World Down Syndrome Day

Rock Your Socks 4 DSILMB

World Down Syndrome Day is just around the corner this March 21st.

The #RockYourSocks campaign exists to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

How can you help celebrate WDSD and raise awareness? 

We encourage everyone to raise awareness about WDSD in their school, community, club or workplace to get people talking about Down syndrome and help people #SeeTheAbility.  

It’s easy to do so come on, join in! Here are some ideas to get you started: 

World Down Syndrome Day is just around the corner this March 21st.

All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed. Get your friends, class mates and colleagues to join in too.

World Down Syndrome Day is Tuesday 21st March and we in Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch invite you to “Rock Your Socks 4 DSILMB”.

Our campaign

On World Down Syndrome Day 2024, we call for people and organisations around the world to be…

End The Stereotypes

Stereotypes are harmful!

 

For people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, stereotypes can stop us from being treated like other people. We get treated like children, we are underestimated and we are excluded. Sometimes we are treated very badly or even abused. 

We want you to wear the loudest socks you can find, and wear them with pride to support people with Down Syndrome.
If you are a business, you and your colleagues, managers or even customers could get involved with a bucket collection on the counter or in the office.  If you are a school, you could hold a Rock Your Socks Day with every teacher and student getting involved.

Do whatever you like to raise awareness and funds for Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch. Your donations can be accepted at https://www.idonate.ie/event/rockyoursocks4dsilmb or on our Donate page on our website https://dsilmb.ie/donate/.

For more information and to keep up to date on all that is going on around the country click here

We encourage communities, schools, clubs, companies and individuals to choose their own activities and events to celebrate WDSD and to help raise awareness of this very special celebration. Together we can challenge perceptions of Down syndrome and enable people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and be respected as valued members of society as they strive to achieve their goals and pursue their passions.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

 

Parent and Toddler group

We are thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to all parents of little ones aged 5 months to school-going age with Down syndrome to our inclusive and supportive Parent & Toddler Group! 🌈✨
r🗓 Date: Thursday, December 14th
🕰 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
🏠 Venue: Duleek Bellewstown & District Community Facility (A92 F2HN)
Here’s a glimpse of what awaits your little ones and you:
🤝 Lots of Lámh: Embracing communication through sign language.
🎨 Language Activities: Engaging activities to foster language skills.
🎉 Messy Play: Let the creativity flow and explore the world of colors and textures.
🎵 Music and Song: Enriching musical experiences for our little stars.
🏃 Gross and Fine Motor Skills: Fun exercises to enhance motor skills development.
Let’s share stories, laughter, and support each other on this incredible journey.
👩‍👧‍👦 Facilitator: Louise Tully
Each session costs €5
See you on Thursday! Let’s create lasting memories and friendships. 🤗

Down Syndrome Futsal squad receives international caps

“Trailblazers, you will always have that. As the first ever players with Down Syndrome to play Futsal internationally.

I am sure you are very proud, there is very few people actually in the world that actually go on and played for their country. In any type of sport and any type of football or Futsal. Amazing achievement.

We as an association is very proud of you.” Marc Canham, FAI Director of football on presenting the team with their international caps.

Ireland’s first national Down Syndrome Futsal team was presented with their international caps ahead of the friendly Ireland vs New Zealand game at Aviva stadium on Tuesday 21st November.

Football or All’s Paddy O’Reilly, Head coach Paul Smyth and Marc Canham met with the team and their parents.

“The awarding of a cap to an international player dates back to the 1870s and remains a symbolic gesture, as well as a prized keepsake. Therefore it was important to ensure that all players who featured for Ireland at senior level were eligible to receive this one-off cap that represents their involvement with the team.” In this instance, these caps were hard earned as Ireland’s first international Down Syndrome Futsal team travelled to Padua, Italy, in early September to participate in the Sport Union for Athletes with Down Syndrome (SUDS) European Championships.

The team had a jam-packed week, playing 5 games in 4 days. Turkey, Italy and Portugal have been playing for at least 4 years in different international tournaments and had to stand their ground against the newcomers.

Being first-time competitors did not leave the Irish team at a disadvantage reckoned Máire Hourigan, mom of Futsal player Cian Kelleher from Cork: “Our athletes demonstrated belief and strong heart and operated in a fun-loving way throughout the week. I am so proud of all of them and loved the cohesive way the teams bonded, dressed in their similar attire. Memories were created, experiences were made, and our athletes led the way in style in how they handled themselves, one another, and their opponents. Truly phenomenal ambassadors. Onwards and upwards. There are no limits!”.

A number of the players selected for the squad had previous involvement in Football For All, and were very quick to adapt their skills to Futsal. This event also provided the players with the opportunity to test their skills against other players with Down Syndrome from the other nations involved.

Creating a player pathway for players with Down syndrome in Ireland from grassroots all the way through to International Level, would be the next natural step. By getting more players with Down Syndrome playing Futsal (the International game is Futsal) on a regular basis will mean that the future is bright and more players can aspire to represent their country at future events.

Paul Smyth, Head coach, were delighted by the team’s performance “The players and families made huge sacrifices all through the year in preparation for the SUDS European Championships. This enabled the team to match more established countries with outstanding performances throughout the tournament.

On behalf of the coaching team, Brendan Corish, Sean Mulligan and myself, we would like to acknowledge the support of the families and supporters who got behind the team and made it such a special experience. It made us all proud to be Irish.  

We would also like to recognise the endeavours of those pioneers who worked tirelessly on this project, the Down Syndrome Louth and Meath Branch and the unbelievable support of the communities and businesses.

It was a pleasure to be involved with this historic group of players.”

Children’s Christmas Party

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 3rd December 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 at 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 Wednesday 29th of November 2022.
Branch Membership Renewals for 2024 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.

Adult Teens Christmas Party

Christmas Party for Teenagers/AdultsDown Syndrome Ireland – Louth/Meath Branch are delighted to announce that the Christmas Party for Teenagers/Adults will take place this year with a Disco, and finger food on
Friday 1st December from 7.30 PM till late
Balreask Bar & Restaurant Navan.
The theme of the night is “Jingle Bells Rock”
Wear your most Christmasy Jumper/Tops/Hats. The more Christmasy the better
A great night guaranteed
If attending, please text Eleanor Cosgrove at 087 6671393 with the name of the teenager/ adult with Down Syndrome and the number of siblings/other adults attending.
The final date for replying is Saturday 25th November.
Branch Membership Renewals for 2024 will be accepted on the night.
Christmas Cards will also be on sale on the night.

Sibling support – Sibshop Workshop

We have organised 2 Sibling Support Workshops for our Branch.
Saturday 25th of November 2023 in Drogheda Presbyterian Church from 2.00 – 4.30pm.
Sunday 26th of November 2023 in Athboy Convent Community Centre from 2.00 – 4.30pm
The Workshops are carried out by Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley who are both Nurses working with children with an Intellectual Disability. They are qualified Sibshop Facilitators and run Sibshop workshops which are afternoons of fun for siblings of children with special needs.
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.

Sibling support – Sibshop Workshop

We have organised 2 Sibling Support Workshops for our Branch.
Saturday 25th of November 2023 in Drogheda Presbyterian Church from 2.00 – 4.30pm.
Sunday 26th of November 2023 in Athboy Convent Community Centre from 2.00 – 4.30pm
The Workshops are carried out by Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley who are both Nurses working with children with an Intellectual Disability. They are qualified Sibshop Facilitators and run Sibshop workshops which are afternoons of fun for siblings of children with special needs.
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.

Children’s Christmas Party

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 3rd December 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 at 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 Wednesday 29th of November 2022.

Branch Membership Renewals for 2024 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.