Almost three quarters of a million Euro has been allocated to Forum Connemara to fund an employment and training programme for persons with a disability.
The funding is part of a national €16 million three-year programme for young people who are aged between 15 and 29 who have a disability or who are less able. In total, the programme will support 2,600 young people across over two dozen projects nationally, including the one operated in Galway by Forum Connemara.
I am delighted that Forum Connemara has been allocated €724,583 to operate an Ability Programme with a focus on employment training. My colleagues, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty and Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath have confirmed the funding which will support young people with a disability in Galway to train for the workplace.
Both Minister Doherty and Minister McGrath are committed to supporting people with disabilities to lead independent lives and realise their potential as part of the workforce.
The programme being launched today goes hand in hand with community development, with supporting and fostering more inclusive communities. The team at Forum Connemara has a wealth of experience in community development and is the ideal partner to lead this important programme in Galway.