Training & Employment

By: Sunbeam House Services  05/12/2011

Arklap, a sheltered work unit, located in Crogan industrial estate in Arklow County Wicklow provides a day service for thirteen people. Arklap has been in existence for approx. twenty-one years. The ¬rst ten of which the unit was located on the North quay in Arklow. Clients may attend Arklap either on work placement or as a result of 'Personal Outcomes' requests. Over the past number of years Arklap manufactured garden fencing and related products supplying large organisations such as Topline Hardware. Today, production continues at a lower level. There is now a strong emphasis on personal interest activities and projects. While physical activities have always been promoted on the unit, we have undertaken a more formal approach in this area. Some physical activities are now tied into FETAC certi¬cation which not only provides structure but also gives a sense of achievement.Clients are continually encouraged and facilitated to participate in activities outside of the organisation, both at local level and in their home environment.

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