December 16, 2019

Ability Prog Celebrates One Year

Members of the Ability Programme with Youth Mentors Zoe & John at LYS.

Participants with Limerick Youth Service’s Ability Programme celebrated their first year in operation with a celebration at Lava Javas Youth Café, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick.

Established in late 2018, the Ability Programme supports young adults with disabilities to access education and training opportunities and/or enter employment

‘A year has flown by and we would like to thank the young people, their family and the local employers and educators for their support of the Ability programme,’ said Zoe Gogarty, LYS.

‘You (programme participants) are doing very well and it has been a privilege to work with you,’ added Zoe, Ability Programme Youth Mentor.

The attendees were also joined by Fiona O’Grady, LYS CEO, Elaine McGrath, PAUL Partnership and artist Aoife Dooley, who is working with the group on designing a new logo.

Aoife Dooley working with LYS Ability team on their new logo

‘It’s great to hear about the positive impact the Ability Programme has been for you and how it has supported you in accessing education and getting employment experience,’ said Fiona O’Grady, LYS.

‘From speaking with youth today you can see that it’s been a great benefit to you personally and socially and is very evident from seeing you here today,’ added Ms. O’Grady.

Creative minds at work as they debate a new logo with our Ability Programme

LYS’ Ability Programme supports young adults with disabilities such as a mental health condition, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a hidden and/or learning disability to develop the confidence and skills required to participate/transition through education and employment.

Young people, parents/guardians, employers and other interested parties who would like to know more about the Ability Programme are invited to contact LYS at or 061-412444.

The Ability Programme is open to young people who live in the Limerick City Metropolitan Area or Surrounds and is located at LYS’ Community Training Centre, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick.

LYS’ Ability Programme is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.


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