At Field of Dreams Cork, we currently offer two programmes to adults with Down syndrome. The Life and Work-skills Programme is a 2 year programme which commenced in September 2017. The second, the Activation Programme, is a one year programme. It was piloted in Spring 2018 and the one year programme commenced in September 2018.
Life and Work Skills Programme:
Participants on the Life and Work-skills Programme are working towards QQI Level 3 accreditation in 2 modules: Work Experience and Potting and Planting by hand. Participants undertake work placement in both Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
Debbie, Manager / Care Co-ordinator at Field of Dreams explains:
There are 8 participants on the Life and Work-skills Programme. Participants have training two days each week with excellent tutors Deirdre and Nicky. We piloted the programme in 2017 and were delighted when all 8 returned to the programme for the second year. We are very excited to see what the next year will bring for the trainees: Watch this space!
Field of Dreams are very grateful for the support of the Cork Education and Training Board in running this programme. The next intake of participants is planned for September 2019 and expressions of interest are being accepted now.
The Activation Programme runs one day a week. The day includes an Arts and Crafts activity, harvesting produce and cookery. While the day is structured and the tasks are meaningful, we place emphasis on opportunities for fun and positive engagement with peers, tutors and volunteers.