Smiling faces at Fete in Saint Raphael’s, Celbridge

Carl Moran, Elaine Bury and Joan Moran enjoying St. Raphael's Fete
Sunshine aided the annual Saint John of God Community Service Ltd fete in Celbridge this month.

Sunshine aided the annual Saint John of God Community Service Ltd fete in Celbridge this month.

The fete at St. Raphael’s, run by the Parents and Friends Association, provide much needed income for the organisation.

It will be particularly welcome this year following cuts in Government funding.

This year, St. John of God experienced a 2.5% cut this year but just recently there was a lot of upset among service users at a move to cut canteen facilities.

Over the past five years St. John of Gods have experienced a cumulative cut of 17%.

It operates HSE funded services in the areas of intellectual disability, adult mental health and child & adolescent mental health Services.

Andy Heffernan, CEO Saint John of God Community Services, including Kildare, told the Leader recently that there was of 2.5% applied in the Dublin-Mid Leinster region which includes Kildare. “ Services are left with no choice but to operate within these allocations and plan accordingly with an emphasis on maintaining services to those who are supported through enhanced efficiencies and reconfiguration. The planned changes in Kildare are part of this process and follow on from cumulative reductions in allocation in the region of 17% over the past 5 years.”

He said staff have managed to maintain service levels despite the level of budgetary reductions.

Recently, users of the St. Raphael’s facility at Celbridge were told that canteen services were being cut.

Sources have told the Leader there is a lot of upset over that. Contractors have laid off as well.

- Henry Bauress