Tipperary disability awareness programme wins national award

Let's Able not Label

Above - At the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards Awards ceremony in Croke Park, when the “Let’s Able, not Label” project won a silver award, were, from left, Carol Moore (Manager, South Tipperary Disability Services, HSE/South East Community Healthcare); Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler (Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council); Sinéad Carr (Director of Services, Community and Economic Development, Tipperary County Council) and Fiona Crotty (Community and Economic Development Officer, Tipperary County Council). Absent when the photo was taken was Anne Bradshaw (HSE and programme co-ordinator of the Tipperary Gold Star disabilities awareness programme).  

A disability project supported by the HSE has won a silver award in the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards   

“Let’s Able, not Label” is a training resource pack, launched in Tipperary last October by disabilities awareness advocate Joanne O’Riordan.

The HSE/Community Healthcare South East services, in partnership with the Community and Economic Development section of Tipperary County Council and through the Tipperary Gold Star disability awareness community programme, has supported the making of the “Let’s Able, not Label” video and related initiatives in Tipp Town, collaborating with several public and voluntary agencies and the commercial sector.  

The programme was created by 12 Transition Year students at St. Ailbe's, St. Anne’s and the Abbey CBS in Tipperary Town, LIT Tipperary and members of the South Tipperary Disability Groups Forum, to provide a disability awareness programme for incoming first years to secondary schools in the area.

Now in its 12th year, the All Ireland Community and Council Awards scheme (presented by the Local Authority Members Association, LAMA and the awards’ sponsors) recognise and reward communities and councils who are working together to deliver excellence in development and recreational projects. 

Projects across 20 categories were nominated from across the state, as demonstrations of work being done to enhance local areas for the good of their communities.

At a gala awards ceremony in Croke Park, the 2018 category winners were announced by presenter and RTE broadcaster Marty Morrissey. 

Following an in-depth judging process, over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted across the 20 categories. 

“Let’s Able, not Label” was nominated and received a sliver award under the “Best Disability Access and Inclusion” category.

Carol Moore manager of the South Tipperary Disability Services, HSE/South East Community Healthcare said “we are delighted with this recognition and it’s a boost to all those involved in this important work in communities throughout Tipperary. 

The “Let’s Able, not Label” Disability Awareness Training Resource Pack is a collaborative project, linked to the promotion of health and wellbeing identified in the Tipperary Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID) Plan. 

Welcoming the accolade, Anne Bradshaw, HSE and programme co-ordinator of the Tipperary Gold Star disabilities awareness programme said “the video is part of a 'Let’s Able, not Label' resource pack, which we hope will be availed of by all secondary schools in Tipperary to build understanding and awareness of living with physical, sensory, intellectual or hidden disabilities. 

"The resource pack is a positive message and campaign that can only contribute to increased awareness of challenges faced, not just in education but by our friends and family with disability. 

"Following on from our shortlisting in the recent HSE Excellence Awards, this recognition in the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards is a demonstration of work being done to enhance local areas for the good of their communities.”