Enable Ireland’s charity shop on Market Square in Castlebar re-opened this week following its closure in March due to Covid-19.
The closing of the charity shops resulted in a significant loss of income to the national charity which provides therapy and support services to 8,500 children and adults with disabilities.
“We rely on income from our charity shops to help fund the cost of our disability services for children and adults. Due to Covid-19, we are facing a potential loss of €1.5million income from our fundraising and charity shops in 2020. This income is vital to help us continue to provide therapy and support services to children and adults,” said Oonagh O’Connor, Enable Ireland’s Head of Commercial Division.
“Now more than ever, we are asking the public to support us by donating your quality items to us and shopping in your local Enable Ireland charity shop.”
In Mayo, Enable Ireland has provided community-based services to children and adults with physical disabilities and their families since 1992. Their children’s centre in Castlebar is known as ‘The Safari Club’, and offers therapy and support services to children under six years within a partnership model.
For children over six, they provide services from entre based, community settings and in the schools. They also provide social work, family support and assistive technology services to children living in Co. Mayo. Adults with disabilities avail of community supports and assistive technology through Enable Ireland Mayo.