It was a very special night for the Irish Wheelchair Association last Friday, as the group hosted the FETAC awards ceremony.
The Skills Development began in 2005, and the programme has grown and developed over the past seven years. It started off with four participants and that number rapidly grew to having 10 participant at any given time.
The IWA delivers a wide range of modules, which are either FETAC or IWA certified. On Friday, organisers presented the participants with the FETAC awards that they have worked so hard to get. In total, 11 participants received awards.
The modules included Communications, Maths, Personal and Interpersonal Skills, Drama, Consumer Awareness, Computer literacy, Preparation for Work and Self Advocacy.
Guest speakers on the night included Eimear Phelan the Trainer/Facilitator with the Skills Development Programme, Mayor of Kilkenny David Fitzgerald, Sinead Foskin the IWA Area Manager, and one of the participants, Stephen Power, who spoke about his experience of being part of the programme.
“It is a great achievement for the participants to see all of their hard work pay off,” said Eimear Phelan.
“Each of them are receiving a certificate for the FETAC modules they have completed, which vary from individual modules to those receiving an overall Level 3 award. We have two participants tonight receiving an overall award who are Peter Nolan and Marian Byrne. It is a great achievement for them, they are an inspiration to the rest of the group and other service users in IWA.
“Although the training is a prominent part of the programme, it is the friendships they have made and the social gain they have gotten from doing the programme that is equally important.”