Testimonials

Not to be afraid to come because you will be changed after it. It was very empowering and has opened my eyes and mind for the future, so, so valuable. Keep up the encouraging voice; you are definitely starting a movement here.
Familiy who attended our Family Leadership Retreat in April, 2012
I want to say thank you for the wonderful course that I was lucky enough to attend today. This morning I had no idea of what lay ahead of me and I thought it was going to be another one of those courses/gatherings where people moan about the lack of services and where I might pick up perhaps one or two ideas, but how wrong could I be. As a mum to two children with ‘disabilities’ (however I'm not sure I agree with this word) a fourteen-year-old and a seven-year-old whom both struggle to conform and fit in, I learnt that my children have so much to offer society. I learnt the importance of celebrating and building on what my children can do, not what they can't. I met some amazing people that are on similar paths to me and we learnt and supported each other and I look forward to meeting up with them all soon. I cannot recommend this course enough and if you get the chance take a few hours out and attend it. Oh, I forgot to say most importantly I see hope for the future. Thank you again.
~ Parent who attended workshop February, 2016
“Parent feedback to the Autism Services was extremely positive and encouraging. There were a number of key responses from parents who attended the workshops. Parents advised that the workshops offered a safe supportive place to discuss the “real practical issues” for them as family units. It offered an opportunity to explore and challenge the value they place on their own roles, strength and capacity as parents /carers and where they and their children “fit” in society. Parents report an enhanced confidence in determining the pathways for their children advising they had an increased sense of “hope” and “empowerment”. Parents acknowledged that they are more willing and confident in ensuring their child is involved in their local community thus developing and widening the “natural” supports available to them as a family. Parents reported a clearer understanding of the role of support services in relation to their family. Parents who were in attendance advised they would recommend the workshops to other parents/ carers.”
HSE West, 2016
Not to be afraid to come because you will be changed after it. It was very empowering and has opened my eyes and mind for the future, so, so valuable. Keep up the encouraging voice; you are definitely starting a movement here.
Familiy who attended our Family Leadership Retreat in April, 2012
I feel I now have more confidence in moving forward and am not afraid to plan things for my family member’s future life. Things I would previously not thought were possible or realistic, I now look at with new eyes.
Person Centred Planning participant (April), 2011
Very valuable - the best information, positive, beneficial. More so than any meetings that I have attended since my son's diagnosis Thank-you.
Parent who attended workshop, 2016
This is probably the most rewarding, challenging, fun, shared, supportive weekend I and us as a family have shared ever! It allowed us (5 of us) to be a united family doing stuff together. Thank you.
Family who attended our Family Leadership Retreat in April , 2012
On behalf of our family network here in Mayo we would like to express our gratitude for the support you have given us over the past 12 months. The training that you delivered for our members on Person Centred Planning in Westport last April has had a very real impact on the approach of a number of our network in the way we think and act around creating a positive future for our family members. The lessons learned in that seminar continue to prompt discussion about what we as a family network should be doing next in our efforts to promote the reality of independent living in our community.

Other members of our network have attended your seminars over the past year. The lessons learned in the advocacy programme in particular have been useful in helping us negotiate our relationships with service providers we have to deal with on an ongoing basis. We have new members joining our network on a continuous basis. Knowing that the non-partisan person centred approach and competence building that you are promoting is available means that small family networks like Clan Beo are linked to a wider progressive movement that has both national and international linkages.

We look forward to working with you in the future in the promotion of family and community interests first. We look forward in particular to participating in national family networking programmes. Finally we look forward to hosting your ground breaking training programmes here in the West. Your support has been as welcome as it is essential.
Clan Beo Family Support Group Co-ordinator (Mayo, November), 2011

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