The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Tipperary Town Resource and Outreach Centre celebrated a FETAC awards ceremony at Knockanrawley Resource Centre recently. Don Campbell, Service Coordinator for IWA South Tipperary gave the keynote address and an overview of the growth and development of South Tipperary services.
Veronica Crowe, Community Education Facilitator VEC presented the awards that were attended by friends and families of the FETAC recipients, TD Mattie McGrath, members of South Tipperary IWA branch and the course tutor, Karl McHugh whose tutelage was funded by the VEC.
Lorraine Doherty, Mary Walsh, Sharon Magee, Helen Fitzgerald and Liam Ryan all qualified in Digital Media at Fetac Level 3. All of them are planning to move up to the next level and augment their learning with the Benef-IT B4-14 Digital Media programme.
Funding for this was secured by IWA South East region and will commence this autumn for over four hundred IWA members. Funding was secured from the Dept Of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
“The South Tipperary IWA services continue to grow and develop despite the kaleidoscope of challenges and difficulties present in the current financial landscape,” said Don Campbell, Service Coordinator.
“The ROC services are operating seven days per week cumulatively: four days in Tipperary Town, two days in Cashel and one day in Carrick on Suir. We have developed a new training programme for supported independent living and holidays in Killarney, Spanish Point, Mallorca and the Algarve in Portugal have been very popular.”
Right- Mary Walsh, Liam Ryan, Sharon Magee and Lorraine Doherty. (missing Helen Fitzgerald)
Mattie McGrath TD, Teresa Walsh, Veronica Crowe (VEC), Jo Hennessy and Don Campbell, (IWA Service Coordinator)