Irish Wheelchair Association’s Strategic Plan: Driving on - Determining our Future: A Strategy for People 2013 – 2016 was launched during the Association’s AGM and Conference which took place on 18th May 2013, in Sligo. During the conference IWA’s CEO, Kathleen McLoughlin introduced the strategy to delegates emphasising:

‘IWA is one of a number of not-for-profit organisations that work to build a more inclusive society. We have been successful at this because we keep the person at the centre of the process in all that we do. We have also been successful because we listen and respond in a timely manner to our member’s needs.

This has been most evident in the development of our 2013- 2016 strategic plan. The involvement of members at every stage of the planning is a clear testament to the ethos of the Association. IWA’s new strategy Driving On- Determining our Future again sets out a person-centred approach to how the Association will move forward in the coming years and address the issues that have the biggest impact on our members’ lives and ensure that they can remain in control of their lives and shape their own futures’.

The strategic plan has been developed at a time of unprecedented pressure on resources, and against a backdrop of financial uncertainty for the entire economy. Despite this situation, the Association is determined to continue to plan effectively for the future and to ensure that what has been achieved to-date is built upon and improved.

The strategy sets out 6 clear objectives for IWA to achieve over the course of the next three years:

  1. Support independent living an enhanced quality of life
  2. Retain and enhance services
  3. Ensure financial stability and sustainability for the Association
  4. Raise our profile
  5. Continue to develop sport and youth activities
  6. Mobilise support

The plan was developed, shaped and delivered as a strategy for people by IWA members. A sincere thank you is extended to all who participated in the development of the plan.

You can download the strategy here

A copy of the strategy is available in all local IWA Resource and Outreach Centres and from Customer Care and Information Services, Blackheath Drive, Clontarf, Dublin 3. Please contact 01 818 6400 or email for a copy of the strategy.