The Market House in Dunleer was abuzz recently when a group of young PEER mentors from across the county celebrated their completion of training as PEER Mentors.
WALK PEER is an early intervention programme providing equal employment routes for young people with disabilities. PEER Mentors volunteers who are matched with participants across a wide variety of criteria, are a very important aspect of the programme.
Louth’s new cabinet minister Ged Nash presented the certificates to these ‘inspiring citizens’.
The minister at the department for jobs and enterprise also said WALK PEER is part of a movement towards a different mindset in how we engage with disability.
“It is a recognition that access to training, education and employment is a right for all citizens of Ireland,” Minister Nash said. Despite having a very busy schedule that day the minister spent considerable time in The Market House in Dunleer speaking to the group as a whole,
The Market House, which was refurbished with the assistance of Louth Leader Partnership and glen Dimplex proved to be a fantastic venue for the event – with many attendees interested in how Dunleer Community Development Board have renovated and prepared the building for it’s new life as a community resource – open to all whether they are in the community/voluntary sector or the world of private business.
The building was handed over to the Dunleer Community Development Board and under its guidance to has been turned into a state-of-the-art community centre, one of the finest in the country,
Louth Leader Partnership donated 250,000 euro and Glen Dimplex, which has its world headquarters in Dunleer, also donated 250,000 euro.
The WALK PEER Programme is funded by the Department of Social Welfare and European Social Fund under the Disability Activation Project and supports over 100 young people in all areas of county Louth.
If you wish to contact the WALK PEER office you can do so by calling 041- 6856823 or contact them at www.walkpeerprogramme.ie for more information.