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


Ireland remains in an containment phase of the COVID-19 Coronavirus which means that actions are being taken to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19.
The approach which has been taken to date in Ireland is in line with guidance from the WHO and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Control).

For the latest information about COVID-19 please see links:







“Our Space” Art Exibition

St. Hilda`s Service Users are set to host a one day only exhibition on Thursday 5th of December at 6pm in Abbey Road Studios. All are welcome to attend.

At the end of this exhibition, the work will be brought to Luan Gallery to be exhibited in the boardwalk gallery space from Saturday 7th of December until Sunday 29th of December.

Happy Steps 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk

Friends Of St. Hilda’s annual “Happy Steps” 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk takes place on Sunday 29th September 2019 at 1 pm from St. Hilda’s Services, Grace Park Road, Athlone. This year we have introduced a 10k route for those who want to get a longer run / walk.

Registration from 12 noon at St. Hilda’s Services, Grace Park Road or call in and preregister. All welcome to attend.

St. Hilda's Services