New cross-border website to assist people with disabilities access local employment

A new cross-border website has been launched to assist people with disabilities access education, training and employment opportunities in the Strabane District Council and selected Donegal Council areas.

The website is one of seven innovative projects which has received from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by the Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) Citizenship Project.

Speaking at the launch in Ballybofey, Anne Marie Ward, HSE and Chair of Citizenship Board, said: “The Community Awareness Programme aims to promote community awareness of people with disabilities to enable them to be active citizens in their communities through enhanced education, training and employment opportunities.”

www.directionstoemployment.com website was developed and designed by the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE) in partnership with AVEC Solutions.

People with disabilities were involved in the design and development of the website which contains information on further and higher education, training and employment as well as information on social security benefits (welfare), your rights, case studies and news and events.

The website also has the facility to search for current job vacancies.

Martin Quinn, Western Health and Social Care Trust, highlighted the importance of education, training and employment opportunities.

He also stressed that participating in these areas was also about “being part of the local community.”

Edyth Dunlop, NIUSE said: “In this time of economic difficulties there has never been a more urgent need to provide people with disabilities with a vital free resource to provide information on education, training and employment.”

She added: “This website will also be a useful resource for employers, service providers and other relevant professionals”.

For further information about the website contact the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment by telephoning 0044 (0) 28 71377709 or by emailing info@niuse.org.uk