5k for 50k Fundraising Event

St. Hilda’s Services are delighted to be invited to be part of the Arcadia 5KFOR50K.  This is a series of five 5K family events aiming to raise €50,000 for local charities including St. Hilda’s Services.  The events are virtual so you can run, walk or cycle around your own area, at home, any where in the world.

St. Hilda’s Services is one of the focus charities for Stage 1 of the series on the 17th/18th July and your support is appreciated.

There are no race entry fees.  To support the charities simply donate at gofundme.com/f/arcadia-5kfor50k.  100% of all funds raised will go to charity.  A €10 donation gives €1 to each local charity.  Arcadia, as sponsors, will add €10,000 to the pot once donations reach €50,000.

Follow the Facebook page (facebook.com/arcadiaathlone) for 5KFOR50K event updates where you can upload photos of your 5k.  Sports clubs, running clubs and other organisations can also take part and enter their race times online.  Good Luck to everyone!

St. Hilda's Services

Positive Pegs Fundraising Event

“Positive Pegs started out with one main aim – to make the community smile a little more during the unsettling time we found ourselves in.The little project grew wings.Kindness, creativity, fun & community spirit blossomed. ” Jane Walsh, creator of Positive Pegs.

Over the past months Positive Pegs appeared around Coosan and has brightened up the lives of those in the community.  Positive Pegs creator Jane Walsh (The Button Studio) has kindly organised a fundraising event in aid of St. Hilda’s, “My last wish at the helm of the Positive Peg Train is to try to give back a little to a very special LOCAL cause”.  St. Hilda’s Services are delighted to be a part of the Positive Peg story.

For further information on the Positive Peg project click on the link below:

To donate please click on link below:

Thank you to everyone who has donated to date, and a special thank you to Positive Pegs creator Jane Walsh, your kindness is greatly appreciated


Resources COVID-19

Dr Cathal Morgan, Head of Operations, HSE Disabilities has recorded a video to speak directly people with disabilities and their families at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ptqVFp0Lu8&feature=youtu.be.

A number of key resources have been added to the HSE Partner Resources specifically relevant to disabilities and includes areas below: 

  • COVID 19 FAQs for people with disabilities and families
  • Staff Guide on Easy Communication with people with intellectual disability and with autism
  • Staff Guide on Easy Communication with people with intellectual disability and with autism (short version)
  • Guide on communication apps for people with disabilities – Easy Read version
  • Staff Guide on communicating with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • Staff Guide for working with an ISL-English interpreter
  • Poster explaining COVID-19 test Process for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • Updated List of Guidance


Detailed guidance on the testing process taking place across disability services is included in this site. Easy Read version:



The HSE and Department of Health have produced an Easy Read version of the Public Information Guide on Covid 19 (Coronavirus).

The Easy Read version will help those who sometimes find content hard to read, understand or act on. Staff working with vulnerable groups such as some, people with an intellectual disability, members of the Travelling community, homeless people or asylum seekers can order copies and share them with your service users by whatever possible means.

You can download or order copies here: Click on “Order Publications” and if you log in as a health professional you can order multiple copies. If you need any assistance with your order contact norma.deasy@hse.ie

The Easy Read is also available to download here along with the original information guide which has been translated into many languages and is available as an audio guide.


St. Hilda’s Services are advised by the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Control. Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the HSE.

St. Hilda’s Services :

  • are communicating with our staff regularly
  • have Easy to Read Guidelines for our service users in each service location
  • have issued information on Coronavirus / COVID-19
  • have issued information on best practice on Infection Prevention and Control
  • have Hand Washing Signage over every sink in each service location
  • staff have completed HSELand Hand Washing Guidelines
  • have some protective clothing and are working with suppliers
  • have all staff watch a video recording on HPSC website on Personal Protective Equipment on how to put on and remove PPE without contamination of the staff or the area.
  • Staff are working in unison to promote best practice in Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Infection Control Team meet on a daily basis to review and monitor practice.

Anne Harney

Nurse for the Services