Wednesday 20 February 2019

Wheelchair Association marks major milestone

Theresa Ryan, Enniscorthy, Chelsea Grant, Ballycanew and Theresa Carley, Wexford
Theresa Ryan, Enniscorthy, Chelsea Grant, Ballycanew and Theresa Carley, Wexford
John Quirke, Wexford, and Tom O’Connor, Enniscorthy
Valerie O’Dwyer, Courtown, and Patricia Quigley, Enniscorthy

Sara Gahan

An important milestone was marked at the Irish Wheelchair Association Community Centre in Ballycanew.

The Irish Wheelchair Association Centre held a special day of celebration for their 10th year of service, which was attended by local organisations, community groups, council officials and politicians including Gorey Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr John Hegarty and Wexford TD James Browne.

The proceedings began with a ceremony by CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Rosemary Keogh who gave a warm welcome to local IWA members, their families and friends.

Ms Keogh said: 'Through successful partnerships formed with local people, statutory and voluntary agencies, neighbouring businesses and organisations, IWA is delighted to reach this significant milestone and celebrate out 10th year in the Ballycanew Community Centre.'

Comprising of a large multifunctional room, community meeting rooms, kitchen and dining area, as well as outdoor gardens and recreational space, the Community Centre also presents an opportunity for existing groups and clubs. It is hope the centre will play a positive part in the development of the wider community in the coming year.

Cllr Hegarty congratulated the local members, staff and volunteers. He said Wexford County Council recognises the importance of providing for all of the citizens of the county and without doubt the programmes, facilities and opportunities that have been made available from IWA's Community Centre in Ballycanew has made a huge difference to the lives of wheelchair users and their families and friends in communities all over north Wexford.

The Centre is located on the Gorey Road and provides approximately 40 people with physical disabilities with greater independence, freedom and choice, enriching their quality of life by delivering a broad range of social, educational and sporting programmes on a weekly basis.

Wexford People

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