Our Mission Statement

We aim to provide information, support and friendship to people with Down syndrome and their families in Galway City and County, 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

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Into the Heart, an evening of song takes place tonight...

Soprano and Piano Duo, Helen Hancock Mark Keane will present a recital in the auditorium of Galway Community College, Moneenageisha on February 21st at 8 pm.

Admission is €12/€10 and tickets are available on the door

The program will explore themes of night and dreams emerging into love. It will include lieder by Brahms, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Schubert, French song by Fauré, and Debussy and opera arias by Handel and Mozart.

All proceeds from the concert will go to Voices for Down Syndrome Galway
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Dear members,

Down Syndrome Galway has received funding from Healthy Ireland enabling us to put in place several Activities/Workshops/Programmes for our members from across the lifespan. Part of this will be establishing a Social Prescribing programme for young adults.

We would envisage that a Social Prescribing Programme for our young adult members would help to reduce feelings of social isolation and improve their overall health and wellbeing. We would aim to give young adults information and advice on groups/sessions/activities that may suit them and then support them in getting involved.

So would you like to try something new and meet new people and improve your confidence, if so we would like to hear from our members what they think we should be offering on our programme to tailor it to our member’s needs..

Below are examples of what can be offered on Social prescribing programmes;

Photography classes

Arts and creativity classes

Book club

Support group

Stress reduction workshops

Exercise classes

Please let us know if any of the above examples would interest you and if there were any other ideas that we may be able to consider.

I've attached an easy read version so our young adults can tick what they would like themselves and can let me know.

As we mentioned in a previous email, if you haven't updated your personal details with either us here at the Branch or with DSI in the last year,
we will be asking you to register so that your details can be updated as there is a new system for the Database in place.
Please register by clicking on this link:
downsyndromegalway.ie/new-parents/membership/

Only registered members can benefit from these programmes.

Kind regards

Maura Dolan

Galway Regional Resource Officer

Email: Maura.Dolan@downsyndrome.ie

Phone: 0874211345

Website: www.downsyndromegalway.ie

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DSI was represented at the recent consultation on a proposed new model of SNA allocation, along with representatives of other non -government organisations, the Department of Education & Skills, the NCSE and NEPS.

Under the proposed new model, no school will lose their current SNA allocation, with in excess of 500 schools set to have an increase in their current SNA allocation. Allowances will also be made for any school should pupil needs change or if a new pupil is enrolled in the school. There will be an appeals process within the new model if schools feel that they will have insufficient SNA support. Similarly, parents will have a formal appeal process if their child is not granted access to SNA support. Guidelines will be issued to schools and a comprehensive training programme for SNAs and schools will be initiated over the next few years.

Inspectors will monitor all schools to ensure that schools utilize their allocation correctly.

DSI will be making a submission on the proposed new model and we welcome feedback from our members to inform this.

Take a few moments to complete our survey (by Friday, February 28th) which you can access at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JLZ2M5

For additional information, please refer to the Department of Education & Skills website www.education.ie
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