Launch of the Community Awareness Programme on 2 December 2010
CAWT stands for Co-operation and Working Together and is the mechanism for the health service organisations in border areas of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to work together for the benefits of patients and clients. The CAWT partners are the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland and the Southern and Western Health & Social Care Trusts, Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. On behalf of both Departments of Health, CAWT has secured funding from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programe to the value of €30 million / £24 million for 12 large scale, strategic, cross border health and social care services / projects, to be delivered by 2014 in the border region.
One of the 12 projects, the CAWT Citizenship project, aims to promote genuine citizenship for adults with a physical, sensory and/or learning disability living in the CAWT region. The Citizenship Project has two strands: the Day Opportunities Service is being delivered across the whole CAWT border region and the Community Awareness Programme is underway in the Strabane District Council area and along the border area of County Donegal.
Launched in December 2010, the central aim of the Community Awareness Programme is the development of a community where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to actively be part of their community, and, using a cross border, partnership approach change attitudes towards people with disabilities and ensure they have proper access to buildings, goods, services and information.
Click on the following link for more information regarding the Citizenship Project: CAWT Citizenship project
Directions to Employment Website
The Directions to Employment Website was commissioned by the Community Awareness Programme to provide information on services and programmes on education, training and employment available for people with disabilities living in the cross-border area.
NIUSE is an umbrella organisation representing individuals and organisations promoting opportunities for people with disabilities to access and maintain employment through Supported Employment.
NIUSE is the lead partner and will work in partnership Avec Solutions, a not-for-profit social economy business, established in 1998, specialising in providing high quality IT consultancy and support services. Web development has been a core service of Avec Solutions since the company’s formation in 1998. Gerry Monaghan, a freelance graphic designer who has worked with Avec Solutions designed the layout and visuals of the website.
This collaboration between NIUSE and Avec Solutions will provide a unique partnership and the skills to provide a one stop shop for disabled people to access education, vocational training and employment opportunities.