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Kingsriver Community Holdings Ltd

Kingsriver Community Holdings Ltd

Kingsriver Community Holdings Ltd

Ennisnag, Stoneyford, , Kilkenny, Ireland - +353567728287

description of organisation

Kingsriver is a Life-Sharing Community supporting adults with different abilities. It provides residential and day-care in the form of training, therapy and meaningful work for people with disabilities. Our intention, as a Life-Sharing Community is to create a home rather than an institution. We aim to provide a living and working environment that is conducive to a feeling of well-being, physical and emotional security, stability and belonging. Many or our residents and learners with special needs also come from disadvantaged socio/economic backgrounds, family issues, mental health and/or alcohol problems. We in Kingsriver Community believe that people with disabilities have the right to dignity and respect, to grow, develop and pursue their aspirations, the same as other citizens – even though they may need extra support and education to do so. We consider that a quality life is one where people participate in their community, gain the respect of others, enjoy meaningful relationships, use skills, exercise choices and have opportunities to express themselves. Kingsriver advocates for inclusion and the breaking down of barriers and stereotypes around people with special needs. We are committed to providing quality person centered opportunities for people of various abilities and support them to realize their full potential as contributing members of society.We aim to do this by:• Providing a safe and comfortable living environment, a warm and welcoming atmosphere in a life-sharing model;• Providing a high standard of care and promoting the health and well-being of all members of our household and workshop;• Providing an environment where all members of our household and training workshop are valued equally;• Providing a range of activities and experiences that enable each person to develop and reach their full potential;• Supporting each person to be active in the local and wider community.Kingsriver is located in the countryside of County Kilkenny. It is a mixed gender Community accommodating up to 4 residents, 3 staff and 4 volunteers in the main residential house and up to 2 residents and 2 volunteers in the adjacent Coach House. The Kings river, flows alongside the property which has 30 acres of land. There is a large garden area with an orchard, vegetable garden and polytunnels. Local shops and some recreational facilities are within a 10-minute walk and transport to Kilkenny City is available during the day. There is a separate Training Workshop where people of all abilities can follow a range of accredited courses such as Woodworking, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Health Related Exercises, and recreational, cultural and social activities.Our target group learn to actively participate in Kingsriver and their local and wider community through the variety of programmes and activities organized; some examples include: dialogue with local politicians, exhibitions of the art work done in Kingsriver, short term EVS experiences and presentations on Kingsriver's work to the local and other communities, etc. Volunteers from different countries help to widen our horizons through their interaction on a daily basis. The project helps both volunteers and our people to understand that the word "inclusion" applies to many different kinds of disadvantaged groups in society. By understanding this both volunteers and people with disabilities learn to empathise and put their own lives into perspective. This in turn promotes inclusion and equality. Volunteers support and enhance activities that give our target group more opportunities to become independent and to be better included in society. This happens through our weekly programmes, dialogue, teamwork, activities such as art and craft projects, sport programs, gardening, woodwork, cooking skills, etc. Tolerance, acceptance, empathy and openness to people being different are the main features that volunteers will encounter. Not only do volunteers enrich the lives of our people with disabilities, but they in turn learn a lot of practical and organisational skills and teamwork. Most importantly the volunteers learn a lot about themselves and leave the project enriched and more confident and this stands to them for the rest of their lives.For many past volunteers Kingsriver has been a life changing experience. Many of our volunteers have gone on to practice in social care work and have applied the skills that they learned during their EVS experience with us. Finally, our long-term cooperation with some Sending Organizations in particular, allows us a real exchange of learning, skills and practices.

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has a physical environment suitable for young people with physical, sensory or other disabilities (such as wheelchair access and similar.
  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projectsHosting organisationSupporting organisation
Economic obstacles
Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Kingsriver Life-Sharing Community
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2019 to Jul 2020
29/07/2019 - 31/07/2020
31/12/2037 open

This organisation is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+ Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps.

Scope Volunteering

Role Expiry date
PIC no: 948676879 | Last updated on 24/08/2018

Organisation topics

Inclusion - equity

Disabilities - special needs

Access for disadvantaged