Blossom PEP is part-funded by Ability
  • Co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union
  • European Union. Investing in your future. European Social Fund
  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
  • Ability
  • Pobal
Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020
Empowering Young People
with Intellectual Disabilities to
Enjoy a Life Like Any Other

Who We Are

Blossom Ireland’s vision is to create an inclusive society for young people with intellectual disabilities. We believe young people with intellectual disabilities should have the same opportunities as all other young people.

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Our Programme

The Blossom Personal Empowerment Programme (PEP) provides skills based training designed to prepare young people with an intellectual disability (ID) for life as an adult.

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Support Us

Whether it’s volunteering, a financial donation, or hosting a workplace tour – your support helps us to deliver and develop our services and make a positive impact on the young people and families that we work with.

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Blossom Stories

Ailbhe's Story

We first met Ailbhe at Blossom Discovery camp in 2016. She was a shy quiet girl who only gave us glimpses of her personality and sense of humour. As Ailbhe progressed to our weekly programme for teenagers Blossom Buddies (now Blossom Explore) she became more confident and independent and that’s when we really got to know her and to benefit from her fantastic sense of humour!

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Amy's Story

Amy is a bubbly, energetic and sociable young girl who has been attending Blossom Ireland Discovery camps and yoga classes since she was 9. Amy started Blossom Explore once she turned 14 in spring 2019. She has now completed her first term and although she was nervous at the beginning she settled in very quickly and is now a really active participant in the group each week.

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Conor's Story

Conor was one of the first young people to reach 18 and graduate from the Blossom Gateway Programme in 2017 having attended Blossom Ireland services since he was 10.

When Conor was 17, he told the team at Blossom Ireland that he wanted a job at a Blossom Discovery camp. The team took him seriously and Conor volunteered as a support staff member for two summers. Thanks to this experience coupled with Conor’s own ambition and abilities he has since been employed as a Peer Mentor for Blossom Explore and Blossom Gateway.

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