On World Down Syndrome Day 2019, we were invited on with Maura & Daithi on RTÉ Today. John and Sharon talked about the success story that is the Field of Dreams and how Down Syndrome Cork is one of 25 branches of Down Syndrome Ireland that is actively supporting adults with DS to train, gain practical skills and prepare for the workplace. Keep an eye out for the amazing footage of the Field of Dreams courtesy of our creative, artistic friends at Voxpro!
Locally, our Employment Support Specialist, Eva O’Donovan has placed 2 of our participants in work experience with Marymount University Hospice and Ryan’s SuperValu Togher, with 4 more job opportunities available at M&S Cork after graduation. Eva is a woman on a mission to achieve 100% placement for our participants at Field of Dreams, Cork.
Two years after opening our doors, Field of Dreams Cork, currently has work opportunities identified for 75% of our participants who are due to graduate in July 2019. Compare that to the national statistic of 5%. Thats a figure that we are very proud of and it represents real change in the lives of our members and their families.
At Down Syndrome Cork, our aim is to stretch everyone, including everyone from babies to adults and leave no-one behind. IF you have someone with Down syndrome in your life, please share the details of our open evening at Field of Dreams, Cork on Wed April 10th. It could be the start of a rosy future for them. We do our best to get our message to the whole Rebel county but we know we don’t reach everybody and your help is really important to us.
Everyone welcome but be sure to get in touch to let us know if you are coming by emailing email@example.com .We’ll have the kettle on and the muffins baked!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We are Sowing the Seeds now for our big plans 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