Futsal Fun day in Dundalk!

Futsal Fun day in Dundalk!
You are invited!
RockCelticFC with Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath are hosting a Futsal Fun day for players with Down Syndrome.
Come and join this fantastic collaboration of local organizations and be ready for some cracking football.
Thank you Football for All @FAI and @LouthLocalSportPartnership for your assistance and guidance hosting this event.
To Register, scan the QR code or follow the link on the flyer and complete the form.
For any enquiries, please contact tessa.tsenya@gmail.com

Children’s Christmas Party

INVITATION
Children’s Christmas Party (for 0 – 13ish-year-olds)
Down Syndrome Ireland – Louth/Meath Branch are delighted to announce that the Children’s Christmas Party will take place this year in the spectacular Trim Castle Hotel
Sunday 27th November from 2 PM – 5 PM.
Parents are asked to please arrive early to drop in their presents for their other children.
Santa will visit the party and present a gift to each of our children with Down Syndrome, sponsored by the Branch. As it is a lovely family event, we would impress upon you the importance of bringing gifts for your other children who will attend the party. Clearly mark each name and age on the gift wrap and present it to one of the organisers on the day. We do not want any child to be without a present from Santa!!
Please note there will be light refreshments served and entertainment provided on the day.
RSVP: Text Brendan Stephenson on 083 8972044 or email secretarydslm@gmail.com with the following details:
NAME OF CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME
AGE OF CHILD
NO. OF SIBLINGS ATTENDING
NO. OF ADULTS ATTENDING
THE FINAL DATE FOR REPLYING IS Tuesday22nd November 2022.
Branch Membership Renewals for 2023 will be accepted on the day. Christmas Cards will also be on sale on the day.
Note: Presents will only be given to Children who attend the party.

National Raffle 2022

Down Syndrome Ireland is holding a National Raffle along with our branch network throughout Ireland. Our branches offer a range of services and supports to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families.

The raffle will support the DSI community at a local level as well as helping further develop supports at a national level, ensuring continued support to people with Down syndrome across the lifecycle.

Your support will help make a real difference to the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome, and their families in the Louth Meath area. 

Prizes are:

1st Prize – Disneyland Paris Holiday

2nd Prize – Cashel Palace 5*Hotel 2 night stay  ( Sponsored)

3rd Prize – Patrick Guilbaud  Restaurant 2 Michelin Star Lunch for four ( Sponsored)

4th Prize – €500 Dunnes Stores gift card ( Sponsored)

5th Prize – Bruce Springsteen two tickets 5th May 2023

 
Tickets this year are €5 for one, €20 for 5, €25 for 7 

This year the Tickets can be purchased online. Each person purchasing a ticket online has to choose which branch to support on payment.

To support your local branch click here https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/NationalRaffleforDownSyndromeIreland2022 and choose the Louth Meath Branch.

You can also purchase a physical ticket by contacting the Branch on 0838972044 or secretarydslm@gmail.com or any Committee member.

If you would like to sell tickets on behalf of the Branch please contact Brendan on 0838972044 or secretarydslm@gmail.com.

The draw will take place on November 11th 2022

https://downsyndrome.ie/event/national-raffle-2022/

 

https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/NationalRaffleforDownSyndromeIreland2022

Sibling support – Sibshop Workshop Saturday 10th September 2022

We have organised a Sibling Support Workshop for our Branch.

Saturday 10th September 2022 in Drogheda Presbyterian Church from 2.00 – 4.30 pm.   

The Workshops are carried out by Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley who are both Nurses working with children with Intellectual disabilities. They are qualified Sibshop Facilitators and run Sibshop workshops which are afternoons of fun for siblings of children with special needs. Please see attached leaflet.

As well as having lots of fun it provides a great opportunity for siblings to get together and chat about some of the difficulties and the positives of having a sibling with Special Needs.

The workshops are for our member’s Siblings aged between 7 & 13 and the members with Down Syndrome should be over 2.5 years old so that the Siblings can see and understand that their brother or sister has special needs.

These Sibshops are free to our members.

Please reply to secretarydslm@gmail.com or text Brendan at 083 8972044 to register your intention to attend.

Place on each workshop is limited to 12 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 
“SIBSHOP WORKSHOPS (duration 2.5 hours)
Sibshops are fun workshops for siblings of children with special needs. We run them on weekend afternoons or during school holidays. They are lively, with games and discussions. We also prepare a snack and/ or make pizzas with the children.
As well as having lots of fun it provides a great opportunity for siblings to get together and chat about some of the difficulties and the positives of having a sibling with special needs.
The workshops are aimed at children aged between 8-12 years with a maximum of 12 children in the group recommended as we find this works best in order to give all the children a chance to contribute to the discussions and games. Their sibling with special needs should be over 2 and a half years old so that they can see and understand that their brother or sister has special needs.”

Virtual Christmas Party Invitation

INVITATION

We have organised a Virtual Christmas Party for our Adult and Older Teenage Members.


When: Wednesday 22 December 2020
Time: 7 – 9PM
Where : Zoom Platform


The Party will be Hosted By Shay Casserly & Linda Farrell who will be assisted by Philip Connolly & Stephen Farrell.

Zoom Link has been sent out by email

VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN DISCO & PARTY

INVITATION


VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN DISCO & PARTY


We are organising a Virtual Halloween Disco & Party for our Adult and older Teenage Members.


When: Sunday 31 October 2021
Time: 7 – 9PM
Where: Zoom Platform


Why not invite some friends together to your home and party at home.

The Party will be Hosted By Shay Casserley & Linda Farrell who will be assisted by Philip Connolly & Stephen Farrell.


Invitation details have been sent out by email

50th Anniversary National Raffle through our local branch network

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we are holding a national raffle through our local branch network throughout Ireland. We have 25 branches across Ireland that offer a range of services and supports to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families.

The raffle will support the DSI community at a local level as well as helping further develop supports at a national level ensuring continued support to people with Down syndrome across the lifecycle.

Your support will help make a real difference to the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome.


Prizes


1st Prize – A Hyundai i10 Classic
2nd Prize – A week stay in one of the iNua hotels
3rd Prize – €500 Dunnes Stores gift card


Seller’s prizes – Weekend break for 2 adults & 2 children in Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa in Wexford!
Tickets €10


To support your local branch, purchase your ticket by contacting the Branch on 0838972044 or secretarydslm@gmail.com or any Committee member.


If you would like to sell tickets on behalf of the Branch please contact Brendan on 0838972044 or secretarydslm@gmail.com.

If you wish to buy online, we have a dedicated iDonate page for you to do so.


Please note that proceeds from Tickets bought on the iDonate link do not come to the Branches but to DSI Head office to support national projects. If you wish to support the Branches please buy the tickets from the Branches.

The draw will take place on November 19th, 2021.

Fun With Numbers

Fun with Numbers is a fun way of working with numbers through games and creative learning aids. It is a light-hearted way of learning basic number skills like counting, adding, and subtraction, incorporating concepts of division and multiplication. Fun with Numbers presents opportunities for using life skills like following a recipe using measurements and time, along with planning journeys and using money.

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We have set up the following age groupings however if your child’s age falls outside these categories we will still try to accommodate, it’s not too late to get in touch. 

There are 2 sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The times of the sessions are as follows:

Junior Group Ages  8-11. 2pm Mondays
Senior Group Ages 12 and up. 4pm Thursdays

The thought is that Deirdre will target older children on a Thursday and younger children on a Monday, however all children are welcome to participate in either or both sessions each week if you think the content is suitable.


Down Syndrome Louth Meath will cover the cost of the sessions, so there will be no cost to parents for those four weeks. We will review at the end of 4 weeks and will welcome your feedback.

The students will need some materials ahead of the sessions, but Deirdre will let you know ahead of time what will  be needed – it will all be inexpensive stuff that you may already have or can recycle around the house or will be able to get in the likes of Dealz. Deirdre will  also send links for printable materials, should any member not have access to a printer please contact us immediately when Deirdre posts links to printables  and we can arrange to have them posted to you.

We have set up a WhatsApp group for the groups, so that Deirdre can fill you in on what materials are needed and send you the Zoom ID and password.  Deirdre posts a video each week explaining about materials required.

Please contact Brendan on secretarydslm@gmail.com if you would like your child to take part with the following details.

Child Name:

Parents name:

Telephone number for WhatsApp Group:Child’s age:

Email Address:

  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Parent/Toddler Group by Olive Buckeridge for our Branch

Olive Buckeridge, DSI Early Years Specialist will run a weekly Louth/Meath Zoom Session for Parents & Toddlers on Tuesday each week on Zoom.

The first Session will be on Tuesday 19th May at 11.15. 

The sessions are informal with lots of  Singing, Signing and some Vocabulary and there is no limit on the numbers just that they are for Parents and Toddlers.

Olive want to stress that Parents can dip in and out of them and use them as a support. 


Olive will send a link with a Password each week to the Branch and we will send it on to our Parents and Toddlers.