Back WALK Peer project – Adams
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the commitment by the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath during Topical Issues in the Dáil today to “meet the families of young disabled people who have been participating in the WALK Peer project in Louth”.
Teachta Adams said:
“The Minister acknowledged in his contribution to the Dáil that WALK Peer is a very good project for disabled young people and is good value for money.
“It makes no sense that this project should come to an end July because of the failure of the government to find a relatively small amount of money.
“I have urged the Minister for Disabilities and the Minister for Social Protection to take whatever steps are necessary to keep open the Louth WALK Peer project which is threatened with closure at the end of July.”
WALK Peer is one of 14 disability activation projects that were jointly funded by the Department of Social Protection and the European Social Fund. The programme began in 2012 and ended last summer.
The purpose of DACT (disability activation project), which was established under the ‘Providing Equal Employment Routes’ (PEER) project, was to “explore a variety of routes towards ensuring that people with disabilities were enabled to avail of progression, education and development opportunities within the world of work”.
The Louth project remained open over the last year because it received funding from the Ulster Bank under a Skills and Opportunity Fund.