In from Finglas: Debbie Delaney (L) and Jackie Williams of St Helena’s Resource Centre
In her opening address, welcoming attendees at the 2022 EmployAbility Dublin North Christmas Brunch, the organisation’s Co-Ordinator, Yvonne Browne made some serious points about the work of the service and the work it does on behalf of its clients.
“EmployAbility is a unique national service providing support for a wide variety of clients as they progress through the job-seeking process and beyond, continuing to offer help, advice and support as they start work in new environments.
“The kind of issues with which our clients have to deal cover a wide area. Amongst those clients that have been referred to us in recent years have been people on the Autistic spectrum, people with acquired injuries, intellectual issues, physical and sensory issues, mental health problems including depression, anxiety.
“Intreo staff referring clients to Employability should get the – very simple – referral form from the DSP and once filled in, ensure it gets to the EmployAbility Co-Ordinator in Ballymun. When EmployAbility receives the referral form, they will contact the jobseeker directly with an appointment time. The referring officer will be contacted by a job coach from this service.
“It is not necessary for people being referred to be in receipt of a Disability Allowance payment, or – indeed – any form of social security payment at all. Everyone is welcome.”
Getting down to business: Yvonne Browne addresses attendees at the EmployAbility Christmas Brunch 2022
Discussing serious business: Frances O’Connor, Job Coach at EmployAbility Dublin North (left), Jamie Plummer and Natalie Moore of Intreo Kilbarrack
DSP show of strength: From left: Fionnuala Pitt, Jacquie Smyth, and Jennifer Byrne – all from Intreo