DAVID BEGG, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, visited Drogheda last week to present certificates to learners who successfully completed the first Disability Activation Programme under the direction and tutelage of the Drogheda Resource Centre.
Those who received certificates were; Karl Bourke, Sean Carolan, Brendan Carroll, Winifred Clarke, Roseanne Donavan, Leona Duffy, Catherine Everitt, Fiona Farrell, Malcolm Farrell, Irene Reynolds, Karl Rooney, Amanda McDonagh & Carol White.
This is a programme which is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Social Protection and is targeted at the Border, Midlands and Western regions, is organised by the Irish Congress Of Trade Unions and carried out by the congress centres in these regions. The target group for the funding is people with a disability, between the ages of 16 to 65 years of age, who are in receipt of specific disability/illness welfare payments.
Seamie Briscoe, secretary of the Drogheda Resource Centre board of management, welcomed the large gathering to the award ceremony and outlined the role played by the DSP and ICTU in securing and providing this much needed training to this specific group of people and thanked them for their input into such an important training option.
'I must thank the DRC staff who give their total dedication and commitment to the two programmes already carried out by the DRC,' Mr Briscoe said.
'The volunteers give endless hours given to the community sector and receive no reward, other than helping their peers and seeing successful outcomes as witnessed here today'.
The staff of the centre also bought into the programme and provided great support to the learners. ICTU training officers, Sylvia Ryan and Joanne Brown who were the Congress Training Officers, also gave great assistance to the programme and she thanked them for all the work they had done since the programmes were initiated. In concluding, Ms Taaffe praised the support the programme had received from local businesses who had provided work experience to the learners and lastly, the learners themselves, whom, she said, were the real stars of the whole programme.
Before presenting the awards, David Begg expressed his admiration for the manner in which the event was staged and on behalf of ICTU he was delighted to be involved with such a special function and was honoured to present the recipients with their award scrolls.