Rossecourt Resource Centre, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co. Dublin is a purpose built facility, comprising of Rehabilitative Training for persons with both intellectual and physical disability, ETB early school leavers training programme and a HSE Primary Care unit.
The Adult Education Programme is situated in Rossecourt Resource Centre, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co.Dublin. It was recognised that young people with an intellectual disability needed to further their education beyond the provision of second level schooling. The aim of the programme is to empower students with the skills and knowledge to realise their potential.
The Adult Education Programme
The Adult Education Programme includes Home Economics, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, IT, Horticulture, Literacy and Numeracy. Social Integration, Social Outings and Liaising with local schools are also included in the programme.
Students are also encouraged to take part in the Special Olympics. Sports that training is provided for include swimming, athletics, bowling and basketball.
Planning Alternative Tomorrow with Hope (PATH) is the Pathways Personal Plan, a visual method of recording and putting in place an individual care plan. There is a plan completed with each student in Adult Education. The objective of PATH is to ensure the student has input into his/her future planning and goals.
The ethos of the programme is holistic in approach where the emphasis is on a person-centred plan, also known as a person's PATH. These plans are designed to meet the individual needs of the person. Adult Education provides an opportunity for lifelong learning for all our students. Out Clinic Team support students to reach their full potential at a pace appropriate to the individual student.
The objectives of Adult Education are:
- to help students identify and achieve their goals ie. PATH personal future planning.
- to add to students' experience and knowledge eg. in-house work experience.
- to enable students to become more independent eg. social outings.
- to develop interpersonal skills eg. regular key worker meetings, drama, group work.
- to facilitate community participation eg. social outings, local school participation in Adult Education activities.
Ronanstown Community Training and Education Centre (RCTEC)
Ronanstown Community Training and Education Centre is an integrated centre for young adults with an intellectual and/or physical disability and early school leavers in Rossecourt. It is our aim is to address the specific needs of individual learners, empowering them to develop an individual training plan.
The Rehabilitative Training programme is a QQI Level 3 accredited 4 year programme for people with a mild to moderate intellectual and/or physical disability. All trainees are 18 years of age and have completed their second level education. Courses provided are based around General Learning and Vocational Skills, with an emphasis on supporting and encouraging independent living skills. As well as completing an educational programme we provide personal development, recreational and health related activities. All trainees are encouraged to take part in drama, the Service User Council and leisure activities. On completion of the 4 year course, trainees are encouraged to join the work force either in a sheltered or supported setting or to continue their education within a community setting.
The training programme for early school leavers has an age profile of 16 years to 21 years and is funded by the Education Training Board. The course duration is 1 year with the opportunity to extend for a further year. We aim to empower early school leavers to develop personally, vocationally and socially to meet their individual needs. Learners are all assessed on entry to the course and then commence training at QQI Level 3 progressing on to some Level 4 modules. All learners work to achieve a QQI Level 3 Major Award in Employability Skills. Modules delivered include Woodworking, Computers, Catering, General Education, Textiles, Art & Drama, World of Work, Health & Fitness, Nutrition and Health & Beauty. Learners are eligible to apply for a weekly training allowance. Towards the end of their training learners are supported to develop their Progression Plans. This work is carried out with our advocate who carefully profiles every learner and assists them to achieve their goals, whether it is to access further education or employment. Learners are encouraged to engage in all aspects of the training centre activities and are represented on the Rossecourt Trainee Council.
The Job Advocate Support Service (J.A.S.S.) is a supported employment service for service users of Stewarts Care Limited. The JASS service operates out of the Rossecourt Resource Centre, Balgaddy.
From a report by the National Advisory Committee on Training and Employment in 1997, Supported Employment is defined as:
“Supported Employment is paid employment in an integrated setting with on-going supports in the open labour market”
What do we do?
We work with service users who are interested in gaining work experience and, ultimately, paid employment. We have adopted a person-centred approach in how we search for employment for our service users.
The Job Advocate Support Service is extremely diverse.
Our service includes sourcing work experience, assisting service users in preparing curriculum vitae, preparing service users for interview, job matching, liaising with social welfare and providing on-going support to both the employer and the service user in placement.
Our on-going support aims to provide a holistic service for our service users. We assist service users in accessing community based education, leisure and recreation and also supporting our service users to develop independent skills. We facilitate a monthly Jobs Club Hub for our service users.
Rossecourt Panini Bar
Rossecourt Panini Bar is located on the ground floor of the Rossecourt Resource Centre off the Balgaddy Road. The venue provides light breakfast and lunch options with freshly ground coffee from 9:00am until 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
The Panini Bar reflects a fresh, healthy approach to fast, casual dining with options that include fresh fruits, salads, panini and wraps. The menu changes daily with baked potato combos, home-made soup and juices also available. In contrast to the restaurant the panini bar provides an alternative option for customers to grab and go, while also providing a wider curricular training base with real, worthwhile and challenging work experience.
Trainees at Rossecourt are involved in all aspects of the operation including food preparation, hospitality and service. The enterprise also enables them to fine tune their communication and retail skills.
Being located in the bright sun-filled atrium of the Resource Centre, the Panini Bar is a real hub of activity. The number of visitors using the facilities on a daily basis adds to the overall ambience, providing a unique, fulfilling and satisfying experience for customers. The venture is a real community enterprise frequented by local families, business and neighbourhood groups.
Address: Rossecourt Resource Centre,
Rossecourt Restaurant is located off Balgaddy Road in Rossecourt Resource Centre. The restaurant provides breakfast from 8:00am to 10:30am, lunch from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, tea/coffee and scones are available all day until 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Brunch is provided on Saturdays from 8:00am until 2:30pm.
Fresh Irish seasonal produce is on offer at reasonable cost and menu choices change daily. Products on offer include homemade soups, roast joint, fresh fish, breads, cake and an array of daily specials, accompanied by a fresh salad bar.
Trainees at Rossecourt are involved in all aspects of the operation including food preparation, hospitality and service. Celebration gateaux and cakes can be made to order following appointment and consultation with our in-house patisserie.
Address: Rossecourt Resource Centre,