What We Do
Addressing Social Isolation
The ONSIDE project is a cross border project created to address the social isolation often experienced by disabled people. Research shows the proportion of disabled people (13.3%) who report feeling lonely “often or always” is almost four times that of non-disabled people (3.4%), with the greatest disparity for young adults, aged 16 to 24 years old. (ONS, 2021). We want to enable and empower persons with disabilities to take control of their social connections and become active in their local and online communities.
We provide tailored 1-2-1 support and training so participants can gain independence, choice and control over their social connections. We are pan-disability project. Our services are free, independent and impartial.
Listen to participant testimony:
If you want to find out more, listen to our past participant Betty share her story and a group of Co. Down participants share their experiences with BBC Newsline below.
Like many of our new participants Betty felt scared about taking part, she felt under confident but now she uses her new found digital skills and tablet regularly to stay in touch with family and friends.
Refer someone you know
Participants can be 16 and over, they can self refer or be referred by a family member, friend or support team. If you are interested in taking part click here.
ONSIDE operates throughout Northern Ireland and R.o.I. border regions. We are funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.