First Impressions

For our first blog post we asked some of our newest additions to our Team to write about their thoughts and experiences in their first weeks with us:

From Kevin:
Having recently joined the Galtee Clinic as an Activity Therapist, I thought I would give you my first impressions of this beautiful rural setting at the bottom of the Galtee Mountains. One of the main attractions for me was the farming lifestyle mixed with the community approach. Not one day is the same as the other. A small example for me would be, one day grooming the horses to the next day, getting a head collar on an alpaca. The kids really feel a sense of achievement when working with and handling these animals. The farm acts as a nice tool for the community in aiding these kids to become more confident, courageous and content. The community and family aspect of the Galtee Clinic works for these kids and helps them feel like part of a “normal” family. Having only recently joined the team, not once have I felt like I was coming to work. Helping and supporting these kids in a setting that aids this process is a fun and exciting venture. Social Pedagogy is a relatively new approach in Ireland and from what I can see, it works! The kids all sit down for dinner as a family and this is quite nice to be part of. I’m privileged to be a part of something that puts a smile on these kids faces.

From Julett (Activity Therapist):
Having recently begun working in the Galtee Clinic, I thought it would be nice to share my experience here to date. It is simply like nothing I have ever experienced before. I have worked in a number of different areas in social care and before starting here I wasn’t sure what to expect as the concept of “Social Pedagogy” was unfamiliar to me. In my time here, I have realised that the lifestyle here is very much family / community based. It’s almost as if the team and the kids are a family unit, which is something I have never experienced anywhere else. Also, what I really love about the clinic is that it is situated in a rural and peaceful area. Getting the opportunity to work on the farm, with the animals, alongside the kids, makes this place even more special. I feel it benefits the kids (and team) greatly. Although I have only worked in the Galtee Clinic a short time, its emphasis on therapeutic work and togetherness, I feel, makes it a great place to be, and I look forward to working here into the future.