All those who attended had contributed and benefited their communities through their work and dedication in the community programmes they were involved in. Education, Training, development, support and a personal action plan for everyone attending, was the main message from all the support groups there. The support agencies spoke to the attendees about the value of the work they had done to date and assured them of their help and support in their future choices.
Some of the participants were interested in further education and training and organisations such as DLDC, Rossan College, ETB, Safetech, National Learning Network were on hand to offer information on what was available to them, while others were ready to move forward with job applications and preparing themselves for employment and groups such as Donegal County Library, Donegal Volunteer Centre, SICAP, DLDC were ready with help and support on how to move forward in this area . The option of now becoming self employed was highlighted on the day and many felt their experience to date and supports available to them could now give them an opportunity to set up business for themselves.
Various other agencies such as Citizens Advice, MABS, YMCA, Donegal Mens Sheds were also in attendance, offering valuable advice and information to help take the next step in their future life plan. The offerings from all agencies attending on the day was of overall support and hands on assistance to those who had now progressed from the Tús scheme, not just in training and employment but in all areas of their life.
The range of speakers from the various agencies , included Padraic Fingleton Chief Operating Officer DLDC, Louise Brogan (DLDC – Enterprise Supports) Paddy Hannigan (Citizens Information) Mary Higgins (DLDC – Regional Employment Service) Suzanne ( Safe Tech,) Susan Kierce-March (DLDC Lifelong Learning Supports), Elanor Campbell (National Learning Network) Joe Devenny (Rossan College) Eugene Doherty (Mens Shed Donegal) Caroline Jahn (Donegal volunteer Centre ) Adele Mc Elhinney ( Education Training Board).
Patsy Mc Gonagle Athletics Chair Finn Valley AC and Team Senior manager Athletics Ireland spoke of the value of the Tús scheme and how community groups such as theirs had benefited greatly from the participants they had working with them.
Helen Kelly motivational speaker ended a fantastic day with inspiration and motivation and encouraged all there to be aware that life is happening as you are living it and not to wait for tomorrow, be engaged today with what is happening around you.
It was evident this gathering of people were certainly engaged and aware from what they had achieved through the Tús programme and were ready and motivated to take the next step in their future life journey.