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Strategies for Change: A series of workshops for disabled activists to explore how we can bring about change

Strategies for Change which will build on the capacity of disabled activists from across the country to work collectively to build an inclusive Ireland. In the year that Ireland makes its first report to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), more than ever, disabled people’s voices need to be heard. Strategies for Change will create an innovative online programme with legacy learning resources which build and support the development of disabled activists across Ireland.

ILMI’s innovative online project will deliver 20 online workshops on a range of topics to build collective approaches to build equality. Many of the inputs will be delivered by experienced disabled activists on topics such as disability equality, intersectionality and the social model of disability.

ILMI will also work with experts from the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission (IHREC), the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Values Lab and the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to cover a range of topics including the role of Public Participation Networks, the Public Sector Duty, Equality Legislation and the role of values in bringing about change. These inputs will be recorded as high quality video inputs for activists to use as learning resources either “live” via Zoom or as an online legacy on the ILMI website.

As part of the project, ILMI will create a peer space for activists outside of the workshops, to build and support the development of a peer group of disabled activists across the country. It will be an active space for participants in the online training, to look at how they as activists can work collectively as part of the Movement to influence change: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The workshops will be take place on Zoom. We are delighted that we can confirm a number of the workshop topics and presenters (dates and times to be confirmed later in the year):
  • Disability Equality: Peter Kearns, ILMI
  • The Social Model Vs the Medical Model of Disability: Peter Kearns, ILMI
  • What is a Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO): Jacqui Browne, ILMI Board member
  • What is representation and collective action? Damien Walshe, ILMI
  • Disability and intersectionality: Mel Hibbert, ILMI member
  • What is policy and what is ILMI’s role: James Cawley, ILMI
  • What are the key policies in relation to disability equality: James Cawley, ILMI
  • Values and social Change: Niall Crowley, Values Lab
  • The Principles of Community Development: Damien Peelo, Treoir
  • Structures to influence: County Councils and Local Development Companies: Teresa Butler, Leitrim Development Company
  • State Structures- how do they work? Philip O Connor, Political Scientist
  • Local Structures: how does the PPN work? Catherine Lane, National Women’s Council
  • UNCRPD: Iris Elliott, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)
  • Disability and the Equal Status Act, Eilis Barry Free Legal Advice Centres
  • Using the Equal Status Act: Practical steps: Aishling Glynn BL, Solicitor and ILMI member
  • The Public Sector Duty: presentation by Jacqueline Healy, Irish Human Rights Equality Commission (IHREC)
  • The media and representation of disability: Ellis Palmer, BBC journalist and ILMI member
  • The Crooked Timbers - The Power of Culture in representations of Disability” Dr James Casey, ILMI
  • Disability and sexuality: Selina Bonnie, ILMI board member
  • Using Legislation to bring about change, Eilinoir Flynn, CDLP NUIG
  • The role of social Movements: Laurence Cox, NUI Maynooth
  • Social Movements and the use of online spaces, Aileen O Carroll, NUI Maynooth
 
A full outline of the programme of events will be announced in due course. If you are interested in participating, email info@ilmi.ie

ILMI will begin a recruitment process for a project worker for Strategies for Change, and the project will begin in December 2020 and run across 2021.
Strategies for Change is supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).  The Fund supports charities' innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis that will also provide lasting change.

   




ILMI Strategies for Change project worker

Part time 17.5 hours per week, fixed term one-year contract
Location: ILMI offices, Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 (remote working will also be facilitated)
Salary: €17,500

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Strategies for Change project worker (part time). 

Job Description
ILMI seeks to employ a project worker to oversee our Rethink Ireland funded programme Strategies for Change.

Strategies for Change which will build on the capacity of disabled activists from across the country to work collectively to build an inclusive Ireland. In the year that Ireland makes its first report to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), more than ever, disabled people’s voices need to be heard. Strategies for Change will create an innovative online programme with legacy learning resources which build and support the development of disabled activists across Ireland.

The project will deliver 20 online workshops on a range of topics to build collective approaches to build equality. Many of the inputs will be delivered by experienced disabled activists on topics such as disability equality, intersectionality and the social model of disability.

ILMI will also work with experts from the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission (IHREC), the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Values Lab and the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to cover a range of topics including the role of Public Participation Networks, the Public Sector Duty, Equality Legislation and the role of values in bringing about change. These inputs will be recorded as high quality video inputs for activists to use as learning resources either “live” via Zoom or as an online legacy on the ILMI website.

The Strategies for Change project worker will: 
  • Oversee the delivery of 20 online workshops to disabled activists on a range of topics to build collective approaches using legislation and local / national structures to ensure strategies for disability equality is led by disabled people.
  • Link with presenters in advance of agreed dates to ensure programme delivered.
  • Ensure all relevant presentations are made available to participants in Strategies for change programme.
  • Develop and resource peer group of at least 15 disabled activists who participate in the online training and continue to support their development beyond the lifetime of “Strategies for change”.
  • Ensure the recording of a series of 20 high quality video resources on equality legislation, UNCRPD, the Public Sector Duty, disability equality uploaded onto ILMI website as a legacy resource for disabled activists and community organisations who want to use strategic approaches to build an inclusive Ireland.
  • Engage with all relevant stakeholders, ILMI staff and members to promote Strategies for change.
  • Provide regular updates to staff, board and members through ILMI eBulletin, ILMI website and social media.
  • Work with CEO, staff, board and members to meet Strategic objectives.
ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria.

Essential requirements:
  • An understanding and commitment to Independent Living;
  • Commitment to the values of ILMI;
  • An understanding of ILMI’s role as a DPO;
  • An understanding of the Social model of disability;
  • Commitment to the principles of community development:
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
  • Excellent communication skills; including proven ability to facilitate groups and work with people on a one-to-one basis
  • An ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies such as Zoom.
  • Access to high quality broadband in order to facilitate and record Zoom inputs.
The position is based in ILMI offices in Brunswick Street but the programme and peer support will be delivered via Zoom so there is flexibility on alternate working arrangements (assuming quality access to internet).

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to angelacoleman@ilmi.ie

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th October 2020 at 5pm.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 19th October  2020. Interviews will take place via Zoom.

 ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled people for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland. 

Strategies for Change is supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).  The Fund supports charities' innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis that will also provide lasting change.

   


Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) ONSIDE Project Community Navigator County Monaghan (part-time Maternity Cover)
 
Responsible To     : ONSIDE Project Coordinator ILMI
Location                : working in County Monaghan
Part time 14 hours per week
Terms: This is a fixed contract position for maternity cover until April 2021.
 

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as a Community Navigator to carry out key functions as part of the ONSIDE project in County Monaghan. 
 
The ONSIDE Project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
 
Who is ILMI?
 
ILMI’s aim is to support disabled people to achieve Independent Living, choice and control over our lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.
 
As a national representative Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO). ILMI promotes the philosophy of Independent Living and works to build a truly inclusive society. Development of evidence-based social policy is essential to achieving our key objectives in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022. Central to the way we work is ensuring that the policy decisions that impact on our lives have to be directly influenced by those with the lived experience – ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’.
 
Our Vision  
 
Our vision is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals.
 
Mission 
 
We are working collectively to create an Independent Living Movement in Ireland led by disabled people, promoting a rights-based social model of disability, challenging the unacceptable a charity / medical view of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of Independent Living.
 
Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living and all activities are aimed towards promoting: Independence, Options, Rights and Empowerment. 
 
ONSIDE Project:
 
ONSIDE is a cross border project led by Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), Disability Action Northern Ireland; Supporting Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It will reduce social isolation amongst disabled people through the co-production of a digital inclusion programme, involving community mapping, navigation and peer advocacy. It will result in improved mental and physical health outcomes amongst disabled people, while empowering them to fulfill their potential as active citizens within their communities.
 
 
Main Purpose of the Job:  The Community Navigator will have the responsibility for providing tailored one to one support to disabled people in County Monaghan to help address their social isolation and support their participation in our online digital skills training programme.
 
Reporting Arrangements & Management Responsibility:  The Community Navigator will be responsible and report to the ONSIDE Project Coordinator.  The post holder will not have any staff management responsibilities. 
 
Key duties and responsibilities:  The key duties and major responsibilities of the Community Navigator will include the following:
 
To provide tailored one to one support to disabled people to help address their social isolation.
 
To support disabled people in Monaghan to become active participants on our online social inclusion and digital training workshops.
 
To organise and deliver a number of 8-week programmes with ONSIDE disabled participants either online or in mainstream community venues in County Monaghan and work with ILMI staff to identify speakers from appropriate local mainstream services with responsibility for social inclusion.
 
To work closely with ILMI Onside community navigators in Counties Cavan and Louth to coordinate digital training workshops.
 
To ensure a confidential and person centred approach in working with ONSIDE participants.
 
To comply with all the reporting requirements to ensure robust governance of the project including maintenance of accurate records.
 
To ensure compliance with internal procedures and appropriate legislation relevant to the role.
 
To build trusting and supportive relationships with participants.
 
To work in conjunction with other teams (internal & external) to develop links and partnerships with both statutory and voluntary agencies.
 
To participate in monthly planning and reporting meetings with ILMI community navigators and the Project Manager
 
To participate in monthly meetings with the ONSIDE Project Team, including the following Project personnel specifically:

 
  • Digital Inclusion Trainers (Supporting Communities) 
  • Website Developer (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
  • Disability Health and Housing Officer (ILMI)
  • Community Navigators (ILMI and Disability Action Northern Ireland)
  • Peer Advocate Co-ordinator (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
 
To maintain records which will assist in the interim and final evaluation of the ONSIDE Project; and
 
To prepare and present quarterly progress reports to the Onside Project Manager
 
To maintain financial records related to the ONSIDE Project expenditure.
 
To adhere to agreed corporate quality standards.
 
To undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time by ILMI in line with the status of the post.
 
 
NB: - The organisation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions of employment at its discretion in circumstances where such variation is in the interests of improving the efficiency of the organisation's business.  The organisation also reserves the right to review, revise, amend or replace policies / procedures from time to time reflecting the changing needs of the business.
 
 
ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria. 
 
Essential requirements: 

 
  • A qualification in Community Development, Equality Studies, Disability Studies or a or minimum three year’s experience in a relevant organisation; 
  •  A proven commitment to human rights and equality;
  • Proven experience of assessing, identifying and addressing the social isolation needs of disabled people (or other similar disadvantaged or vulnerable groups).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local, national policy and international fora that relate to disabled people;
  • Commitment to the values of the ILMI and the philosophy of Independent Living;
  • An understanding of the Social model of disability; 
  • Proven experience of working in a person-centred context
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
  • Demonstrated experience to network;
  • Excellent communication skills; 
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies. 
  • The ability to meet the travel requirements of the post – ie to undertake travel throughout Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
 
 
The Community Navigator role will be based remotely. Successful candidate should have the ability to work from home. Laptop and mobile phone will be provided by ILMI for the duration of the maternity cover.
 
To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to angelacoleman@ilmi.ie  
 
Closing date for applications is Friday 9th October before 5.00pm
 
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 19th October  2020. Interviews will take place via Zoom.
 
ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled people for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland. 

 



ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Specialist support for persons with disabilities living in the community: Review of international practice

This report has been peer reviewed prior to publication. The authors are solely responsible for the content and the views expressed.
 
September 25, 2020
Despite the widespread ratification of the CRPD, there is considerable variation evident across countries in how community living is supported in practice. This variation appears to stem both from the policy origins in different legacy welfare state models and their underlying ideologies, but also from varying trends in the development of service provision over time.

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