PEOPLE OF LONGFORD
D. P. O.L
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D.P.O.L. is a voluntary organisation which was
founded in September 1993 for and by people with physical
and sensory disabilities of County Longford in order to
source vocational and recreational opportunities in
County Longford and to support members as a group with
To improve information on rights and
To act as a voice for people with physical
and sensory disabilities of County Longford.
To provide a local forum to express issues of
To access opportunities available ie.
transport, job opportunities etc.
To enable full participation in society and
to actively encourage us to take
responsibility for our own issues and act
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
D.P.O.L. applied for and received funding from the
Department of Social Welfare Scheme and in 1994 purchased
a wheelchair accessable bus also with the aid of funding
from the Midland Health Board.
- In 1994 with further funding to set up an
Administrative centre D.P.O.L. purchased a
fax machine, computer, typewriter and word
1996/'97 D.P.O.L. held an Art Exhibition
in the Atrium Gallery Longford.
As part of D.P.O.L.'s continuing efforts
for and on behalf of people with disabilities we
have secured two houses in the next housing
scheme with Longford County Council to train
people with physical and sensory disabilities to
live independently in the community.
In June 1998 D.P.O.L. received funding from
Longford Community Resource Limited for a car
especially adapted to train people with physical
disabilities in County Longford to drive.
April 1998 D.P.O.L. held a wheelchair
treasure hunt for Teleton 1998 which raised
£1,500 for People In Need.
June 1998 members of D.P.O.L. had their first
experience in scuba diving.
To date members of D.P.O.L. are actively
involved in community committies.
We are also tackling the access issue and have
set up an access committe this year.
1998 will be D.P.O.L.,s third year to be
involved in a FAS Community Employment
Scheme with St. Johns Church and Longford Social
Services as sponsers. Each year D.P.O.L.
have three people employed on the scheme.
D.P.O.L. are currently looking at suitable
buildings to set up an information office in
CHAIRPERSON --- HELENA DOYLE
TREASURER --- MICHAEL CARROLL
ASSISTANT TREASURER ---PETER O' TOOLE
PROGRAMME MANAGER LONGFORD CENTRE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING--- VALERIE MORAN