Pobal are delighted to announce the launch of a new Programme called “Ability”, a pre-activation Programme for young people with disabilities.

Launched by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., together with the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, T.D., today (1st of June 2018), funding of €16 million for 27 projects was announced.

The Ability Programme will provide supports to over 2,600 young people with disabilities aged between 15 and 29 years old.

The focus of the Programme is on projects aimed at young people with disabilities and is designed to assist in their transition from school to further education, training and employment. The Programme will promote employment prospects and meaningful social roles for young people with disabilities and in particular, young people who are distant from the labour market, using a range of person-centered supports.

Today’s announcement brings to fruition the results of a long-period of planning, consultation and assessment for the Department and Pobal. What was particularly evident was the quality of proposals received by Pobal, which resulted in an additional €6 million funding being added to the initial €10 million available to the programme over a three year period.

Initially it was expected that funding for the programme would amount to some €10 million over a three year period. However, given the quality of the proposals received by Pobal, funding has been put in place of €16 million to support all 27 projects recommended by Pobal.

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

Further details and list of approved projects can be found on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s website.

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

If you have any queries about the Ability Programme, please contact our Helpdesk at onlinesupport@pobal.ie or call 01 511 7222