Supporting inclusion in society
We support the right of every individual to be included in the society in which they live. To enable the residents of our homes to achieve this, we focus on training for our local partners as well as providing day services and social activities.
Since 2007, volunteer teachers and students from Donahies Comunity School in Dublin have travelled to Giurgiu to host a much-anticipated Tabara Summer Camp for the residents of Comber's homes.
Our professional volunteers also provide social activities, such as art, drama and sport for the residents during the summer months.
Training & Education
We support the training and education of our partners in Romania, with the aim of developing a high standard of services for clients. With our partner Motivation Romania, Comber provided training programmes for all the staff who worked in the group homes when they inititally opened. Throughout 2007 Comber worked directly with the County Council in Giurgiu to train staff and support the development of the county’s Strategy for the Development of Services for People with Disabilities.
In 2009, a partnership was developed with Dr Barry Coughlan, a psychologist from the University of Limerick to deliver training to staff in Romania over a two-year period, funded by Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Our professional volunteer programme each summer also supports the staff in the Comber homes to develop their skills and confidence.
Comber is a partner in 2010-2013 in Centres for Social Inclusion Project (funded under European Structural Funding) with Estuar NGO and Motivation Romania, which has provided funds for a new day services centre in Giurgiu city. Residents from the Comber homes are now attending the centre, as well as people from the local community.