Ireland

Cecelia Ahern Launches St Michael’s House Multi-Sensory Stories 

St Michael’s House has teamed up with its long-term corporate partner, KPMG, to develop a Multi-Sensory Stories pack for children with intellectual disabilities. The Multi-Sensory Stories pack was officially launched by international best selling author Cecilia Ahern at the organisation’s Head Office in Ballymun, Dublin. Cecilia also contributed by writing one of the stories.

 

The Multi-Sensory Stories pack is an imaginative sensory developmental aid for young children with intellectual disabilities and their families. The aim of the pack is to improve children’s sensory development and awareness. Each pack contains specially written stories and a range of props that bring the story to life by touch, smell, sight and sound.

 

In September 2011 KPMG formally announced its sponsorship of St. Michael’s House Corporate Volunteer programme. The aim of the programme is to encourage other corporate organisations to become aware of, and involved with, intellectual disability services in their local communities. The programme encourages companies to release their staff from normal duties to spend a day volunteering with the charity. Tasks vary from providing IT and accounting advice to carrying out light maintenance and gardening.

 

Our KPMG employees volunteered in various projects over the past couple of years with St. Michael’s House, and the response is always positive. KPMG is delighted to support the Volunteer Programme as the firm sees how much its staff enjoyed the opportunity to have some hands-on involvement and make a small difference to a very worthwhile cause. Donating money is one thing, but giving time and getting to know an organisation like St. Michael’s House really allows volunteers to get to the heart of community work.

 

About St Michael's House

St Michael's House is a community-based voluntary organisation. Founded by parents in 1955, the organisation has grown to become one of the largest providers of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. Today St Michael’s House provides a range of specialised services to over 1,663 children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families through 170 community based centres in the greater Dublin area.