BEAM Services based in Bagenalstown has been providing training to adults with special needs since 2,000. BEAM stands for ‘Barrow Valley Enterprises for Adult Members with Special Needs’ and is an integral part of the Bagenalstown and South Carlow area. They are generously fostered and supported by the community in which they operate, and in return, they make a significant contribution in a whole host of practical and participative ways.
One of the key tenets of their approach to their service is that they strive to give their members the chance to live a full and integrated life within their local towns and villages. And while they may be challenged intellectually, they have a huge amount to give back and are valued members of their communities.
Beam also believe that their services need to react to the needs of service users – and not the other way around. They are fully focused on providing a service that constantly adapts to the new or emerging circumstances of the people they serve, putting them right at the heart of everything they do.
They are not remotely interested in what people can’t do, but look instead to promote the empowerment of the person with an intellectual disability, providing greater opportunities for advancement not just in their education, but in their development as happy, well-adjusted individuals who contribute to their community like anybody else.
Each of the members has a completely distinct set of support needs, and they never look to impose a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Instead, they provide a deeply personalised experience of care, designed around the individual’s unique requirements.
Sharing and caring as part of the community
The mission from Day 1 has been to encourage and assist adults with special needs to achieve social and personal fulfilment through involvement in a holistic programme.
BEAM started with just three adults with special needs, but now provide a year long day service to over forty, drawn from Bagenalstown, South Carlow and the border hinterland.
They have a strong belief that everyone’s needs are totally unique, so the task of providing educational support is highly staff intensive.
A total of thirteen very committed staff help us to deliver our services, while we are also privileged to enjoy the support of a host of equally committed volunteers, who help in countless, practical ways.
A Board of Directors provides overall governance, while we also have several other committees who help with the development of aspects of the service such as a Fundraising Committee, an Executive Committee, an Admissions Committee and a Health and Safety Committee.
The service is governed by a Voluntary Board of Directors who work to develop and implement the service in line with the needs of the members. Services are provided with the financial support of the HSE, the BEAM Fundraising Committee and other Funding Providers.