Wheelchair Association members issue appeal for bigger premises

The Irish Wheelchair Association is searching for a larger premises in Carrick-on-Suir for its members meetings and social activities.

The Irish Wheelchair Association is searching for a larger premises in Carrick-on-Suir for its members meetings and social activities.

Josephine Hennessy, who manages the IWA’s Carrick-on-Suir group, has issued an appeal to anyone with a suitable premises for their members needs to contact the association.

Eleven Carrick-on-Suir IWA members currently meet at the town’s Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre at Greenside on Fridays between 10.30am and 4pm but there are a further eight wheelchair users on a waiting list as the venue isn’t big enough to cater for them.

“We need a bigger and more accessible premises for wheelchair users that would have ramps and on a ground floor. We have looked around but haven’t found anywhere suitable yet. It’s hard to find a place that is suitable for our members needs.”

The IWA runs courses and social activities for its members at these Friday meetings ranging from personal development and computers to cookery, arts and crafts.

“We organise quizzes, day trips, shopping expeditions and holidays. One of our members is going to Spain on holiday with a group of 10 IWA members soon.

“We base the activities around what the members want. We sit down with them once a month and ask them what they want to do,” said Josephine.

Anyone with proposals and suggestions concerning the IWA’s search for a new premises should contact Josephine Hennessy at (062) 52744.