Ability +

Our Ability+ Programme supports young people with mental health difficulities and co-occurring disabilities to progress along the career progression path training, education, and in-work supports.
Our employer engagement strategy raises awareness of the incentives for employers to employ people with a disability.  

Supporting young people with disabilities, reach their potential

Dublin South City Ability assists young adults aged 18-29 who experience emotional, psychological and mental health challenges to find suitable education, training and employment.

It also encourages them to take part in community life. 

The Dublin South City Ability programme works with young adults ages 18 -29 years old, offering support and guidance to develop positive pathways towards work and education.

Ability supports participants who experience emotional, psychological or mental health challenges and /or co-occurring disabilities. Guidance Officers work with participants supporting them to engage with work and / or study, learn new skills, find volunteering and take steps towards finding sustainable employment.

Our Ability Programme staff will also work with local employers, employment services, education and training providers to support the progression of young people in their work and study.

The type of support offered is person centered career planning and pathway support on a one to one and / or group basis. For example, exploring personal interests, building confidence and communication skills, writing CV’s, interview preparation, finding volunteer or work shadowing opportunities and support to access local training and education.

We also offer group training and workshops based in the needs of participants.

The new Dublin South City Ability programme is up and running across Dublin 2,4,6,6W,8,10,12,20.

Supports to Employers

Our employer engagement strategy raises awareness of the incentives for employers to employ people with a disability.

Reasonable Accommodation Grant

The Reasonable Accommodation Fund provides financial support for people with disabilities (both jobseekers and existing employees) and their employers which include:

To get this funding you must be employed or starting a job in the private sector.

For more information go to: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/62fd96-reasonable-accommodation-fund/

Wages Subsidy Scheme

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with a disability. The work offered must be for a minimum of 21 hours per week and the subsidy is available up to 39 hours per week.

An employee with a disability on the scheme has the same conditions of employment as other employees.

The base wage subsidy paid to private sector employers who employ people with a disability is €6.30 per hour.

For more information go to  https://www.gov.ie/en/service/37c057-wage-subsidy-scheme/

Contact us about the Ability + programme

We have workers based in Crumlin, Ballyfermot and the Inner city.
For more information on our ABILITY programme
you can contact a member of our team on 01-4732196 or email us at abilityinfo@dscp.ie Our office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Do You Need Support? We Are Here To Help. Drop Us A Line And Keep In Touch Contact Us

Ability+ Team

Michelle Branagan

Guidance Officer

Mairead Reilly

Guidance Officer

Elaine Mahony

Ability+ Programme Manager