Mainstream Residential Care Services
Daffodil Care has developed an extensive nationwide network of mainstream residential services. Our centres are strategically clustered to facilitate teams being supported by on-call service, on site senior management, constant support and shared training and career development opportunities.
All mainstream services are located in semi-rural settings, promoting a quiet and therapeutic environment across all locations. Our centres can accommodate up to 4 young people, of mixed gender between the ages of 13-17 years.
Each centre is immersed in our STEM model of care. STEM engagement is supported and guided by each centre’s management team and regional STEM leaders. This model of care has helped our centres develop and build long lasting relationships and lends itself to our continuum of care.
As part of our continuum of care, all our young people can and do avail of our extensive service offerings in the Greater Dublin Area of both semi-independent residential care and our residential aftercare services.
The Pines is well established within the local community, ensuring ease of access to services and a positive placement experience. The centre provides a wide range of on-site activities as well as being situated in close proximity to the wonderful attractions and amenities of “The Sunny South East”.
All residents are encouraged to develop at their own pace and will be supported in doing so by a dedicated and well trained staff team that places their needs at the centre of all practice. Fernhaven focuses on preparing for leaving care, and by doing so, equips young people with the essential skills for moving on in their developmental path.
The staff team support young people to utilise their personal strengths and abilities to achieve their full potential in a safe and homely environment. Residents are encouraged to make connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to better understand what they are learning and experiencing.
“Hollybrook” was first granted registration in May 2012. Located in Artane, Dublin 5, the centre is a large, detached, two-storey house close to a wide variety of services and amenities. Semi-independent living is supported through four completely self-contained apartments and communal areas. Catering for 16 to18 year olds, Hollybrook provides a unique approach in supporting young people in preparing for leaving care.
The house has been upgraded and adapted to the highest design standards to create unique, semi-independent living accommodation contained within the supported therapeutic environment of a children’s residential centre. Facilities include spacious communal living rooms, games room and kitchen along with a private garden and BBQ area.
Hollybrook provides an individually tailored approach to young people offering a wide range of programmes focused on preparing them for leaving care. Hollybrook has a highly skilled and experienced team who build upon residents’ interests and capabilities to foster confidence, self-esteem and maturation.
Curragh Lodge was established in 2013. Situated two kilometres outside Naul village, Co. Dublin and five kilometres from Balbriggan, Curragh Lodge is central to other main towns including Swords, Malahide and Drogheda. Dublin city centre is 25 minutes away and is easily accessible from Balbriggan town by bus and rail.
The length of placement in Curragh Lodge can vary between short and medium term. We have numerous programmes in place within the centre to help the young people address the major concerns in their lives and help prepare them for independent living.
The staff team at Curragh Lodge are highly qualified and experienced professional Social Care Workers and Social Care Leaders, providing high quality individualised care to young people to encourage growth through learning and positive life experiences. We focus on the importance of building relationships from which positive outcomes can occur in conjunction with relevant programmes in the centre.
Balbriggan and Swords have a vast array of facilities and amenities which can be used regularly by young people at Curragh Lodge. These include: fishing, kayaking, swimming and other water sports, gyms and horse-riding. Local allotments are situated adjacent to Curragh Lodge where residents can learn the skills required to sow and reap fruit and vegetables in our own plot within the allotment.
Bellevue opened in March 2015, located on the outskirts of Mallow, just a five minute drive to Cork City. Bellevue is a beautiful spacious two storey house, nestled in the South Cork countryside., with enviable local resources such as Doneraille Court. Bellevue offers excellent facilities including ensuite bathrooms, Games room, outdoor play area, BBQ area, and spacious communal areas. Catering for up to four young people (13 to 17 years) of mixed gender, the Bellevue team are highly skilled in working with vulnerable young people. The Staff team are closely aligned with our resiliency focussed STEM model of care.
The Bellevue team believe that the young person should be able to experience themselves as competent and successful. It is through this process that they develop a new view of self, which will allow for the ongoing discovery of more helpful, acceptable, and successful behaviour.
Willowbrook first opened its doors in March 2015. It is located in Swords, Co. Dublin. The centre is a large, detached two storey bungalow, situated on a one and a half acre site, which is fully landscaped, and is close to a wide variety of services and amenities. Willowbrook is a semi-independent residential centre which contains six apartments for young people, communal areas and staff quarters. Willowbrook caters for 16 to 19 year olds and referrals are taken from around the country. The purpose of Willowbrook is to prepare young people for independent living, leaving care and adulthood. The design of the centre reflects its unique purpose and function, with all apartments fully self-contained to include a double bedroom, kitchen and dining area, bathroom with shower and hallways, other facilities include two communal living rooms, a large communal kitchen and extensive gardens with picnic and BBQ area.
Willowbrook provides an individually tailored approach to young people based on a needs assessment. The programme on offer broadly focuses on areas such as; family identity and social relationships, education and training, practical independent living skills, health and keeping healthy and emotional wellbeing and behaviour. Willowbrook is staffed by a highly skilled and experienced team who build upon residents’ strengths and goals for growth in order to foster resiliency.
Elm Green was established in 2015. Located in South Tipperary, 40 minutes from both Limerick City and Mitchelstown, and just 10 minutes from Tipperary Town, Elm Green is situated outside a rural village with historical castles and places of interest nearby. Elm Green is a spacious dormer bungalow with large, open living areas and bedrooms with adjoining ensuite bathrooms. Young people can avail of activities within Elm Green and also use the services and resources available in the locality such as gym use, swimming, youth resource services, internet cafés and libraries.
The staff team in Elm Green strive to provide a caring, therapeutic environment in a safe, comfortable and homely setting. Young people are encouraged to explore their feelings and behaviours while at the same time focusing on their positive strengths and attributes in order to achieve their full potential. Young people are supported by the staff team in developing at their own pace through individualised care plans designed to specifically cater to a young person’s needs, wants and aspirations.
Stonehaven, our most recent centre, opened in June 2016. The centre is situated in the countryside of the historical town of Kells, Co. Meath. The local area boasts many amenities for young people to get involved in including: football and hurling clubs, a youth club, library, swimming pool and equestrian centre to name a few. Stonehaven is a short to medium term residential centre for young people of mixed gender, aged 13 to 17 years on admission.
Utilising the STEM model of care, the staff team aim to create a safe environment while identifying each young person’s strengths in order to support them in reaching their full potential. Stonehaven creates a homely living environment which provides its young people with a solid base upon which to focus on their individual needs, allowing them to learn valuable new skills for moving forward.
In response to an identified need for Aftercare, Daffodil Care Services developed a unique Aftercare Service tailored to the individual needs of each young adult. Ashgrove works with young people from the age of seventeen in conjunction with the care staff of Daffodil Residential Care Services and other care organisations.
We provide care and support for young adults aged eighteen years who have left residential care and/or foster care. These service offerings include full residential, supported lodgings and community outreach.
All Aftercare services are supported through a 24 hour / 7 day a week on-call service. This provides a critically important dynamic response to the emerging needs of young adults.
ISO (International Standards Organisation) is an independent, non-governmental international body which creates and measures standards across several business sectors. They give world-class specifications for services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency.
Daffodil Care was awarded ISO 9001:2015, in 2018, after being successfully accredited to its predecessor 9001:2008 since 2013.
The quality management system adopted, and externally and independently awarded certification confirms Daffodil Care’s ability to demonstrate an ability to consistently provide services that meet statutory and regulatory requirements. This certification also enhances customer satisfaction through the effective application of the quality management system, including processes for continued improvement and the assurance of conformity to all requirements.
“A strong commitment to quality of service delivery to vulnerable young people and their families throughout the organisation as evidenced in the excellent facilities, system processes, committed workforce and teamwork, which is supported by the organisation’s commendable degree of professionalism and genuine enthusiasm for staff development and wellbeing”, David Daly, Chief Executive, EQA (Ireland) Ltd
STEM Model of Care
Systemic Therapeutic Engagement Model (STEM) was developed organically by Daffodil Care. It followed a significant period of research into the approaches that worked best with young people and their families. STEM provides a framework for positive interventions with young people to develop relationships focused on achieving strengths-based outcomes through daily life interactions. STEM incorporates 13 components, these include; TCI, Circle of Courage, Response Ability Pathways (RAP), Daily Life Events (DLE), Attachment Theory, Self-Awareness with a focus on Active Listening and the Child and Youth Care (CYC) Practitioner Approaches and the Developmental Audit (DA).