Humphreys praises Drumlin House Job Shadow Initiative
Mark McElroy from Drumlin House Training Centre in Cootehill met with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in the Taoiseach’s office last Wednesday. Mark’s visit to the Taoiseach’s office formed part of a work placement in Leinster House which was facilitated by local TD Heather Humphreys in conjunction with Drumlin House.
Mark’s work placement with Heather is part of the ‘Step Right to Work’ programme currently being run by Drumlin House. The programme aims to increase the capacity and potential of people with disabilities to participate in the labour market.
Speaking about the initiative, Deputy Humphreys said:
“I was delighted to have Mark on work placement with me in Leinster House last week and I was very pleased that the Taoiseach was able to meet Mark.
“Mark also had a tour of the Houses of the Oireachtas on the day and saw first-hand the work of a TD.
“The ‘Step Right to Work’ is an excellent programme which is being run by Drumlin House at present. The project is being co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection under the Disability Action Fund.
“The work placement scheme is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to acquire new skills, meet new people and develop self-confidence.
“Having worked in Cootehill for a long number of years, I am fully aware of the excellent service provided by Drumlin House for people with intellectual disabilities in Cavan and Monaghan.
“Programmes such as this are vital to ensure that young people with disabilities are able to achieve the highest level of participation possible in their work and in their community,” said Deputy Humphreys.