The USEL Workable (NI) Programme

As part of USEL’s actions to provide support in the workplace. please see attached promotional leaflet providing information on their Workable NI programme. The programme offers support to those with existing conditions or on diagnosis of a condition. The COVID-19 situation may present further challenges to employers / staff, for example you may have staff who are […]

Independent Living Fund Online Survey

In 2010, the Independent Living Fund was cut in Northern Ireland, preventing disabled people support to live our lives independently in our homes and community. Currently there are over 430 people in Northern Ireland, who are getting financial support from the ILF, but no new applications. The Department of Health NI are currently exploring new […]

Second Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Process in Northern Ireland Report

Consultation opened on 04 March 2020. Closing date 16 October 2020 at 17:00. Summary The Department for Communities has commissioned Marie Cavanagh to undertake the Second Independent Review of how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working in Northern Ireland. Documents PIP – Second Independent Review of the Assessment Process (Northern Ireland) A Call for Evidence PDF (195 KB) […]

My Way Access and The Chamber of Commerce

In 2019 I was voted in as a committee member of Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  As a committee member, I am an accountable mechanism for Omagh Chambers as an organisation to its members and to contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation. Through my work as Chairperson of Omagh Access Forum and […]

COVID-19: Hargey Announces Priority Online Food Delivery With Department For The Communities

Department for the Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced that people who have received shielding letters from their GP can now register for priority online delivery slots with the three large supermarkets. To access this service you must first register online via NI Direct. From my correspondence with The Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC), I know there […]

Mallon Announces New Walking and Cycling Champion Within Department For Infrastructure

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced a new walking and cycling Champion with a clear focus on transforming communities and developing creative solutions to support our new way of living during and post COVID-19. Addressing the Assembly yesterday, Minister Mallon said: “I am delighted to announce that there will now be a walking and cycling […]

COVID-19: Support From The Wider Community

Many community organisations are involved in providing support and services for people who are self-isolating. Many businesses are also still providing delivery services. NICVA are gathering information about what support is being provided to people living across Northern Ireland through the Community NI website. This information is available via the following link The Consumer Council is providing […]

COVID-19: Extra Support For Mental Health Needed

This afternoon I had a phone conversation with the Northern Ireland Stormont Government to provide extra support available for many people living in isolation and are struggling with anxiety or other mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, many of us are finding it hard to come to terms and process at […]