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Colin Maher

Colin Maher

Community Facilitator

Cumas New Ross

County Wexford, Ireland, ie

Experienced Trainer/Facilitator in the Disability Sector, with a solid understanding of IT that I try to use as much as possible. Recently graduated from UL with First Class Honours BA in Management Practice, that I also try use as much as possible. Always looking to learn, improve and be open to interesting ideas!

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Cumas New Ross

Community Facilitator

Starting a new role in 2013 which provided more opportunities to be involved in projects working as part of a three person team. The new role focused on accessing more community integration and allowed me to work in a different way with more people, supporting the relationship between the facilitator and the individual they supported.

My role now also allowed me to be more involved in the change project in the organisation and attend six weekly project review meetings, while also organising events to maximise relations with people in the community, like the Open Day held in June 2014 as part of the promotion of the organisation's new name, Cumas New Ross.

In house, Cumas started holding Individuals Days, used to communicate information and also gather crucial feedback to direct the future activities required. I contributed greatly to preparing for and presenting at these events and collected and analysed any feedback gathered. We also held family evenings, inviting families in for a review of the current organisational progress, which I prepared for and presented at too.

As Community Facilitator, I support the relationship between the Individual and their Facilitator and ensure that the Person Centered Plan (PCP) remains crucial to the direction the Individual wants to take their life. This is done through monthly PCP reviews with over 30 people, monitoring the progress being made while offering support to the employee in their approach to their facilitation.

In 2016, through my interest in fostering Employee Engagement, I organised and promoted the HSE Staff Survey within the organisation. I also became a member of the Health & Safety Committee as Safety Representative, making representations on behalf of the committee to management on safety matters and led the creation of an action plan to promote the image of the organisation which will take place in 2017, through social media and face-to-face communications with the community.

Cumas New Ross

IT Administrator

Currently responsible for IT Administration within my role as Community Facilitator at Cumas New Ross.

In 2008, I took on more responsibility within the IT function in the organisation, which included maintenance, sourcing and purchasing of products, overall responsibility for the repair and troubleshooting of IT issues across all premises, correcting accounts and payroll issues resulting from IT sources, social media, company email and website creation.

In 2013, as part of a relocation of the main premises, through temporary and permanent new premises, I was responsible for planning and coordinating the new network and telephone infrastructure in the organisation, including installation of hardware and liaising with contractors on site.

In 2014, I supervised two WIT students designing a framework for our new website, meeting with them daily and assigning them duties. The website was then populated by a team I led internally, with a variety of members, being involved in the completion of the website, which was launched on 4th April 2016.

In July 2015, I was responsible for planning and coordinating the installation of a new server in the Butlersland premises and working with the contractor to complete the migration.