Cedar Celebrates Success

Monday 27 November 2017

On Friday 17th November 2017 local charity The Cedar Foundation held an appreciation event in Ballybot House and presented participants from the Southern Trust area with certificates for completion of OCR accreditation and in-house Brain Injury training. The event was attended by SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne and MLA Justin McNulty as well as Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady.

The Cedar Foundation, established in 1941, supports individuals and families living with disability, autism and brain injury to live the lives they choose, it delivers a wide range of services that enable both children and adults to get the most out of life and to be fully included in their communities. The Inclusion Works programme is a person-centred service supporting individuals to engage in work, training and social activities local to where they live. The service is tailored around the individual persons needs and aspirations, building confidence and independence to meet their employability and inclusion goals. The project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Cedar Chief executive Stephen Mathews commented: “The commitment and achievements of the “Inclusion Works” participants and staff was there for all to see today. It was terrific to see the impact of their joint efforts to help each participant achieve their full potential, gaining experience and qualifications to engage in community activities and focus on getting in to work. Everyone had an inspirational story to tell and I was delighted that we had support from local politicians who took time to hear first-hand from the participants and learn more about the work of Cedar in the Newry area.”

Councillor Pete Byrne commented: “I was delighted to attend today’s event hosted by The Cedar Foundation and meet staff and participants. The charity does a great job and works across the entire Newry, Mourne and Down Council area to support individuals and families living with disabilities, brain injury and autism to live the lives they choose.”

As part of the event participants were presented with Certificates for completion of OCR Life & Living skills as well as attendance at Cedar Training. Four awards were also given out to people who go above and beyond to volunteer with Cedar and also provide peer mentor support – without their support many people would not be accessing the opportunities they are today.

If you require any additional information about how to get involved with the service please contact iw@cedar-foundation.org or 028 9061 2424 or 028 3026 3791


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