You are invited this Friday!
All this week, the Roscommon Disability Support Group (RSG) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in Derrane (from July 1st to Friday, July 5th).
The group was founded in 1989 at the old parochial house in Derrane, outside Roscommon town, and in recent years a long-term lease has been secured from the Diocese of Elphin. The organisation was set up as an innovative group by people with disabilities for people with disabilities and remains a focal point today.
RSG provides services in the home, workplace and socially to people with physical and or sensory disabilities, some of whom would also have other secondary disabilities, older people and children. It is an integral part of County Roscommon communities and voluntary sector and a leading service provider in the disability and older persons care sector.
RSG is a not for profit company and an approved HSE care provider and these services funded by the HSE vary from home care to personal assistant services. The organisation holds charitable status and tax exemption status for donations. The Board of Management consists of eight volunteer members and directors who receive no remuneration.
RSG is under the leadership of Margaret Bourke and her team for the past 15 years. Peter Gallagher was previously in charge and Mary Casey who was very much part of this team for 21 years retired last October. The dedication and commitment of this growing team has contributed in no small way to the expansion of services and current employment of over 120 people. Three successful HSE tenders over the past five years has been instrumental in RSG’s successful expansion of care service provision into the surrounding counties of Mayo and Galway. RSG is a large player in the employment sector greatly benefitting the local economy.
Looking back the years much has been achieved. RSG was awarded the Charity Quality Mark this year. 2019 also saw the upgrading of the accessible transport bringing the much-needed transport up to even greater quality standards. Bus transport has been in operation since 2006 in conjunction with Roscommon MS and many of their clients use the different service facilities that are available at RSG. The Community Employment Scheme funded by the Department of Social Affairs under the direction of Mary Ganley and Bernie Connolly runs this service and without this support it could not operate. Both Mary and Bernie have 40 years combined service with the company. Transport is heavily reliant on donations and fundraising such as bag packing and church gate collections. Volunteer drivers are always welcome to increase transport availability. At the facility in Derrane, a new car park has also been installed to facilitate the overflow of parking cars at the Resource Centre.
RSG Derrance offers a wide range of activities and services. A singing group ‘Guess Who’s Back’ was set up in 2016 to accommodate different music interests and talents and the group is a partner of Music Network.
All are welcome to get involved and there is no musical criteria required to join.
Other programmes and services on offer at RSG Derrane include: Independent Living Life Skills Programme; RSG Flexible Learning College; The Dale Centre;
Nuala’s Garden and Horticultural Centre; RSG’s Sensory Garden; Derrane Craft Workers; Roscommon U3A; Co. Roscommon Seniors Network; and the 24/7 Care Service.
Further information about these services and RSG Derrance is available at www.rsg.ie or on the RSG Facebook page.