Ireland’s first purpose-built fully inclusive remote working hub for people with disabilities has opened in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
The ‘Impact Hub@Crann’ is located at the Crann Centre in Ballincollig and provides a range of services and supports for people with disabilities.
The new hub will enable people living with disabilities, such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy, to better participate in the world of work, enjoy the benefits of inclusive co-working and create business and employment opportunities.
Developed in partnership with the Ballincollig Business Association and the Rubicon Centre at Munster Technological University (MTU), the hub features a 17-desk facility with high-speed broadband, a fully accessible working environment and ample free parking in a peaceful three-acre setting which also includes a leisure space, fitness area and inclusive playground.
A like-minded community committed to inclusion
The new facility is an opportunity to build a like-minded community committed to inclusion in action and will add to the infrastructure in some of Cork’s largest residential areas which are also home to major employers in technology, science, and services.
Businesses located within the Impact Hub will benefit from tailored business supports and mentoring from Cork city and county Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and the mentoring ecosystem at the Rubicon at MTU.
‘At a time when just 36.5 per cent of people (aged 15-64) with a disability are at work, compared to 72.8 per cent of people without a disability it is important that we all take proactive steps to bring about change. Here at Crann, with the generous support and commitment of our partners, we have developed our Impact Hub with the aim of ensuring that people with disabilities in this region have the opportunity to participate in the new world of work which is about co-working, collaboration and remote working,’ says Kate Jarvey, chair and founder of the Crann Centre.