Roscommon LEADER Partnership:

Ability Programme

  • A EISF - European Interagency Security Forum
  • 2 ESF - European Social Fund
  • Department of Social Protection New
  • 4 Ability
  • 6 Roscommon LEADER
  • 5 Pobal

Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the

ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Ability Programme

The aim of the Ability Programme is to support Young people with Disabilities, through the development of Person Centred Plans with support from Mentors, to achieve their personal goals. The project will support the transition from school to further education/training and improve employability prospects by linking training to work, improving motivation, building confidence & enhancing personal skills. This will be enabled through the provision of certified programs with work placement and ensuring the participants engage in meaningful roles in their local communities through volunteering, civic and social engagement.

Mentors will support young people with a range of disabilities to develop person-centred transition support plans. These plans will identify the needs, goals and ambitions of the young people relating to transition to further and higher education, into employment and obtaining meaningful social roles in their communities. The mentors will support participants to deal with and overcome any obstacles they may meet such as transport, dealing with anxiety, budgeting, independent living etc. Inbuilt into the project is an understanding that individuals have varying abilities and needs and that the requirements of supports from mentor will vary based on the goals of each participant and their level of skills and abilities to achieve these goals.
We envisage that the cohort of participants that we support under this project are likely to fall into a number of categories: those who will need support at QQI levels 2,3 and 4 and those who may be interested in progressing onto QQI levels 5,6 and 7. Access to mainstream community training will be provided by GRETB and where necessary specific modules will be provided to those participating in this programme.
As part of this project, AIT will work with the partners and the mentors in the project to develop models and approaches to supporting individuals to transition into third level.
Awareness raising toolkits and training will be rolled out to local communities to increase their awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities and also promote equality. Employer Information Sessions will be organized & a toolkit for training developed.
This is a partnership model bringing together knowledge & expertise of Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Brothers of Charity Roscommon Region, Galway and Roscommon Education & Training Board, Athlone Institute of Technology, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Roscommon Employability Service and HSE to support the development of the project. We will establish a collaborative wrap-around way of working, exploring collectively the best way of enhancing opportunities for young people with disabilities.

The launch of the Ability Programme took place on Monday, October 14th in Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. please click here for further information

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Linda Sice,
Roscommon LEADER Partnership, 
(090) 66 30252