DisABLED PEOPLE OF LONGFORD

D. P. O.L

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BACKGROUND

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 common needs.

AIMS

  • To improve information on rights and entitlements
  • To act as a voice for people with physical and sensory disabilities of County Longford.
  • To provide a local forum to express issues of concern.
  • 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 there upon.

  • 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 processer.

    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 Longford town.


    D.P.O.L. COMMITTE

    CHAIRPERSON --- HELENA DOYLE
    TREASURER --- MICHAEL CARROLL
    ASSISTANT TREASURER ---PETER O' TOOLE
    PROGRAMME MANAGER LONGFORD CENTRE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING--- VALERIE MORAN D.P.O.L. COMMITTE CAN BE CONTACTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND BY PHONE AT O43 50116


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