Polio Survivors Ireland was established for Polio Survivors by
Polio Survivors. The Group was formed in 1993 and is run by a
voluntary Board of Polio Survivors and friends. It is supported by
voluntary committees, other voluntary workers and a small executive
staff at the office in Dublin. We are the only organisation in Ireland
providing practical support (and sometimes more importantly a listening
ear) to those unfortunate enough to have contracted Polio when babies
or young children. We’re a small charity yet we support almost 1,000
Polio Survivors across Ireland.
We assist Polio Survivors by providing stair lifts, callipers, bespoke footwear,
electric scooters and wheelchairs. We also help Survivors access
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Respite Breaks, and we help
those who need it with assistance with their heating bills.
We have a network of support groups around the country and we provide a
telephone support service for those who can’t get out of the house.
The Group works tirelessly to:
Create awareness of Post Polio Syndrome
Provide information on Polio and its late effects
Ensure the needs of Polio Survivors relating to their condition are
met to enable them to live with dignity
Any of the estimated 7,000 Polio Survivors in Ireland can contact the Group for support
irrespective of whether they are a member or not.