AOTI Enabling Environments Advisory Group (formerly known as Housing Advisory Group) Study Morning

The Impact of Accessible Environment to Enable Participation in Meaningful Occupation

Non-Member Price 50.00
Event Date 25 May 2021
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Times: 9.30-1.30pm

It is free of charge for AOTI members and for non-members a fee of €50 will apply. Please log into Zoom on the day using the name you registered with. Non registered names will not be admitted into the Zoom room. For any questions, please email


Linda Horgan. Trained as an occupational therapist and with over 32 years of working with people with differing needs her work has crossed both the private and public health sectors, business, legal and educational settings, both at home and abroad.For the last ten years Linda has concentrated her clinical work in the area of Medical Fitness to Drive and Accessible Design & independent Living for people with disabilities. She has been lucky enough to be able to integrate this clinical knowledge in the educational field by being a founding member of the undergraduate program for occupational therapy in University College Cork. She teaches on this programme and also leads workshops with the Cork Centre for Architectural Education for undergraduate architectural students. Linda’s presentation will be based on the development of “The Calm Zone” in University College Cork. This zone is to be a place of respite and calm for students, in particular those students on the autism spectrum.

Anna BrownQualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2006 from Sheffield Hallam University.  Initially working in the UK in an acute children's hospital in the areas of Burns, Neurology, Oncology and CAMHs. She came to work in LauraLynn Children's Hospice in 2012 working with children with palliative and life limiting conditions and their families.   Anna has a special interest in the use of family based sensory play interventions that promote opportunity for memory making and 'continuing bonds'. Up until 2019 Anna was an active member of the palliative care and oncology advisory group promoting the sharing of skills and information across OT's working in this field. Anna Brown will share with us her experiences of the 3 sensory spaces within Laura Lynnn and discuss with us their valuable iboth the hospice and community setting.

Niamh Kent. Joins us from her private Occupational Therapy Business. It is a dynamic innovated service with passion for positive mental health, well-being, and nature-based therapy. Niamh works with individuals, families and groups in the natural environment. Niamh will present why and how she uses the great outdoors in her service and present work that she did with families living in direct provision

Siobhain Grant and Elaine Byrne. Both Siobhan and Elaine work in Saint Joseph’s Shankill, a Residential Setting dedicated to Dementia Care.  As the senior management, they work with the team to strive and make sure that ‘every moment matters’ for each resident, ensuring that they know are still loved, needed and that they still matter.  They have worked through a huge cultural change to achieve this and are looked on as an exemplar service within the sector, and are currently developing their vision for further innovation in dementia care, education and research for 2022 – 2026. 

Siobhan Grant;  Fundraising Manager with 25 years’ experience in a variety of sectors, including marketing and communications; community engagement projects; fundraising; major events, project and volunteer management and organisational strategy, with some film and television experience added into what initially began as a career within the medical health care field.  

Elaine Byrne; Services Manager with a background originally in hotel / financial management, Elaine joined the finance team in Saint Joseph’s in 2004.  Over the course of 17 years she has seen many changes and can give first person anecdotal evidence of real life change management processes. The title of the presentation they will share with us it “Be the change you want to see”

 Rosyln Molloy and Sarah Kennedy. Presenting on the Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’ and the development of

Catriona Shaffrey. An architect that is currently working on the project “Healthy Ireland Design Innovation”.






Niamh Kent


Siobhan Grant and Elaine Bryne


BREAK (15mins)


Anna Brown


Linda Horgan


Break (15mins)


Rosalyn Molloy and Sarah Kennedy


Caitriona Shaffery


Closing remarks from EEAG

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