“Nothing About us...... without us”
The Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living runs a peer support group for people with disabilities in the Dublin 15 area.
There are accessible parking bays just outside the venue for those who use their own transport and BCIL also provide accessible transport for those who cannot get to the meetings themselves.
"The Peer support group is a place to meet other people with disabilities where we share experiences of every day life" - peer support group member.
The group meet at 2pm in the Lecture room in the Blanchardstown library on the last Thursday of every month. The Library is just opposite the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre so it is easy to access by public transport and most Bus Services in the area go to the Shopping Centre..
The group is relatively new and the reaction to the new group has been great. Owen Columb who has started up other peer support groups attended one of the meetings and said “I have read leaflets and brochures, and flyers and booklets and websites and posters about this service and that entitlement, but the most useful pieces of real information I have every received has been from other disabled people in groups such as this one. There is no value you can put on the sharing of experiences and the nuggets of invaluable hints and tips as we try to navigate our way through bureaucracy and paperwork”.
"It is like one big family because the group make me feel at home" - peer support group member.
The group discuss their individual journeys towards independence, securing services, housing, jobs, transport and all the other aspects of life that can have barriers. There is often just a need to know that others out there are going through the same thing and the support available within the group is great.
The group is co-ordinated by CIL staff who merely keep the meeting flowing as there are sometimes guest speakers and visitors, but the real support is provided within the group by the local people with disabilities who share freely their advice when they have discovered a particular way to achieve something. The group is facilitated by Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living, but it is very much owned by those who attend the group.
" A really friendly and supportive environment" - peer support group member,
Anyone in the Dublin 15 area who identifies as having a disability is welcome to attend - 2pm Blanchardstown Library - last Thursday of every month.
If you need more information contact BCIL office on
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