THE 'Walk Peer' programme, which was officially launched by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD in Bellingham Castle last week, has already had a very significant impact on the community in Louth, according to Gerald Nash TD.
The programme is designed to enable young people with disabilities to become active participants in the workforce, enabling them to become fully active citizens.
Deputy Gerald Nash said, 'I was very pleased that Minister Burton awarded significant funding to this programme. Based in Ardee, with outreach in Dundalk and in Drogheda, I have worked closely with local staff since the programme's inception, and it is clear to me that it is really achieving positive results for the young people involved and the businesses with which they work.
'The programme is all about addressing the real employment and support needs of young people with varied ability. People with disabilities have, for too long, often been side-lined in terms of real and meaningful employment opportunities.'
'I have been very impressed with the participants I have met, with the local employers who are gaining so much from working with them and with the staff of WALK PEER who are completely committed to the work of ensuring full and equal participation in work for young people with disabilities in Louth,' said Deputy Nash.