Speaking at last Tuesdays AGM of the Youghal Branch of Cope, John Clifford, Head of Fundraising & PR for Cope sincerely thanked all those who generously supported the event with a special thanks to Community Radio Youghal for organising the event and in the process raising the profile of Cope and the often unseen work that this not for profit organisation does to enhance the lives of those with intellectual disabilities .
All of the €1900 presented to Cope will go towards the refurbishment of the Garden area in the Midleton branch of Cope and will help the residents up in the centre no end said Clifford.
Cope Foundation is a not for profit organisation that provides services and supports to 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism across Cork City and County. These services and supports are provided through early intervention ,education ,training ,leisure, sports, arts, supported employment, as well as specialised multidisciplinary team and residential supports. Despite significant funding cuts in respect to core services over the last 5 years, Cope Foundation have maintained services and supports and continue to strive to pr the 29th ovide the people they support with the life enhancing opportunities they deserve .
These opportunities include supporting children to develop to their full potential and access education, supporting people to find work in the mainstream employment market, supporting people to sit exams and access mainstream college, providing opportunities for people to live independently if they so wish, giving people a voice in how the organisation is run and including them in decisions that will impact on their day to day lives.
Community Radio Youghal meanwhile received €1850 from the walk which will go towards the purchase of an outside Broadcast Unit for the station which will help the station to continue to expand and will allow the broadcaster to have a greater presence out in the Community and offer an even better services to the Community that it serves. Speaking at the AGM Cllr Mary Linehan Foley Chairperson of CRY104fm thanked all those who took part in the fun walk and it was a privilege for CRY to be able to use its position in the Community to highlight the work of organisations such as Cope and of sincerely thanked all those members of the Community who so generously support their local radio station year in and allow us to grow and expand and offer a greater service in the Community.