Where is the programme based?
Community Inclusion Dungloe (CI Dungloe) is based in the town of Dungloe, in West Donegal. The centre itself is currently situated on the Gweedore Road, beside Rosses Radio but we are in the process of moving into a permanent new premises currently being developed in the vicinity of Main Street Dungloe. We are approx. a 45 minute drive from Letterkenny and we have close links with our sister service Community Inclusion Tobar which is based in Gweedore.
Who is the programme for?
School leavers aged 18+, who have a diagnosis of intellectual disability, and/or autism, and/or additional support needs.
How can someone get on the programme?
Referrals to the programme(s) are normally through an Occupational Guidance Officer/ HSE Day Services Supports Guidance Development Unit.
Cost of the programme
The programme is free. There is no charge for the programme, there may be a cost for some community based modules or activities, depending on the modules chosen. If you travel with SITT Local Link to/from the centre, SITT charge €3 per day for this transport.
What supports are available?
Each person will be supported to:
- Have their own Person Centred Plan.
- Have an individual timetable.
Supports can be made available for:
- Active Support
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Assistance with Personal Care
- MDT support as necessary, e.g Social Work, Psychology
What activities make up the programme?
DCITS offers modules & activities in line with New Directions - specifically the 12 Pillars of Support. These modules offered are reviewed annually and service users give feedback on what modules that want or don't want. Some modules are seasonal/weather dependent and some may be time limited. An example of some of the modules currently on offer includes:
Exercise such as dance, yoga, chair aerobics, walking etc. Music, CI Health and Personal Care, Numeracy/Literacy, Arts/Crafts, Photography, Gardening, Health and Safety, Independent Living Skills, Drama, Ladies Club, Men’s Group Community Connect, Cookery, Discover Donegal, Gym, Using Technology, Swimming, Work Placement.
Every effort is made by the CI Dungloe team of staff to find an activity that the service user wishes to take part in.
In CI Dungloe there are 3 programmes available:
- CI Alpha
- CI Aspire
- CI Connect
QQI Certification is available as an option for anyone who wants it, at levels 1, 2 and 3.
How long can someone stay on the programme?
DCITS provides support for adults aged 18-65. Attendance is not time – limited. Plans and transitions will be fully supported for service users progressing through DCITS Programmes at levels Dawn, Alpha, Aspire and Connect.
Is the programme full-time or part-time?
DCITS offers both full-time and part-time options, depending on each individual’s needs, wishes and preferences.
Is there a waiting list for the programme?
You should contact the Programme Coordinator directly for up to date information on waiting lists.
CI Dungloe aims to increase the confidence and skills levels of all participants. Every service user has a PCP and individualised timetable made up of activities that the service user themselves choose, with help from family or CI Dungloe staff, if needed and that focus on the acquisition of skills in the individual’s area of choice. Skills learned in a centre setting are then practiced in a community setting.