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Real Life Training

Learn more about our Real Life training services below

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WALK’s Real Life Training programme supports school leavers with intellectual disabilities to build their capacities and to develop their skills and passions so that they will be equipped to live self-determined lives in the community of their choice.

The Real Life Training programme runs for 4 years and is an innovative departure from the way traditional training programmes have, up until now, been offered to this too often marginalised demographic. The Real Life Training programme aims to ensure that participants explore possibilities and meet objectives in relation to paid employment in the mainstream labour market, access training/education in mainstream settings as well as developing the personal-self.

The aim of the Real Life Training Programme is to focus support on key transition points for individuals by delivering targeted interventions. The programme will engage existing service structures, natural circles of support, increasing joint working and build sustainable relationships to allow progression towards economic activity and/or further education. It will also utilise local community networks (employers, peers, families) to broaden community participation and develop a sense of civic responsibility. Throughout the 4 year course and beyond, all supports put in place will support individuals to access mainstream services, this is in keeping with New Directions’ vision of ambitious change for services for adults with intellectual disabilities “that will depend on and benefit from an acceleration of the policy of mainstreaming that is a core part of the National Disability Strategy”.

To read some stories from participants of the Real Life Training Programme click here

Real Life Training in action

Three people working
Job shadowing in Dept. of Transport
Lady stacking shelves
Laura working in Haven Pharmacy
Man DJ-ing
Darragh radio presenting
People wearing suits and smiling
Sam with Pascal Donoghue TD
Man outside college
Daragh FETAC Inchicore College
Man on Climbing Wall
Climbing Ambitions
Man at Crumlin College stand
Patrick Hair and Beauty

WALK Community Gardens

Two men digging soil

Horticultural Opportunties

The community gardens have been in Scoil Colm for over a decade. WALK has built this horticultural area up over the years with assistance from the people WALK supports, the children in Scoil Colm and the members of the local Youth Reach Community. 

The gardens have:

  • The poly-tunnel full of fruit and vegetables for produce requiring dryer conditions.
  • Outside green areas with fruit and vegetables.
  • A green house made from plastic bottles.
  • Bee hives
  • A water harvesting system.

There are many aspects to the work in the gardens that both adults and children enjoy. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • People learn more about horticulture, the food lifecycle and the eco system, in general.
  • People learn how to plant and maintain their own food and fauna.
  • People learn where their own food comes from and its nutritional value.
  • Community groups have been involved in creating and painting the planters 
  • The area is used for educational talks for other community-grower organisations.
  • All skills learned are transferable and for life.
  • Honey-making and bee-keeping is an integral part of the gardens since 2015.

As with all WALK projects, the whole community benefits. WALK saw the huge advantage of running a successful horticulture projects from a local community facility and a local school was just the right fit for this. The projects and output are excellent for the entire community and not just for WALK. 

Erasmus Programme

WALK's shares its learning with french students

WALK are delighted to partner with Erasmus to invite students from other countries to share our culture and learn new skills.

Please see here for some highlights of the latest Erasmus trip!

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