Peace of Mind Event

We would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s Peace of Mind event in Waterford City Hall! It was great to see so many local people, service providers and specialists having an interest in ways to promote positive mental health in our Community.

Also, a huge shout out to Ann Baron from Samaritans Waterford and South East, John Dempsey from Pieta. Ending Suicide. Beginning Hope, Leslie Hughes from Laochas – The Warrior Soul Project, Paul Beech, Michael Stafford from The Chapter Coach, Andy Kerrigan from Shine Ireland, Jennifer Davy from Wellbeing Warrior, and Sandra Crowley, Vice-Chairwoman of Waterford Disability Network for taking the time to come and speak at our event. It was great listening to what you all had to say!

Grateful thanks to the Granary Cafe Waterford for providing a delicious array of finger food during the interval.

Due to the amount of requests we received, WDN are announcing that Peace of Mind will be an annual event every November.

We would also like to thank WLR FM, Kyle Butler, Noel Brown and Waterford In Your Pocket for covering and promoting the event; and thank you to Waterford City and County Council for providing the large room and facilities.

(More pictures to come).

Waterford GAA Health & Wellbeing Conference

Conference held 06 November 2023

The Munster Express, Tuesday, 4 October 2022

WDN walkability audit

A Walkability Audit was carried out along Slievekeale Road and Barrack Street on Thursday, September 29th, by Waterford Disability Network. Organised by Seán Rohan and Maolíosa Ní Chléirigh the purpose was to see what obstacles along the route were experienced by a group of people with mixed abilities. Afterwards the information and insight gained was used to fill in a form from the National Transport Authority which will be uploaded to their website.

Walkability Munster express image

Seán Rohan said: “First I would like to credit Maolíosa with having the idea to carry out this audit and I was very happy to facilitate it taking place as it was such an educational experience. A lot was learned and we were especially glad to have been joined by three members of Waterford Council, namely Cllr Joanne Bailey, Cllr Donal Barry and Cllr Cristiona Kiely as well as Jemma Jacob the Schools Road Safety Officer for the Council and Susan Gallagher of SETU.

Dungarvan Leader, Friday, April 29, 2022

Waterford Disability Network hosts long-awaited information and networking event by Jo Bell

Newspaper clipping from the cover of the Dungarvan Leader
Clipping of article on Waterford Disability Network hosting information and networking event

Text of article:

On Saturday 23rd April, Waterford Disability Network’s ‘Dungarvan Disability Awareness Event’ took place in 360 Cookhouse. The information and networking event featured seven speakers, who discussed a range of issues which affect people with a disability, after which there was an opportunity for attendees to network with others who have an interest in disability issues, over a complimentary tea or coffee.

Waterford News & Star 12 April 2022

Conference on Autism

Double page spread in Waterford News & Star covering WDN Autism conference

Text of article: The self-discovery of living with autism by Dermot Keyes

Newspaper clipping from Waterford News & Star The self discovery of living with autism

Carmel Hennessy stood before the microphone at St. Patrick’s Gateway with calm, understated confidence.

She told the gathering assembled at the inaugural Waterford Disability Network (WDN) Conference on Autism that she’d written down what she needed to say on a sheet of A4 paper. As she shared her story, Carmel spoke from the heart with colour, eloquence and clarity. I suspect there’ll be few better speeches I’ll report on all year.

“I was officially diagnosed as autistic about two years ago, just before the pandemic hit”, she began.

“The signs were probably always there but it wasn’t until I went to the National Learning Network (NLN, on the Cork Road) to do a retail course that things began to fall into place and I began to see others with kind of similar world views. For me, it was like being an ugly duckling and walking in and seeing a load of other swans and thinking, ‘woah, this is interesting’. An amazing journey was about to begin for me.”

Waterford News & Star, Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Text of article: Wheelchair scheme proposed for Déise’s Blue Flag beaches by Darren Skelton

An idea that has been proposed more than once at Waterford City & county Council meetings is once again being pushed to the fore, by independent TD Matt Shanahan and former Councillor Blaise Hannigan.

     “Myself and Blaise, who is a well known community activist in Tramore and always has been, before and after local politics, have been reviewing accessibility to beach areas in the county when the problem of access for wheelchair users became apparent,” Deputy Shanahan said. “Wheelchairs that are not ‘purpose built’ have great difficulty in being rolled along sand and stony areas. It is almost impossible for the user or any person attending a user to bring a conventional chair safely onto the beach for the purpose of enjoying what so many of us take for granted – time spent close to the shore or on the beach. From looking at the problem and speaking to both wheelchair users and representative groups it became apparent there are already existing specified beach wheelchairs in place in some other coastal counties which are managed through the beach life-guards service.”

The Munster Express, Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Waterford Disability Network has launched its new website and presented its inaugural Inclusion Award.

Newspaper clipping of website launch

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly (Ind) was in attendance at a special event held at Waterford Disability Network’s New Street offices in the city on Monday August 16th. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the event was restricted but several organisations such as Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland and ’50 Shades of Exceptional’ were represented.

Waterford Disability Network secretary Jo Cregan complimented Emily Breen in the Waterford Disability Network office for curating much of the content on the website. She also thanked David Fitzpatrick Web Design who designed the website to be as user friendly as possible. Gratitude was also expressed to the Granary Café who have always supported Waterford Disability Network.

Office manager Seán Rohan gave a demonstration of the new website. He explained that more content will be added based on feedback. It’s intended that videos will become a major feature as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Waterford Disability Network secretary Jo Cregan complimented Emily Breen in the Waterford Disability Network office for curating much of the content on the website. She also thanked David Fitzpatrick Web Design who designed the website to be as user friendly as possible. Gratitude was also expressed to the Granary Café who have always supported Waterford Disability Network.

Office manager Seán Rohan gave a demonstration of the new website. He explained that more content will be added based on feedback. It’s intended that videos will become a major feature as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Dungarvan Observer, Friday, 27th August 2021
Presentation of Inclusion Award

Jo Cregan of W.D.N, Rachel Beckett of InvincABLE Fitness and Mayor of Waterford City & County presenting the inaugural “Waterford Disability Network InvincABLE Fitness Inclusion Award” to Dave Whittle, Bohemians Football Club.

Presentation to land registry staff

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Sean giving a presentation

Seán Rohan giving presentation on Disability inclusion to staff at the Land Registry office.

Emily receives CPR training
Emily receives CPR training

Emily Breen receives CPR training. All in WDN office are certified First Responders & are trained in using a defibrillator,  one of which WDN have on site.

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