Inspiring work carried out at Cairdeas Clubhouse

Simon Harri, TD, Visit

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister of State, Simon Harris has yesterday (Tuesday) visited Cairdeas Clubhouse and spoke to its members about the service, following its one year anniversary in Bray.

Cairdeas Clubhouse is a recovery-oriented, community-based service in Corke Abbey. It is part of EVE, a HSE programme for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Cairdeas encourages its members to become active in the Club and in so doing develop key skills and assist in the recovery process. Cairdeas’ member-led service actively promotes opportunities to build long-term relationships, access employment, education, housing and social activities thus creating a powerful context for recovery.

Minister Harris at Cairdeas Clubhouse Bray

Speaking from the Clubhouse yesterday morning, Minister Harris stated, “I am very impressed by the activities which are carried out by the members here at the Clubhouse as they work towards recovery."

“I was delighted to meet with some of the members during their social outing to Leinster House just before Christmas. I was thrilled to meet some of these members here again this morning and to bid farewell to the Manager of the facility, Linda Redmond, as she begins her retirement. Linda has carried out significant work in setting up the club in Bray and I have no doubt that she will be missed by its members."

“We are very lucky in Wicklow to have such a facility whereby people of varying ages and interests can come together and carry out a range of activities: be it cookery, IT or gardening with the sole purpose of recovery and development. I look forward to seeing the Clubhouse grow from strength to strength during its second year in operation,” concluded Minster Harris.

This is a fantastic endosement for Cairdeas after only one year in operation. To learn more about Cairdeas Clubhouse visit their blog at

Congratulations to all, well deserved!


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