Artane Hub welcomed officials from the Department of Health on 18th October 2018.
The visit was facilitated by Dina McAnespie, Chanice Mulready, Gary Farrell, Lorna Hughes and her staff team in light of day services transitioning to a new approach outlined in the policy New Directions. The Principal Officer from the Department of Health, Patsy Carr and her staff team, along with Day Opportunities Coordinator CHO9, Jillian Byrne, were interested to get an understanding of how men and women attending the Hub are supported in making choices and planning, support for inclusion in the local community, support for accessing education and formal learning, support for maximising independence and support for accessing training and work opportunities.
They were delighted to hear of Artane Hubs recent partnership with Google and Compass who run their catering network of cafes. Compass are very keen to provide work experience to the young adults that use St. Michael's house services and are fully committed to upskilling and training all employees with the aim to lead to paid employment. They are also fully committed to creating an inclusive workforce, and this offers opportunity for service users to gain work experience and employment.