We source qualified tutors to deliver the classes in our timetable. Courses are run termly in a structured and student-centred manner. Inspired has recently established a transition programme for prospective school leavers to attend the project on a part time basis. The aim of this programme is to support the young people through the transition from secondary school to further education or employment. We have collaborated with special education schools in Kerry in order to roll out this programme.
Participants work with our Job Coach to identify the jobs they would like to pursue. The Job Coach then arranges an appropriate placement with a local business. These placements are part of a long-term process that is centred on the individual’s ongoing development. Businesses are supported by Inspired to understand the young person’s abilities and ambitions and to establish a structured programme of training that may lead to formal employment. To date, participants have undertaken placements in hairdressers and barbers, bookshops, charity shops, supermarkets and hardware stores.
We believe the visible and valuable contributions that people with intellectual disabilities make to the community are important in reducing the stigma that persists around disability. Meaningful participation in the community also gives patricipants a sense of purpose and self-worth. To that end, a major part of our work is helping in the local community. To date, particpants have helped with fundraising for other charities, worked in a community garden, contributed to the Tralee Tidy Towns effort, and taken part in a local football club’s Strictly Come Dancing event.