About Us

SPC is a non-profit organisation that supports people with severe or profound intellectual and physical disabilities, under Section 38 (wholly funded by the HSE).

SPC follows a supported, self-directed living (SSDL) model of provision underpinned by our beliefs, values and vision.

Get In Touch

Where have we come from

St Patrick’s was opened in 1966 by the Sisters of Charity in order to provide residential care for children with intellectual disabilities.

Located in a central campus on the Kells Road in Kilkenny, it initially supported 25 children, and over the years became home to 95 adults and young people with significant challenges.

Our Mission Statement

Utilising our resources and skills to provide intentional supports for the people we support; enabling them to live full and inclusive lives by contributing to and enriching the fabric of their local communities.

Time To Move On From Congregated Settings

In 2001, the governance and running of the service was transferred to SPC and, from 2016, the organisation began the process of “decongregation”; adopting the national policy to move from a central campus to smaller homes tailored to meet the individual needs of residents.

Our Vision Statement

People supported will live a good life, in their own home, with supports and opportunities to become active, valued and inclusive members of their local communities.

The Future

At the end of 2020, SPC completed that process and now consists of 34 community houses, each one housing between one and four people, and all focused on the key task of enabling residents to live their fullest and happiest lives.