Clarecare is the largest Clare-based, not for profit agency providing a unique range of support services for people in County Clare.

We offer a wide range of services to the local community and our Shannon office offers two further services of a Community Office and Citizens Information Service. Clarecare services are used by the local community every day.

Whilst some of our funding comes from the HSE and other sources, fundraising is necessary to continue providing these services at their current level. That is why, once a year, throughout Clare, we ask our communities to assist by donating at our Annual Church Gate Collection which this year will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th June. Please donate at our Church Gate Collection or indeed drop into our office with your donation. Our community has always been most generous over the years and for this we thank you most sincerely.

What does the Shannon Community Office do? As part of the Citizens Service, we offer a free and confidential service advising people on their rights including Social Welfare, Revenue, housing, consumer rights, employment issues, education and training etc. We assist with filling forms from government agencies and can also assist with Social Welfare Appeals.

The office offers a monthly free and confidential Free Legal Advice Clinic. We produce the Shannon Diary advertising local businesses, services and events. We distribute flyers with the Shannon Diary at very competitive rates. We also respond to inquiries about local service providers and much, much more! Clarecare Services directly available in Shannon:

Home Care Services: Clarecare operates the Home Help Service in Co. Clare on behalf of the HSE, and is an approved agency of the HSE for provision of Home Care Packages. The service mainly assists older people, but also provides support to families in stress, people with disabilities and Palliative Care patients.

Social Work with Older People: Clarecare provides a dedicated community-based social work service for older people, aged 65 and over who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The service facilitates older people to identify options and make decisions for themselves so they may improve the quality of their lives. This is done through homes visits, phone calls, hospital and nursing home visits.

Family Support Services: Parenting Support & Assessment: The Social Work Service provides parenting support and assessment for families referred by TUSLA Social Workers. Clarecare Social Workers also facilitate groups with parents and children in local communities.

Children’s Groups: Summer activity programmes for children are run throughout the county. A number of issue based groups for children are organised, based on need and available resources: social skills groups, transition programmes, and positive mental health groups.

Parent Support Groups: Clarecare Family Support Services facilitate a range of groups to support parents. These include Parents Plus, programmes on positive communication and behaviour management and the Incredible Years Programme, a model of early intervention through Parent, Teacher and Child training programmes.

Individual Support to Children and Adolescents: Community Childcare Staff provide one to one support for children in the areas of personal and social skill development. This work also involves running groups for children and their parents. Families may refer themselves or be referred by other agencies.

Additional Clarecare Services: Addiction Services: Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre provides a 28 day residential treatment programme for people addicted to alcohol, drugs or gambling. Based on a Bio-psychosocial abstinence model of treatment which recognises that complex interactions between various biological, psychological and social factors appear to contribute to the development of addiction problems.

Adult Counselling: Clarecare Adult Counselling Service provides individual counselling support to adults faced with bereavement, relationship difficulties, financial worries and other personal and development challenges.

Holiday Houses: Clarecare Holiday Houses in Kilkee and Lahinch are available as a respite resource for groups of children and families, accompanied by staff, either on a day basis or on a short term residential basis. They are also available to community groups as holiday opportunities for older people.

Further Services: include Parenting Courses, Advocacy Service for Parents of Children in Care, Springboard Project, Adoption Services, in the areas of Information and Tracing, Pre-Adoption Counselling and Post Adoption Support. Also, Traveller Support, Adolescent Service, Aftercare, Homework Club (Ennis), Ennis Drop-in Service, Meal Centres for Older People and our Thrift Shops in Ennis and Killaloe.

For further information on any of these services, please contact Clarecare’s Head Office in Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065 6828178. Email: info@clarecare.ie Website: www.clarecare.ie

Free Legal Advice Clinic will be held at Shannon Citizens Information Centre on Monday afternoon June 26th by appointment only. Please call 0761 07 5370