

• Available for use Monday-Friday during the daytime

• Accessible by public transport

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