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Welfare Out and About

"February saw the launch of the West Cork Development Partnership’s Ability Programme in Clonakilty, Co. Cork"

Robbie Kelly from the Welfare Rights Section attended the second annual Disability Fair, hosted by the Employability Service Kerry, in conjunction with the DEASP, in the Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry 30/1/19. The Employability Service provides employment supports to people with a disability, illness or mental health difficulty to gain employment in the open labour market. They also support people to access training, education and support services.

The event was very well attended with over 600 clients availing of the information services/supports. The INOU stand, manned by Robbie, was busy from the outset with a range of queries relating to disabilities and returning to work/secondary benefits etc. The INOU annual publication, Working for Work, was, as ever, very popular with both clients and stand holders alike.

The 13/2/19 saw the launch of the West Cork Development Partnership’s Ability Programme in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The programme is a new initiative and is co-financed by the Irish Government and European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014- 2020.

The programme is aimed at people with a disability who are between 19 and 29 years of age, who wish to develop their job skills and training/education options. Robbie Kelly from the Welfare Rights Section was on hand to provide information on how taking up such options may affect the person’s primary payment and secondary benefits. The Ability Programme is due to be rolled out nationwide during 2019 and the INOU will participate in as many events/presentations as possible during this period.

Also in February, on the 19th at Roslyn Park College, Sandymount, Conor Flynn and Robbie Kelly from the Welfare Rights Section, along with the Dublin South City Ability Programme, gave a presentation on back to work supports and employment rights for people in receipt of a disability/invalidity/illness payment. An attendance of some 50 people made for a lively and informative afternoon and the Ability Programme co-ordinators have invited the INOU to become involved in any further such events.