IWA opens Steeples Housing Project
Irish Wheelchair Association officially open the Steeples Housing Project, providing eight new accessible homes for Cashel Residents.
CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Kathleen McLoughlin, was joined by residents and their families at the official opening of eight supported independent living homes for people with physical and sensory disabilities. The houses which are located at St John’s Court, The Steeples, Dualla Rd, Cashel, will provide residents with the opportunity to live in a community setting, while also receiving the necessary support from IWA to live independently in their own homes.
The Steeples Housing Project was funded by the Department of the Environment who financed the construction of the houses under the Capital Assistance Scheme. IWA worked closely with the South Tipperary County Council throughout the various stages of the building work, and in December 2012 the first residents began to move into their new homes, which are specifically designed to meet the needs and requirements of people with physical and sensory disabilities.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, CEO Kathleen McLoughlin explained:
IWA is one of a number of not-for-profit organisations that work to build a more inclusive society. The availability of accessible accommodation, in a suitable location and with the required personal supports for a person with a disability to participate in the life of their community is a basic right. IWA is committed to supporting independent living and assisting people with disabilities to achieve their desired living situation.
The eight homes which have been built here in the heart of Cashel will provide local people with disabilities with the opportunity to live in the community in which they grew up, while also learning new life skills allowing them to determine their own future and enrich their quality of life.
IWA have a team of specifically and highly trained staff who are employed as Personal Assistants to work closely with residents. Staff supports are provided to facilitate community participation and social integration. Residents meet with staff regularly to discuss their supports and to plan, review and discuss any issues or concerns. The areas looked at are Independent Living Skills, Community Participation, Personal Responsibility, Individual Choices and Health and Wellbeing.
The Steeples Housing Project would not have been possible without the assistance of South Tipperary County Council (Housing Dept) and the HSE South who continue to support the operational costs of the project.
IWA is a Voluntary Housing Association and has several Housing Projects countrywide. The Association provides a range of housing options including long term independent living units, training for independent living and supported independent living.