IWA runs 57 community centres which offer training, social activities and therapies to people with physical disabilities.
Irish Wheelchair Association operates community centres with day services, member transport, training, holidays, outings, school leaver activities and outreach programmes through 57 full and part-time community centres around Ireland.
These centres are also made available to local communities, groups and organisations to bring Irish Wheelchair Association to the centre of all local communities across Ireland.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our centres have been following HSE-guidelines, enabling small groups to visit when restrictions allow and our frontline workers have brought our services to people’s homes through community outreach teams. Our community work has become more vital than ever as people with physical disabilities can be at a greater risk of social isolation, particularly if cocooning or living in remote areas.
We have been busy delivering shopping, prescriptions and hobbies and crafts to homes across Ireland. Companies and local clubs in towns big and small have been incredibly generous in supporting us to bring gifts to our members and to brighten up people’s day.
We are connecting people online to our services and to each other. We continue to offer formal qualifications such as QQI Certificate courses and our Ability programme, that supports young people to seek employment.
We will reopen our centres fully as soon as is safe to do so in line with Government recommendations, but we are also working in new ways that will further the kinds of social support we can provide.