Open Evening 2019

You are invited to our Education and Training Open Evening, Wednesday 10th April 2019

Everyone Welcome

On Wednesday, 10th April from 6.30 pm to 8.15pm the gate to the Field is being swung wide open. We hope to welcome prospective trainees interested in our programmes commencing in September of this year. But we also want to meet families of younger children who are interested in what we may have to offer for their child’s future.

The Open Evening is an opportunity to learn about our new Education and Training Programme and to meet with our Employment Support Specialist.

The Open Evening is an opportunity to learn about our new Education and Training Programme which builds on all that we have learned since we first opened in Autumn 2017. It is also and opportunity meet with our Employment Support Specialist, Eva O’Donovan who offers supports to both trainees and prospective employers alike.

Come along, meet our tutors, take a tour. We can’t guarantee the weather but we do guarantee 3 things: You will learn something new, meet friendly people and you will not be bored. Again everyone is welcome BUT we ask that you register your intention to come with Debbie, our Care Manager so that we can plan for you. Please email

Image shows adults with Down syndrome at work in a poly tunnel
Please confirm attendance with Debbie

From September 2019, a range of 3 programmes will be on offer: 

The Activation Programme, offering practical activities including cookery, gardening, arts & crafts. There will be two Ability Programmes each running for 2 days a week for 2 years. The new plan sees participant capacity leap from the current 8 to a potential 22 people. 

The second programme, Ability: Practical Literacy and Technology, follows a bespoke programme developed by the University of Queensland for people with Intellectual Disability.  This programme enhances core-comprehension skills, improved communication, builds self-confidence and improves literacy & technology skills. 

The third programme, Ability: Work skills will combine horticulture skills with workplace readiness.

The Field of Dreams education and training programmes benefit from the input of Down Syndrome Cork’s Speech and Language Therapist, Mide Kearney. Thanks to Mide’s support a Total Communication approach has been implemented, with a wide variety of visual tools and supports aiding improved comprehension and fluency.

AGM & Launch of Education Plan

Collage of images showing Field of Dreams trainees in different settings, mostly out of doors gardening

We are Sowing the Seeds now for our big plans for 2019 / 20

Come along to DS Cork / Field of Dreams AGM on Friday 1st March to hear about our Educational Plan for 2019 / 20

Whether you are an adult with Down syndrome interested in our courses or a family member we highly recommend that you come to our combined DS Cork / Field of Dreams AGM. We are launching our Educational Plan for the coming year and we think you will like what you hear.

Where? DS Cork, Unit 7 Kilnap Business Park, Old Mallow Road, Blackpool, Cork.

When? 8pm, Friday, 1st March 2019