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Pastel Art Classes With Coleen Quinn

Ever wanted to get creative with pastel colours well here at lapwd office we are running a class for 5 weeks with a qualified art teacher to help you along the way. available to all that wishes to attend all the cost is your membership fee for lapwd of €

Pastel Art Classes

With Coleen Quinn

@ LAPWD, Station Rd, Mohill.

For 5 Week 2 Hours Per Week

Starting 08th November 2016.

Please enquire about places available.

Contact 071 9651000

The Budget 2016 tax changes will mean gains for taxpayers ranging typically from €500 a year to €1,000, with some running close to €1,500 a year. Families generally do well, boosted by a hike in child benefit and some tweaks to income tax.

However, the Budget gains vary significantly, and many of those earning about €25,000 are not favoured by the way the Budget is structured.

The self-employed are bigger winners and - although not a budgetary matter per se - public servants will see significant gains in income next year, benefiting from the Budget changes as well as the pension deduction cuts announced as part of the Lansdowne Road deal.

By far the biggest gains for most relate to the change in the universal social charge (USC). This means that, overall, the Budget calculations are reasonably straightforward for most taxpayers, though they are a bit more complicated for lower earners, where a proposed increase in the minimum wage and a tweak in the PRSI regime complicated things a bit.

For a single earner or a married couple with one income, the annual overall gains top €500 at income levels of €45,000 and top out at just over €900 a year at incomes of €70,000 or higher.

The reason the €70,000 worker gets more than the €40,000 one is that more of their income is exposed to USC, so they gain more from the big change - the 1.5 point cut in the standard USC rate to 5.5 per cent.

This rate applies to the portion of earnings between about €17,000 and €70,000.

Because of the proposed increase in the minimum wage, which is counted in for the Government figures - though of course the employer will be paying it - the income gains at lower earnings levels between €13,000 and €17,500 a year also show significant increases.

A single person of a one-income couple earning €15,000 a year gains over €900. This assumes the employee currently earns the maximum existing minimum wage, the employer pays the full increase and that there is no resulting reduction in hours worked.

A tweak in the PRSI system, effectively cutting the bill for lower earners, means employees will keep a decent amount of the minimum wage rise.

However, the employee or single-income family earning about €25,000 is earning too much to benefit from the minimum wage rise and too little to get much from the USC changes, even though the two lower USC rates are also cut.

If they have no children, their gain is just €227 a year, or 1 per cent of income.

There are various circumstances which increase the gains. The €5-a-month increase in child benefit will add €60 per child per year; when the impact of family income supplement is added, this will also boost the income of relatively lower-earning couples.

So a couple with one earner and two children on an income of €25,000 would gain €500 a year. For families on higher incomes of €70,000-plus, the addition of two children brings the average gain to over €1,200 a year, and more for bigger families. Families with one parent at home also gain from a €190 increase in the home carer tax credit - a straight cash gain to their incomes. Rules governing qualification for the credit have also been loosened a bit, which will be significant for some families where the parent who spends most of the time at home also has some earnings.

The other key group to benefit more than the average is the self-employed.

The Minister has announced a tax credit of €550 which goes straight to the bottom line for taxpayers in this group.

This is the start of a process of giving the self-employed equal treatment in relation to a €1,650 tax credit previously granted only to PAYE taxpayers.

Gains for a single self-employed person range from €700 on an income of €20,000 to €1,452 on an income of €70,000 or more. This is basically the €500 credit added to the benefit from the USC change.

You will have worked out by now that the biggest winners are self-employed people with children. A married couple with one income and two children where the earner is self-employed gains over €1,750 a year.

In terms of gains next year, public servants who benefit from the Lansdowne Road deal will also benefit significantly when the Budget changes are added in too.

A mythical couple both working in the public sector and earning a joint income of €105,000 a year would gain €2,351 a year, according to the Government figures .

Some €1,400 of this relates to changes in the pension deduction agreed as part of the Lansdowne Road deal.

The only tax increase in the package is a 50 cent rise in the price of a pack of cigarettes in what is a big pre-election package.budget

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Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities, LTD,

AGM 2016

The Annual General Meeting   of the above company will be held in the Offices of LAPWD, Station Rd. Mohill at 2 pm on Tuesday October 4th 2016

Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities is based in Mohill, Co. Leitrim and supports people with physical and sensory disabilities in all areas of the county and in West Cavan.

The Board of the Directors is nominated by members

Membership of LAPWD costs €5 annually and is open to all, membership forms can be obtained at the office or downloaded from our 

Annual Carrigallen

10K Race/ Walk


Starting : 1pm at Carrigallen GAA Park, Co.Leitrim

Registration Fee In €10 Per Person

All Proceeds Raised Will be Donated To

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Event Theme: Mardi Gras

To Register Please contact:

Katherine Lyons at: 0894529351


For further information visit our facebook page at:

Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities (LAPWD) have been awarded the Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations (PQASSO) Quality Mark Level 1 for charities. LAPWD have been working towards this award over a number of years.  A core group drawn from service  users, staff and Directors have been the driving force in LAPWD achieving this award. Support on a going basis was provided by Dermot O’Donnell from Disability Federation of Ireland

PQASSO is quality assurance system that offers a straightforward, user-friendly approach to strengthen all areas of an organisation; used systematically, it can help an organisation run more effectively and efficiently.

PQASSO is built on 12 topics or quality areas. These are the building blocks an organisation needs to be able to operate to a high standard. They are:

  1. Planning
  2. Governance
  3. Leadership and management
  4. User-centred service
  5. Managing people
  6. Learning and development
  7. Managing money
  8. Managing resources
  9. Communications and promotion
  10. Working with others
  11. Monitoring and evaluation
  12. Results

The group collated evidence to support each quality area. At each meeting the collated documentation was reviewed, and if accepted entered into an evidence file. If it was felt that any more documentation was required for any indicator an action plan to develop this documentation was prepared and actioned. When this documentation was finalised the team reviewed the evidence to date to ensure it is sufficient to mark the standard as fully met. Quality remains at the core of our work and the challenge is to maintain the standard set by PQASSO across all areas of our work and service to people with Disabilities in Leitrim.


Above : Rosaleen Kielty (manager), Ita Flynn, Kevin McGill (chairperson), Bernie fox, Bridgid Mc Gourty and Kevin Smith ( PQASSO Auditor)

A night of celebration and recognition of the dedication and work of all involved is planned for early September.

Information on PQASSO can be found at


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13 Tips to Ease Stress

Use these tips to help keep stress at bay.

  1. Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can't control certain things, you're in charge of how you respond.
  3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  4. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try breathing exercises, meditation, prayer, yoga, or tai chi.
  5. Exercise regularly. You'll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems.
  6. Eat healthy. Avoid too much sugar. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you're stressed, you'll probably want less-nutritious foods, but if you overdo them, they'll add to your problems.
  7. Try to manage your time wisely.
  8. Say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.
  9. Make time for hobbies and interests.
  10. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  11. Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.
  12. Spend time with people you love.
  13. Talk with a counselor or take a stress management class for more help.

2016 walk posterThis year is our 20th anniversary and we are having a 2k or 5k run, walk or roll fundraiser. Please come along and support. A Medal will be presented to all participants and there will be a trophy for the first female and first male who part take in the 5k run. Entry Fees €10 per person or €20 per family.

Everybody Welcome

happyPeople have always been more interested in the secret to eternal life, not the secret to true happiness. That’s because people already think they know what would make them happy – a perfect body, perfect health, money, sex, adventure, fame, success; all the usual subjects. And people with disabilities often choose these usual subjects too.

But for people who’ve won the lottery and ended up with a crazy life a few years later know, getting what you want isn’t always the secret to happiness. Sometimes the secret isn’t something you can buy or achieve with good looks, but something from within that can change, helping you truly align yourself with the road to happiness.

1) No more regrets.

A lot of us have become disabled through an accident, accidents that in many cases could’ve been avoided. Living day in and day out with regret however over such big life moments is never a good thing because simply put – you can never go back and get a do-over, and there’s no use wasting time thinking about what can’t be undone.

Instead, coming to peace with how your injury occurred and not retaining any anger towards anyone who may have caused is the wise choice, even if it seems incredibly hard. Letting go of regrets can restore true happiness to your life and heal the soul in profound ways.

2) Be as independent as you can.

Relying on others may be unavoidable, but becoming too dependent, even letting yourself become a wee bit lazy and let others do things for you that you can, can siphon away your happiness very quick. Try everything, from making an entire recipe from start to end without asking for any help to getting your license. Always remember that doing things on your own can make you immensely happy.

3) Embrace your individuality.

When you’re disabled, it can be stressful, even downright embarrassing to always be the odd one out. “Fitting in,” after all, is a base human need. But looking at your uniqueness differently, and loving every bit of it (and really believing it) can make you blissfully happy.

I love that I’m not everyone else because it makes me more memorable. Life is too short to be vanilla; to be like everyone else and doing the same old thing. Disability can definitely make life harder, but it can also make you a unique survivor worth noticing.

4) Connect with your sexual self.

Denying your sexual self can be one of the worst things you can do if you have a disability. As human beings, having sexual experiences are key to keep our happiness levels afloat, but I know this can be hard for many. Finding a partner that can look past your disability is not always easy. And for many, this can leave us involuntarily celibate for years.

Try online dating if you haven’t yet, and if you’re still having no luck, masturbation can be great in the interim, especially if paired with quality pornography. No matter what though – do not forget your sexual self. Primp, shave, powder, or do whatever you do to get your “I am sexy” feeling on.

5) Make friends you can relate to.

We all need people in our lives we can relate to, someone who really knows our daily struggles because they live them too. High school girls like to hang with other high school girls for example, and I like to have at least one female friend who uses a wheelchair. Being able to vent with someone who really knows your struggles is better than any therapist session by far.

6) Only surround yourself with positive people.

While this isn’t possible every moment of the day, only surrounding yourself with people who support and genuinely like you is a big thing you can do in the way of finding true happiness. We are all guilty of staying friends with people who bring us down or are negative. It’s not easy cutting people out of your life, especially if you’re afraid of being lonely, but negative people can suck out your happiness worse than a hungry vampire.

Instead, find people who are happy for you when you succeed, who wish the best for you at all times, who are happy in their own lives too. You can never go wrong with your own personal cheer team.

7) Find a skill you’re really good at

Everyone needs to be good at something, to be known or notorious for a certain skill. Whether it’s poker, applying makeup, designing, writing, cooking or financial planning, the key is finding one thing you can do that makes you proud. And better than that (if possible), a skill that helps you make extra money. Being able to support yourself, or just being able to bring in some income by doing something you love is a true life pleasure. It’s also a great way to beef up your self-esteem, if needed.

8) Help others.

It can be too easy to get caught up in your life of limitations when you have a disability. Using your life to help others however, no longer focusing on what you need, can redirect your mental stream in a positive way. Volunteering, mentoring, helping at a kid’s with disabilities camp, visiting old people in a nursing home; doing anything outside of yourself can cause an explosion of happiness in your world. Being happy at all times may not be the true purpose of life, but wallowing in unhappiness certainly isn’t life’s purpose either. Before you give up on finding happiness entirely, try a few of the tips above. You’ll be surprised at what layers of happiness are yet to be uncovered.

9) Church/Live Music

For people of faith, this is huge. With faith, and a dogma if you’re lucky, you can have a handbook to happiness all ready to go. Faith gives your life purpose and the answer to eternal life; both are true-blue happy inducers. If you’re willing, try reconnecting with your childhood faith or a faith you’ve always been interested in, and then see how it feels. It may give you more comfort than you’d think.

And for non-religious people, a great alternative is live music. The energy that emanates from a live performance can make you feel like you’ve had the most amazing sex of your life. The louder and more feverish the better. Whatever your music genre poison is, a monthly episode at the minimum of soaking in the presence of live music may be just the Prozac you were looking for. And remember – the smaller venues, the better (they typically let you get closer to the stage if you can’t walk).

10) Start exercising.

They say getting your body moving and blood circulating can get your endorphins flowing, those lovely happy-happy hormones, and they’re right. But when you have a disability getting in that exercise takes a bit more creativity and let’s face it – many of us get tired quicker. Using the Wii, arm weights, handcycling or even chair-aerobics can be great ways to get in a cardio workout, which if you want to really see if exercising works, you should be doing at least four times a week.

And whatever you do, don’t start doing an adapted sport just because your therapist recommends it. If you didn’t like basketball before your injury and now you use a wheelchair, chances are you still won’t like it. Find a physical activity you love doing, and you’re on your way to finding that happiness and clear of mind feeling you can only get from exercising.


The office of LAPWD, Station Rd, Mohill, Co.Leitrim will be closing on Thursday 24th March 2016 and reopening Tuesday 29th March 2016 for the easter break. For any emergency's please contact the manager on 0863805616.


On another note a fact about Easter I bet u didn't know

Easter eggs once acted as birth certificates! During the 19th century, when families were unable to get to the closest town hall to file a birth certificate, an egg would be accepted as a method of identification. The egg would be dyed and inscribed with the person’s name and birth date. It was completely legal and accepted by courts and other authorities.

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