Rehab Group has today (19 April 2016) announced its intention to relocate its head office out of Sandymount in south Dublin. The move is part of a broad programme of change which the charity is implementing and which includes a planned restructuring of its services into a more integrated and sustainable operation.
The charity’s Chief Executive, Mo Flynn, says Rehab is undergoing significant operational change and now requires an organisation that better reflects the Group’s new strategic direction. Rehab is to place its premises at Roslyn Park for sale on the commercial property market immediately but is not expected to move location for some time. The Group is currently examining a number of potential alternative options in the Dublin area.
Today’s developments were first mooted in Rehab’s five year strategic plan published in 2015 which committed to making changes in the organisation’s structures and reforming the charity with the intention of putting people who use its services much closer to the heart of the organisation, while also ensuring the financial sustainability of the Group into the future.
Group CEO Mo Flynn says the decision to sell Roslyn Park is one measure being undertaken by an organisation facing significant change: “Rehab is committed to a more integrated model of services. We are committed to maximising value and efficiency across the Group, including across our property portfolio. We now need an organisation which more appropriately reflects our new strategic approach both in the context of the improved efficiency and leanness of the Group and our firm commitment to put the people who use our services at the heart of our organisation. Roslyn Park is an exceptional site with excellent future potential and we must maximise its value in order to meet both our existing obligations and to better achieve our mission which is to help individuals on their journey to be independent; contributing to and being included in their own communities; empowered and active in the workforce and in charge of their health and wellness.”
Rehab Group has had its head office operations in Sandymount since 1983 and currently employs 160 people in Roslyn Park. Roslyn Park College, the flagship training centre run by the Group’s training division, National Learning Network, also operates on the Sandymount site.
The property coming onto the market comprises 5.15 acres fronting onto Strand Road and is immediately adjacent to Sandymount village, and includes an impressive 190 sq m Gandon-designed period dwelling formerly known as Roslyn Park House.
Notes For Editors Rehab Group: Rehab is a charity that champions the value of diversity and inclusion for people with a disability or disadvantage in their communities. Its mission is to help the people it serves to be more independent and to contribute to and be more included in their communities; empowering them with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce, and supporting them to be in charge of their health and wellness.
Rehab is one of the largest disability organisations in Europe. Over 20,000 people use Rehab’s services - children and adults with disability, people on the autism spectrum, people with mental health difficulties and people who are disadvantaged in some way in the labour market.
More than 3,200 employees deliver Rehab’s services in over 170 locations in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Supports provided include specialist health and social care, training and education. Employment opportunities are also provided to people with disabilities or disadvantage in areas such as recycling, packaging, logistics and retail services.
These services help people to be more independent and to contribute to and be more included in their communities. People are empowered with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce and to be in charge of their health and wellness.
In 2016, Rehab will train and provide support to more than 10,500 people in Ireland. In Ireland, Rehab’s services are provided through RehabCare, the National Learning Network and Rehab Enterprises.
History of Roslyn Park
The Gandon Villa at Roslyn Park was designed around 1790 by famous Dublin architect, James Gandon, for his friend, the landscape painter William Ashford. Both houses on the site were separately occupied by a number of owners in the intervening 120 years.
In 1950, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary established a convent and built the Roslyn Park girls secondary school across the sites of both of the Sandymount Park buildings. The school operated on the site until the early 1980s.
The site was then purchased by Rehab Group. Gandon House was restored and modernised in the late 1980s by the Rehab Group.
The secondary school is now home to National Learning Network’s Roslyn Park College.