IWA Celebrates Opening of New Day Centre in Cork
Local Community Turnout to Support Opening of new Irish Wheelchair Association Centre in Cork
A wonderful new community facility was officially opened on Friday, 8th April 2016 by Cork woman, former Paralympian and President of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), Eileen O'Mahony. Oak House which is located on the Bessboro Road, Blackrock provides a modern facility for Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) which will serve the local community and provide high quality services to people with physical disabilities.
The Association was joined by Cllr. Paudie Dineen, Deputy Lord Mayor, local businesses and community organisations as well as members, friends and supporters of IWA for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Comprising a large multi-functional room, community meeting rooms, dining area and outdoor space, the new Resource and Outreach Centre will benefit existing IWA members while also catering for the growth of essential services in the area.
The opening of Oak House also presents an opportunity for existing groups and clubs and it is hoped the centre will play a positive part in the development of the Bessboro area and the wider community.
The importance of the facility and the vital role that the Resource and Outreach Centre plays was highlighted by President of Irish Wheelchair Association, Eileen O'Mahony during the opening ceremony:
For almost 17 years a dedicated team comprising of IWA members, staff and volunteers set to work applying for and securing the necessary investment and funding required to support a facility of this kind. Through community spirit, and the partnerships formed by local people, statutory and voluntary agencies, neighbouring businesses and organisations, the Association now has a modern, top class facility which is a credit to all involved, and will serve the community well for many years to come.
Oak House will provide approximately forty people with physical disabilities with greater independence, freedom and choice, enriching their quality of life by delivering a broad range of social, educational and sporting programmes and activities. The Association welcomes all local people, groups, schools and organisations to visit the centre and utilise the amenities available there.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Paudie Dineen said:
I am delighted to have the opportunity to join IWA today for the opening of Oak House and I have to add that Oak House is of a credit to all concerned, Oak House will be of immense benefit to all those who visit the centre. I would like to wish all those involved in and all those who will avail of Oak House the very best of luck in the future.