Down Syndrome Ireland, Galway Branch has over 305 members of all ages throughout the county, we are part of Down Syndrome Ireland whose head office is based in Dublin. We are a voluntary organisation managed by a committee of parent members.
Our mission is to provide information, support and friendship to people with Down Syndrome and their families in County Galway working towards an improved quality of life with respect and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome as valued members of their community. We recognise the importance of early intervention and developing communication ability. We aim to create opportunities for social and personal inclusion and integration across the age spectrum.
We employ two full-time speech and language therapists and we employ a part- time administrator for our Voices for Down Syndrome Galway and Little Owls speech and language therapy projects. We also employ a part time Regional Resource officer who supports members across the lifespan.
As well as our main branch committee, we also have three sub committees to manage our centre’s in Claregalway and Moycullen and to manage our Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Speech Therapy project.
- Speech and language projects (Voices for Down Syndrome Galway & Little Owls Early Communication Group)
We receive no state support or institutional funding; all our activities and services depend completely on contributions from our members and the generosity of the public through donations and fundraising events.
Our Annual Expenditure to run the Galway Branch and it’s services is €200,000 p.a, We rely on our members and friends continued support in helping us with fundraising ideas and supporting us with our existing annual fundraisers.
- Churchgate Collections in March
- Bofin Mini Marathon in May
- Bike to Bofin in October
- Honey Days Campaign during October
- Christmas Carol Singing last Saturday December
- Christmas Day Swim
- Parent Contributions & Donations
- Coin Boxes placed in outlets throughout the county
- Corporate Sponsorship & Grants
- Various other events that arise during the year.
Please contact: Carmel Hannon on 087448277 if you can help us with a fundraising event.