History

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The History Of Fermanagh Voluntary Association Of The Disabled

The History Of Fermanagh Voluntary Association Of The Disabled

1966

Founded

Founded

Organisation founded by Mrs.E.G.Barr, Miss E.G.Boyd, Mrs p.Bryson, Mrs M. Caldwell, Mr D. Caldwell, Mr J. Curry, Miss M. Curry, Miss S. Murray, Mrs E. Scott, Mrs McManus (who is still an active member) and Mr P.F. McGovern, existing director and chairman.

1987

Premises

Premises

Through door to door fundraising, street collectins, raffles and jumble sales etc, organisation purchased own premises (64 Mill Street), where current activities still run today.

2003

Community Garden

Community Garden

Successfully obtained funding from ‘The Creating Common Ground Consortium’ to turn piece of derelict ground at the rear of the premises into a ‘Community Garden’

2004

Disability Directory Listing Services

Disability Directory Listing Services

Received funding from OFMDFM in this ‘European Year Of The Disabled’ to publish a disability directory listing services for and by the disabled in Fermanagh.

2005

Survey Of Disability Needs

Undertook a ‘Survey Of Disability Needs’ in County Fermanagh

2006

40 Years

Celebrated 40 years of working with and for the disabled in Fermanagh

2007

Organic Garden

Organic Garden

Obtained funding from Fermanagh LSP to turn another piece of derelict land into an organic garden at the rear of the centre

2008

Polytunnel

Polytunnel

Through networking with The Western Health & Social Care Trust, erected a polytunnel in the grounds of the centre

2009

Charity Shop Opens

Organisation set up a charity shop in the building where clothes, bric-a-brac, book and furniture are being sold to the public.

2010

Garden Provides Employment & Funds

Garden Provides Employment & Funds

Through successful gardening, centre is now selling plants, flowers and vegetables to the public. These are cultivated from seeds and provide worthwhile employment opportunities for disabled people and volunteers.

2019

Belcas Donation

Towards the end of 2018 Belcas, a local company in Enniskillen donated to the Charity centre sleepers for a project we are planning in the Springtime.

 

Thank you for your kind donation

2019

Social Room at FVAD Finished

It is with great pleasure I’m happy to announce that the new Social Room has been completed and is ready for use.  We had our first open night on Thursday 25th May which was well attended by our Charity Members.

All this was made possible by the kind donations of friends of FVAD and I can only express how truly grateful we are for the hard work that has been done over the last few weeks to ensure that we are able to deliver a safe environment for all to enjoy.

THANK YOU to all

2020

Thank you Enniskillen Rotarians

Our Heartfelt thanks go to Enniskillen Rotarians for their kind donation of a New KItchen for our charity.

Current Services

Over the years, the ethos of the organistaion has remained unchanged.

Working with and for the disabled is paramount to the volunteers, staff and committee alike.

The range of services has evolved over the years to include:

>Social Evenings twice a month

>Recreational and Educational Trips

Training Courses which include:

IT Access – Computer Courses – Art/Craft – Health – Life Skills – First Aid

Personal User Service

Information / Helpline for members/people with a disability.

Community Repaint Scheme where paint is taken in from the public, is recycled and re-distributed to those on benefits and community groups

Seminars and Conferences

Cross Border Work – Partners are ‘The Irish Wheelchair Association’ in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co,Leitrim

Our centre is a meeting place for people of all disabilities seen and unseen where they can find opportunities in which to get involved. The gardens are maintained by disabled adults and most of the courses are run by disabled people.

We now have a large function room that can hold up to 60 people with access to garden and kitchen.  The “pub like theme” is decorated with items from the past so as to stimulate conversation
 
We offer induction and training to all volunteers who can find opportunities to suit their expertise and interests.
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