About CIDP

Catholic Institute for the Deaf (CID) as it was originally known was established in 1845 under the auspices of the Dublin Archdiocese to cater for the educational needs of Irish Deaf Children. It was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 1993 to continue its work as a charitable and non-profit making body. CID changed its name in 2007 to the Catholic Institute for Deaf people (CIDP).The objectives of CIDP are to provide enabling services to Deaf people, including education, pastoral and religious care.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is the President of the company and appoints the Board members.

The following are the main operations now under the umbrella of CIDP The Institute is in receipt of funding from the Health Service Executive for the two residences accommodating children and for St. Joseph's House in Brewery Road which accommodates vulnerable adults. The school programmes are funded by the Department of Education and Science and the Deaf Education Centre is co-funded by the Vincentian Order and CIDP.

Schools for Deaf Children

St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys and St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls are both under the trusteeship of CIDP. Up until 1977, the Christian Brothers acted as managers and trustees of St. Joseph's on behalf of CIDP. The Christian Brothers relinquished all responsibility for management of the School with effect from 1 January 1997 and the trusteeship of St. Joseph's was transferred to CIDP as and from that date. The Dominican Sisters had charge of St. Mary's prior to 1977. They also transferred the trusteeship of the school to CIDP as and from 1 January 1997.

Each school has its own Principal and is managed by a separate Board of Management. The Schools receive capitation and other grants from the Department and also receive some additional funding from CIDP. One of the School Principals is on the Board of CIDP.

Each school has its own Principal and is managed by a separate Board of Management. The Schools receive capitation and other grants from the Department and also receive some additional funding from CIDP. One of the School Principals is on the Board of CIDP.

The schools have both day and residential pupils. The residences are operated and managed separately from the Schools and are funded by the HSE. The residences in each school are under the management of a Director of Care, who is accountable to the Chief Executive of CIDP.

While the schools operate independently of each other, there is formal and informal co-operation and communication with the three Directors of Care and both School Principals and are currently involved in an amalgamation process. Together with the CEO of CIDP and the Head of Finance they form the CIDP Management Team.

St. Joseph's House, Stillorgan

St. Joseph's House is a residential home for Adult Deaf and Deaf Blind. It was established as a residential home by CIDP in 1964. It provides supported accommodation care and advice to residents, including temporary respite. Residents vary in terms of their level of dependency and they range in age from 29 to 94. While some live independently in the manner of supported accommodation, the recent trend has been towards residents with a higher level of dependency.

St. Joseph's House is under the direct management of CIDP, is managed by the Director of Care and is funded by the HSE. It is providing an essential and unique service to a diverse group of residents. The House has accommodation for 36 residents, those interested in viewing the accommodation should contact Geraldine Gallagher by emailing her at GeraldineGallagher@cidp.ie or by phoning her on 01-2893160.





St. Joseph's House is under the direct management of CIDP, is managed by the Director of Care and is funded by the HSE. It is providing an essential and unique service to a diverse group of residents. The House has accommodation for 36 residents, those interested in viewing the accommodation should contact Geraldine Gallagher by emailing her at GeraldineGallagher@cidp.ie or by phoning her on 01-2893160.

The National Chaplaincy

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People has been providing pastoral care for Deaf people for over 150 years. The Vincentians have been associated with the chaplaincy throughout all of that period up until 2005 when the last Vincentian chaplain retired. The Chaplaincy was originally concentrated on the Archdiocese of Dublin but became established as a National Chaplaincy in 1977.

The Chaplaincy now comprises a priest of the Dublin Diocese, who manages the service, three lay chaplains and an administrative support worker. With these very limited resources the chaplaincy is trying to coordinate a pastoral programme throughout Ireland with one chaplain based in Northern Ireland and one chaplain in the Southern region. There is a strong focus on the work with the Deaf community in Dublin especially the schools, residences and centre for Deaf people. The offices of the National Chaplaincy are located in Deaf Village Ireland and the two Chaplains based there cater for the Dublin Deaf Community and the Deaf community in the West of Ireland and the midlands.

The Chaplaincy is funded by CIDP, the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Episcopal Conference of Bishops with each Diocese makes a contribution to the work of the Chaplaincy.

CIDP Core Values

Core values imbue the culture and ethos of an organisation and influence how it pursues its mission and how it determines its strategic priorities. Core values also provide guidance for management and staff in discharging their responsibilities and conducting their day-to-day operations. The following are the core values of CIDP:
Core values imbue the culture and ethos of an organisation and influence how it pursues its mission and how it determines its strategic priorities. Core values also provide guidance for management and staff in discharging their responsibilities and conducting their day-to-day operations. The following are the core values of CIDP:

Vision

The CIDP Strategic plan is guided by a vision of the future, as to where CIDP will be and what it will have achieved by the year 2020.
The following are suggested as the core elements of that vision:
There will be a high level of public awareness of deafness and Deaf issues, and public policies will reflect that awareness by giving the necessary priority and funding to support the rights and needs of Deaf people.

There will be an early detection and intervention system which will ensure that, from the earliest age, parents of Deaf infants are provided with comprehensive information, expert advice and support in relation to the decision options open to them and in relation to the development of their child's language acquisition, communication and socialising skills.
Education of Deaf children will be recognised as specialised and unique. All Deaf children, whether in a mainstream school or in a School for the Deaf, will have access to the best available expertise in Deaf education and will be able to aspire to achieving their full potential as fully integrated members of society.
Deaf people, of all ages, whether they live in Dublin or around the country, will be able to feel part of and to interact fully with the Deaf community, and with the wider society.
Dependent Deaf people of all ages will have access to community, support and professional services in an environment which recognises their distinctive needs and circumstances.
Deaf people will have key roles in all aspects of Deaf education, development and community services.
The National Chaplaincy will be nationwide in scope and will be supported by adequate resources and a network of lay chaplains in offering a comprehensive pastoral care service for Deaf people.
Organisations working on behalf of Deaf people will have a constructive relationship and will be working together in a spirit of partnership.
CIDP will be an open, transparent and caring organisation, working in partnership with Deaf people, with other Deaf organisations and with public sector bodies in representing and serving the interests of Deaf people.

Role of CIDP

CIDP would not be alone in working towards the realisation of many of the elements of the vision outlined above, nor would it realise its vision by working alone.

Public bodies, other organisations working with and on behalf of Deaf people, and many individuals have important roles to play in addressing the key issues outlined in the CIDP strategy. The strategy for CIDP is based on its view of its role and its distinctive contribution, working in partnership with others. The following are the key elements of this distinctive role.

CIDP can play a leading role in building and maintaining a partnership approach between all the organisations working on behalf of Deaf people.

CIDP, by virtue of its position and its links across a broad spectrum of society, can play an enabling role, working with consultation and in partnership with other organisations, in influencing public policy.

CIDP, by virtue of its role viz a viz the Schools for the Deaf, can play a major role in the transformation of education and development for Deaf children and Deaf people.

CIDP, by virtue of its ethos and patronage, can contribute to the development of a fully-functioning and properly resourced nationwide chaplaincy for Deaf people.

CIDP can make a distinctive contribution to the creation of a society that would give expression to the vision outlined above by developing its own organisation as a model for that society.

CIDP Governance Structure

CIDP is a company limited by guarantee. The company is governed by a Board of Directors operating under the Memorandum and Articles of Association (attached). The Board comprises of 11 nominated individuals, each of whom bring specific expertise to the Board table. The Board operates under the Presidency of the Archbishop of Dublin and the Chairmanship of Fr Michael Cullen. Most Board members are nominated by the Archbishop. The Board have appointed a Chief Executive Officer currently Liam O' Dwyer. The Board meets 6 times a year and has one full day strategic planning meeting every second year.

The Board also operates three sub committees who report into the Board itself namely; the Audit committee, the Finance committee and the Residential Review committee. The Board has representatives and staff on the Board of the National Deaf Village Sports and Leisure Company Limited which manages the Inspire Fitness Centre in Deaf Village Ireland. CIDP itself runs a Management team, a child protection team and a marketing committee. The CEO attends and reports in writing to each Board meeting and facilitates the work of the various committees. Both CIDP schools have their own Boards of management under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin and the trusteeship of CIDP Board. All senior staff employed by CIDP report into the CEO and meet as a Management Team every six weeks. While both School Principals and the coordinating Chaplain are part of the Management Team, their direct report is to their School Board of Management and the Archbishop of Dublin respectively.

CIDP produce quarterly management accounts and all operations are audited annually by an external audit firm, the results of which are published. The core staff at the administrative centre of CIDP is small, namely; CEO, Head of Finance, Financial accountant, Personal assistant, and a Facilities manager. CIDP carry all required insurance policies and operate in line with the requirements of the soon to be published Charities legislation.

 

Strategy Day 2010

Key Strategic Priorities from CIDP Board Strategy Day

The CIDP CEO reviewed the agreed strategic priorities from the 2008 Board Strategy day in terms of what had or had not been achieved since then. Outcome from the CIDP Strategy Day 2008