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Developing Citizenship through
Increasing Independence and
Choice for People with a Disability

Project Progress

April 2014 EU funding for the Project concludes with a positive evaluation of the project. The Day Opportunities aspect of the project has been integrated into existing disabilities services in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and HSE West areas. The Western Health and Social Care Trust have mainstreamed the post created by the project to ensure continuation of the project approach.
April 2014 30 Organisations receive ‘Change a Little Change a Lot’ Accessibility Awards in Derry. These awards are linked to the 2013 UK City of Culture programme to help make participating venues and services more accessible to people with disabilities.
May and June 2013 Both the SHSCT and WHSCT hold two separate best practice cross border events, one in Newry and one in Omagh at which people with disabilities shared their personal experiences of the project and how their goals have been achieved.
May 2013 The ‘Change a Little Change a Lot’ Accessibility Awards campaign culminated in an awards ceremony in Letterkenny. This Awards scheme was rolled out over the past 12 months in Donegal and Strabane and 40 organisations in total were honoured with Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Apr 2013 Rehabcare hold a one-day ‘Achieving Ambitions’ conference in  Sligo to showcase the work of the Day Opportunities Project.
Dec 2012 HSE West ‘Doing it Differently for People with Disabilities’ best practice cross border event held in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
April 2012 The Cedar Foundation launched its Disability Awareness Programme aimed at Primary school children at a coffee morning at their Foyle Regional Training and Resource Centre in Derry/Londonderry.  This programme is funded through the Community Awareness Programme. The launch took place on Tuesday 3rd April.

November 2011

- Five projects where procured and contracts where awarded under the Community Awareness programme as follows,
• Cross Border Advocacy & Support Service
• Personal Training Development Programme
• IT Information Service Regarding Training, Employment and Education
• Disability Awareness Training to School Children
• Forum Theatre Disability Awareness Programme

- The Disability Awareness Week under the Community Awareness - Programme will be launched in Donegal County Council, Lifford County House on the 25th November.  The week runs from 25th November to the 3rd December with 17 events taking place during the week in Donegal and Strabane, (please see brochure of events - Download).

September 2011 The WHSCT Day Opportunity Service was launched in Omagh and Derry.
August 2011 - Disability Action appointed a Community Access Worker.
- Mencap appointed a Community Access Worker in the WHSCT.
July 2011 Following a procurement process, Mencap was awarded the contract to deliver the Day Opportunity Service in the WHSCT.
June 2011 Following a procurement process Disability Action was awarded the contract to deliver the Day Opportunity Service in the WHSCT.
May 2011 - Two public engagements were held, one in Strabane and one in Donegal to promote the Community Awareness Programme.
- Following a procurement process, Rehabcare was awarded the contract to deliver the Day Opportunity Service in the HSE West.
March 2011 - Edel Kelly and Michelle Finnegan where appointed as the Community Link Workers in HSE DNE.
- Margaret McDaid was appointed as Community Access Worker in the WHSCT.
December 2010 - Madge Toye Temple was appointed as Project Leader for the Community Awareness Programme. 
- The Community Awareness Programme was officially launched.
September 2010 At the Project Board meeting, the project targets where agreed by the Project Board.
July 2010 Interviews commenced in the four areas for the project posts.
June 2010 At the Project Board teleconference, job description’s for the Community Access Workers/Community Link Workers and Project Leader posts agreed and signed off by the Project Board.
March 2010

- Teresa McMonagle appointed as clerical support administrator to the Project.
- At the Project Board meeting the Project Initiation Document agreed and signed off.

December 2009

At the Project Board meeting,
- Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council where selected as partner councils.
- Alternatives to day care was renamed as the Day Opportunity Service.
- The two milestones agreed by the Project Board to be monitored throughout the project are:
• No of referrals
• No accessing the Day Opportunity Service as a result of the project

November 2009 At the Project Board meeting:
- The proposals from the four CAWT areas for alternatives to Day Care concepts were agreed by the Project Board.
- The two strands of the project were agreed as:
•Alternative to Day Care
•Community Awareness Programme
July 2009 Planning day held to define and scope the project.
May 2009 Caroline Devine, HSE West, appointed as Project Manager.
March 2009 Recruitment of Project Manager started.