Disability is an issue that is currently under the spotlight in Ireland, with a particular focus on helping people with disabilities to gain employment. Disability organisations and supported employment offices do wonderful work assisting them 'individually' into a job or work placement programme. However, this can often leave them isolated in their new work environment as a result of their difference, so a new approach is needed.
Jamie’s big idea for social change is to look at employement of people with disabilities from a
new perspective while providing them with opportunities for them to work at an equal level. He
Develops supported enterprises that focus on jobs in terms of team out put vs individuals
performance. In October 2010, Jamie opened the 'Inclusion Bar' in the Axis Centre in Ballymun, a bar developed by a focus team of people with disabilities and physically tailored to their needs. It includes a unique split level design allowing people to both stand and use wheelchairs, as well as features that enable blind and deaf people to serve customers together as a team.
Goals and objectives
Giving meaningful employment opportunities to people with disabilities enables them to work to their full potential and proves they can function just as effectively as people without disabilities. With funding from The Arthur Guinness Fund, Jamie will be able to set up a catering service and open new premises in Ballymun. He has plans to grow more bars like it around the country.