About

Friends of ABLE

Mission Statement

Working with people with disabilities

Friends of ABLE strives to promote the abilities, which in the past have been left silent. ABLE demonstrates that if one achieves their full potential, this will in turn ensure equal opportunities and full participation in all aspects of the lives for other people with disabilities. Friends of ABLE, with the support of the sponsoring committee aims to promote a better quality of life for all People with Disabilities. We have an expert awareness of the barriers faced by people with Disabilities and has adopted a broad and realistic method towards breaking these barriers.

“The success of the project is directly related to the fact that it was created by Mr George Dineen, Mr Jim Sheehy and individuals with disabilities. It has been developed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities”

“We wish the success of our project to be judged by progression of the individual through full time employment, part-time employment or back to education”

“Integration has and continues to ber an essential component as part of the functioning of the organisation”

 

About Us

Brief History

ABLE came about when it became clear that there were little or no mainstream employment opportunities for People with Disabilities. This led to a teamwork effort between People with Disabilities registered with Natinal Rehabilitation Board (NRB) and Cerebral Palsy Ireland (now known as Enable Ireland) to secure a project under the Part Time Opportunities Programme (PTJOP) under the auspices of CORI. CPI agreed to act as sponsor to the project and in Debember 1994 ABLE was born.

 

Board of Management

  • Mr Aidan O’Connor

    Banna West, Tralee, Co Kerry.

  • Mrs Catherine Fitzgerald

    Clash Cross, Tralee, Co Kerry.

  • Mr Ted Fitzgerald

    Clash Cross, Tralee, Co Kerry.

  • Mr George Dineen

    Killeen, Oakpark, Tralee, Co Kerry.

  • Mr Denis O Shea

    28 Ard Carraig, Caherslea, Tralee , Co Kerry

  • Mrs Miriam Ryan

 

Staff

Project Supervisor: Anne Connolly

Anne Connolly started her career with Friends of ABLE as a Personal Assistant to Adults with Disabilities and was based in Pembroke Street, Tralee. She took up the job of Supervisor in April 1999 and currently is the longest serving member of the organisation. Anne is friendly, courteous and has a genuine interest in helping people in addition to being hard-working. She studied Community Workplace Management at the National College of Ireland. Friends of ABLE has continued to flourish under her supervision with more projects and people joining all the time

Assistand Supervisor: Aine McCarthy Roche

Aine started with Friends of ABLE as a part time employee on a Community Employment Scheme and following an expansion of the project she was appointed Assistant Supervisor in February 2016. Aine has a long work history of management in the private sector and has studied extensively in order to qualify for management positions. Her hard work was rewarded with a promotion this February and is on hand as always to deal with all queries and requests for information

CE SCHEME

Friends of Able scheme is approved for 54 participants and are involved in the following projects:

  • Tralee Pitch and Putt. Involved in the care and maintenance of the local Pitch and Putt course.
  • EmployAbility Service Kerry.
  • Kerry Parents and Friends Association.
  • Oxfam Tralee.
  • Enable Ireland Kerry Adult Services.
  • Enable Ireland child Services.
  • Tralee Tidy Towns
  • Tralee Community Bridge Club
  • Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project.
  • Austin Stacks GAA Club.
  • Tralee Chamber Alliance.
  • Kerry Womens Refuge & Support Service (ADAPT).

 

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Projects

EmployAbility Service	Kerry
Kerry Parents & Friends Association
Oxfam Tralee
Enable Ireland – Tralee Adult Services
Tralee Tidy Towns
Tralee Community Bridge Club
Tralee Pitch and Putt Club
Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project
Austin Stacks GAA Club
Tralee Chamber Alliance
Enable Ireland – Child Services
Adapt Tralee
EmployAbility Service	Kerry

EmployAbility Service Kerry

EmployAbility Service Kerry
We support and work with people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment.
We are based in Upper Rock Street in Tralee.
Phone 066 7118758
What is EmployAbility Service?
EmployAbility Service is an employment and recruitment service to assist people with disability to secure and maintain a job in the open labour market.
Who is eligible?
People with disability who are job ready and need a level of support to succeed in long-term and suitable employment.
What service in available?
EmployAbility Service provides a range of support to employers and people with a disability, through Job Coaches.
The range of supports include:
Individual Needs Assessment
Vocational Profiling and Career Planning
Individual Employment Plan
Job Sourcing and Job Matching
On-the-Job Support and Coaching
Advice and Support to Employers
Follow-up Support and Mentoring to both Employers and Employees.

You Can Visit The Website Here

Kerry Parents & Friends Association

Kerry Parents & Friends Association

Kerry Parents and Friends Association was established in 1973 as a support to families of people with an intellectual disability. The Association provides community based Day, Residential and Support Services for more than 250 adults.

You Can Visit The Website Here

Oxfam Tralee

Oxfam Tralee

Our Oxfam Tralee shop has a good range of clothes, accessories, linen, bric-a-brac, jewellery, books, music and electrical items at great prices.

You Can visit our Website Here

Enable Ireland – Tralee Adult Services

Enable Ireland – Tralee Adult Services

Enable Ireland Kerry Adult Services opened in 1998 to provide services for Adults (18-65 yrs) with physical and/or sensory disabilities living in County Kerry.  We now provide day services and community outreach services for over 50 individuals.  

You Can visit the Website Here

Tralee Tidy Towns

Tralee Tidy Towns

This group is a Community Employment Scheme involved with Tralee Town Council, Kerry County Council & Tralee Tidy Towns with the ambition to keep the town of Tralee and its’environs clean, litter free and presentable to a Tidy Towns standard.

You can visit the website here

 

Tralee Community Bridge Club

Tralee Community Bridge Club

The Bridge Club provides an avenue for bridge lovers to come together and participate in either a competitive or fun environment. The group meets most week nights and is open to all ages. The only pre-requisate to joining in is that you must love bridge!

You Can visit the Website Here

Tralee Pitch and Putt Club

Tralee Pitch and Putt Club

The club is open to the public and holds competitions throughout the year including the All-Ireland Pitch & Putt competition. The club needs no formal membership as you can purchase a day ticket and is located at Collis Sandes, Oakpark, Tralee

You Can visit the Website Here

Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project

Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project

Staff

The Kerry Travellers Development Project (KTDP) is a county wide project and has been established as a Community Development Project since 1997. It aims to promote development and access of services for the Travellers Community in Kerry.

You Can visit the Website Here

Austin Stacks GAA Club

Austin Stacks GAA Club

Austin Stacks is one of the most historic and influential clubs in the GAA world and as part of the expansion of their facilities they have partnered with ABLE in a Community Development Project. The membership of the club exceeds 600 members

You Can visit the Website Here

Tralee Chamber Alliance

Tralee Chamber Alliance

Tralee Chamber Alliance is to put more emphasis on promoting the business community in the town with a view to attracting more jobs to Tralee. The core principal of the Alliance is to promote the growth of the town industrially and to foster pride in the town among the community of Tralee.

You Can visit the Website Here

Enable Ireland – Child Services

Enable Ireland – Child Services

Kerry children’s Services – Kerry Intervention & Disability Services is a partnership between the HSE, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity and St John of Gods. It provides services to children and yount prople (up to the age of 18 years) with complex needs.

You Can visit the website Here

Adapt Tralee

Adapt Tralee

Kerry Womens Refuge & Support Service will provide you with some breathing space, where with the support of staff and other residents, you can come to some decisions regarding your options at this time in your life.

You can visit the website Here

Local Groups

Aware

St Johns Church, Castle Street
Tuesdays @ 8PM

 

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Carers Association

Tralee CDP Rock Business Park
Rock Street, Tralee

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Centre for the Unemployed

North Circular Road, Tralee
tel:(066) 7129675
eMail: info@traleeles.ie

 

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Citizens Information Centre

4 Bridge Lane, Tralee
tel:(0761) 07 7860
eMail: tralee@citinfo.ie

 

 

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Cystic Fibrosis Tralee

Contact: Betty Hand
tel:(087) 285 8809

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Down Syndrome Tralee

28 Moyderwell, Tralee
eMail: downsyndromekerry@hotmail.com

 

 

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Grow Ireland

McAuley Centre, Balloonagh, Tralee
2:30PM Daily

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Irish Wheelchair Association

Limetree House, Killeen, Tralee
tel: 066 718 0154
eMail: tralee@iwa.ie

 

 

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K.A.D.E Ireland

7 Main Street, Tralee
tel: 066 712 4999
eMail: info@kade.ie

 

 

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Kerry ETB

Centrepoint, John Joe Sheehy Road Tralee
info@kerryetb.ie

 

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Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

4 Gas Tce, Tralee
tel: 066 712 0399
eMail: kdrc@eircom.net

 

 

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Kerry Diosecen Youth Service

14 Denny Street, Tralee
tel: 066 712 1674

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Kerry Hospice Foundation
4 Gas Tce, Tralee
tel: 066 712 0399
eMail: kdrc@eircom.net

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Kerry Money Advice and Budgeting Service

Edward Court, Tralee
tel: 0761 07 2190
eMail: kerry@maps.ie

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Multiple Sclerosis Ireland
Kerry Cheshire, St Margarets Road, Killarney
tel: (064) 6630851
eMail: siobhanl@ms-society.ie

 

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Arthritis Ireland Kerry Branch

Contact Us
tel on 0818 252 846
email helpline@arthritisireland.ie

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Samaritans Tralee
43-44 Moyderwell, Tralee
tel: 066 71 22566
eMail: jo@samaritans.org

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