Celebration of participation and achievement in Wicklow! 

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At the end of December, Wicklow County Partnership came together with DFI and local Councillor Miriam Murphy to celebrate the achievement of all those who participated on the Wicklow County Partnership funded six week training course in Practical Self Advocacy. This is one of the series of Practical Self Advocacy courses started through the DFI CPTN project and locally coordinated in Galway, Limerick, Dublin, Kerry and Mayo throughout 2016. Here in Wicklow the course was hosted by the Bridge Christian Community Centre, Arklow during November and December of 2016.

The course was funded by Wicklow County Partnership under the SICAP program, and was facilitated by Laura English from the Disability Federation of Ireland and Mary DeCourcy from the Wicklow Branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland. The aim of the course was to build participants confidence and enhance their capacity to represent themselves. It also highlighted the different support services available locally and taught effective communication skills. On the final day of the course, participants confidently delivered a presentation on a topic of their choice to an audience of family and friends. Cllr. Miriam Murphy and Cllr. Pat Fitzgearld, Chairperson of Wicklow County Council, also attended to commend participants on their efforts over the previous 6 weeks and present certificates.

Left to right Cllr. Miriam Murphy, Mary DeCourcy (Co facilitator), Laura English (Co facilitator), Patrick Farrell, Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (Chairperson of Wicklow County Council), Mark Prestage, James O’Toole, Elizabeth Parle

Left to Right: Cllr. Miriam Murphy, Mary DeCourcy (Co facilitator), Laura English (Co facilitator), Patrick Farrell, Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (Chairperson of Wicklow County Council), Mark Prestage, James O’Toole, Elizabeth Parle

Absent from photo: Liz Dunne (County Wicklow Partnership) and Marie Tully.

Through the DFI CPTN model, with continued delivery and direction at local level by DFI member organisations and local partnerships, we will be supporting the repeated roll out of this training in 2017.

If you are interested in participating in similar training or would like to learn more about advocating for the rights of people with disabilities locally in the Dublin region please contact Laura English on 086 8206736 or lauraenglish@disability-federation.ie. For information on DFI's staff in other regions please click here.

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