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What is our vision for the future?

Sunbeam House Services provides a range of supports to adults with intellectual disabilities.

We aim to empower people with the necessary skills to live full and satisfying lives as equal citizens of their local communities.

The ethos and philosophy of Sunbeam House Services is based on the following principles:

  • The provision of service structures which are appropriate to the individual’s age and ability.
  • The provision of the highest standards of professional care within the resources available to the service.
  • The promotion of independence, self-respect and individuality of the person using the service.
  • To support people as valued and active citizens in their local communities, through participation in opportunities and services for the benefit of the individual and the community.
  • The provision of services to and for people based on Personal Outcomes principles of: Basic Assurances, Shared Values, Responsive Services and Community Life.
  • The support of personal preferences of people and facilitation of their individual choices.
  • The fostering of links with other organisations.

The service recognises that to be successful in its endeavours, all persons working within the service and associated with it must share these ideals and in the course of their everyday work make every attempt to achieve them.

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In 5 years we envision a radical change in society

John Hannigan, M.D. Sunbeam House Services
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Origins in Sunbeam

Self-Directed Living at Sunbeam House was initiated to respond to requests by people that want a support service built around their life and not their life built around a support service. Traditional support services in group settings work extremely well for some people yet a growing number of people are becoming dissatisfied with this style of service provision. The supports and services offered to adults with an intellectual disability have always been in a constant slow state of transformation, from no services to large institutional services, smaller institutions to group homes, day services to accessing community services, sheltered employment to supported employment.

The movement toward SDL has been gathering pace in recent years and gained real momentum throughout Ireland and within SHS since the immersion project in May 2013. This project brought cross representative teams (service users, family members, managers, frontline staff etc.) from organisations all over the country. Together they immersed themselves in week long workshops and lectures exploring different approaches to service delivery. The main focus was on a support structure directed by the person and facilitated by the organisation, Self- Directed Living. The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies organised the event and brought leaders in the field from all over the world to facilitate the learning. For the past couple of years Sunbeam House has initiated our own training programs and lectures by Irish and international leaders in the intellectual disability sector such as Michael Kendrick, Mary Keely and Doreen Kelly. The most powerful, influential and valuable learning of the SDL approach has been through the sharing of peoples stories of their lives transformed by.

SDL is difficult to do properly. Life is not straight forward therefore SDL is not a straight forward process. The supports offered are unique to each person and can often change in accordance with the person’s wishes or requirements. The values of the person come first not those of the supporter or indeed the organisation. This is why the Organisational Development Team has made the decision to commit a small staff team to a Self- Directed Living approach of support. The SDL team will be working for some people within our services that have expressed (verbally or through action), a strong desire to direct their own supports.

We have chosen to rent a small base on the main street in Wicklow town. To avoid confusion in support delivery style, we have chosen our base to be outside of other SHS properties. The base is also purposefully small to avoid it becoming a centre for activities. It will be used for meetings with people and their families. It will also act as a resource/administration base for the team and a place to share learning and experience.

The approach the SDL team is using is based on the theory of practice of Social Role Valorisation. We have been trained on how to apply this theory into practice on the Enabling Excellence training program. To begin with the SDL team are working with a small group of individuals.

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Meet the Senior Management Team

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Transport Manager


Aoife Flynn Kenneddy

Email: suzanne.bennett@sunbeam.ie

Phone: + 353 1 286 8451

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Residential Manager


Michael Kirwan

Email: suzanne.bennett@sunbeam.ie

Phone: + 353 1 286 8451

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Day Service Manager


Marie Farrell

Email: marie.farrell@sunbeam.ie

Phone: + 353 1 286 8451

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Links and Further Reading