In responding to people’s needs, IRD Duhallow has provided supports for training, as well as addressing social issues and promoting equality.
IRD Duhallow recognises that successive years of austerity has undermined the independence of people, as support services are severely curtailed or removed altogether. With financial burdens, unemployment, out migration of friends and family, those who are left behind often feel even more excluded and isolated than ever before. Some are not able to afford to participate in community events or socialise which puts increasing pressures on the family and individual’s mental health. While initiatives like those promoted and undertaken by the working group through SICAP, alleviate some of the issues for people, advocacy remains a priority. Our challenge is to support these target groups to deal with their situations so they can collectively speak up.