Irish Wheelchair Association recruiting in West Cork

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Today, the association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many absolutely dedicated volunteers, supporting people to live their lives in their communities across Ireland.

The IWA provides many varied and comprehensive services including, Rehabilitative Training, Corporate Training, Holidays across Ireland in various centres, Housing, Wheelchair Solutions, Youth Services, Sport, Motoring Services including the managing of the Disabled Drivers parking permits, Enhanced Home Care Services, Resource and Outreach and centre based services and Assisted Living Services.

Martin McCarthy, a West Cork man with 18 years of valuable experience working in the Health and Social Care sector at local, regional and national level, is  based at the IWA’s  Regional Outreach Centre in Clonakilty and is responsible, with his committed team, for the provision of the Assisted Living Service across West Cork from Kinsale to Castletownbere .

The Assisted Living Service is funded by the Health Service Executive and delivered through the IWA. The Assisted Living Service (ALS) is a truly person centred model of service delivery supporting individuals to live their lives independently.

Martin explains with enthusiasm and passion that the service provides a trained Personal Assistant (PA) who can support you in your home or while you are out and about in your local community and that you can choose how best to use the hours of PA support allocated to you.

“The service is aimed to support you to achieve maximum control over your life with active participation in your community.

“It is important to point out that access to this service is not limited to wheelchair users,  a primary diagnosis of Physical and Sensory Disability is required however, such examples include but are not limited to Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke resulting in paralysis, amputations etc.

“Your Public Health Nurse / General Practitioner can refer you for services.”

Martin believes that good quality outcomes for people supported by the IWA is what it is all about.  For example the Assisted Living Service supports people to go to work and stay at work, the Assisted Living Service also supports people to stay in their own home in their community and out of residential homes.

For more information on accessing the Assisted Living Service in West Cork or to talk about eligibility or any aspect of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s services: Martin McCarthy is very happy to talk, explain and assist you.


The Irish Wheelchair Association is also actively recruiting motivated and suitably capable people to work with and become part of a well-respected team in a dynamic and innovative organisation.

Competitive rates of pay are being offered with excellent terms and conditions with a dedicated experienced and supportive manager across all areas of West Cork.

For further information for West Cork Services, please do not hesitate to contact: Martin Mc Carthy (Assisted Living Services Coordinator West Cork) directly  on 087 2041702 or

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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