About Us

The ONSIDE (Outreach & Navigation for Social Inclusion & Digital Engagement) programme is a cross border project led by Disability Action NI in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive ; the Independent Living Movement Ireland; and Supporting Communities.

ONSIDE seeks to improve the life outcomes of people with disabilities living in Northern Ireland & the border counties in the Republic of Ireland. We offer a cross border community support service to support disabled people who are socially isolated.


The ONSIDE project is supported by an award of €5.56m by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, a programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has also been provided by the Departments of Health in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

What we do

ONSIDE’s aim is to create community connections for disabled people – both in their local community and online communities. ONSIDE offers 1-2-1 support to participants to become active citizens in their own community alongside a digital training programme (tablet supplied) which will equip and support participants to become socially connected online. We are a free, impartial and confidential service. 

ONSIDE is available to (16+) persons with disabilities across Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh & Tyrone); and the Border region of Ireland (Counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo & Donegal). ONSIDE has a pan disability approach: working with people with physical, sensory, learning, mental health or hidden disabilities.

We carry out Peer Research, steered and conducted by people who have lived experience of disability. ONSIDE wants to identify and address the social and physical barriers that create social isolation for disabled people. 

ONSIDE will create a digital hub for persons with disabilities, highlighting local health and wellbeing services and community services and engagement opportunities.

ONSIDE also offers participants Peer Volunteer support made possible by past participants and disability advocates. Our Peer Volunteers help train and support participants through their ONSIDE journey.  


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