Derry City Council and Destined join forces

Dermot O'Hara, manager of Destined, pictured speaking at their AGM and launch of a book "Invisible Lives, Stories of Adults with Learning Disabilities" in the Culturalnn building at Great James Street on Thursday night. LS49-185KM
Dermot O'Hara, manager of Destined, pictured speaking at their AGM and launch of a book "Invisible Lives, Stories of Adults with Learning Disabilities" in the Culturalnn building at Great James Street on Thursday night. LS49-185KM

Derry City Council and the local Derry based organisation Destined have come together to develop an initiative that will help people with learning disabilities take part in every day activities throughout the city.

Destined will be hosting a conference in An Chultúrlann on Friday 24th February at 11.00am that will adopt a Charter for Inclusion and will encourage organisations from every sector in the Council area to conduct a self assessment to ensure that people with learning disabilities have an opportunity to access their services.

Speaking prior to the launch The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney said: “The Charter for Inclusion is a chance for organisations and individuals to show commitment to building a society that genuinely provides opportunity for all, where there is respect for difference and where there is a common sense of belonging. People with learning disabilities face many barriers in their daily lives, and through this event, it is hoped that we can build awareness of the benefits and opportunities for creating a more inclusive city and district. ”

The conference will include a speaker with a learning disability who will give an account of his life story, a member of Derry City Council will speak on the initiative of adopting a Charter for Social Inclusion, a project spokesperson from the Western Health Trust on its Access to Citizenship project with CAWT and a member of Destined will give a talk on strategies for implementing inclusion.

Dermot O’Hara, Destined Manager, said “We are really delighted to be hosting this conference in association with Derry City Council. People with learning disabilities have the same rights as everyone else and are entitled to the same equality of opportunity and access in the community.”

He continued “Destined is a small organisation so we need the support of the rest of society to help people with learning disabilities become integrated into their communities.”

The conference will be encouraging organisations to sign up to the Charter and to also ensure that their organisation is pro-active in its approach to supporting people with learning disabilities.

Everyone is welcome to attend and invitations can be had from Destined, telephone 02871362424 or email d@destined.ie