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.

 

Eleanor Murray’s 30th Birthday Bash!

Invitation
Eleanor Murray’s 30th Birthday Bash!
Eleanor Murray is celebrating her 30th Birthday on Saturday 17th of February 2024 in the Ardboyne Hotel Navan.
Eleanor is using her party night as a fundraiser to help raise funds for Underwater Speakers for the Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Artistic Swimming group and the Regional Advisory Council
🎉 Join us for an unforgettable night of fun and fundraising 🎂
Date: Saturday, 17th February
Time: 8 PM till late
Location: Ardboyne Hotel Navan
Featuring:
🎧 DJ Philip spinning your favorite tunes
🍫 Chocolate Fountain and 📸 Selfie Mirror
🎁 In lieu of presents, contribute to a fundraiser for Underwater Speakers for the Artistic Swimming group and the RAC
🕺 Barndoor Creative Studios performing – a possible mini DWTS!
🎟 Exciting Raffle with fantastic prizes
📰 Meath Chronicle will be there to capture the moments
🎥 A special Video will be created to immortalize the celebration
🥂 Let’s celebrate Eleanor’s milestone with her family and friends!
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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.

@downsyndromeireland Down Syndrome Ireland

#dsilmb #downsyndromeireland #ShareTheJourney #DSILMB

#ChristmasParty

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

Sibling support – Sibshop Workshop

We have organised a Sibling Support Workshop for our Branch. 

Saturday 2nd September 2023 in Drogheda Presbyterian Church from 2.00 – 4.30 pm.  

The Workshops are carried out by Liz Fitzpatrick & Linda Foley, 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. 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.”

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

Funding Scheme for 2023

The members of the Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch have agreed at the Branch AGM held on 26th April 2023, to provide a funding scheme for branch members to help cover the cost of therapies, and sports / recreational activities in 2023 that will be of benefit to our members with Down syndrome.

Details of the Funding Scheme can be found on our Website 

https://dsilmb.ie/more/funding-scheme/

Application

Members should submit completed application forms, accompanied by receipts and relevant supporting details as per the Terms & Conditions to the Branch Administrator Brendan Stephenson before the end of January 2024 for therapies/activities that took place the previous year (eg. activities/therapies that took place in 2023, the application should be made between 1st January. – 31st January 2024.) 

The Treasurer (who is a volunteer) will endeavour to process applications before the end of February. (Applications submitted after 31st January will be processed the following year)

Please send applications to:

Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch
9 Ashdale,
Wheaton Hall,
Drogheda,
Co. Louth
A92 KDK8