An update on our peer camp
March 22nd, 2023
We have long held our Peer Summer Camp in high regard. Each year we strive for a shared experience, fostering independence, social skills, confidence, and fun for everyone who attends.
As a charity, the standards for services are provided to our sector from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). In recent times HIQA have sought to raise the criteria for care across all landscapes to ensure improvement of services provided by organisations such as MDI.
MDI’s model for Peer Summer Camp has long been a valued and important service, but 2022 was an extremely difficult year for us due to the labour shortages countrywide across the specialised roles, such as nursing support, that are critically important. The importance of meeting the guidelines under the provisions of the Health Information and Quality Authority has never been more prevalent but also increasingly challenging.
We would like to apologise that we are not yet in a position to confirm plans for 2023. I hope you understand the management and board are fully supportive of camps but the safety and the welfare of all our members and staff are paramount.
To support the future of our camps, as mentioned in December newsletter, MDI has commissioned Clara Learning Limited to conduct a review of our 2022 Peer Summer Camp. Having many years of experience working with the HSE and many of our peer organisations, Clara Learning Limited are a welcome support and we are looking forward to their recommendation post this review. Clara Learning have advised MDI that the results of the review will be available in early May 2023, after which we can begin to put new plans in place.
The MDI Team