9 Rear Chapel St.
Caring and Sharing Association was founded in 1981.
This voluntary organisation’s purpose is to develop
friendship through social events with members who have
a physical or intellectual disability. At present there
are 32 members and 30 volunteers in the Longford organisation
ranging in ages from seventeen to seventy. They participate
in monthly socials which are held in the Family Centre
and consist of Mass, buffet, sing-song, games and dancing.
The group tries to vary the socials so occasionally
they visit the Cinema, go bowling or hire a bus and
head out of town for the day. The CASA year runs from
September to June.
is the hallmark of the CASA approach - it simply guarantees
that everyone will be able to participate fully in the
group’s activities secure in the knowledge that
they have someone at their side should they need them.
volunteers from all walks of life; they are not required
to have any previous experience in the area of disability.
The ultimate role of the volunteer is to facilitate
and participate in the development of new friendships
by attending monthly socials, training days, and assisting
in fundraising. Attributes CASA looks for in a volunteer
are as follows: positivity; team player, good communicator,
co-operative, enthusiastic, considerate, open-minded,
committed and punctual. To become a volunteer for CASA
candidates are required to be over sixteen, and for
security reasons all helpers are Garda-vetted.
The CASA charity
shop opposite Longford Shopping Centre helps to fund
services thanks to the generosity of the public to whom
CASA is most grateful. For further information on CASA
visit www.casa.ie or call into the CASA shop.