Sunday, March 19, 2017

Minister McGrath visits Prosper Meath

Funding needed for an expansion of services for disabilities in Meath

Regina Doherty meets Minister Finian McGrath to seek funding for expansion of Prosper Meath services for people with disabilities
I extended an invite to Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath, to visit Prosper Meath on Monday 27th February. I was delighted that Minister McGrath took the time to visit Prosper Meath and its service users in Ashbourne to witness first-hand the incredible work that takes place there every day. We made a compelling case to the Disabilities Minister for much needed capital investment.

I have been working closely with Prosper Meath for several years. What is clear is that there is a rapidly growing demand on the services provided by the Prosper team. We have already secured planning for 5,000 ft2 of land in Navan with a view to expanding services throughout the county. What is needed now is the necessary Capital Funding from the Department of Health – and that’s where I am doing everything in my power to bring the necessary capital investment to Meath.

I can say with confidence that my job has been made a lot easier following a stellar presentation by the Prosper team and its services users during the Minister's visit. The support that Prosper Meath provides is truly second-to-none. I have seen first-hand the impact that these services can have on the individual and indeed their family. The team behind Prosper provide gentle and encouraging care to service users hailing from Ashbourne, Meath, Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne.

It certainly did not take long for Minister McGrath to realise the value that this service has on an individual, family and community level. We had a very positive meeting with the Minister in Ashbourne who listened attentively to the needs of Prosper. I will continue to work closely with Minister McGrath and his officials with a view to procuring the necessary capital funding.