Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


The aim of our Ability Programme is to support young people, aged 16-19 years, with a disability who are not in education, training or employment.

We work with young people who are not engaging in services to create a plan for their future through:

  • using a person centred approach
  • creating personal action plans,
  • tailor-made education and training programmes
  • employment supports
  • supporting people back to education and training
  • support employers in Kildare to be more inclusive

How we support Ability Programme participants:

  • We support project participants who are not currently engaging with other services by using a range of person-centred approaches including the development of a personal action plan to identify training needs in personal/social and employment focused skills.
  • We get to know each participant and assist them in creating personal goals.
  • We assist young people to develop the confidence and independence required to participate in education, training and employment.
  • We support people to identify suitable education and training options.
  • We support employers to upskill and become more inclusive and provide more meaningful roles for people with disabilities.


There are set eligibility criteria for this Programme:

  • Aged between 16-19 years. (Proof of age will be required)
  • Have a diagnosis of a disability or in receipt of disability allowance


View  information flyers here:

Information for Employers – Ability Programme

Information for Young People – Ability Programme



Connected – Respected – Included

Press Release Employer Engagement


Please Complete the following Questionnaire :



For further information please email our Project worker Carol:


Please note the Ability Programme is not accepting new referrals at the moment – March 2021.


Carol Donohoe

Ability Programme Project Worker

Carol Donohoe

Caradh O’Donovan

Ability Programme Project Worker

Caradh O’Donovan

All of the videos for the Kildare Ability Cookery Programme can be found on County Kildare LEADER Partnerships YouTube Channel and at this link here:


Cookery Videos 2020