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Launch 2020

Launch day, 12th March 2020

ONSIDE was officially launched on 12 March 2020 in the Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry. 

Attendees on the day were treated to a Mayor’s welcome and wonderful guest speakers ranging from our funders’ the Special EU Programmes Body to participants who took part in our North West pilot.

We were delighted to have many of our pilot participants there on the day too, not only did they partake in the pilot but they also took part in our ‘official launch’ video (see opposite).

Launch day detail

We were fortunate to hold our event just before the first COVID-19 lockdown so our guests and participants got to enjoy the ONSIDE launch in the beautiful auditorium of the Millennium Forum, following a Mayor’s address by Michaela Boyle, Derry & Strabane District Council, we listened to speakers:

Paul Sheridan, Director of Corporate Services, Special EU Programmes Body; Peter Kearns, Project Coordinator, Independent Living Movement Ireland; Colm McDaid, Chief Executive, Supporting Communities; Nichola Kennedy, ONSIDE participant, Letterkenny; and Helen Russell, Senior Project Officer, Northern Ireland Housing Executive. 

Guests were treated to local music talent ‘Conductology’ – a local pan-disability musical group. All funders participated in a joint launch day press release ‘ONSIDE – on the side of disabled people’ including Minister for Health Robin Swann, MLA and Minister for Health Simon Harris, TD and Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body.


Photo (L-R): Paul Sheridan, Director of Corporate Services, Orla McCann, Project Manager, ONSIDE project, Mark Gamble, ONSIDE participant, Mayor Michaela Boyle, Derry & Strabane District Council and Colin Dunlop, Head of Disability and Sensory Disabilities, Department of Health.


Scroll through our launch day photos, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry.