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Alex’s Blog


Hello my name is Alex Olsthoorn I am a LIT student studying Internet Systems Development currently on my work placement as part of my 3rd year of studies. My experience here so far at St. Gabriel’s has been outstanding, the people and the work that is done here is remarkable. My first day here I was shown around the Centre and I was told what some of my day to day tasks would consist of I was very eager to start work.

My induction covered information about the specialist services St. Gabriel’s deliver to children with disabilities and their families, these include the children’s disability network clinical team, orthotics, hydrotherapy and some information on St. Gabriel’s special school which is part of the St. Gabriel’s complex here in Dooradoyle.

I was told about the strict coronavirus guidelines that everyone follows here for example hand sanitizer stations set up in every room, masks to be on at all times and rooms limited to certain number of people.

So much happens here at St. Gabriel’s and I was surprised in to how much work, time and effort must have been put into this charity to have brought it to where it is today. I was delighted to find out that St. Gabriel’s is celebrating 60 years as a charity since it was first founded in 1961 by Arthur Crabtree.

I will do as much as I can to contribute here. As John C. Maxwell said “No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work” and this really and truly highlights what happens here.

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