Crossmaglen Day Care Centre prepares to celebrate 25th Anniversary

May 9, 2016

Crossmaglen Day Care Centre celebrates a very special milestone this week, having provided help and support to its service users for the past 25 years.   On Thursday (12th May) the centre, located at Rathkeeland House, will mark the occasion with an anniversary blast where they will be joined by Q Radio for music and chat with the Day Care facility decked out with beautiful displays showcasing the variety of support it offers to adults with learning and physical disabilities.  Family members of those who have used the service during the 25 years are also expected to be in attendance and will enjoy a trip down memory lane with a slide show backdrop of old pictures of the centre and its users playing throughout the day.

Speaking to The Examiner ahead of Thursday’s special event, Grainne Rafferty, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of Crossmaglen Day Care Centre, explained that the facility has been catering for the needs of every individual service user via a range of provisions including physio,  occupational therapy, hand care, relaxation techniques and  walking and exercise programmes.

“We’re very much geared around health and wellbeing,” said Grainne.  “ We talk about the past, try to remember events and we also get out and about with service users, going to courses and classes in the Community Centre with another facility.  We use the Youth Club and we visit the new centre in Newry to access podiatry, speech and language therapy and any other allied health professionals that the service users need access to.

“We very much try to utilise any community buildings and people in and around Crossmaglen,” she added.

“The community here have been very, very supportive of the work that goes on and we are always very welcoming to anyone who wants to visit us here.”

The Day Care Centre is a huge support mechanism for its users but also provides a vital lifeline for families and carers as well.

“Families over the years have told us they don’t know what they would have done if their loved ones had not got the Day Care Centre and we are delighted to have been able to provide such a service for the last 25 years,” said Grainne, who also paid tribute to the dedicated four strong team at Crossmaglen Day Care Centre, without whom the provision of such a high quality service would not be possible.

“Veronica Crossey is my right hand woman and she has been here since the centre opened its doors 25 years ago.  Michelle Gorman, who is currently on maternity leave and Agnes who assists us daily, complete the Day Care team who work so hard to provide the best care and support they can to adults with physical and learning disabilities.”

Food and light refreshments will be available at the anniversary celebration which runs from 11am to 2pm this Thursday 12th May. All are welcome to help celebrate this special milestone the life of Crossmaglen Day Care Centre.