ILMI Virtual Online Inclusive Communities for Empowerment (VOICE) Project: Community Development Workers x 2

Independent Living Movement Ireland

Position one: Working with Disabled People in Kerry, Cork and Tipperary

Position two: Working with Disabled People in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

Full time: 35 hours per week, initial one year contract. ILMI will consider job-sharing for these roles.

Location: VOICE will be delivered remotely.

Salary: €35,000 to €40,000 commensurate with experience.

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individuals to join our staff team as VOICE Community Development Workers (2 full time positions).

Job Descriptions

ILMI seeks to employ two community development workers to lead out the VOICE project.

ILMI have chosen as one of the pilot Community Development Programme by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Our Virtual Online Inclusive Communities for Empowerment (VOICE) project will allow ILMI to develop a specific focus to working with disabled people in counties Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

ILMI's VOICE Project is a community development project with the focus on bringing disabled people together in collective spaces. It is based on digital networking, peer mentoring support and activism with disabled people in the south of Ireland (CHO areas 4 and 5). As a genuine Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) we recognise, first and foremost, that disabled people must have the equality of opportunity to become active members in their communities. Spaces need to be created and resourced to build a collective shared analysis and for representatives to be supported to bring collective voices to inform mainstream service provision and policy development.

VOICE will inform, mentor and support disabled people to build authentic local representative structures and build the capacity of local mainstream services to promote real inclusion of disabled people. VOICE will work with each participant to develop Personal Action Plans, identifying and developing goals through effectively accessing local mainstream services that reduce isolation while improving health and wellbeing.

ILMI will also provide technical guidance to mainstream local community, sporting, educational and cultural organisations in relation to Disability Equality Training, access, engagement and inclusion in order to promote involvement of disabled people in their communities.

The VOICE Community Development workers will:

  • Work with ILMI staff and relevant stakeholders to develop online outreach strategy to engage disabled people in counties Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny.
  • Work with disabled people to develop personal action plans in VOICE region, which will be goal-based approaches linked with the delivery of VOICE.
  • Design and facilitate delivery of online workshops with series of inputs to build a connection between disabled people and their mainstream services to ensure greater involvement of disabled people in programmes and projects in their locality through online ILMI County Platforms.
  • Resource the development of ILMI County Platforms as spaces for disabled people to develop collective shared understanding of issues they face and develop strategies to influence policy locally and nationally.
  • Support disabled people into relevant ILMI peer spaces, including one to one peer mentoring supports.
  • Build relationships with key mainstream social inclusion service providers in same to promote the role of VOICE and ILMI.
  • Support the development and delivery of Disability Equality to key local mainstream service providers.
  • Engage with all relevant stakeholders, ILMI staff and members to promote the VOICE project.
  • Provide regular updates to staff, board and members through ILMI eBulletin, ILMI website and social media.
  • Work with CEO, staff, board and members to meet Strategic objectives.

ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria.

Essential requirements:

  • An understanding and commitment to Independent Living;
  • Commitment to the values of ILMI;
  • An understanding of ILMI’s role as a DPO;
  • An understanding of the Social model of disability;
  • Commitment to the principles of community development:
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
  • Excellent communication skills; including proven ability to facilitate groups and work with people on a one-to-one basis
  • An ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies such as Zoom.
  • Access to high quality broadband in order to facilitate and record Zoom inputs.

The positions require successful candidates to work online and to deliver training and supports via Zoom and assumes successful candidates will have access to internet.

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th October 2021 at 5pm.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 9th November 2021. Interviews will take place via Zoom.

ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled people for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland.

ILMI will consider job-sharing applications for these roles.

The VOICE project is funded by Department of Rural and Community Development.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
14th Oct, 2021
Remotely / Various Locations
Expiry Date
29th Oct, 2021