Training Options / Disability Activation Project (DACT)

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Introduction  

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has been selected to offer training and support to people with disabilities. The Disability Activation Project (DACT) aims to increase the capacity and potential of people on disability/illness welfare payments to participate in the labour market.  Congress plans to deliver education and training to enhance the competencies of people with disabilities in a range of personal development, Information Technology and work related programmes.  

 

The Disability Activation Project is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and is targeted at the Border, Midlands and Western region (BMW). The target group for this funding is people with a disability, 16 to 65 years of age, in receipt of disability/illness welfare payments who reside in the BMW region.

 To be eligible for the TRAINING OPTIONS programme, participants/applicants must be in receipt of one of the following welfare payments:

  1. Disability Allowance
  2. Invalidity Pension
  3. Illness Benefit
  4. Blind Pension
  5. Disability Benefit
  6. Incapacity Supplement
  7. Injury Benefit

Disability Payments and Employment 
Disability Allowance

You can do rehabilitative work and earn up to €120 per week (after deduction of PRSI, any pension contributions and union dues) without your payment being affected. You must get permission from the Department of Social Protection before you start work.  50% of your earnings between €120 and €350 will not be taken into account in the Disability Allowance means test.  Any earnings over €350 are fully assessed in the means test.

Invalidity Pension
From 13 February 2012, Partial Capacity Benefit replaces the previous exemption arrangements where people on Invalidity Pension could get permission to work part-time (known as an exemption) for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes and keep their full social welfare payment.

Illness Benefit
Since 13 February 2012, Partial Capacity Benefit replaces the previous arrangements (known as an exemption) where people on Illness Benefit could get permission to work part-time for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes and keep their full social welfare payment.

Benefits to Employee
Training Options DACT project

12 week programme which will include achieving three (3) FETAC accredited certificates
10 days practical work experience
Individual Employment PlanOn the job Support and Coaching
Follow up Support and Mentoring 

Assistance with workplace integration
Advice on Employment Benefits and Entitlements
Benefits to Employer
Range of supports for Employers include: 

Database of skilled jobseekers
Access to a committed workforce
Grants and Financial Supports Available include:
Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)

Workplace Equipment/Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
Job Interview – Interpreter Grant (JIIG)
Personal Reader Grant (PRG)Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)
www.employabilitymidlands.com

This information is correct at time of print - we include the following websites for any future changes and updates that may occur. www.welfare.ie

Other relevant links on Disability can be found on:   http://www.ictu.ie/projects/workway/ and  http://www.ictu.ie/projects/disability-champions/

 

Training programmes to commence in September 2013.

For further details, please contact the following Congress Centres in your area; 

 

 Dr. Steven’s Resource Centre, 1st Floor, Block A, Irishtown Central, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Co-ordinator: Bernie Mannion, phone:  090 647 3001

e-mail: drstevensresourcecentre@eircom.net

 

Ballina Centre for the Unemployed , Teeling Street,Ballina,Co.Mayo

Co-ordinator Deirdre Carroll, phone:  096 70885

e-mail:  coordinator.mayo@congresscentres.net  cfuballina@eircom.net

 

Castlebar Centre for the Unemployed, Tucker Street, Castlebar, Co.Mayo

Co-ordinator Lucy Cunningham, phone: 094 902 7684

e-mail: coordinator.mayo@congresscentres.net    cfucastlebar@eircom.net 

website www.mayocentrefortheunemployed.com

 

Drogheda Resource Centre, 7 North Quay, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Co-ordinator Bernadette Dowd, phone:  041 983 5754

e-mail: bernadettedowd@yahoo.ie

 

Dundalk People’s Centre for Information & Training, 30 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth                

Co-ordinator John Mathews phone:  042-933 8820  

email: coordinator.dundalk@congresscentres.net     agesandstagescreche@gmail.com    

                                                                                                                                                                                

Galway People’s Resource Centre, St Clare’s Walk, Merchant Road, Galway

Co-ordinator Margaret Cullinane  phone:  091 564822

e-mail: Margaret.cullinane@gprc.ie  Website:  www.gprc.ie

 

Congress Resource Centre Letterkenny, Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Co-ordinator Marie Slevin phone:  074 912 8010

e-mail: coordinator.letterkenny@congresscentres.net

 

Employment Development & Information Centre, Longford, 11a 2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford

Co-ordinator Mary Smith,  phone:  043 33 47515                                    

e-mail: coordinator.longford@congresscentres.net  www.edilongford.ie

Mullingar Congress Information & Development Centre, Harbour Court, Friars Mill Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Co-ordinator Susan Bray phone:  044 9345060

e-mail: coordinator.mullingar@congresscentres.net   Website:  www.mullingarcongress.com

 

Sylvia Ryan
Program Manager – DACT Project
Irish Congress of Trade Unions
31-32 Parnell Square
Dublin 1
sylvia.ryan@ictu.ie   
www.ictu.ie 

   

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PROJECT LAUNCH

The project was officially launched by Minister For Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. on Monday 27th January 2014 in the EDI Centre in Longford. More information here

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Stakeholders meeting Donegal October 10th 2013

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Sylvia Ryan and Patricia King at SIPTU Conference October 2013

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 DACT Stand at the Roscommon Education Fair 16th October 2013

DACT Stand at Roscommon Ed Fair

Joan Burton Visits Dundalk and Drogheda Centres

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton paid visits to the Drogheda Resource Centre and the Dundalk Centre for Information and Training on 20th September 2013 as part of the DACT project. She gave great feedback on the Centres and their staff and facilities.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny Visits EDI Centre, Longford, 9th December 2013

To date 86 participants have completed the ICTU "Training Options" Programme. The programme is part of the Disability Activation (DACT) Project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and is targeted at the Border, Midlands and Western region (BMW). The target group for this funding is people with a disability, 16 to 65 years of age, in receipt of disability/illness welfare payments who reside in the BMW region.

The Disability Activation Project (DACT) aims to increase the capacity and potential of people on disability/illness welfare payments to participate in the labour market. Congress plans to deliver education and training to enhance the competencies of people with disabilities in a range of personal development, Information Technology and work related programmes.

Enda Kenny EDI