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Welcome to our September 18th E-Bulletin

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Leader Training

Photo shows the call for people to participate in the ILMI Leader Training.

What is the ILMI Leader Training Programme?
In ILMI we recognise that leading our own PAS is a complex role, which requires recognition of the unique relationship that exists between our PAs and us as Leaders. In response we have developed a distinctive training programme that recognises the challenge this presents and the information we need to take our first step toward IL. ILMI’s Leader Training programme aims to put us back in control of our PAS. By providing us with a range of information on Independent Living and our role as a Leader it aims to give us the confidence to lead our services in an effective way.
This programme has been successfully delivered across Ireland during 2019 and into 2020. As a reaction to COVID19 and to ensure ongoing support for Leaders who were interested in participating but limited by travel restrictions the programme went virtual earlier this year.
The first phase of the training has now been rolled out and we are rolling our Phase II in October 2020!

Who can participate?
Training is free and open to any individual in receipt of or actively seeking a PAS. Ideally you will have completed Phase I of this training and have an interest in developing a further understanding of managing your PAS.

I'm Interested! What Next?
Training will commence in October and run into November. All training sessions are delivered by a Leader currently in receipt of a PAS. Training is delivered via Zoom.
If you would like to get involved then simply email to express your interest in taking part. 


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PAS Now!

ILMI are currently working with a number of Local Authorities to ensure our Right to Personal Assistance Services (PAS) is supported at a local level. This follows on from our #PASNOW campaign, which saw Deputy Thomas Pringle bring an historic Motion before the Dail in 2019 requesting support for our right to PAS. As we are aware that Motion got unanimous support at national level and we are now working to ensure that similar support is secured at a local level. 
On December 9th Galway City became the first Council to support the Motion, which was quickly followed by Longford County Council. To date one third of Local Authorities have voted in support of the Motion. If you would like to work with us to ensure your Council is actively supporting your right to PAS in 2020 then do let us know and we will be happy to assist you. You can contact Susan by email or by calling 086 1712648 for further information.

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Social Nights

Photo shows the a screenshot from the ILMI Social Nights!

We are delighted to be rolling our our Social Nights on the second Thursday of every week. To date we have been entertained by filmmaker Paddy Slattery and musician Rory Gallagher. Both nights have proven really entertaining and are a great way for us to connect with one and another and have some fun. The next few social nights will consist of a variety of guest speakers/performers from film, fashion, music, sport and the culinary industry and much more.
The exciting line-up includes:

  • Clara Holmes is a fashion model and public speaker. Clara is passionate about self- love, body positivity and the diverse representation of all bodies within the fashion and beauty industry.
    • Date: 1st of October from 8pm-9pm.
  • Christian O Reilly is a playwright and screenwriter who has many successful films such as “Sanctuary” and “Inside I am dancing”
    • Date: 15th of October from 6pm-7pm.

Other guest speakers will be announced over the next few weeks.

For more information on the social nights or if you would like to register for any of these spaces, please contact

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Community Platforms

Photo shows the callout for ILMI online communities.

We are delighted to see the growth of our Online Community Platforms. These communities allow us to stay socially connected and find out information on the various supports and services in our local communities. Each platform consists of an online programme including guest speakers from mainstream services, which provides you with information on a wide range of topics from financial management, managing your PAS, arts and culture and so much more. 

Online communities are currently enrolling in:

  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Offaly
If you are interested in taking part please let us know as soon as possible as spaces are limited. You can register your interest at

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Photo shows the ONSIDE logo.

The ONSIDE project is a cross boarder initiative that aims to provide disabled adults with tablets along with an 8 week IT and social inclusion programme. The ONSIDE team are currently preparing for the next programme, which will be starting Monday 21 September. This week Community Navigators have been busy setting up tablets and delivering them to ONSIDE participants. Every ONSIDE participant receives a tablet and keyboard which they can keep. The programme has two components, a weekly one hour social inclusion workshop where guest speakers from mainstream organisations talk about the services they provide, and a 2 hour IT workshop where participants are supported to get the most use out of their tablets in line with their interests and goals. The programme runs for 8 weeks.
There are still places available for the programme starting late November, so if you are a disabled adult living in a border county and are interested in finding out more about the ONSIDE programme you can contact the community navigator for your region.

Donegal: Orla Beirne, 0870559725,

Sligo / Leitrim: Fiona Brennan, 0873495905,

Cavan: Mark McCollum, 087 721 8067,

Monaghan / Louth: Clive Lowry, 0879650576,



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