Research from the disability programme to date indicates that personalised, community-based services can be an option for everyone regardless of age, type or level of disability - if the correct supports are put in place for each person. The research also indicates that these types of supports provide better outcomes for people across many areas of their lives, while costing less than institutional or group-based services in most cases. 

129 projects supported
  • 38 projects focused on moving from/avoiding congregated or institutional settings 
  • 24 projects focused on alternative respite within the community rather than within group or institutional settings. These can take place in the person's own home or with a host family.
  • 23 focused on supporting school leavers and young people.
  • 25 focused on capacity building projects.
  • 10 focused on the closure of residential institutions and supporting people to move to the community
  • 9 Social Reform Fund service change initiatives across the disability services 
5,448 beneficiaries supported through the projects
  • 3,283 received or will receive individualised services

  • 2,165 received or will receive training/capacity building and information.

659 people have been supported to move to the community to date
  • 524 moved to the community from congregated settings.

  • 74 moved to the community from group homes.

  • 6 have avoided congregated settings and have moved to appropriate community living.
  • 41 moved from parental homes to the community.

  • Others who have received training and support for community living (supporting people from various settings): 14 moved to the community to date.

Projects have supported
  • 402 people with alternative respite options.
  • 91 host families to train in alternative respite provision.
  • 23 people to manage individualised budgets.
  • 324 school leavers and young adults with disabilities to train and seek employment.
  • 2,165 people including individuals, families, staff and community members in various capacity building initiatives.
7 disability units closed to date
  • 4 institutions (30 bed approx.).

  • 1 fifteen bed residential facility.

  • 2 support bungalows.


Our impact by numbers


Filter by programme area


projects to date


people have received improved services through the projects we support


people have received training, capacity building and/or information


invested in reform


institutions and hostels closed and alternative community-based services established


people have been reached so far

Mental Health


projects funded


medium/high support mental health community hostels closed to date.


people reached (1,547 improved services; 6,029 training, capacity building & information)


people supported to move to the community



projects funded


disability institutions closed and alternative community-based services established


people supported to move to the community 


individuals, families & staff have received information & training through the projects we support.



regional projects supported to date
(4 in Housing First & 1 Hospital Discharge Programme)



rough sleepers will be supported to
move to their own homes





people with dementia received community-based supports


carers received support


personalised support hours provided to people with dementia through the projects we support

Research & Evidence



How personal budgets are working in Ireland - A Research Brief

Prepared by Pádraic Fleming, Mental Health and Social Research Unit, Maynooth University Department of Psychology May 2016

Evaluation of individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

Dr Richard Wynne & Dr Donal McAnaney, Work Research Centre 2014
Cross Programme

Evaluation of personalised support and accommodation in disability and mental health services

Prof Roy McConkey, Brendan Bunting, Finola Ferry, Edurne Garcia Iriarte and Rachel Stevens, Ulster University 2013

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