Positive Paths provides a structured programme which is developed and delivered in line with individual needs and abilities. The programme is provided in a highly flexible manner that ensures individuality is maintained and that is all about the member rather than the process.
It incorporates a strong community focus, with an appropriate mix of educational, recreational and therapeutic activities that help members play their part in the bigger world outside of BEAM. The activities include song, dance, education, exercise, community participation and relaxation.
Turas – from the Irish word for a journey – has been specifically designed to provide members with an opportunity for further training and work opportunities, giving them the chance to spread their wings as far as possible. We focus primarily on areas of work they are interested in, and training is provided in a supportive and secure environment that maximises their likelihood of success.
The objectives of the Turas Programme include:
- Develop more effective communication and social skills.
- Participate in training and educational options open to them.
- Sample a variety of basic skills training.
- Identify and participate in leisure activities.
- Develop independent living skills.
New Horizons is our FETAC Accredited Rehabilitation Training Programme, which means that there is a universally recognised standard of training – and a universally accepted qualification at the end.
This is a 3 year course, delivered on a full-time (30 hours per week) or a part-time basis. Participants take part in a number of modules including: work seeking skills, personal development, personal care, education, computer training, independent living skills, health and safety and other skills based modules.
New Horizons takes a person-centred approach, drawing on the skills of the staff, the experience of parents and carers, and the needs of participants.
Together, we set realistic and measurable goals for each individual, and these are reviewed on a regular basis to make sure they’re still appropriate.
The BEAM Sports Programme provides a wide variety of sports to all members through Special Olympics Ireland, irrespective of age, gender or ability.
It gives all members the opportunity to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage and commitment – and equally important, meet new friends at Area, Regional and World Games.
Thirty of our members are Special Olympic Athletes, and are actively involved in training for and participating in regional and national events in their chosen sport.
Our members have been hugely successful to date winning over 50 medals in basketball, table tennis, bocce, swimming and bowling.
We couldn’t do it on our own!
The immediate and wider communities that we serve have a very strong involvement in our service – and equally, our members have a very strong involvement in their communities.
Some of our members attend courses run in Muinebheag Vocational School, from Child Care to Leaving Certificate.
Organisations such as BTEI, Carlow VEC, CALC and BFRC also run programmes in line with members’ requests.
Local businesses, too, are very supportive of our members in offering work experience and work opportunities.
We are also grateful to the countless volunteers who give their time so freely and so generously to help us in a wide variety of ways. If YOU have some hours free each month, we’d love to hear from you!
Some BEAMing examples of our success
2010 – BEAM marks 10 years of service provision with a celebration led by Dr. Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the University of Ireland.
2011 – President Mary McAleese officially opens the second phase of the Barrow Experience.
2011 – The launch of our cookbook, “Get Cooking”.
2011 – Our garden project, “The Barrow Experience”, won the Michael Deering Cup in the County Carlow Pride of Place competition.
2012 – BEAM shortlisted at the national LAMA awards for Best Educational Building.
2012 – BEAM were invited to include their cookbook, “Get Cooking” in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards by Edouard Cointreau.
2012 – Winner of Best Voluntary Organisation Award at the Carlow Innovative & Business Awards
2012 – Winner of Environmental Award in Carlow Pride of Place Competition.
2013 – “Get Cooking” was declared winner of the Irish section of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and we represented Ireland in the world finals in Paris.
2015 – BEAM shortlisted at the national LAMA Awards for best community initiative.