Connacht Rugby players Matt Healy, Aly Muldowney and Mick Kearney were on hand this week  to launch “Be Our Guest at Ability West”, an awareness initiative by official charity partners Ability West, who provide service for people with Intellectual Disabilities.

The players enjoyed the open door and warm welcome from the service users and staff of Ability West, an invitation which is being extended to the public throughout the county.

The “Be Our Guest at Ability West” campaign aims to invite the public to visit the services provided by Ability West to people with disabilities in local communities. By holding open days and various events throughout the coming weeks and months, Ability West wish to demonstrate to the public the high quality of services, care and support provided by Ability West.

“The idea is simple, but very important” said Breda Crehan-Roche, CEO of Ability West. “We are urging the public to become a part of our community and see for themselves the happy homes, day services and high standards we enjoy here in Ability West. We want to invite our neighbours into our homes and services, to build community networks and to promote that valuable community spirit. Ability West values community engagement and involvement and since our inception in 1962, we have always provided services within local communities. The vision of Ability West is dedicated to enabling people with intellectual disabilities, to realise their dreams and ambitions and to assist each person to reach their full potential and take their rightful place in society”.

Aly Muldowney, Connacht lock and Board Member of Ability West said “The other players and I are delighted to be part of this campaign. I’ve seen first-hand the fantastic services delivered by Ability West and I think it’s great the wider community will get the same opportunity”.

Ability West provides services and supports to over 520 individuals with an intellectual disability throughout Galway City and County. Various coffee mornings, tea parties, art exhibitions and craft sales will be taking place throughout the county in the coming weeks. To see what’s happening near you visit our facebook page, follow us on twitter @abilitywest or email [email protected] west.ie

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