Irish Wheelchair Association Celebrates 25 Years in Athy

Irish Wheelchair Association Celebrates 25 Years in Athy

Friday, 06 December 2013

Thursday,  5th December 2013, Athy, Co. Kildare:  Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) were joined by members and their families, local organisations and businesses, supporters and funders as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Resource and Outreach Centre which was officially opened in 1988.

The Resource and Outreach Centre, or ‘Day Centre’ as it was known then, was the first of its kind to be opened outside Dublin and originally had 15 members. Today, the Association provides a range of high quality, holistic, person-centred services to over 40 local people with physical disabilities and other mobility impairments.


Speaking at the event, Chairman of IWA, Gerry McMahon said:

The Resource and Outreach Centre was originally run by a committee comprising of both the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Eastern Health Board. The partnerships and networks initially formed by IWA in Athy over 25 years ago continue to this day.

A key contributor to the success of each of IWA’s 57 Resource and Outreach Centre nationwide is the creation of links and partnerships with other local community and disability services. IWA are at the forefront in demonstrating what can be achieved when collaboration between partners striving to achieve the same goal succeeds. This is visible here today from the many local people, organisations and community groups who have joined us for this celebratory event.


IWA operates a network of Resource and Outreach Centres in every county in Ireland. The aim of these centres is to provide opportunities and support services to people with disabilities so that they can lead full, active and independent lives in their own communities.

The Resource and Outreach Centre in Athy is one of the leading service providers for people with disabilities in Co. Kildare. On a weekly basis, service users are collected from their homes and brought to the centre where they participate in social, educational and training programmes.

Activities are person-centred which ensures that people can avail of a service that is flexible and tailored to their individual requirements.

For further information about the range of services provided from the Resource and Outreach Centre in Athy contact 059-8638529 or email

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