Offaly equality group host successful series of photography workshops

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Offaly equality group host successful series of photography workshops

Participants at the Enhancing Equality Offaly workshops

Enhancing Equality Offaly has hosted a successful beginner’s photography workshop, facilitated by Pat McKeon.

It took place on Tuesdays for an eight-week period. A total of 14 participants with various disabilities engaged in the workshop funded by the Laois Offaly Education Training Board and held in Offaly Local Development Company.

The photos taken by participants focussed on aspects of everyday life. The photos will be displayed at the launch of Enhancing Equality Offaly on February 18 in The Tullamore Court Hotel from 9.30am to 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch but must register in advance.

Enhancing Equality Offaly is a development group comprised of people with disabilities, as well as representatives from disability organisations.

The group currently meets on a monthly basis with the aim of promoting ability, as well as giving people with disabilities a voice so that they themselves can influence change in society. The group’s definition of ‘disability’ encompasses people with physical, sensory, intellectual and emotional disabilities, of all ages and abilities.

The launch entitled “Together We are Stronger” will have a host of guest speakers.

A representative from Enhancing Equality Offaly will speak about the projects that the development group have supported over the last 10 months and plans for the future.

Suzy Byrne is a disabled woman, activist and broadcaster and has over 25 years paid and unpaid experience in the community and voluntary sectors working on equality and disability issues. She is currently working as a regional manager for the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities.

John Carroll, participant of a photography course hosted by Enhancing Equality Offaly and funded by The LOETB will speak about participating on a course offered by EEO.

Paddy Slattery, CEO of True Line Films will speak about a film he made on behalf of The Centre for Independent Living and about his life living with an acquired disability.

Olivia Shiels, Chairperson of Louth’s disAbility Network named “Nothing About Us Without Us” will speak about the advantages of a Disability Network and the benefits for Offaly.

Anne Bradshaw leads the Tipperary Gold Star Initiative which is a community-based project that aims to increase disability awareness and to work with local communities to ensure towns in Tipperary are welcoming and accessible for all. 

For more information on Enhancing Equality Offaly or to register your interest in attending the launch, contact Caroline Brickland, Offaly Local Development Company on 087 6028801 or email cbrickland@offalyldc.ie