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.

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Parent and Toddler group

We are delighted that our new Parent & Toddler Group continues to run. The group is open to children with Down Syndrome aged 5 months to school-going age.
When:   Thursday Mornings (fortnightly)
Time:     10 to 11:30 am
Where:   Duleek Bellewstown & District Community Facility (Navan Rd, Balsaran, Duleek, A92 F2HN, CO. Meath)
Our next block of groups will be on:
Thursday 5th of October
Thursday 19th of October
Thursday 2nd of November
Thursday 16th of November
Thursday 30th of November
Thursday 14th of November 

The group is run fortnightly and is facilitated by Louise Tully.

Below are some of the different activities that Louise will aim to deliver:
  • Lots of Lámh – Louise will be providing each parent who is interested in learning Lámh signs with specific signs for each session.
  • Language activities – Louise will be introducing See and Learn sounds and vocabulary activities for each child and work with them on which level they need to start with and work on their individual levels.
  • Messy play – Louise will have a targeted messy play activity for each session with lots of opportunities for the kids to experiment and play with lots of different textures.
  • Music and song – Louise will have a structured nursery rhyme to work on each session, with signs included as well as providing lots of opportunities for music and songs.
  • Gross and fine motor – Louise will be working on setting up some areas for tabletop activities like puzzles, ring stackers, pink pig etc.
 
Each session costs €5 or €30 for the next block of 6 sessions to be paid directly into our Bank Account
AIB Grafton Street
Sort Code 93 10 47
A/c 49363006
SWIFT BIC: AIBKIE2D
IBAN: IE33 AIBK 9310 4749 3630 06
Account Name: Down Syndrome Louth Meath
Please include your name and label it Toddler Group.
 
To register your interest, Contact Louise at 086 0682043 or Brendan at 083 8972044 or email at secretarydslm@gmail.com.

Parent and Toddler group

We are delighted that our new Parent & Toddler Group continues to run. The group is open to children with Down Syndrome aged 5 months to school-going age.
When:   Thursday Mornings (fortnightly)
Time:     10 to 11:30 am
Where:   Duleek Bellewstown & District Community Facility (Navan Rd, Balsaran, Duleek, A92 F2HN, CO. Meath)
Our next block of groups will be on:
Thursday 5th of October
Thursday 19th of October
Thursday 2nd of November
Thursday 16th of November
Thursday 30th of November
Thursday 14th of November 

The group is run fortnightly and is facilitated by Louise Tully.

Below are some of the different activities that Louise will aim to deliver:
  • Lots of Lámh – Louise will be providing each parent who is interested in learning Lámh signs with specific signs for each session.
  • Language activities – Louise will be introducing See and Learn sounds and vocabulary activities for each child and work with them on which level they need to start with and work on their individual levels.
  • Messy play – Louise will have a targeted messy play activity for each session with lots of opportunities for the kids to experiment and play with lots of different textures.
  • Music and song – Louise will have a structured nursery rhyme to work on each session, with signs included as well as providing lots of opportunities for music and songs.
  • Gross and fine motor – Louise will be working on setting up some areas for tabletop activities like puzzles, ring stackers, pink pig etc.
 
Each session costs €5 or €30 for the next block of 6 sessions to be paid directly into our Bank Account
AIB Grafton Street
Sort Code 93 10 47
A/c 49363006
SWIFT BIC: AIBKIE2D
IBAN: IE33 AIBK 9310 4749 3630 06
Account Name: Down Syndrome Louth Meath
Please include your name and label it Toddler Group.
 
To register your interest, Contact Louise at 086 0682043 or Brendan at 083 8972044 or email at secretarydslm@gmail.com.

Committee Meeting

Our next committee meeting is Tuesday 17th of October 2023 ay 8 pm on Zoom

Committee Meeting

Our next committee meeting is Monday 11th of September 2023 ay 8 pm on Zoom

Fun with Numbers

Our Fun with Numbers is resuming with our younger group back next Monday the 11th of September and then the older group is back on Thursday the 14th of September.

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.

We run “Fun with Numbers“ Sessions each week.  There are 2 sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

We have set up the following age groupings however if your child’s age falls outside these categories we will still try to accommodate.

Junior Group Ages   8-11 – 4 pm Mondays
Senior Group Ages 12 and up – 
 5.30 pm 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 these sessions. The Sessions will run during the school terms as long as there is interest.

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 the links to printables and we can arrange to have them posted to you.

We have set up a WhatsApp group for each age group 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 the materials required.

We will need the following details:

Child Name:

Parents name and telephone number for WhatsApp Group:


Child’s age:

Email Address:

If you have any questions or would like to take part please contact us at secretarydslm@gmail.com

Invitation to Family Fun Day & BBQ

Where: Newgrange Farm
When: Sunday 3rd September 2023
Down Syndrome Louth/Meath Branch is holding a Family Fun Day & BBQ in Newgrange Farm, Slane, on Sunday the 3rd Sept.
BBQ grill will be cooking from 1 pm-3 pm approx. BBQ is free and is paid for by the Louth/Meath Branch.
The cost of entry for adults & children to the farm is €8 for our members (Carer Free), rest of the family €10 each.
Book online at newgrangefarm.com – in the special needs section on the bookings portal or tickets can be purchased at the gate.
All Members Welcome

SUDS European Championships

Ireland’s national Down Syndrome team hopes to participate in the SUDS European Championships for athletes with Down Syndrome, to be held in Padua, Italy from 3-10 September 2023. Hosting this multi-sport event is, the Italian Paralympic Sport Federation for athletes with intellectual or relational disabilities, FISDFIR

More details can be found HERE