• Grants for 52 organisations to improve employment prospects and provide educational opportunities for disabled people
  • Focus on building the capacity of employers to recruit, retain and help disabled people progress within their workforce
  • Workability Programme’ a key part of Government’s ‘Pathways to Work’ Strategy
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The WorkAbility: Inclusive Pathways to Employment Programme is a new employment focused programme which aims to support disabled people to enter education and employment.

The programme will begin in January 2024, with grants available of up to €200,000 per year.

 

In the coming days Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, will contact the 52 applicants who reached the qualifying threshold to confirm their successful funding.

The programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) under Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training Programme (EIST) 2021-2027 and the Department of Social Protection, and will be administered by Pobal.

 

The primary purpose of the funding is to provide disabled people with the opportunity to gain and sustain employment/self-employment or to access education and training to improve their employment prospects.

Minister Rabbitte said:

Providing opportunities for gainful employment allows individuals of all abilities to contribute actively to the workforce, breaking down barriers and challenging preconceived notions about their capabilities.

Inclusion in the workplace not only enhances diversity but also enriches the work environment by tapping into a broad range of talents and perspectives.

Access to skills programs is a critical component, as it empowers individuals with the necessary tools to navigate and excel in various professional settings.

It  also sends a powerful message that disability is not a hindrance to success and productivity. Beyond the individual level, society benefits from the increased economic independence of disabled individuals.

Legislation and policies that promote equal opportunities and access to employment, inclusion, and skills programs are essential for dismantling systemic barriers, building a more just, compassionate, and economically vibrant society.

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Minister Humphreys commented:

As Minister for Social Protection I have seen first-hand what disabled people can achieve in a work environment and the positive impact that this has had on them and their co-workers.

This new programme will give an opportunity to many voluntary and community groups to deliver initiatives that will focus on disabled people living in communities the length and breadth of the country.

I was delighted with the huge interest for this programme. I want to give certainty to the successful applicant organisations as soon as possible, so Pobal will be contacting them in the coming days and I am delighted that so many worthy projects will be supported.

List of successful organisations:

2. Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Limited

3. Cope Foundation

4. Offaly Integrated Local Development Company

5. The Down Syndrome Centre Company

6. Dublin South City Partnership Company

7. SECAD Partnership Company

8. Walkinstown Association For People With An Intellectual Disability Company

9. Specialisterne Ireland Company

10. Down Syndrome Ireland

11. Forum Connemara Company

12. County Sligo Leader Partnership Company

13. Gheel Autism Services Company

14. Fingal Leader Partnership Company

15. South West Mayo Development Company

16. Limerick Youth Service

17. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

18. Wexford Local Development

19. SOS Kilkenny CLG

20. The National Association for the Deaf

21. Ak Inspired Ability Company

23. SDC South Dublin County Partnership Company

24. Peter Bradley Foundation Company

25. South Kerry Development Partnership Company

26. Cork Simon Community

27. Avista Company

28. Knockanrawley Resource Centre Company

29. Empower Local Development Company

30. Work Equal Company

31. Camphill Communities of Ireland

32. Roscommon Integrated Development Company

34. Spraoi Agus Spórt Family Centre Company

35. Autism Spectrum Association of Ireland Company

36. Bluestack Special Needs Foundation Company

37. Tipperary Regional Youth Service Company

38. Dara Residential Services

39. Bray Area Partnership Company

40. Hope For People With Autism Company

41. Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company

42. I.W.A. Company

43. Central Remedial Clinic

44. NCBI (National Council For The Blind) Group

45. St. Michael’s House

46. Blue Teapot Theatre Company

47. IRD Duhallow Company

48. Leitrim Integrated Development Company

49. Breffni Integrated Company

50. Prosper Meath CLG

51. Camphill Initiatives for Social Ecology Company

52. National Association For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus Ireland Company

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