Plans are being explored to turn a property in Ballyshannon into a respite home for families in the north west.
Local families are being asked for their advice and input into the independent, community-led project at a workshop on Tuesday 16th October.
The large property in Ballyshannon is being made available by an anonymous family who is offering the building and grounds to possibly become a centre of care for families with special needs.
The kind-hearted mission, led by Sligo woman Gabrielle Finan, was recently brought into the public domain after the HSE backed out from delivering funding and support.
The dream is that the building will provide for families who have children with life-limiting conditions and high-complex needs across CHO 1 HSE area.
Ms Finan said the building could be a ‘tremendous asset for families’ and is asking for public opinion on how best to use it.
An open forum will be held on Tuesday 16th October in the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny at 11am-1pm. Families are invited to come and share their ideas on whether they want the building to be a pediatric hospice, respite/medical care facility, independent living centre or holiday location, or other.
Families who have a member with an illness and/or disability is the inspiration behind this venture and the people at the centre of Gabrielle’s passion.
If you would like to get involved or help support the project, please contact Gabrielle Finan or attend the exchanging ideas workshop.