ILMI eBulletin 19th of May 2023

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Governance for Change: what supports are available for disabled people to take up lead roles in organisations

IMAGE graphic poster with text that reads “explore what supports disabled people might access to take on local and national board roles and to build inclusion into structures. This discussion will take place on Zoom from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday 13th June. To register email” Purple and orange writing and the ILMI Logo.

ILMI’s vision is an Ireland where disabled persons have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals. Building an inclusive society will ensure that disabled people have the power to inform how systems and services are designed and delivered. Inclusion will be achieved by disabled people being empowered to sit on boards and committees that make decisions about how public resources and systems are designed and delivered.

As a national Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO), ILMI is consistently lobbying for greater inclusion of disabled people in those conversations locally and nationally. We also recognise that due to systemic exclusion many disabled people have not had the chance to explore how they could bring their skills to organisations.

ILMI is committed to building the collective expertise of disabled people who are interested in taking on Governance roles. Training and support will be provided to explore governance, the roles of boards, charity regulation and how to apply for governance roles. There will be no cost for this training, but places will be limited, and anyone interested in participating will be asked to commit to the full programme of supports.

Interested in finding out more? Join us for a Zoom discussion on governance and to begin to explore what supports disabled people might access to take on local and national board roles and to build inclusion into structures. This discussion will take place on Zoom from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday 13th June.
To register email

ILMI recruitment update May 2023

ILMI is delighted to announce a successful recruitment process over the last few weeks. ILMI advertised for three positions over the last month: Finance and administration officer (part time), DPO development officer (full time) and capacity development officer (full time).

After a full recruitment process, we are delighted to announce that Elaine Walsh has joined ILMI as our new finance and administration officer. Elaine takes over the position from Angela Coleman, who retired from her position at the end of April.

Elaine brings over 18 years office experience and have worked within the community sector for 14 years. We are delighted that Elaine brings such expertise to the organisation and are delighted that she has already settled into the ILMI team and met with staff and board at our book launch.

ILMI is delighted to announce that Peter Kearns has taken up the role of DPO development officer. After leading the INTERREG-funded ONSIDE project with ILMI since the summer of 2019, Peter brings a wealth of community development experience to this role, with years of community education, training, disability arts and organising which Peter will bring to this new role.

ILMI is delighted to announce that Fiona Weldon has taken up the role of capacity development officer. Fiona joined ILMI at the end of 2021 and established and coordinated ILMI’s online activism programme “Strategies for Change”.  Fiona brings a wealth of experience in designing and delivering training and education programmes on a cross-impairment basis which she will bring to this new role.

All of these roles will be central to working with the existing ILMI staff team, board, members and allies as we work towards the launch and delivery of our new strategic plan later in 2023.

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