Drop-in Men and Women's groups

Join our weekly Drop-In groups 

Our Drop-In Men & Women’s groups were created to meet the needs of participants who said, ‘it’s hard to meet and make friends with other disabled people’.

In follow-up to digital training, participants can get involved in these weekly Zoom groups which will bolster digital skills and create opportunities to meet other disabled people and create new friendships. 

Why get involved? 

ONSIDE’s Drop-In groups have grown organically from digital training cohorts. Post training, our participants were seeking a safe space online to meet other disabled people. As you are aware, online groups specifically created for disabled people in N Ireland and R.o.I. border counties are rare but we hope ONSIDE’s Drop-in groups are a step toward filling this void.  

These groups bring disabled people together in a safe and relaxed environment to chat about shared experiences, topical issues, hobbies and to have a bit of craic. There are occasional quizzes held and guest speakers invited along.  The Drop-In groups are just that, drop-in, no invitation needed. The groups usually last one hour and you can come and go as it suits. 

ONSIDE’s Drop-In Women’s group meets every Monday at 3.30pm via Zoom. The OMG (ONSIDE Men’s Group) meets every Wednesday at 11.00am

To join either group contact Elaine Roub, ONSIDE’s Peer Volunteer Coordinator on 074 2370 3400 or elaineroub@disabilityaction.org 

If you are seeking further opportunity to develop your digital skills and meet new friends, why not think about volunteering?

ONSIDE offers Peer Volunteer support to participants throughout their ONSIDE journey. You can use your skills to support others to get online. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and work alongside your peers whilst creating positive change in the lives of disabled people.  

 

What our weekly ‘Drop-in’ groups get involved in? 

Our Drop-In Men & Women’s groups get involved in lots of different events and activities online, some weeks we invite along guest speakers such as local author Tony MacAuley ‘Paperboy’ or representatives from organisations the group is interested in e.g. Ulster Museum WWII project and the Women’s Group partake in shared hobbies online, such as arts and crafts. Lynda Ross is one of our Women’s Group participants and she kindly shared her thoughts about ONSIDE in poetry – see video opposite. 

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