Press Release

 

June 14th, 2024

Minister Humphreys announces

€20million Community Centre Investment Fund

 

Grants of up to €100,000 available to upgrade existing Community Centres

Wide range of works eligible for funding including Refurbishment of Kitchens & Toilets, Upgrades to Windows & Doors, Energy Efficiency Upgrades & Improving access for people with disabilities

Online Registration Portal now Open at this webpage

 

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €20 million in funding to support the upgrade and refurbishment of community centres across the country.

Under the Community Centres Investment Fund 2024, community organisations will be supported with grants of between €10,000 – €100,000 to develop and enhance their existing community facilities.

Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“I’m delighted to announce a new round of €20 million in funding to support the upgrade, renovation and refurbishment of community centres across the country. 

“In good times and bad, our community centres provide the physical space for friends, neighbours and those who are socially isolated to come together.

“This funding is all about giving a helping hand to our local community groups to improve their own local community spaces. 

“I am encouraging all local groups to consider how a grant could support them in developing their community facility. Whether it be to upgrade the kitchen, the provision of toilet facilities, or perhaps to carry out small renovation works – this funding is designed to support community groups to make the improvements they need in their Community Centre.”

 How to Apply

The ‘Community Centre Investment Fund 2024 – Refurbishment’ will provide grants for projects from €10,000 up to a maximum of €100,000 towards capital costs.

This is broken down into two categories of funding:

Category 1:

Small scale projects/improvements to facilities: €10,000 – €25,000.

Category 2:

Larger scale projects: €25,001 to €100,000.

 

The scheme will be delivered in conjunction with Pobal.

All applicants must register as ‘users’ on the online portal here in advance of the application process which will open on 29th July 2024. Groups that applied for this fund previously will not need to register again but should check that their details are still correct.

Groups are strongly advised to get their application and paperwork ready in advance of the application process opening on 29th July.

The closing date for applications will be 29th August 2024.

There will be a number of online information events to assist potential applicants, the first of which will take place on Tuesday 25th June.

All materials to support applicants including access to the online portal, template application form, guidelines, FAQ, links to tutorials and details on information sessions can be found at the Department of Rural & Community Development website here.

Minister Humphreys concluded:

“The funding I am announcing today brings the total investment I have provided for Community Centres since 2022 to over €95 million.

“I have already visited many of the projects that have received funding under this initiative – and it’s clear to me the positive difference the investment is having on the ground.

“I want to once again urge all community groups to engage in this process and I look forward to seeing the type of projects that come forward.

“We have tried to make the application process as simple as possible and we will also be hosting a series of information sessions over the summer months to help give support and advice to Community Groups when putting their applications together.”

ENDS

Contact:

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

076-1006843 / 087-1734633

Press.office@drcd.gov.ie

Notes to editor:

Community facilities can be defined as a building that is managed by a community-based organisation which is open to and used by a broad range of individuals and groups within the local community for group activities such as social events, information/supports and recreation.

 

The Community Centre Investment Fund 2024- Refurbishment Measure will provide grants as follows:

 

Category 1: Small scale projects/improvements to facilities €10,000 – €25,000.

A minimum of 5% of the total project budget is required by the applicant as match funding.

 

Category 2: Larger scale projects €25,001 to €100,000. 

A minimum of 10% of the total project budge is required by the applicant as match funding.

 

Funding is available for capital works such as:

 

Costs associated with building/renovation works (e.g. materials for extension, refurbishment, modernisation, flooring electrical and or plumbing)

Costs associated with acquisition, installation or replacement of equipment which forms an integral part of a building e.g., kitchen units, worktops, sinks, bathroom fittings etc.

Costs associated with improving the energy efficiency of the building.

Rental costs of equipment required for the project e.g., diggers, cement mixers, etc.

Labour costs for registered tradespeople such as builder, plasterers, decorators, plumbers, electricians etc., as necessary for the completion of the project.

Purchase costs of equipment necessary for the ongoing success of the project following completion e.g. kitchen appliances for a kitchen renovation project, improved lighting, installation of a lift to improve assess for disabled people, etc.

Improvements of facilities which are necessary to meet fire safety and building regulations e.g. lining of walls and floors, escape routes, wiring, sockets, electrical switches and distribution boards, gas tanks, gas burning flues, heating systems and appliances.

Fire safety equipment e.g. fire doors, fire alarm system, etc.

Upgrade works on electrical, gas and heating appliances to ensure they meet regulations and standards and so on.

 

 

There will be a two-stage application process with applicants asked to register their organisation in advance of the online application open date in order to add/update organisational details and ensure there are no potential user setup issues.

Groups can access the portal immediately and register their group. Groups that applied for this fund previously will not need to register again but are advised to check that their details are still correct

The application process will open on 29th July 2024.

The closing date for applications will be 29th August 2024.

Online information sessions, clinics and support events will be held in June, July and August 2024. Check with DRCD Website here for further details and links for registering for the upcoming information events and application clinics.

 

ILMI eBulletin 7th of June 2024     

 

 


In this Issue:
NDS Consultation Day
Dublin DPO
ILMI’s online Youth Collective

National Disability Strategy – Consultation Day in Dublin
This week ILMI took part in the intergovernmental National Disability Strategy (NDS) consultation event in Dublin. Since the beginning of the consultation process ILMI has been actively engaging with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DECDIY) – both as a member of the DPO Network and as a sole organisation. This has been a positive process in which the Department has been generous with their time in the co-creation of possible polices that will make up the five new pillars of the New NDS.

On June 4th, DECDIY held a stakeholder event on June 4th, 2024, where key policy asks and solutions were shared. ILMI emphasised that government policy must align with the UNCRPD through genuine mainstreaming and a disability equality-focused methodology, involving DPO co-production and co-implementation.  ILMI staff and other member organisations from the DPO Network were part of panel discussions responding to actions being proposed under each of the proposed pillars, again showing a strong process of co-creation to drive real strategic change.

This has been an important and crucial process over the past year. The last National Disability Inclusion Strategy (2017-2022) lacked DPO involvement and contained too many targets without tangible targets with and with a lack of meaningful impact in our lives. ILMI did do a review of the NDIS in 2019 and were sorry to note there was no mention of PAS  (you can read that here: ILMI NDIS PDF    ILMI NDIS WORD ) One of the possible causes of this disconnect was that disabled people made up less than 10% of the consultation process – the bulk of the consultations being supplied by service provider lobby groups and large disability sector charities, this had the effect that there has been significant investment in the disability industry – and regardless if the gas lighting by industrial bodies, it is one which segregates disabled people from mainstream society, and little in disabled people ourselves.

This time, things are different. We are organised, in agreement and a collective. ILMI along with its follow DPOs in the DPO Network have been consistent in its message that disabled people must co-create disability policies, not industry. If we do not represent ourselves – somebody else will and nothing will change.

Image: James from ILMI talking at the consultation in the Camden Court hotel on the Independent Living Panel.

In January the NDA held an online consultation on behalf of the department and ILMI were present in each of the five policy sections. We brought our key askes and solutions to the space. These key points are those identified by you – the wider disability collective consultations and our collective policies and issues that we have created from these consultations. We have attached at the end of this article some of these key askes under each pillar of the new strategy.

Image: ILMI’s Shelly talking on the Transport panel at the Camden Court Hotel.

At this consultation in January, ILMI highlighted the need for DPOs to provide Disability Equality and Training to State bodies and Government Departments. ILMI presented key points including the distinction between employment and anti-poverty measures, advocating for separate policy spaces to address each issue effectively. ILMI critiqued the Comprehensive Employment Strategy’s limited impact and called for solution-based policies to tackle societal barriers in employment. On transport and mobility, ILMI stressed the importance of aligning the Design Manual of Urban and Rural Spaces (DEMURS) with the CRPD, investing in accessible public transport, and improving the booking process. We also highlighted the need for consistent and accessible public transport systems, better investment in the Rural Transport Scheme, and standardisation of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) taxis. Regarding wellbeing and social services, ILMI argued for mainstream supports with a disability equality lens, opposing further segregation. In education and training, ILMI called for an audit of New Directions, elimination of special schools, and inclusion of Disability Equality Training in the EPSEN Act. Lastly, ILMI underscored the necessity of defining, standardising, resourcing, promoting, and legislating the Personal Assistance Service (PAS), investing in adaptable housing, and setting tangible targets for homes for disabled people – so that we can live a life of self-determination

IMAGE: Jacqui Browne, Independent Chairperson DPO Network, Shelly and James at the event in Dublin this week. ILMI are a member of the DPO Network. 

ILMI are grateful to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for the inclusivity of the process and develop the co-implementation of the new strategy when the development is complete.

ILMI NDS key policy ask and solutions

These are key point for NDS consultations. Overall, our message is that government policy must be compatible with the UNCRPD – this can only be done with genuine mainstreaming and a disability equality focussed methodology with DPO co-production and Co-implementation. Key points are underlined.

Disability Equality and Training must be provided by DPOs only.

1.           Employment and Anti – poverty:
These are not the same things. They are separate issues and require separate policy spaces.

The Green Paper on Disability Allowance reform confused the two issues and linked them.

Poverty for disabled people is not due to their impairment, or unwillingness to take up employment. Rather, it is the massive challenges in taking up employment by societal barriers and an unofficial trend to push disabled people away from mainstream employment into service provider supported roles.

Any policy must be solution based.

The Comprehensive Employment Strategy has not had any meaningful impact and was limited in it the outcomes.

2.           Transport and Mobility
The Design Manual of Urban and Rural Spaces (DEMURS) must be in line with the CRPD.
Public transport investment for a more accessible and ease of use journey is key – streamline the booking process – too complex and overly burdensome for instance,  to ring bus stations trying to book spaces, lack of knowledge about transport journeys on behalf of providers etc…

The NDA and the NTA should have a formal arrangement.

A more keen focus on what is working effectively – the Customer Service Agents on Irish rail – be consistent with them – they play a valuable role.

Any public transport systems or equipment must be properly accessible. There is a tendency to purchase, or in the case of PSR companies, allow to operate buses with overly complex lifts or booking systems (see Dublin Express for an example)

The Rural Transport Scheme lacks consistency in its accessibility and requires more investment as it is a highly useful service.

WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles) Taxis must be standardised and if requested, a WAV user must take priority over other users. Any future policy will require more appropriate standard of accessibility and service.

3.           Wellbeing and Social Services
The existence of this category will be contrary to the CRPD. It is not appropriate. However, all access to Social Services should be through mainstream supports and there must be a disability equality lens embed in these services. Further segregation of disabled people towards the disability sector specific supports only adds further to our isolation, omission from mainstream society and an advanced investment in a system that is a form of societal apartheid.

4.           Education and training
No Service Provider should be involved in providing education.

New Directions requires an audit. Special schools further segregation and should be eliminated.

Again, examine what has been successful – DARE has worked well for disabled students – this methodology could be utilised in ETBs and in apprenticeships.

The EPSEN act requires the inclusion of Disability Equality Training. In addition there needs to be a specific focus on Disability Equality for Guidance Councillors

5.           Independent Living in the Community 
The PAS must be defined, standardised, resourced, promoted and legislated for – and it must be separate to other home care supports.

No new investment that places disabled people in dehumanising settings such as residential homes or nursing homes.

Housing stock should be designed for life

Part M needs to actually work and be enforceable – at the moment it is not.

Real investment on the policies and recommendations of Time To Move On from Congregated Settings.

20% of Housing stock (both private and public) must be wheelchair liveable – not just a ramp in the door, but standardised adaptable homes for life courses.

There has to be tangible and achievable targets for homes for disabled people.

Dublin DPO
Image: photo shows the group in a semi-circle smiling

At the recent Dublin DPO development meeting, Peter Kearns, ILMI’s DPO Coordinator, along with the group, collaboratively demonstrated exceptional creativity and outside-the-box thinking in addressing barriers to genuine inclusion. Their approach, rooted in the social model of disability and ILMI’s strategic value of human rights, energized the meeting with members of the Disability Action Collective. The session was vibrant and underscored the critical role of Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs). While a single disability activist can challenge ablest structures, a united, organized group of disabled individuals can catalyse significant change, signalling a potential turning point in the fight for inclusion and equality.

ILMI’s online Youth Collective
IMAGE: poster with text that reads "ILMI Youth Collective"

Are you a young disabled person aged 16-30 looking to connect with dynamic and enthusiastic peers?

Join ILMI’s online Youth Collective!

Our Youth Collective is the only cross-impairment Disabled Persons’ Organisation (DPO) in Ireland, offering a fantastic social space for young people like you.

We’re meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, June 11, from 7:00 to 7:45 PM.

To attend and receive the Zoom link, please contact ILMI’s Paula Soraghan at paulasoraghan@ilmi.ie

We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Consultations

Night Time Economy Accessibility Survey
This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The purpose of the survey is to understand how disabled people experience night life in Ireland. Click here to take part .

Consultations for the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is developing a successor strategy to the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy (2019-2021) to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people; enabling them to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, and political life.

As part of this process the Department wants to gather the views of members of the LGBTIQ+ community and those who engage with LGBTIQ+ issues through their own lived experience, at a local level, in a manner that will contribute most effectively to the development of a new whole of lifecycle strategy. Click here for more info

ILMI Resources
Why not explore the wealth of resources available to you on our website: from our strategic plan to our  invaluable SFC resources and our policy documents and submissions. At our core, we’re a cross-impairment disabled person’s organisation dedicated to tackling the topics that matter most. Let’s continue our journey toward inclusivity and empowerment together!  If you want to know more or sign up and get involved in our work please email info@ilmi.ie

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Raising awareness of patients’ rights to cross-border healthcare

The European Commission in conjunction with the HSE is holding a workshop on Cross Border Healthcare on 17 June in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire from 9am to 3.15pm.

The event is aimed at providing information to patients, doctors, patient organisations, healthcare providers and policy makers on the rights and entitlements to access healthcare in Europe. You can find the workshop agenda and list of speakers here.

Registration is free to attend in person or online, please register here.

The deadline for registration is 7 June 2024.

 

 

HSE Health and Wellbeing Weekly Update 30/05/2024

Special Olympics Ireland – Episode 59, HSE Talking Health & Wellbeing Podcast

In this week’s HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast, we speak with Special Olympics Ireland Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Fulcher, and Jonathan Deering, a volunteer, advocate and past participant, about Special Olympics Ireland’s role in providing sports and health opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We discuss the organisation’s year-round sports programs and the importance of volunteers in supporting athletes and delivering health education, highlighting the health and wellbeing programme, which includes health screenings and education to address health disparities. We also hear about the Strong Minds, Happier Lives programme developed with Mental Health Ireland, focusing on mental wellbeing and providing athletes with tools and strategies to manage stress, emphasising the importance of inclusive health projects and the positive effects of sports on mental health.

Please leave us a review on your chosen podcast channel or on the HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel to promote the content to others who are interested in the area, and to get in touch with the podcast email Healthandwellbeing.communications@hse.ie.

 

World No Tobacco Day 2024

 Tomorrow, Friday 31 May, is World No Tobacco Day and the theme of this year’s event is Youth step in and speak out . The day will give a platform to young people across the world, who are urging governments to shield them from predatory tobacco marketing tactics. The industry targets youth for a lifetime of profits, creating a new wave of addiction. Children are using e-cigarettes at rates higher than adults in all regions and globally an estimated 37 million youth aged 13–15 years use tobacco. We are supporting the World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign, further information is available from the WHO page: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day/2024. Please use and follow the #TobaccoExposed for the campaign.

 

Why Chronic Disease Prevention Works! Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Webinar

 

 In case you missed our Why Chronic Disease Prevention Works! Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Webinar, you can watch it back here. Thanks to all who made it happen on the day and appreciate the very positive feedback received on the mix of speakers and settings highlighted as part of MECC implementation.

 

The purpose of this webinar was to highlight the critical role that chronic disease prevention plays in achieving better health outcomes for patients and to demonstrate the power of MECC, we showcased the positive impact on patients when staff deliver brief interventions as part of their routine care through a series of presentations and videos. The webinar also showcased examples of MECC making a difference across various healthcare settings.

 

For further information you can listen to the HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast – Making Every Contact Count Episode and visit www.makingeverycontactcount.ie.

 

Creative Health and Wellbeing in the Community

 The Creative Ireland Programme is an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme. A key focus of this programme is to embed creativity across public policy through working in partnership with the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the HSE and The Arts Council to demonstrate how creativity, be it through performing or visual arts, culture, and heritage-based activities, promotes positive health and wellbeing.

To progress this, on Wednesday 22nd May, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin T.D. announced over €1.2 million in grant funding for projects that support Health and Wellbeing through Creativity. This includes €1m for 15 projects across 11 Local Authorities, including 4 with a shared island dimension. There is also €0.2m co-funded with Department of Health for 11 Live Music in Residential Healthcare Settings projects. The HSE are a key partner in these projects.

  • Philip Crowley, HSE National Director of Strategy and Research, represented the HSE at the launch and acknowledged the importance of creativity for health and wellbeing, and the value of working in partnership with Creative Ireland and The Arts Council to continue to expand arts and health across the HSE for the benefit of our patients, staff and visitors.

For a full press release on this announcement please click here.

 

Reminder

Men’s Health Week Webinar

Join us at the start of Men’s Health Week on Monday 10 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm, for an uplifting webinar with special guest Rob Kearney. Register here.

Other speakers include Dr. Alan Smith from the HSE National Screening Service and Dr. Noel Richardson from the National Centre for Men’s Health in SETU. The theme for Men’s Health Week this year is ‘Know Your Numbers’ so we will be highlighting some important numbers and statistics for men’s health. Please share with invite with the men in your life, with the men in your service with anyone you know working with or seeking to work with men.

 

Healthy Weight for Children Webinar

You are invited to the HSE Healthy Weight for Children Webinar on the Wednesday 19 June, 11am to 12:30pm. This virtual event will update the audience on the latest weight trends in primary school children, include a panel discussion on how to support parents to talk to their children about their health and weight, and an update on the latest Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan. It will be co-hosted by: Sarah O’Brien, Healthy Eating Active Living Programme Lead, HSE Health & Wellbeing and Dr. Abigail Collins, Clinical Lead for the National Healthy Childhood Programme.

Join us to hear more about:

 

  • Findings from the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) round 6
  • How to support parents to talk to their children about health and weight
  • The development of the Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan 2024-2028

 

If you are a healthcare professional, a researcher, or policymaker in child health, register for this webinar today here.

ILMI eBulletin 31st of May 2024    

In this issue:
Social Inclusion Forum
ILMI VOICE
ILMI Training
ILMI and Paralympics Ireland
ILMI in the journal.ie
Open Consultations

Social Inclusion Forum
IMAGE: photo shows ILMI's Paula Soraghan and James Casey at event

ILMI were part of the Social Inclusion Forum dialogue facilitated by The Department of Social Protection. Paula and James gave a presentation on the social Inclusion of disabled people and the vital role of co-implementation of policy. There was a vibrant discussion from the people in the workshop with the recommended outputs for the continued need for DPOs, the importance of public sector duty for disabled people towards mainstream supports and services and the requirement that policy makers recognise, fund and utilise collective movements like DPOs. Many thanks to the organisers, Dept and workshop participants.

ILMI VOICE
IMAGE: photo shows six people in a classroom setting 

This week, Nicola was delighted to bring the VOICE roadshow to Moorehaven in Tipperary town where she met with a group of young disabled people attending the Moorehaven hub.  Nicola spoke about the benefits of joining an online platform where they could make peer connections and avail of capacity building through training inputs delivered by ILMI staff and guest speakers. They discussed how a DPO (Disabled Person’s Organisation) in Tipperary might work to address the barriers in their local community.

If you are a disabled person living in Tipperary and would like to hear more about VOICE, contact Nicola on 087 7189237 or email nicolameacle@ilmi.ie

ILMI Training
IMAGE: screenshot of the group in action

In our 4th DET session, we delved into the topic of collective activism and the importance of singing from the same hymn sheet for real change to happen. The first step is stepping away from believing that disabled people are the problem. We must become social model thinkers and shake off the baggage of living in an ablest society. This means reclaiming our power, connecting with peers, and engaging in ILMI spaces and other platforms. Use the “fire in your belly” to fight for your rights and the rights of all disabled people to live fully as rights holders and Irish citizens.

Reflecting on the course, one participant noted, “It was a confidence booster, I know now what I felt wasn’t wrong, it is the system that’s wrong. I feel energised,” while another shared, “I don’t feel as isolated as before, it’s good to meet a group of people who can work together.” We are all in this together. Watch out in the coming weeks to hear more from this group.

ILMI and Paralympics Ireland
IMAGE: photo shows the board of Paralympics Ireland

On the 21st of May the Board of Paralympics Ireland completed a one-day Disability Equality Training Workshop. Our agenda was packed and by the end of the day members of the board were “definitely thinking about the importance of the social model and the premise of being consciously aware of the language they use” across all media platforms. Topics covered included; the difference between the Medical Model of Disability, its key concepts and the language that stem from the model
And the Social Model of Disability, its key concepts and the language that stem from the model. We then explored Unconscious Bias, Ableism and Inspirational Porn.

Brilliant Noteworthy article in the Journal.ie on the lack of diversity in political representation, featuring ILMI Chairperson Des Kenny.

Des Kenny, chair of Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) said that Irish MEPs are supportive of issues they raise, but the voice of disabled people is missing.

He said that MEPs in general often look at the bigger global picture when it comes to disability, but a disabled MEP would examine the minutiae of an issue impacting their community and work on its various aspects of development.

He compared this to looking at a knitting pattern and said “if you’re a disabled person you’re actually going to take to time to knit it”.

Quotas are one tool but practical support is also needed in order to empower political ambitions and remove existing barriers.

In addition to accessibility issues facing disabled people, including not being able to go to certain meetings due to their location upstairs or with difficult access, many face extra costs to run for election.

According to ILMI, this could be personal assistance service hours to perform specific tasks such as driving a car or providing guidance from door to door, and in the case of deaf candidates, sign language interpreters for meetings and canvassing.
Kenny said there is funding in place for disabled people in some other countries to participate in elections.

These funds operated in the UK in the past, with the ‘Access to Elected Office Fund’ running up to 2022 in Scotland and an ‘EnAble Fund’ worth £250,000 open from 2018 to 2020 in England.
A report on the previous version of the English fund up to 2015 found that the average value of grants paid was £4,455. Most of the funding went towards support workers and sign language interpreters.

Full article on this link

Open Consultations

Night Time Economy Accessibility Survey
This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The purpose of the survey is to understand how disabled people experience night life in Ireland.

If the Night-Time Economy is to be truly inclusive and diverse it is imperative that we examine the current challenges for people and disabled Artists and those with the ID impairment label in order to find solutions together on how we deliver this objective.

This research, has been developed in consultation with individuals and organisations from these communities. We really appreciate and sincerely thank everyone who took the time to assist us in this regard.

This survey is open until June 10th 2024 all details on this link 

Consultations for the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is developing a successor strategy to the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy (2019-2021) to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people; enabling them to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, and political life.

As part of this process the Department wants to gather the views of members of the LGBTIQ+ community and those who engage with LGBTIQ+ issues through their own lived experience, at a local level, in a manner that will contribute most effectively to the development of a new whole of lifecycle strategy.

A series of regional consultation workshops will be facilitated by key LGBT experts – Dr Grainne Healy and Dr Kathy Walsh, in partnership with LGBT Ireland. The regional consultations are aimed at those aged 18 and over. A separate consultation process will take place with children and young people.

Please follow the relevant link to the register your interest in attending a consultation and to detail any accessibility requirements. Please note that ISL interpretation will only be available at the online consultation workshop on 2nd July.

All details on this link 

Why not explore the wealth of resources available to you on our website: from our strategic plan to our  invaluable SFC resources and our policy documents and submissions. At our core, we’re a cross-impairment disabled person’s organisation dedicated to tackling the topics that matter most. Let’s continue our journey toward inclusivity and empowerment together!  If you want to know more or sign up and get involved in our work please email info@ilmi.ie

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THE HEADWAY PODCAST HAS ARRIVED!

 

We are thrilled to announce that the moment we’ve all been eagerly waiting for is finally here – The Headway Podcast has officially launched!

 

Check out the Promo Video which features the cast of Season One:

https://youtu.be/qFf4YSMi7oE?si=e6pr6z4ho-HvYJE3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFf4YSMi7oE

Episode 1 is now streaming on all major platforms.

Listen to it on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4JgDTV6AvViCJGFWp06Slr?si=hzEiY_QjQKewU2jLiA9vxA

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4JgDTV6AvViCJGFWp06Slr?si=hzEiY_QjQKewU2jLiA9vxA

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4JgDTV6AvViCJGFWp06Slr?si=7z1_HBwKTYSWphR6PH-sQw

or on YouTube if you prefer:

https://youtu.be/1RyHKe7g7IU?si=91xETQm-R_cg9RIa

 

Welcome to the Headway Podcast – your go-to destination for narratives, strategies, and support tailored for individuals navigating life with brain injuries. Crafted, Produced and Hosted by Shane Fitzgerald and Rachel Coyle from Headway Ireland, a service that transcends being merely a service; it’s a vital lifeline that forms a community for those touched by brain injuries. Immerse yourself in our episodes, delving into tales of triumph, effective strategies, and the steadfast support that Headway extends. Whether you’re directly impacted or a caregiver seeking guidance, consider this podcast as your exclusive haven.

In this inaugural episode, we not only unveil the podcast’s purpose but also bring forth four remarkable guests, each with unique life experiences. They delve into their personal journeys of discovering Headway and reflect on the pivotal role it plays in their lives. Generously offering advice and emphasising the importance of building a robust support network, our guests provide valuable insights.

Embark with us on an exciting preview of the journey ahead! Look forward to insightful conversations covering coping mechanisms, healthcare insights, personal triumphs, and a diverse range of perspectives from individuals living life with a brain injury, as well as expert insights.

New episodes will be released each week. Get ready for captivating and interactive features headed your way!

Your support is invaluable to us as we embark on this meaningful journey together!

We invite you to visit and follow the Headway Podcast on platforms like Spotify, where you can access and listen to new episodes released every Thursday. Additionally, you can find us on YouTube, Amazon Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Google Podcasts, and Podchaser.

ILMI eBulletin 24th of May 2024    

 

 


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ILMI eBulletin 24th of May 2024    

Sligo CoCo Disability Strategic ‘Launch’
Image: photo show the DPO members in the chambers

The Cathaoirleach, ILMI, Sligo DPO and the Council’s Disability Consultative Committee launched the Sligo County Council’s Disability, Inclusion and Access Strategy 2024-2027 at County Hall on Thursday 16th May 2024. The Disability, Inclusion and Access Strategy 2024-2027 builds upon and reaffirms the Council’s commitment to adopt the Social Model of Disability which was first adopted by Sligo County Council in 2018 and introduced in the Council’s outgoing Strategy for the period 2019-2022. The Strategy and its Action Plan, that was designed and social model proofed by ILMI’s local DPO Development Officer and members of Sligo DPO, includes actions to be delivered by all sections of the Council in the role out of its services over the period 2024-2027. Sligo DPO’s Chair Mark Kupczak and ILMI’s NW based Peter Kearns will be keeping in-check with members of the local DPO that the Council’s Disability Consultative Committee has effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in practice over the next four years to see a genuine role-out of the Strategy’s objectives for & with Sligo county and towns disabled people.

Action Plan for Disability Services 2024-2026
IMAGE: Shelly with Ministers Roderic O’Gorman and Anne Rabbitte

Shelly Gaynor, ILMI peer mentor, was part of the DPO Network delegation at a stakeholder event for the Action Plan for Disability Services 2024-2026. The event was attended by Ministers Roderic O’Gorman and Anne Rabbitte. DPO Network chair Jacqui Browne gave an analysis of the Action Plan from a DPO Network perspective, including the need for active involvement of DPOs. Jacqui also stressed the need to name barriers to implementing Transforming Lives implementation.

This stakeholder event brought together a diverse array of stakeholders from DPOs, service provider organisations, government departments, and statutory bodies. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss the implementation of the Action Plan and to drive its reform agenda forward, focusing on enhancing capacity in specialist disability services and ensuring sustainability in service delivery. Shelly’s participation underscored ILMI and the DPO Network commitment to advocating for the needs and rights of disabled people, ensuring our voices are heard and our perspectives are central to the ongoing reform in disability services in Ireland.

Sustainable Transport Forum
IMAGE: Claire Kenny and Minister Eamon Ryan

ILMI’s Claire Kenny represented us at the Sustainable Transport Forum in Portlaoise. As members of the forum, ILMI actively contributes to ensuring that all public and active travel measures and projects are accessible and inclusive for everyone.

ILMI Anti-Poverty partnership in Galway
IMAGE: photo shows a group of 18 people including ILMI's Nicola and Peter with the ILMI banner 

ILMI is a strong supporter of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and our DPO Development Officer Peter Kearns is ILMI’s EAPN Board Director rep and is supporting other community organisation reps with staff & volunteer Disability Equality Training (DET) towards their increasing dialogue with local ILMI supported DPOs. This month Peter delivered a full day of DET workshops to COPE Galway, which is an EAPN member and local Galway community development organisation that has been providing social services in Galway since the 1970s. ILMI is happy to support Galway COPE with helping us to develop a future Galway DPO, as they offer support services for individuals and families who are affected homelessness, especially women and children experiencing domestic abuse and older people in the community, and have seen a major increasing in disabled adults accessing their community development led services.

ILMI’s packed day long workshop included COPE managers and support staff of social care professionals, childcare workers, community support workers, chefs and administrative support staff. ILMI were also delighted that staff from Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) joined the Westside Resource Centre workshops to engage with our producing support of Christian O’Reilly’s new disability play UNSPEAKABLE-CONVERSATIONS which runs at the July GIAF from July 14th to 27th. ILMI will be hosting a workshop for Galway disabled people to explore current proposed Dail recommendations favouring Assisted-Suicide and eugenics legislation, issues that are at the core of Christian’s new play with disabled actors Liz Carr & Mat Frazer, at the Westside Resource Centre on Tuesday 23rd July at 2pm – Please email Peter to register at  peterkearns@ilmi.ie.

Disability Equality Session Update
 IMAGE: Crippen cartoon explaining the social model 

As part of our Strategic Values, ILMI is committed to creating spaces to build our collective shared analysis.

Fiona Weldon, ILMI Capacity Development Officer, has designed an online Disability Equality programme over four sessions for ILMI members to explore key ideas around disability.

In our last two Disability Equality Sessions we explored the many conflicts that Disabled People have when engaging with the Social Model of Disability. We are “forced into the trap of using the medical model of disability (what’s wrong with us) when applying or reapplying for a service or an assistive /adaptive device that we need to support us to live our life. Know that our support services – many of them “specialised” are not in the business of dismantling barriers. Services are cemented in keeping us from reaching our full potential.

Non-disabled professionals are in charge of assessing the functional capacity of a person in order to fit into the ever-changing criteria that is dependent of both the resources available and how bad a person’s impairment is to qualify for the most basic of things. We also chatted about how difficult it is to buy into the social model when Ableism is endemic in Irish society.

We had a lively discussion about the effects this has on the lives of Disabled People. It was unanimous that there needs to be a national campaign to change the narrative – SOCIETY IS THE PROBLEM, SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHANGE. DISABLED PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS NON-DISABLED PEOPLE – OUR LIVES MATTER!
We ended with a conversation about the Great Debate – using the term People with Disabilities “V” Disabled People.

What is Wrong with Using the Term – People with Disabilities

If we believe that a disability is the same as an impairment, then we might use “people with disabilities”. Meaning that the “problem” of ‘disability’ resides within the person.

If we believe that disability is separate from an impairment, then we would use “disabled people”. Meaning that the “problem” of “disability” resides within society (in the surmountable barriers that Disabled People experience when trying to participate in the ordinary rhythms of daily life).

The consequences of continuing to use “people with disabilities” allows those in “power” to avoid the reality that societal change could alter the experience of being a Disabled Person.

As a power-broker, it is much easier to continue to view “disability” as a problem of the disabled, rather than to accept that it is a problem created by the many man-made systems and structures that exclude us from taking part in the ordinary rhythms of life.

What’s Right with the term Disabled People

It clearly reflects the separation of impairment and disability. It shifts the focus from the person onto society. It allows us to reconsider “disability” as a social oppression, rather than a personal tragedy.

It also allows Disabled People to move away from having a spoiled identity, of being devalued, of being a burden on society. We need to move towards recognising our many identities (we are more than our impairments) taking into account our intersectionality and collectively strategise for change. Disability is a political issue, and using our lived experience as a driver for change is imperative.

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Why not explore the wealth of resources available to you on our website: from our strategic plan to our  invaluable SFC resources and our policy documents and submissions. At our core, we’re a cross-impairment disabled person’s organisation dedicated to tackling the topics that matter most. Let’s continue our journey toward inclusivity and empowerment together!  If you want to know more or sign up and get involved in our work please email info@ilmi.ie

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HSE Partner Pack 24 May 2024

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24 May 2024

HSE Partner Pack 24 May 2024

HSE Partner Pack 24 May 2024: 24 May 2024

 

SunSmart campaign 2024 – launches today

This year’s SunSmart campaign officially launches today, 24 May. SunSmart is run by the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), in collaboration with Healthy Ireland, and works to support people to reduce their risk of skin cancer by protecting their skin from the sun.

Whether you’re at home or abroad you can protect your skin by following the 5 SunSmart steps:

  • Slip on long loose clothing
  • Slop on the sunscreen
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
  • Seek shade even when it’s cloudy
  • Slide on sunglasses

Radio and digital audio ads are running until the end of August. You can listen to the English and Irish versions of the ad on the HSE Soundcloud page here. Out-Of-Home (OOH) ads will run on Dublin Bus and Dart from the 3 June to 14 July. Social media ads have also been running since the start of April and will continue throughout the summer.

A campaign pack with promotional content and key messages to help you support the campaign is at the bottom of this email.

You can also find more information on the HSE SunSmart page.

Know where to find your nearest HSE Injury Unit

During the warmer months of the year, we are more likely to spend time doing outdoor activities. However, with more people playing sports and going on hikes, there are inevitably more injuries so it is good to familiarise yourself with your nearest HSE Injury Unit.

Injury units treat injuries that are not life-threatening such as sprains, breaks, dislocations and minor burns. You will receive the same level of clinical care that you would get in an Emergency Department. Find information about your nearest injury unit here.

COVID-19 spring booster vaccine

The spring booster vaccine is recommended for:

  • People aged 80 years or older
  • People aged 5 or older with a weak immune system
  • Adults living in older persons facilities

People aged 70 to 79 years may also request a vaccine following a discussion with their healthcare provider. Children aged 5-12 years with a weak immune system must go to a walk-in clinic for their vaccine. Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic here.

Getting a spring booster will top up your immunity against COVID-19 and help protect you from serious illness for the months ahead.

Spring boosters are available from participating GPs and pharmacies.

For more information about the COVID-19 spring booster vaccine, visit the HSE website.

MMR vaccines through the HSE’s catch-up programme

The HSE is offering a free MMR vaccine catch-up programme, starting with children and adults aged 24 and under. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella

The MMR catch-up programme aims to encourage people who may have missed their MMR vaccine to get vaccinated, reducing the risk of measles outbreaks in Ireland.

If you missed your MMR vaccine, visit the HSE website for more information and where to get a vaccine.

HSE Healthy Weight for Children webinar

You are invited to the HSE Healthy Weight for Children webinar on Wednesday, 19 June 11am to 12.30pm. This virtual event will update the audience on the latest weight trends in primary school children, include a panel discussion on how to support parents to talk to their children about their health and weight, and an update on the latest Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan.

Join us to hear more about:

  • Findings from the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI)
  • How to support parents to talk to their children about health and weight
  • The development of the Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan 2024-2028

If you are a healthcare professional, researcher or policymaker in child health, please register for this webinar here.

Men’s Health Week webinar

Join us at the start of Men’s Health Week on Monday 10 June, 11.30am to 12.30pm, for an uplifting webinar with special guest Rob Kearney. Other speakers include Dr. Alan Smith from the HSE National Screening Service and Dr. Noel Richardson from the National Centre for Men’s Health in SETU.

The theme for Men’s Health Week this year is ‘Know Your Numbers’ so we will be highlighted some important numbers and statistics for men’s health. Please share this invite with the men in your life, with the men in your service, or with anyone you know working with or seeking to work with men.

You can register here.

HSE Talking Health & Wellbeing Podcast: Managing exam stress

Listen to episode 58 of the HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast as host Noreen Turley speaks with Dr. Ciaran Boylan about strategies for managing exam stress. They discuss how to recognise stress in young people, especially during exam times, and offer advice to parents and guardians on how to provide both practical and emotional support.

Listen and share wherever you get your Podcasts or watch on the HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel.

COVID-19

For information and advice, please go to https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie.

Health service information for Ukrainian nationals

  • Updated mental health supports information is here
  • Disability services information is here
  • Healthcare services information is here
  • COVID-19 information is here
  • COVID-19 vaccination video, Dr Oksana Kozdoba, a Pediatrician from Ukraine, shares information about the vaccination programme in Ireland. She covers the vaccines offered in Ireland to protect babies, school children and adults.

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE – NDA Annual Conference 2024, Thursday 24th October, 9.30-4.15pm

Theme: Promoting the participation of disabled people in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport in Ireland – UNCRPD Article 30
When: Thursday 24th October 2024, 9:30am – 16.15pm
Where: This will be a blended event with the physical venue at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin and online participation also available
Cost: Free of charge

 

This year’s event will examine Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Ireland, which focuses on the participation of disabled people in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.

The event will bring together disabled people and their representative organisations, public officials and academics in order to discuss barriers faced by disabled people and proposed solutions. It will also examine international practices and European Union developments relevant to this theme, including learning from other countries which could inform potential solutions to address the challenges and barriers faced.

The conference will be of interest to:

  • policy makers
  • public sector officials
  • local authority officials
  • Disabled Persons Organisations and other disability organisations
  • individuals with disabilities and their families.

 

Please note, this is not an invitation, you will receive an invitation to register for the conference at a later date.