Thu, 23 Aug 2012
Interested in Independent Living?

Interested in Independent Living?

Irish Wheelchair Association is running Independent Living Skills courses this August and September at its headquarters in Clontarf.

This new two-week training course will cover everything you need to know about how to get by if you decide to leave home. Workshops will include vital day-to-day skills such as budgeting, paying your bills, handling your weekly shopping, and basic cooking and household tasks.

It will also look at other important areas that are vital in making a success of living independently such as gettting involved in your community, dealing with your neighbours, accessing services and - of course - getting out and enjoying yourself, and avoiding boredom or loneliness.

Workshops will be run by a Occupational Therapist and other guest speakers with support from Irish Wheelchair Association staff, including Independent Living Coordinator, Bronagh Lee. Bronagh is encouraging people to get involved in the training:

"The course is ideal for anyone who has ever considered living independently or moving out of the home. You don't need to be planning to make that move straight away, it could some time in the future. It's a great opportunity to learn more about what's involved in living independently and seeing if it's for you. You'll end up with new skills and confidence and you can ask all the questions you want."

Independent living support doesn't end with this two-week course, however. "IWA has a number of state-of-the art independent living apartments here in Clontarf that are available to occupy and you can get further assitance in general from a number of staff including our resident Occupational Therapist and Housing Officer."

IWA is also interested in hearing from young adults who might be thinking about their future at the moment. IWA Youth Worker Stephen Moynihan is hoping that young people will be especially interested "I'd really encourage any young people who think they might want their own place some day to get in touch with us about getting on the training. It's always best to start thinking about these kinds of things as soon as possible so that you've loads of time to plan and think about. You'll also learn a huge amount that will make things much easier in the long run".

How to Get Involved:

If you would like a place on this course, then you need to contact the IWA Independent Living Service, or IWA Youth Service for an application form.

You can contact Bronagh Lee, IWA Independent Living Coordinator on 01 818 6477 or e-mail

Or you can give Stephen (IWA Youth Worker) a call on 086 332 0449 or e-mail