Save Camphill Ballytobin
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Camphill Ballytobin was established in 1979 in the South East of Ireland as a therapeutic community for children and adults with multiple disabilities. It is a life-sharing community of about seventy people, some of whom have special needs, who live together with volunteers of all ages and nationalities. With its open days, festivals and inclusive events Camphill Ballytobin has brought enormous benefits to the wider community and is a much loved and integral part of life in Callan and Kilkenny.
Following an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority there is shock and disbelief that the community was served with a closure notice on 22nd May.
We believe that the way in which the process has been handled, the lack of clarity and information, the short notice, and the stress and uncertainty that has been placed on the residents, their families and the volunteers, is deplorable.
We, the undersigned, demand that the Minister for State for Disability Issues, Finian Mc Grath, call on HIQA to reconsider its decision and for all parties to work together to secure the long term future of Camphill Ballytobin, its social care model and the welfare of the residents who have come to know it as their home.
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