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Focusing on disability

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Galway Rural Development are running out two events in the West and East of the County in November focusing on disability issues and the supports that are available.

In Peacocke's Hotel, Maam Cross from 1.10pm - 5pm on Wednesday 22nd November there is a Disability Awareness Seminar. The Keynote speaker is Leith Gath, a Thalidomide survivor who is also a designated confidential recipient that people can go to if they have concerns about the treatment of family members in the care of the HSE. There will be a session on alternative respite from Ability West, information about personalised budgets from Willia Walsh and a presentation from Catheine Kelly and Joe Mason on the organisation WALK,set up in 1967 to empower people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society. For information and to book a place please call Gearóid Ó Fátharta, Development Officer on 091 574858 or 087 1835841.

The Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe is the venue for a Disabilities Services Showcase taking place on Thursday 30th November from 10.30 am to 3pm, which will show the supports that are available for people with disabilities.

Spaces will be provided for organisations and voluntary bodies to set up a table and stand so that these services can provide the public with relevant  information for supporting people with Intellectual, Physical, Sensory Disabilities and Autism.  Let people know the great work you're doing in their area!

Services that provide support to groups such as the elderly are also welcome to set up a stand at the event.

 For more information and to book a space please contact Martin Ward, Community Development Officer, Ballinasloe on 09096 45111 or via email:

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.