Eibhlis has been part of the ChildVision social care team for the past four years and team leader for one. Ever since she spent time here back in 2007, she always knew she’d return.
“There is something magical about ChildVision. There is huge kindness. Everybody helps each other. And the fun,” she smiles. “There is always fun and the happiness and needs of our students are always central. It’s not because we need to tick boxes or because a rule says so. We care deeply for colleagues, the students, and the organisation.”
It’s one reason why, starting age ten, many students choose to stay on campus during the school week. “Sometimes vision loss is the least of the hurdles students face. Here, everyone accepts each other.” Currently, she adds, there are three students at Gentili House with visual impairments and multiple other disabilities who have really complex medical needs – in addition to the other students who stay on. Either way, it’s their home, so help is here round the clock. “Myself and my team are really grateful for 24-hour nursing support during the week,” she nods.
“At this time of year, it’s busy! We get prescriptions and care plans up to date, intimate care, linking in with vocational and lifelong learning, with teams and assessments together for each student. This year there’s extra excitement because we’re moving to new accommodation, and looking forward to our new home!”
But no matter where the residential students hang their hats and canes, one thing is always true. “We have an open house policy in ChildVision. That’s why family and friends of our students are always welcome. My hope for the new school year is to have the resources to meet the needs of all our students, keeping them healthy and happy and one step closer to each child’s best shot at independence.”