SHINE - Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Ireland • Nurturing • Empowerment

Every year we run SHINE, a residential summer independence training project which caters for teenagers and young adults from across Ireland who live with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. 

SHINE takes place over five separate weeks in different venues and each week is tailored to meet the needs of specific age groups. In the region of 100 participants attend SHINE every year, along with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.

The primary aim of SHINE is to encourage participants to develop their independence and social skills in a fun and safe environment. SHINE also offers valuable respite for the participants, their parents/and or carers.

Sports Adventure Away Week

We run an outdoor sports adventure week annually for adults who have reached a high level of independence, who are outdoor sports enthusiasts, and/or have a real interest in trying out some challenging sports. 

We use adventure centres adapted for people with disabilities. For the past number of years, we have been attending the Calvert Trust in the heart of the Lake District, Keswick, England. 

The multi-activity course includes: sailing, canoeing, horse riding, trap driving, orienteering, abseiling, archery, climbing, and swimming. 

All specialised/adapted equipment for activities is provided.


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