The Board of Directors of Western Care Association is currently leading the development of our next Strategic Plan. The purpose of this plan is to set out the future direction of the Organisation, with clear strategic aims, to ensure the future viability of the organisation, in what are turbulent times.  It is also to ensure that the organisation is as effective and responsive as it can be.

We are keen to get people’s views / input into this Strategic Plan and have devised a short questionnaire for people to complete.

This is an anonymous survey, you do not need to sign or identify yourself if you wish.

I would be grateful if you could complete this questionnaire and return it to us in whatever way is most convenient i.e. either by post, by email, by dropping into your local service or by completing the survey online by using the below link.

I would be grateful if you could return your survey by 21st November 2021

Thank you for your time in completing this survey.


The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, along with colleagues, Minister for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD, and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, have today (15/07/2021) launched the ‘Disability Capacity Review to 2032 – A Review of Disability Social Care Demand and Capacity Requirements to 2032’.  The Disability Capacity Review quantifies and costs future need for disability support services across areas such as residential care, respite, day services, personal assistance and home help, and specialist disability therapy supports including early intervention. See below:

Disability Capacity Review to 2032


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

Western Care Association is delighted to present it’s recently renovated Hillcrest Apartments at Highland Lodge Kilkelly. We are immensely proud of this project and would like to thank and congratulate all those involved.



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.

Expressions of Interest are invited for the position of  Voluntary Board Members

We are currently seeking skilled and motivated individuals to join our Board of Directors.  We are looking for people with an interest in community and supporting Western Care Association to continue to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and autism……more details

Role Description

Application Form


Mayo Self Advocacy Group in partnership with Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) are delighted to inform you that they have produced a video called “Keeping Safe During Covid 19”

The group felt it might be useful to share the video to support people with the vaccination process and to re-inforce the importance of social distancing and hand hygiene.

Please note the vides will not work within the citrix environment.

I would like to congratulate the Mayo Self Advocacy Group and all those involved, on this excellent production and thank them for their work in putting the video together as it will be a very useful resource for us to share.

Best wishes






We are delighted to announce that Western Care Association has been allocated funding of €20,000 under the RTE Does Comic Relief “Demand for Digital” scheme. This funding will be used for the purchase of I.T. equipment to support our services. We would like to thank RTE Does Comic Relief for this very welcome funding from what was an outstanding and very entertaining event.