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Social Roles

One of the most important aspects of our lives is the relationships we have with other people and our sense of belonging in our community. Assisting people we support to expand their social roles within their community offers opportunities to expand their social network, find their unique place in community and assist in building a better community for everyone. (Extracted from Council on Quality and Leadership website, 2015)

WALK seeks to intentionally build social roles for all the people we support through the many different services we offer. See below some real life stories to reflect this.

Hannah's Trip to Italy

Hannah shares her story...

My Italy experience

By Hannah Byrne

(Hannah participated in the Legacy 2020 Project. Spearheaded by Italian organisation Bandix:

 The Project focused on fostering European Citizenship and encouraging Civil and Democratic Participation in the EU).

“So, when I found out that I had the opportunity to go to Italy the first thing that came out of my mouth was yes! Before I went I was nervous but excited at the same time. I was nervous about meeting the people that were going to be there and it was also my first time going away without my family! But at the same time I was excited because I’ve always wanted to go to Italy!

I was hosted in an Italian family’s house and shared with Irish and German participants. 

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Kevin - The Hammer's number 1 supporter

Image Kevin at football stadium

The life of a football supporter.

Kevin has been supported by WALK since 2002. Here he tells his story of joining 'The Dublin Hammers' football Supporter's Club.

"Sport is a huge part of my life, particularly football. I enjoy watching football – both through going to games or watching on TV- and talking about the highs and lows the next morning with friends in work. I live in Inchicore in Dublin and regularly take trips on the LUAS to Tallaght to watch Shamrock Rovers, but my club is West Ham United. I’ve been supporting West Ham since 1974.."  Read the full story, inspirational story here.

Darren's days

Darren with his Guitar

Darren is one of the busiest people I know!  He is engaged in many different social groups and in undertaking meaningful activities that help him to live the life he chooses.

Darren has mapped out a plan of what he wishes to accomplish in the coming years.  To reach this point he has undertaken brave steps in meeting new people and trying new things.

Darren plays guitar and is in classes for this in Red Rua in Tallaght, to further enhance his musicality, he is also part of a local inclusive music group in Blue Bell.  

Darren undertook one on one literacy classes in the last few years.  This means that Darren now reads and writes.  This accomplishment in turn means that Darren is enjoying undertaking various lifeskills classes that see him managing his own finances and using an ATM; becoming part of a local library network and also engaging in a computer course in Crumlin college.  As part of plans Darren has about his own independence and helping out at home, Darren is also learning how to cook.

In addition, Darren has become more aware of his own overall health in the last few years.  To this end he is involved in both boxercise and Tai Chi classes.  He finds these activities give him a place for space and to simply be himself!  Darren also loves the fresh air, outdoors and the additional transferable skills he is learning as part of a team in Kildare Equestrian Centre.

Darren also enjoys WALK's respite services which gives him a break away from the norm.

(written from the perspective of Michelle Mason, Team Facilitator, WALK)

"Being part of WALK I feel great, I love it. Everything is good. I like the courses I am doing like drama, computers, guitar and finding out about jobs. I tried DJing too. I like getting about by myself, getting the bus to different places. Best part is drama and making new friends! I don't know what I want to do in the future yet - for now I am just trying out new things."

Mark, Real Life Training Programme

Barry's health journey

Barry with his 'stone' for the first stone he lost.

The Weight Watchers Warrior

I joined Weight Watchers because I was worried about my weight, and getting too heavy. I wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself.

I've been doing the gym more often, walking, running. I've cut out junk food and I drink lots and lots of water.

I keep trying to lose weight by doing the best I can, keep exercising every week to get fit. I am also on a soccer team - we train every Saturday and on Thursday evening go to the gym.

From Tom’s perspective as Barry's keyworker:

Barry has worked really really hard the past 6 months to lose weight. He has stayed motivated throughout. On any week he didn't lose weight or put on weight, he worked extra hard to improve for the following week. Support and motivation has been brilliant from all of Barry's family too.

I have been working on educating Barry about diet and nutrition as well to supplement all his hard work at exercising, to try and get the balance right.

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