During May 2016, Spinal Injuries Ireland, supported by Coloplast and Nissan Ireland, visited 10 towns and cities across Ireland to engage with people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and their families and friends. A huge thank you to both Coloplast and Nissan, without whom our 10 events, entitled “This Is My Life”, would not have been possible.
The aim of our events was to build a community to influence change and improve supports and services for people living with the impact of this life changing injury. As well as people with a spinal cord injury, their families and carers, local representatives, healthcare and service providers, and the media all attended.
Our events proved that the support of Spinal Injuries Ireland is very valued and is essential to many families learning to cope with a changed future. It was re-assuring to confirm that the services we provide as part of the current strategy are badly needed and that we are investing our resources in the right area. The bigger problem is that we have identified a greater need for our services which we cannot address until our funding is addressed. This was reflected by the fact we received 10 new referrals from regional hospitals or by people attending meetings because they heard the radio interviews.
Some of the stories we heard were heartbreaking and I personally am embarrassed to be part of a society that does not look after our most vulnerable and so we must lobby for change. You will be pleased to hear that we will be holding a parliamentary briefing in Leinster House on Wednesday 22 June and yet again we will be planning on targeting the national media.
Some of the great stats from the roadshow are as follows:
Media: 44 (interviews, radio print & TV)
Facebook Engagement: 4,179 (Reach: 23,791)
Twitter Impressions: 34,291
Healthcare Professionals: 18
I look forward to keeping you abreast of developments and hope that you will stand with Spinal Injuries Ireland as we work towards positive change for people living with spinal cord injury in Ireland.