Press Release

Minister Hoctor presents Certificates to Participants of the Ballycommon Telework and Training Centre, Tullamore

Máire Hoctor, TD, Minister for Older People, today (Tuesday, 14th April 2009) presented certificates to the participants of ‘Embracing the Years’ and ‘Life Story’ projects run by the Ballycommon Telework and Training Centre in Tullamore.

Ballycommon Telework and Training Centre Ltd is a community owned business which was established in 1999 in order to provide IT and Soft Skills Training to members of the local and wider community. Ballycommon Centre provides a range of training and support programmes for members of the community throughout Co Offaly and many surrounding areas. As a project part funded under the Pobal Community Services Programme, the focus is on making the programmes accessible to disadvantaged or marginalised members of the community and those living in isolated rural areas.

Speaking at the presentation, Minister Hoctor said “The role which organisations such as the Ballycommon Telework and Training Centre play in combating rural isolation cannot be underestimated. The projects which the Centre runs provide a valuable forum to discuss and exchange ideas and information of concern to older people. It also provides a range of meaningful and very practical supports within the community which help to combat the sense of isolation sometimes felt by older people in rural settings. Such an initiative is fully in keeping with the Government’s objective of enabling older people to live full lives at home and in their communities”.