About Us

Blossom Ireland’s vision is to create an inclusive society for young people with intellectual disabilities. We believe young people with intellectual disabilities should have the same opportunities as all other young people.

Our over-arching mission is to create an inclusive society for young people with intellectual disabilities.

Our Values

Pioneering

We continuously test and evaluate our work to ensure that we always meet the needs of young people who we work with and that we do this in the most innovative and meaningful way possible.

Person-Centered

Young people with intellectual disabilities and their families are at the centre of everything we do.

Impactful

We strive always to make a measurable difference in the quality of life of young people with intellectual disabilities.

We have identified the following four
key aims for our work between now and 2021:

To foster ambition in
young people and
their families

We will review, develop and deliver our services in partnership with young people and their families. This will ensure our services are always as relevant as possible for the people with whom we work.

We will create the ambition – within families and in wider society – for young people with intellectual disabilities to succeed, and to enjoy the same opportunities as all others.

To extend the
reach of our
quality services

We will secure formal accreditation for our Teen Development Programme.

We will develop an operations manual to allow other organisations to replicate our unique, family-centric services.

We will carefully vet organisations seeking to deliver our services to ensure high-quality standards are maintained.

To engage in
strategic
partnerships

We will review, develop and deliver our services in partnership with young people and their families. This will ensure our services are always as relevant as possible for the people with whom we work.

We will create the ambition – within families and in wider society – for young people with intellectual disabilities to succeed, and to enjoy the same opportunities as all others.

To grow our
service
sustainably

We will develop a multi-annual fundraising plan, to include targets for new revenue streams.

We will retain the ‘Triple Lock’ governance standard.

We will ensure our staff have the up-to-date skills and knowledge they need to achieve our strategic aims.

To read our full strategic plan 2019-2021 click here

2010

2010

Founded by two mothers passionate in the belief that their sons with special needs deserved the same opportunities as every child.

2011

2011

 

22 children aged 8 to 12 years attended our first occupational therapy led summer camps.

2015

2015


Blossom Buddies launched for young people aged 16 to 18 years to focus on community life skills. Auveen Bell, our CEO, awarded the Elevator Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2015

2016

2016


Work independently validated by Trinity College Dublin: Comiskey, C.M., O’Sullivan, K. and Quirke, M.B. (2016). Blossom Ireland: An Evaluation of current programme quality and readiness for service upscaling. Dublin, Ireland.

2017

2017


Blossom Gateway launched for young people aged 16 to 18 years to focus on life after school. Awarded the Ireland Funds Flagship award and Social Innovation Engage and Educate Award.

2018

2018


Completed strategic plan for 2019 – 2021: focus all of our resources and expertise on our weekly Blossom teen programme.

Conor, one of our Blossom graduates joins the staff team as Peer Mentor.

Our Blossom teenagers volunteer at Bloom in the Park.

Received funding under the Ability Programme for 3 year period. Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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