Resource and Outreach Services

IWA has Resource and Outreach Services in over 57 locations throughout the country. These centres support people with disabilities in their day-to-day lives by offering locally-based recreational and educational programmes. All programmes are designed to facilitate personal development and interaction with the local community.

Over 2000 people with disabilities attend IWA centres each week. The service is a means of offering people with physical and sensory disabilities the opportunities and supports to increase their social participation and independence. Our person centred approach ensures that people can avail of a service that is flexible and tailored to their individual requirements.

The Resource and Outreach Centre model of service is delivered through a menu of group social programmes, educational programmes and community links, all of which respond to people’s interests and requirements.

The range of programmes offered by this service includes: arts and crafts; cookery; music and drama; gardening, sports; day trips; and holidays. Increasingly, this service also offer access to community physiotherapy services and educational/ 'mainstream bridging' programmes such as computer skills, QQI Certificate courses and Supported Employment programmes. The activities of the centres are based firmly around the principles of person-centred planning. To find out more about the programmes available, please contact your local centre.