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In Conversation Series made for you

The In Conversation Series is a family-led initiative developed by Positive Pathways in collaboration with the Inclusive Living Network and supported by Genio. This series provides space to learn, to come together, to talk, to listen and to share knowledge and experiences. It's made for parents, siblings, relatives, friends and advocates supporting a loved one with an intellectual disability, who are on new pathways. This could be a transition from school, a move into employment, setting up a micro-business, self-directing with a personalised budget, or moving into their own home. Watch Molly introducing the In Conversation Series.

What's included in the In Conversation Series?

Connect with families from across Ireland who are on their path to create inclusive lives for their loved one.

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Complete 8 video-based sessions, hear from families' real-life experiences and benefit from additional resources.

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Become part of the In Conversation Series

If you want to join the Webinars and get access to the Online Session, just contact Molly and you will be provided with everything needed.

Connect with others in the Peer Support Webinars

Join the live webinars to meet with families who are on their path to create an inclusive life and individual support for their loved one. Learn together and support each other by sharing stories, experiences and resources. Add your voice to the Series and be part of influencing change in Ireland.

How do the webinars work?

The Peer Support Webinars are a safe and welcoming space for families to discuss key topics about creating an inclusive life for a loved one with a disability. In smaller groups you can share your lived experience, ask questions and learn from each other with the support of a family facilitator. The webinars will take place online via zoom. If you have registered for the In Conversation Series you will receive the invitation with login details before the webinars.

When do the webinars take place?

Webinar 1

26th of April, 2021

12.00 - 13.30

Webinar 2

13th of May, 2021

12.00 - 13.30

Webinar 3

31st of May, 2021

12.00 - 13.30

Webinar 4

17th of June, 2021

12.00 - 13.30

Gain useful insights in the Online Sessions

Explore key topics about inclusive living in eight video-based learning sessions at your own pace. Hear from families' real-life experiences and download the Reflective Booklets. Also, benefit from links to additional resources that provide really useful information for you in creating a good life for your family member.

What are the Online Sessions about?

The Online Sessions cover topics such as: How do we strengthen our voice as family members? Why is it important to have a vision and plan for a good life for our loved ones? How can we support our loved ones to live a self-directed life, to be in valued roles and to build relationships within the community? And, maybe most importantly, how can we stay strong on this journey?

How do the Online Sessions work?

You can complete the Online Sessions at your own pace on any device. Starting from 26th April 2021 a new session will be released each week. This gives you time to complete the session and reflect on the topics before moving on to the next session. To access the Online Sessions, you need to register for the In Conversation Series. Just contact Molly and you will be provided with all the information needed.

Ready for the Online Sessions?

Get an overview of the available Online Sessions and start right away.

Go to the Online Session Overview

Meet our wonderful team

The In Conversation Series is made for and by families and allies. The series is facilitated by the project coordinator Molly O' Keeffe and members of the Inclusive Living Network.

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Molly O' Keeffe

I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbour, woman, founder of Positive Pathways, Irish citizen, lover of theatre, history, food, chocolate, having the craic, laughter, walking, talking, listening to people’s stories, standing up for truth and being part of stuff in my community. I am a family member, founder of Positive Pathways and creator of the In Conversation Series.

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Aoife O' Toole

I am a daughter, partner, godmother, aunt, sister, friend, hiker and Irish Australian. I love nature, people, cultures, travelling and adventure – the wilder the better! I have been working with people with a disability and their families for over 30 years and co creator of the In Conversation Series Online Sessions with Molly.  

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Anne Motherway

I am a mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, and friend. Family is really important for me. Having and being a good friend matters to me also. I love to have a laugh, to read, to have time to think, to travel, walking and cooking. As a family member I'm an early adopter of the self-directed support model.

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Willie Walsh

I am a Westport man, rugby fan, part of three great families (at least), not playing half enough tennis, long time human rights activist, risk management consultant and trainer, Clan Beo founder and collaborator, love having the craic and cooking with people, enjoy lots of different arty stuff. I wear many hats.

Do you have any questions about the In Conversation Series?

Just write us a quick message if you want to join the In Conversation Series and we'll provide you with everything you need.