In 2018 under the social inclusion programme NEWKD supported 57 groups and 805 people 27% of these were unemployed and 33 % on low incomes.

More importantly than the numbers are the liftthat the programme can bring through workingwith and supporting people and communities toprogress in their lives.

Given the pressures people are under a supportive person at the right time can make a big difference. Though the social inclusion and community activation programme NEWKD staff have supported people to get education assessments for their children which canthen be the key to unlocking much needed supports to ensure theirchild get a chance to fulfil their potential.

With the help of communities we have supported sports and activity days in estates which helps to give access to opportunitiesand bring people together .Working with the council and residents we have supported environmental upgrades to green areas and theprovision of CCTV

We have supported children with disabilities in the Castleisland area to get access to sports activities and we have enabled people with disabilities the opportunity to indulge their love of animals and theoutdoors through the social farming project.

Becoming fluent in English and then negotiating the Irish public services is challenging for those from new communities and therefore through SICAP funding we have supported the Tralee InternationalResources Centre to deliver extra English language classes and to provide advocacy services to those who are migrants ,asylum seekers or refugees

We have supported unemployed people to set up their own businessranging from guitar making and nutritionist to sash window making.

The delivery of personal development /motivational and well –beingworkshops is something that can have a profound impact on the lives of people who are struggling with their mental health and well -beingas many of us do from time to time and we will support initiatives forenhanced mental resources in 2019.

This is just a snapshot of some of the services provided and all are delivered in partnership with people and communities rather than“to “them and are supported by government funding and Kerry LDC

NEWKD/Sicap wishes everybody in our community a happy andpeaceful Christmas and New Year.

We are here to help so feel free to contact us.

Robert Carey, SICAP Manager


Aras an Phobail,
Croílár na Mistéalach, Tralee Tel: 066 7180190

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Tel: 066 7129675

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(12-16yrs) is one of the most powerful programs for family change in the country, because it is an evidence based family

skills course aimed at helping parents and children develop andbuild positive relationships.
The program developers believe that, in order to reduce
risk factors in young people, one must improve the familyenvironment and the parents’ abilities to nurture and provide appropriate learning opportunities for their children.

The goal is to deliver effective family-based prevention, intervention combining a 14-week program, which consists of a2-3 hour session per week:

  • A parent Training Program
  • A Teen’s Skills Training Programme
  • A family Skills Training Program, where parents and children

    would be participating together.

A number of Strengthening Families Programmes are planned

for 2019 in Kerry. We are currently looking for interested people who would like to become involved in the delivery of theprogramme. Training will be provided over 2 full days. If you areinterested please contact:
Deirdre Kearin, NEWKD, Aras an Phobail, Dean’s Lane, Tralee, Co. Kerry



Kerry Social Farming hosted an important Social Farminginformation day in North Kerry on Friday 26th October. This showcase event took place on Rena Blake’s farm just outside Ballybunion. The event showcased the extraordinary development of social farming in Kerry over the last few years. Senior officialsfrom the Department of Rural and Community Development,senior staff from KCC, NEWKD, SKPD and 100 invited guests joined host farmers, participants and their families to celebrate the success of the initiative.

The aim of the Kerry Social Farming Project is to give adults with disabilities the
opportunity to engage
with farm families,

thus facilitating social
inclusion in the rural
community, provide
new opportunities and
meet their personal
life choices. In this
way Kerry Social Farming is informed and directed by current Irishpolicies on the inclusion, participation and engagement of people who avail of on-going health and social support services. Uniquely,the social farming model in Kerry is underpinned by a voluntaryethos whereby host farmers generously offer their time voluntarily to support participants engage in farming activities and the community, thus enhancing real relationships and the sustainabilityof the project.

Kerry Social Farming has grown consistently over the last fewyears. There are now 19 hostfarmers across Kerry providing a social farming experience for31 participants. Kerry Social

Farming Chairman George Kelly says ‘social farming is a wonderful,rewarding and fulfilling initiative for all concerned. Host farmers and their families is the key to its success in Kerry. They havereally bought into the whole concept of social farming and areenthusiastic in promoting it among the farming community’.




West Kerry Employment & Education Fair


We are now in the middle of planning the next West KerryEmployment and Education Fair for March 2019. There area number of new ideas on thetable. More information shouldbe released by mid January!

Dingle Men’s Shed

Following an Open Day at the end ofOctober, Tai Chi sessions with Maria Daly continue on Monday’s at 1130am and yoga sessions with Leann continueon Fridays at 11.30am.

On Thursday 15th Nov, some 15 members from Sneem Men’s Shed called on their way to Dingle. They operate two eveningsa week in a disused ballroom and were very impressed withthe Dingle Shed accommodation.

For more information please call Patrick on Tel: 086 – 872 7521



‘See Something, Say Something’

‘See Something, Say Something’ is a new scheme that lets people text about anti-social behaviour in Tralee. The scheme has been developed by Kerry based tech company Zinmobi in partnership with Tralee Chamber Alliance and An Garda Síochána.

If you see something that might need Garda intervention, text TRALEE and the incident details to 50555. The FREE text message will be received by the sergeant on duty and it will be acted upon immediately by local Gardaí.

There’s been a noticeable rise in the number of arrests, prosecutions and house searches in Tralee since the launch of the pilot text alert scheme.

There was a ten percent increase in reports of anti-social behaviour, leading to an additional 11 arrests, ten prosecutions and two houses searches


FREE EVENT ?Have you Additional Support Needs?

Are you 16yrs or over and looking to progress to further education, training or employment?

Free Local Link Kerry transport
Sign language interpreters available throughout the day

EmployAbility Service Kerry and The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection




Wednesday 30th January 2019 from: 12pm to 6pmStands on the day include:

The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection

Kerry Education & Training Board
IT, Tralee – Disability Support Services Assistive Technology
Kerry Down Syndrome
National Learning Network
Studio 3
Local Disability Support Services
And Many More


Family Fun Day

For more information email:

NEWKD Dingle in conjunction with Cairde an Díseartsuccessfully ran a Family FunDay in An Díseart, Dingle onSeptember 16th 2018. Over 200people attended.

Activities on the day included
Magic Show, Balloon Making,
Puppet Show, Book Reading,
Sock Puppet Making, ToddlerColouring Corner, Facepainting, Raffle, Treasure Hunt,
Seed Planting, and Awareness
on Waste, Irish Wildlife Trust and a Cake Sale in aid of An Díseart.

We raised just over €500 for the upkeep of An Díseart. Thiswill be an annual event.

Looking forward to next year already.



Assistive Technology • Your Training Options • Supports for Work



(Pre-booking is essential)

Closing date for booking Friday 25th January 2019

For more information about pick up points or to pre-book seats visit our website:


Phone: 1890 528 528
Email: info@locallinkkerry.ieWeb:

Local Link Kerry
Sliabh Luachra Cultural Centre Scartaglin
Co. Kerry



EmployAbility Service Kerry



LAAC Corca Dhuibhne


LAAC Chorca Dhuibhne has appointed a New Chairpersonon the committee. Mdire Uí Léime will take up the new position for one year. We wish her all the best!