The Ability Programme supports people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 29 to prepare for and access education, training or employment based on their interests, skills and goals. Ballyhoura Development will be delivering the Ability Programme over three years from 2018 to 2021.  From October 2020 to June 2021, the programme is running in Charleville, Co Cork, in collaboration with St Joseph's Foundation.

Get involved in this year's Ability Programme

Ability Programme objectives

1. Assist young people with disabilities to develop the confidence and independence 
required to participate in education, training and employment and help them to access education, training, and employment.

2. Build the capacity of mainstream employment services, education and training providers to support the progression of young people with disabilities.

3. Build the capacity of employers to recruit and retain young people with disabilities within their workforce.

The Ability Programme encourages and supports young people to take on meaningful social roles through employment or voluntary positions in their community. It provides tools and supports needed by participants to become more engaged and active within their community at a local, regional or national level.

To be eligible for Ability, you must be:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 29
  • In receipt of disability allowance or invalidity pension
  • In receipt of illness benefit for more than three months or
  • Referred to the project by relevant organisations or services supporting young people with disabilities

Our participants have shared their stories of how the programme has helped them to date.

Our Stories