Irish Seed Savers:
Dermot McKinney from Irish Seed Savers has this to say: “We have someone working here on the horticultural project, for the last 8 years, contributing to the staff team and work of the project and decision making, etc, exactly the same as everyone else”. Dermot added “We received the appropriate supports from CSES initially when he first started and that support was very pro-active and it remained as long as it was needed”. www.irishseedsavers.ie
John Devitt, Owner, Panalok Ltd, Ennis has said “I found the service and backup very well planned around my needs. Training and ongoing backup was very professional and mentor was always available for guidance when needed.”
Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg:
Dónal Ó hAinifín, Principal, Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg, believes that schools provide the perfect place for people with a disability to take up employment. He feels that schools can provide young people with excellent role models and demonstrate in a very practical way that individuals who happen to have a disability are more than capable of providing a valuable contribution in terms of the work they do. “If schools have the opportunity to employ a person with a disability they should do it.”
Tulla Fruit & Vegetable Shop:
“I was approached by Clare Supported Employment Service after I advertised my vacancy on the internet…they responded very promptly and provided me with 2 possible candidates. The successful candidate is still with me 2 years down the road…..” said Brendan O’Connor, Owner, Tulla Fruit & Vegetable Shop
Hayes of Ennis Ltd:
Darren Hayes, Owner, Hayes of Ennis Ltd has said that “Employing a person with a disability through CSES was very challenging and rewarding for me the employer and also for the participant. It is really great to see an organisation like CSES giving opportunities to people with disabilities. I commend their service, in what they are doing; it really gives hope to people with a disability, that they can have a different and positive outlook on life. Thanks to CSES for involving me.”
Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre:
Tim Forde, General Manager, Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre speaks enthusiastically about his experiences with the service “CSES escorts you through the door of opportunity that before now we were apprehensive about exploring. We at Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre have embraced the opportunity and have found that our company has benefited both productively and culturally”.
McDonald’s Restaurant Shannon:
Kieran McDermott, Owner of Mc Donald’s Restaurant, Shannon and O2 Ability Award winner 2007, is now fully convinced that people who happen to have one kind of disability or another are equally capable of contributing to business through the work they do. He commented, “CSES is the most cost-effective and most reliable employment agency I have ever worked with. My experience with CSES has opened my eyes to the considerable bank of skilled individuals living within our locality who are most often overlooked due to potential employers’ perceptions of disability. CSES works to ensure that their candidate is a perfect match for the job requirement, and vice-versa. It is in their interest to ensure that this placement works long-term”. “Because people with a disability can find it hard to get work, when they do get a job they protect it in terms of professionalism, commitment and loyalty. We have benefited from that”
Agreda Lyons, Dromoland Castle says “With the relationship we have developed with CSES, we see how a person with a disability can adapt into a 5 star service environment to become a capable and skilled team player, who is able to meet the work challenges of a resort property.”
Biddy Early Brewery:
Brendan Burke, Manager at the Biddy Early Pub and Restaurant has this to say: “We are proud to be associated with CSES who encourage their clients to be more independent and integrated and if, through our small part, we are furthering those aims then we are very happy to participate”.
Community & Voluntary:
Ennis Community Development Programme:
Áine Brady, Administrator, Ennis CDP wishes the Clare Supported Employment Service every success with their website and hopes that it will lead to more employment opportunities for people with a disability in Clare. Áine added “Clare Supported Employment has been solving some of the recruitment needs at Ennis CDP for a number of years and we find the service very helpful and efficient.”
Clare Accessible Transport:
Laura Ward, Manager, C.A.T. has said that “Clare Supported Employment Service offers equality a real chance in the work place. Their commitment to both employee and employer makes sure everyone benefits, their role is unique.” www.catconnects.ie
Euro Car Parks Ennis:
Euro Car Parks, which manages over 500 car parks across the UK and Ireland, has been quick to recognise the value in recruiting through Supported Employment Services, both in Clare and countrywide. “We currently employ 23 people through the Supported Employment Programme nationally”, commented Christine Monahan, Site Manager Euro Car Parks, Shannon. “Their work ethic is excellent. They want the jobs, that’s the difference. Supported Employment is a brilliant service, all the staff we have dealt with have been extremely helpful and professional”, she added.
AIB Bank Ennis:
“The service fully understood the business needs we faced. They offered us a shortlist of candidates whose interests and skills matched the needs of the vacancy, which we had. Following the selection of the successful candidate, they provided ongoing support for the employee, helping him to learn how to undertake the tasks required in his new position. Overall we found the whole experience of working with Clare Supported Employment Service very worthwhile and rewarding,” commented Michael Early, Former Area Manager, AIB Bank, Ennis.
When interviewed by the Clare Champion recently, Nessa Lahiff, Human Resources, Corporate Catering, had this to say: “What was interesting was that other managers who have no experience of supported employment said that their eyes have been opened, they were surprised with the standard of work from clients of Clare Supported Employment. They said they would be more open to employing people with a disability in the future”.
Ger Daly Insurances:
Ger Daly, Owner, Ger Daly Insurances has said “We approached CSES last year with a view to recruiting someone on a part-time basis for a job we had on offer. CSES were very clear & helpful in the recruitment process. The successful candidate has filled the role very well for us & we recently extended his contract for another year. We would be happy to use their services again”.
Wow Wee – Personalised Gift Experiences:
WowWee.ie is a progressive on-line gift company, specialising in personalised Christmas stockings, personalised baby gifts and personalised bridal and birthday gifts for all ages. Our gifts are embroidered, presented and despatched from our Ennis premises and delivered worldwide. A lot of the annual business is seasonal and Wow Wee has employed individuals from CSES to meet this need. CSES initially visited our premises to understand the job requirements and identify suitable candidates. They then broke the job requirements down to finer details in order to help the new employee carry out the tasks. Áine Gleeson. www.wowwee.ie