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Balbriggan Students Sample Life in New Workplaces for IASE's Job Shadow Day

24 April 2015
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 The IASE’s national Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 22nd April) gave five participants on the Reach programme in National Learning Network the chance to job shadow people in the local Garda station, The Law Society of Ireland and the Property Registration Association. 

All five are currently taking part in the Reach programme in National Learning Network's satellite centre in Balbriggan. It is a flexible rehabilitative training course for people who have experienced social isolation as a result of mental health issues. 
John Kennedy spent the day learning the law of the land with the local Gardai in Balbriggan. He said, “I had a great time. We had a very entertaining morning at the Court. We met the Court reporter. I spent some time with Jim in the public office at the Garda station and I helped to bag up evidence with Garda Barry Griffen in the detective office.” 
John Kennedy, Dermot Treleavan and Gavin O’Toole spent the day with the Law Society of Ireland in Blackhall Place. John said, “I enjoyed the experience of the Law Society very much. I was fascinated by the work they do and taken by their kindness and generosity with the time they gave me. Altogether it was a very positive experience. The challenge of preparing and getting to the Law Society pushed me out of my comfort zone and has given me the confidence to realise that I can do more than I think I can." Gavin Blackwell O'Toole also enjoyed his day in Blackhall Place. "Everybody was very encouraging and supportive.  It made me feel at ease and I really enjoyed the day.  It was a good eye-opener to see how the place worked and a good motivator to make me feel maybe I could get back into work."
Raymond Feerick spent the day at the Property Registration Association. 
Job Shadow Day is an initiative organised by the Irish Association of Supported Employment and the idea behind it is to encourage integration of people with disabilities with local employers.