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Men’s Health Week Webinar

Register now for our upcoming ‘Masculinities and Men’s Health’ Webinar focused on Men’s Health Week on 13th June from 12.00 – 13.15. With special guest Paul Ferris, former pro footballer and award winning author. Register here:


The Art of Being Healthy and Well Virtual Event

The Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme), HSE Health & Wellbeing) and the Arts Council are co-hosting a national symposium – The Art of being Healthy and Well. Register here:

The symposium will consider policy in relation to the effective use of creativity and arts in support of health and wellbeing while showcasing good practices and reflecting on learning to date.

DFI Newsletter May 2022

Disability Federation of Ireland – We Act Campaign

We are so excited to share a first look at DFI’s brand new video for the We Act campaign launching today – it’s all about celebrating volunteers!  

To mark National Volunteering Week, We Volunteer, We Act features four wonderful volunteers, sitting down to speak with someone they’ve impacted through their role. It’s a candid and emotive look at the power of volunteering, and the imprints it can make, not only on those directly impacted, but on wider society too.

To see the video please click the link below:

We Act volunteering video 


Free Online Cookery Course – 5 Wednesdays in June 2022

 Our newest offering is an  interactive online  Cookery Course 

Using Zoom chef and cookery tutor Margaret will present a  bespoke and mouth watering 5 week program over 5 Wednesdays in June 2.00-3.30 pm


We will be sending out the recipes for those who wish to cook along or just log on and enjoy the demonstration.

 There is no charge for the course. 


These classes are open to those with a disability. You do not need to have a service from CIL.

Come and  join us or nominate a friend/s  who might enjoy this.


Sign up deadline Friday 27th May


Contact or text 0866073853

Course starts Wednesday 1st June


Please contact us if you need support with using Zoom, we are happy to help.


Stay tuned for more classes and activities to come and if you have anything you’d like to try or if you have found online activities that you have enjoyed that we could develop please do keep us posted.


If you know anyone who might be interested in participating in any of the online activities that we are developing, please let them know and ask them to talk to us.

These soft services are for you, and we would like to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please do get in touch

Steps to Health Challenge 2022 – May 23rd to June 26th

Steps to Health Challenge 2022 – May 23rd to June 26th – Register a team today

Registration for the 2022 Steps to Health Challenge, is open to HSE staff and those receiving funding from the HSE (known as Section 38 and 39 funded organisations) until May 22nd for people who have their own tracking devices (mobile phone, wearable devices, etc). Form a team of between two and 10 people and nominate a team co-ordinator. 

We will contact you soon with details of the Cork CIL Team and details of how to register, if you are interested. 

This annual challenge encourages staff and other health colleagues to get out walking and counting your steps daily. It’s also a fun way to catch up with colleagues.

Most of us walk between 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day. We challenge you to make up the extra steps so that you reach the goal of 10,000, which is more than enough to achieve health benefits. It might take longer for those who are inactive at present. You can break up the steps into ten minute walks at a time and still get the health benefits. 

Follow us on Twitter @HSEsteps

HSE Health and Wellbeing

Launch of Stronger Together: The HSE Mental Health Promotion Plan


On April 6th “Stronger Together” was launched, it is a five year plan, and includes action areas focused on promoting positive mental health across the population and among HSE staff.



Farmers Have Hearts – Research highlights


A major study of farmers’ cardiovascular health has shown that more than eight out of 10 farmers who participated in the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme (FHH-CHP) made lifestyle changes to improve their heart health and have reduced their risk of having cardiovascular disease.  Read on to find out how farmers were engaged and how the study was evaluated.



Steps to Health Challenge 2022


This year’s Steps to Health Challenge takes place from 23rd May until 26th June, supporting staff to get out walking and counting your steps daily.  Registration is open until the start of the challenge as long as you don’t need a step counter, so there’s still time to register your team, like the Blue Eagles Steps Team from Blackrock (above).



Baby Food Made Easy – Online Parent Workshops


As all parents will tell you, it can be confusing knowing when and how to start introducing solid foods to a baby’s diet. Read on to find out how, over the years, CHO 9 have been supporting parents in this journey, and how they have adapted to continue supporting parents during Covid.



Adult Weight Management Programme


The Model of Care for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Ireland was launched in March 2021. It sets out how obesity services should be set out nationally to support children, adults and adults with overweight and obesity.  Read on to find out how implementation is being rolled out this year.



Be SunSmart and protect your skin from the sun



The SunSmart campaign is run by the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), in collaboration with Healthy Ireland and cross-sectoral partners. Together they are working to support people to reduce their risk of skin cancer by protecting their skin from the sun.  Read on to find out how you can follow the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5 S’s to protect your skin.



HSE Research & Development wins Public Service Innovation Award 2022


HSE Research & Development (HSE R&D) has received a €45,000 award from the Public Service Innovation (PSI) Fund 2022 towards the development of a National Electronic Research Management System (NERMS).  Read on to find out more about NERMS and how it will bring a  more “streamlined approach to the research application process across the HSE”.



ILMI eBulletin 29th April 2022




In recognition of European Independent Living Day 2022, Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) are delighted to host a PAS NOW webinar to discuss the right to a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) for disabled people in Ireland. The webinar is part of our ongoing PAS NOW campaign.


We Need Your Support!
For the event to have a political impact it is vital that as many TDs and Senators attend this webinar as possible. However, to date the registration from politicians has been slow. We now need your support if this next step in the PAS NOW Campaign is to be successful.

We know from our previous work on PAS NOW, that disabled people themselves reaching out to their political representatives has had a huge impact. When we worked to bring a Motion in front of the Dáil in November 2019, the unanimous support for the Motion was based on disabled people ringing and emailing their TDs to get them to attend and vote in its favour. We now need you to do the same again.

Reach out and contact your TDs and ask them to attend the ILMI PAS NOW Webinar on Thursday the 5th of May at 1pm. Let them know as their constituent that this is an important equality issue to you and that they need to attend, learn and show their support for the rights of all disabled people. Each of your political representatives has already received an invitation to this Webinar from ILMI so they should be aware of it.

How can I Help?
You can either ring your local TDs or email them. We have prepared a template email that you can use or of course you can write your own. We know from experience that disabled people lobbying their local TDs on issues does have an impact, so it is really important that you continue as an activist to have your voice heard. If you need contact details for your local TD, please email who will be happy to provide you with the contact details for TDs in your constituency.
Any questions you may have about this webinar or the ILMI PAS NOW Campaign please do get in touch at 086172648 or by return email.

Thank you for your support.
Damien Walshe, ILMI CEO

Dear Deputy,
My name is (insert name), and I am one of your constituents. As a disabled activist, I have been involved in the Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) PAS NOW Campaign. This is a campaign to bring around Personal Assistance Service (PAS) as a human right and to ensure legislation is enacted to give us the right to access a PAS that provides us with freedom, choice and control in our lives.

Deputy, there is a really important webinar taking place on Thursday 5th May at 1pm. This webinar will hear from disabled people on how important PAS is to our lives and how we have built this campaign. We will also hear from politicians who support the Independent Living Movement including: Minister Anne Rabbitte, Deputy Thomas Pringle, Senator Eileen Flynn and Senator Erin McGreehan.

Deputy, as one of your constituents, I am asking you to attend this important webinar for you to listen, learn and to become a strong ally for the rights of disabled people in Ireland. You can register in advance for this webinar through this link:

I hope you can attend and I look forward to working with you and other local politicians to realise the right of disabled people to a PAS to participate in society as equals.


Background to the PAS NOW Campaign
The #PASNOW campaign began in 2019 based on ILMI consultations with disabled people. As a result of these consultations 5 Key Asks were defined for the PAS NOW Campaign, including:

  • Define the PAS,
  • Invest in it to ensure disabled people have the hours they needed,
  • Standardise the assessment process,
  • Promote PAS as an option among disabled people and
  • Legislate to guarantee a right to PAS as per Article 19 of the UNCRPD.

You can read more on the PAS NOW Campaign here.

Webinar Registration:
For more information on the ILMI #PASNOW Campaign visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Twitter @ILMIreland
Instagram @ilmireland


 Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO Information Session, Wednesday 4th May at 12pm

Are you a disabled person living in County Cavan or Monaghan? Are you interested in getting involved in developing a group to tackle local issues experienced by disabled people?

Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPO’s), unlike disability service providers, are led by and for disabled people. DPO’s are about disabled people collectively coming together to work on local issues to bring about a more inclusive, and equal society. On Wednesday 4th May at 12pm, ILMI are inviting Cavan and Monaghan disabled people to attend DPO information session on zoom. This information session will explore what a DPO is and ILMI’s vison to develop local DPO’s in Cavan and Monaghan.
To find out more information and to register for this event please email or


Exciting New VOICE Project for Disabled People in Tipperary

If you are a disabled person, or have a friend or family member who is disabled and lives in Tipperary then read on to learn about an exciting new project that starts on the 5th May at 4p.m.

Virtual Online Inclusive Communities for Empowerment (VOICE) is a new community development project aimed at working with disabled people in seven counties. The project is delivered by ILMI.

VOICE is based on digital networking, peer mentoring and empowering disabled people to be agents for change. It uses Zoom to build online collective spaces for disabled people. This is a practical way to connect with other disabled people and work together to resolve a local issue i.e. an access issue or get advice from others in the sessions on getting on the local council housing list etc. If there is a national issue impacting disabled people, we have power in numbers if there is a group in all counties that will collectively raise our objections.

The online sessions will include a mix of Guest Speakers on relevant topics.

If you would like to find out more or register to get the zoom link for the sessions in Tipperary, please text/ring Nicola 087 7189237 or email her at


Strategies for Change

The ILMI Strategies for Change Project had a very exciting guest speaker recently. Phil Friend from the UK came and talked to us about understanding the importance of the Social Model of Disability.
Informative, enlightening and sometimes a good shot of humour lifted everyone in the class. Here’s an excerpt from a wonderfully written article on the entire masterclass experience as written by Fiona Weldon SFC project leader.

“The second thing that these guys did was to tackle the negative stereotypes and the “tragedy & charity” systems that perpetuates difference – the idea that we were dependent on non-disabled people to “look after us” and service us (passive recipients) and that good non-disabled people would run marathons or host fundraisers and we had to feel and be grateful. All these notions were under attack because of social model thinking”….. more on this link




Cavan Disability Network Press Release 26/04/2022

Disability Rights Campaigners Urge Public to Send Email in Support of Vital Toilet Facilities
Have your say in Public Consultation and make Changing Places Toilet Facilities Mandatory

“We are urging as many people as possible to take part in this public consultation and send an email to the department of housing to highlight how vitally important these facilities are to people with disabilities and their families. “People with disabilities in County Cavan often experience inadequate toilet facilities that are extremely small, have a lack of appropriate equipment or are of poor design and are therefore inaccessible to many people with disabilities,”  said Damien O’Reilly, Cavan Disability Network secretary.

Full details on how to take part in the consultation, including an easy read consultation document,–
The closing date for the receipt of submissions and comments is no later than 5:00 p.m. on 12 May, 2022.

PAs Now Webinar 5th May 2022

The webinar, which is being held on European Independent Living Day focuses on the importance of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) being protected by Irish legislation. Heading up delegates addressing the webinar will be Anne Rabbitte Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and at the Department of Health. Minister Rabbitte will be joined by Deputy Thomas Pringle TD, who was instrumental in bringing a landmark Motion before the Dail in 2018 as part of the campaign. Also addressing the webinar will be key PAS NOW campaign supporter Senator Erin McGreehan and human rights activist Senator Eileen Flynn.

Read more here




DFI News Update 24th March 2022