Inclusive employment event for Mayo Social Inclusion Week

Inclusive employment event for Mayo Social Inclusion Week

Mayo Social Inclusion Week gets underway today, Monday, October 11.

Organised by the Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) Social Inclusion and Community Development Working Group it is geared at highlighting the very positive work that the public and the community sectors do on a day-to-day basis to reduce discrimination, racism, poverty and social exclusion and to reflect on the many challenges faced by vulnerable community members.

The 2021 Mayo Social Inclusion Week theme is ‘Connecting’ and a full programme of events will run up until Sunday, October 17 next.

Among them is the Dare to Include event that will be staged in Westport Town Hall and online on Thursday, October 14 next from 9am until 12.45pm.

The event will create awareness about Inclusive Employment and the Recruitment of People with Disabilities in the workplace and is being held as part of Social Inclusion Week in the county.

The morning workshop will be chaired by Travel Writer, Pól Ó Chonghaile, and will focus on three key themes; Workplace Challenges, Inclusive Hospitality & the Built Environment. Some of the key speakers will include Jack Kavanagh, Pharmacist & Disability Activist, Charlie Gannon, Head of Operations, Clearwith Ireland, Dr Clare Carroll, NUIG Lecturer in Speech Therapy, Matt Stephens, Senior Executive Architect, Mayo County Council & Joss Douthwaite, Occupational Therapist.

The event will be followed by an afternoon launch of three Pathways to Employment projects that received funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund in July. The projects are

  • DFI’s Enabling Organisations to Provide Employment;
  • IWA Ability Programme & Rehabcare/NLN’s
  • Westport Chambers Hospitality Inc.

As part of the launch, Greg Barry, Co-Ordinator, Employability Mayo will introduce Liam Gildea and his recently published book ‘High Life, Low Life’ in which Liam shares his personal experience of living with Bi-Polar disorder.

‘Dare to Include’ is a collaborative event between Westport Chamber of Commerce and several Community & Disability services in the county namely; Rehabcare/NLN, Disability Federation of Ireland, Employability Mayo, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Mayo North East & South West Mayo Development companies.

With historically low rates of participation in the workplace by people with Disabilities this event promises to raise awareness and offer direction to employers for inclusion in the workplace.

You can register to attend the event online via this link:

 One hundred tickets are available for those wishing to attend the event in person at Westport Town Hall. To book yours click this link:

Check our our directory of services for details of disability supports and more available in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway.