Ability Programme

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The 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.

The Ability Programme aims to empower and facilitate young people (15-24yrs) with disabilities to develop personally, economically and socially to meet their needs and realise their full potential.

How can Ability support you?

  • Ability will support a young person who may not currently be ready to enter employment and/or education/training by using a range of person-centered approaches.
  • Provide a young person with tailored/individualised interventions that support their employment prospects.
  • Mentor and coach young people to develop the confidence and skills required to participate/transition through education, training and employment.
  • Young people will be supported to achieve their goals and aspirations through career guidance practices in one-one and group based sessions.
  • The Ability Team will work with and build the capacity of employers and organisations to offer work placements and employment opportunities for young people with disabilities.
  • Support young people and their families as well as service providers to ensure a young person is reaching their full potential.
  • Support them in engaging with the wider community, creating a meaningful social roles.

The Ability Programme is open to young people who live in the Limerick City Metropolitan Area or Surrounds & have a diagnosis of one of the following:

  • Hidden Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Health Condition
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

In addition the young person must be:

  • In receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension or illness benefit for more than three months.


  • An existing participant of Limerick Youth Service.


  • Referred to our project by relevant organisations or services supporting young people with disabilities.

Get In Touch

  • Ability Programme, Limerick Youth Service, 5 Lr Glentworth Street, Limerick V94 YF95.
  • Tel: 061 412 444  Email:

Ability Programme Coordinator 

Zoe Gogarty  Mob: 087-1684165  Email:

Youth Mentors: 

John Cleary  Mob: 087 702 4480  Email:

Sarah-Jane O’Grady  Mob : 087-6056975  Email:


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