Access Webinar Recording and Presentation on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and the Decision Support Service hosted by Áine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service and Western Care’s Rights Review Committee held on June 14, 2021.

Webinar Recording:


A copy of the presentation can be found here:Western Care 2021.06. 14 final PDF

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Interacting with the new Decision Support Service

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 emphasises the principles of dignity, autonomy and respect for the individual and preferences of all persons. It is an essential part of Ireland’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Although the Act is fully enacted legislation, the systems required to implement it were not introduced and so most of the Act is not yet operational. There is now a change on the horizon as the Decision Support Service have stated their intention to ‘go live’ in mid-2022.

The Decision Support Service exists to promote the rights and interests of people who may need support with decision-making and is one of the cornerstones on which the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. News that the Decision Support Service is to be up and running by next year is most welcome as it will provide people with the necessary framework to ensure that those in their care who may lack capacity can access the decision making support most appropriate to them.

Western Care’s Rights Review Committee welcome you to attend a free Zoom Webinar entitled The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Interacting with the new Decision Support Service’.

What will the introduction of this service mean for people we currently support? We have invited Áine Flynn, Director of this service to speak with us outlining the key principles from the act and the key reforms it will bring for the people we support. We will provide you with information about this service and the things you can do to get ready.

This event will take place in the form of a Zoom Webinar with an opportunity for questions to be asked at the end and it should be attended by all those who may be impacted on by enactment of the Act through establishment of this service. The event may be of particular interest to people who are supported with decision-making currently and  people who care for an adult who requires support of this nature.

Book your place on the Webinar here.

Western Care Association are going to travel around the globe virtually to raise funds to enhance services throughout the county, we NEED your help to complete this challenge.

We are looking for 150 volunteers to walk, jog or run virtually around the globe in aid of Western Care Association, starting from 12th of January to 2nd April 2021. That’s 40,075 km in 80 Days and which is 500km a day, this is a mammoth challenge, people can talk about it for years after, but we need your help. Our aim is to raise a euro for every km our teams of volunteers complete, 40,075km = €40,075.

Contact the fundraising department to find out how you can be involved in something big and help Western Care Association travel around the world virtually by contacting Michael at


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After more than 50 years, Western Care Association’s Annual Door To Door Collection is now going online for the month of September.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it has presented to us, our organisation must protect our valuable and dedicated volunteers who have supported Western Care over many years. However, when one door closes another door opens and we now have the opportunity to reach out even further. Not only to our longstanding donors who have kept this campaign alive, but to all the doors that were never knocked upon before in our own local communities. We are delighted that we can now share this opportunity with you, the Mayo diaspora all over the world, who can support their Mayo Charity with the click of a button!

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Your support would be much appreciated. Thank you.