Disability information and services open day

Members of the Disability Working Group for Westmeath, pictured this week in Clonbrusk Resource Centre. Back L-R: Susan Bray, Edel McCallan, Mary Chapman, Tom Hogan. Front L-R: Marion Gillespie, Hugh McGuire, Linda-Jo Quinn, and Maria O’Callaghan. Photo: molloyphotography

Members of the Disability Working Group for Westmeath, pictured this week in Clonbrusk Resource Centre. Back L-R: Susan Bray, Edel McCallan, Mary Chapman, Tom Hogan. Front L-R: Marion Gillespie, Hugh McGuire, Linda-Jo Quinn, and Maria O’Callaghan. Photo: molloyphotography

Plans are under way for what is hoped will be another successful Services and Information Open Day to support people with disabilities, which will take place this year at the Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday October 22. This event is going from strength to strength each year and this is the third time an event of its kind has been organised.

The members of the Disability Working Group for Westmeath, which is a sub-structure of Westmeath Community Development, highlighted the need for such an event three years ago. Chairperson Hugh McGuire indicated that last year alone, 27 new members joined his organisation PWDI as a result of attending the event.

Its aim is to bring services users and service providers together in the one venue for networking purposes, and to support people with disabilities to gain access to information, which may help improve their quality of life. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to service providers in person and see the vast number of organisations that provide services in County Westmeath.

Last year there were 37 exhibitors and over 200 people attended. Planning for this event is ongoing and there is still time for organisations to book their stand. Contact Edel on (090 ) 6494555 or email [email protected] westcd.ie

All are welcome to come along to the Disability Information and Services Open Day on Friday October 22 from noon to 4pm at the Mullingar Park Hotel. The event is free for community and voluntary service providers, but for commercial organisations there is a charge.

This event is being funded by Westmeath Community Development through the Local and Community Development Programme, and Westmeath County Council through their Access Officer Community and Enterprise section.

For further information please contact Linda-Jo Quinn, Local and Community Development co-ordinator at Westmeath Community Development Athlone offices on (090 ) 6494555.

 

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