More information / Briefing Document
Who? Down Syndrome Cork is a strong group of committed parents with a vision for their children to live full, active, enjoyable and purposeful lives. As a respected Cork charity with a proven track record we are delighted to be bringing the Field of Dreams to fruition in the coming months. We have over 360 members across Cork of whom 170 have adult family members with Down syndrome. Diarmuid Gavin, celebrity garden designer is committed to supporting us in the design process and ongoing into the future.
What & Where? Field of Dreams is to be a ‘demonstrator’ project, the first of its kind in Ireland. The project will see a 3 acre site at Curraheen, Bishopstown transform into something we think is magical – an educational and work based horticultural site for adults with Down syndrome. The focus of this programme will be on social and therapeutic horticulture, offering proven benefits to physical and psychological health, communication and problem solving. Activities that support lifelong learning and independence such as numeracy / literacy, computer skills and cooking will be offered in a setting that is holistic, sociable and FUN.
When? We have recently received Planning Permission from Cork County Council. In the background we have a team working on programmes, policies and procedures and we have an initial 30 expressions of interest directly from adults with Down syndrome or from their families on their behalf. We want to commence building as soon as possible, ideally being up and running for Autumn 2016. We need to close the funding gap as a matter of urgency.
How? Down Syndrome Cork has always received tremendous backing from the businesses of Cork. We are looking to build on this and establish long-term, sustainable relationships with companies that share our ethos – companies that are willing to invest in the Field of Dreams and make a meaningful difference. In return for your partnership, your company will gain from the high profile nature of the project and will have a genuine opportunity for community involvement with a home-grown and professionally run Cork charity. We want to discuss partnership packages so we can mutually benefit from this magical opportunity.
Grace Hamilton, Project Support
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