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Job Title

Programme Assistant/ Driver- Tipperary


Irish Wheelchair Association




Permanent, part time (30 hours) position

Overall Purpose of Job

You will be responsible for the safe transportation of the members to and from the Resource and Outreach Centre (ROC). As a Programme Assistant/Driver you will also be expected to lead with the delivery of services to members engaging in personal and activation programmes in the Centre. The essential nature of the Centre is to provide a pathway for people with physical disabilities to full participation with the community.


Close liaison is required with ROC staff and members for the successful implementation of this position. Links will also be made with relevant voluntary and statutory agencies, families and friends of members.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To lead on the implementation of programme activities within the ROC, which will involve the following; implementing programmes daily from the service users choice, Complete all report writing on programme designs. Liaise and network with local resources i.e. colleges for implementing creative new programmes
  • Support Coordinator in creating and implementing fundraising initiatives
  • Administrative duties
  • Encourage members to be actively involved in developmental, personal and activation programmes, that operate from the Centre, and to be actively involved in implementation of same
  • Accompany and support participants on annual holidays, outings, socials and day trips as required by Service Coordinator
  • Patient moving and handling; assist with personal care of participants where required
  • Actively ensure that standards and practices regarding health and safety are fully adhered to in all areas of activities
  • To comply with IWA's Parent and Ancillary Safety Statements and any legislative duties set out in current Health and Safety and Fire Safety Legislation
  • The use of clamping, hoisting and lifting equipment are an essential part of this role
  • Record and report any hazards, accidents or potential incidents to the Service Coordinator
  • Transport participants to and from the Centre on a daily basis, and also to and from other related community activities as required by the Service Coordinator
  • Ensure that vehicles for which you are responsible are at all times in a roadworthy condition and make such arrangements as are necessary for the maintenance, cleanliness and repairs of such vehicles in consultation with Service Coordinator
  • Mentor staff and volunteers in all aspects relating to programme activities and transport safety
  • Maintenance of the busses
  • Flexibility and availability for out of hours service activities i.e. evenings and weekends
  • Carry out any other duties and / or responsibilities which may be assigned to you from time to time


Training, Experience and Qualifications

  • A Category D/D1 driving license and valid CPC are a must
  • A minimum of 5 completed modules of FETAC level 5 (Major Award) Care Support or similar qualification is essential. FETAC Major Awards that are deemed relevant to IWA are:
  • Community & Health Services (to include minor components Safety & Health at Work and Care Provision & Practice)
  • Health Service Skills (to include minor components in Workplace Statutory Policies & Procedures and Care Skills and Care Support)
  • Health Care Support (to include minor components Safety & Health at Work and Care Skills and Care Support)
  • Previous experience of working with databases and Microsoft Office suite are required

Knowledge and Skills

  • Previous experience of developing and delivering projects or programmes
  • Previous experience of working with people with disabilities is required
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety regulations, as well as transport safety and standards of use is essential


  • The ability to lead a team and work on own initiative 
  • An ability to build strong relationships at all levels and show confidence among the team
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Be of good character

Remuneration & Benefits

  • Salary range for this position is €19,232 - €23,715 DOE (prorated salary)
  • Excellent working conditions
  • Training & development opportunities
  • 25 days annual leave pro rata
  • Access to Occupational Pension scheme (PRSA) and group VHI & HSF Health Cash Plans
  • Employee Assistance Programme

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties and is not intended to be either restrictive or definitive and may be subject to periodic review.

Date Added

222 days ago