The first Cheshire Ireland service opened in Wicklow in 1961 with the support of Leonard Cheshire. Leonard Cheshire was the founder of a number of services across the world that worked to support people who had disabilities in a way that is progressive and person centred.
Leonard Cheshire’s ethos underpins Cheshire Ireland and he was continuously committed to the betterment of our society and to making our world a more inclusive place. Leonard Cheshire’s words are especially relevant for board members as their time and energy will impact positively on people’s lives. Leonard Cheshire said:
We need to set our sights high, to be satisfied with nothing less than the best, and to commit ourselves totally and unreservedly to participate in the struggle to build a more liveable world.
Since 1961 Cheshire Ireland developed across Ireland and now provides accommodation and support services across 14 counties. The focus for all services delivered in a residential, community or respite setting is to work closely with people to support them to live as independently as possible, to make informed choices, take risks and to connect with the local community in real life opportunities.
To support people to live their best possible life.
We provide individualised, person centred supports to adults with physical disabilities and neurological conditions in an environment which safeguards the individual’s rights while promoting wellbeing, independence and quality of life.
People are the foundation underpinning all that we do in Cheshire Ireland. All of our values are guided by a person-centred rights based approach.