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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Copper Coin Campaign – Nov, Dec 2015

I never made it by Martin Concannon

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Thanks to you Lámh's Twitter has over 900 followers! 💕 WHAT IS LÁMH? Lámh signs can help children & adults w/communication difficulties, introduced in early 1980's & evolving ever since. The more people that know about #Lámh the better! READ Lámh Story https://t.co/cHLycZhvaW

ADVANCE NOTICE! QQI Lámh Course SeptOct #Galway For those using #Lámh extensively in their work+involved in supporting Lámh users/families+want training in facilitating Lámh use using a total communication approach. May progress to Lámh Tutor Training. SEE https://t.co/Nql3jiy3FL

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Cortoon Annual Ice Cream Sunday and Funday...

This Sunday 14th July @ the Cortoon Inn after 11am mass

Ice Cream, Coffee, Cakes, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Nail Painting & Tattoos, Disco and lots of fun....come join the party!
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VFDSG upcoming LAMH Module One Course.....

This course is for staff working with children and adults, who use Lámh to enhance their communication. It is very suitable for Teachers, SNAs, Social Care Workers, PA's and Preschool staff and others, who work in preschools, mainstream and special schools and other settings. It may also suit family members.

What is Lámh? Lámh is a manual sign language system designed for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and communication needs in Ireland. For more information on LAMH, go to www.lamh.org

Dates: The course will run over 1 full day
Date: Saturday, 31st August, 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5pm
Where: Down Syndrome Galway West, The Forge, Moycullen,
Co. Galway

Cost: €100 per person (including all materials & Lámh Signs online)
Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch is not included. Shops, bars and cafés are within walking distance.
Tutor: Eileen O’Donnell, Lámh Tutor and Senior Speech and Language Therapist, working with Voices for Down Syndrome Galway, Down Syndrome Ireland

Closing Date for applications: 14th of August, 2019
Places on the course are strictly limited at 12, with priority being given to those currently working with people using the Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Speech & Language Therapy service.

For more information on this course and how to book a place, please see attached flyer and booking form

For any additional information, email Eileen on eileenodonnell@voicesforgalway.org
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Beauty in all its Forms - June 2019 Graduation

Massive congratulations to the amazing graduates being presented with their Hairdressing Assistant Certification in front of their families at the ALFAPARF Milano Academy in Kilmainham, Dublin this week. Niamh Sheridan (26) from Newmills Co Donegal; Rachel Connell (23) from Castlepollard Co Westmeath; Mary Clare Shaughnessy (23) from Stradbally Co Laois; Heather Berger (25) from Balbriggan, Dublin; Ciara Donohoe (20) from Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow, and Emer Sinnott (22) from Mountrath Co Laois who have graduated from our Beauty in All its Forms Programme. BIAIF is a joint initiative of Down Syndrome Ireland and professional haircare brand Alfaparf Milano.

The programme gives adults with Down syndrome the opportunity to train as hairdressing assistants with a view to securing long-term employment.

They are photographed with ALFAPARF Milano Technical Director Ger Hand.
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Down Syndrome Awareness Day in Cregmore NS.....

With Ella Hannon coming to the end of her education in Cregmore NS, it was decided by her class mates in 6th class to mark this achievement by holding a Down Syndrome Awareness day throughout the school.
6th class gave a talk to each class about the wonderful charities that support people with DS, the wonderful work they do and the support they provide for families (including VFDSG).
The day culminated with the whole school assembling in the hall where everyone had an ice-cream to celebrate the day. A huge thanks to Flynns of Lackagh who very generously donated the ice-cream and provided help giving them out.
Everyone really enjoyed the day . Ella even spoke to the whole school where she got a great big cheer!
Big thanks to 6th class, teacher Thomas Madden and the whole school. €270 was generously donated to VFDSG.
Wishing Ella all the best in her move to secondary school in Sept.
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