In March of this year our one day / week Activation Programme commenced on a 10 week pilot basis. This programme aims to provide meaningful activities and ongoing learning opportunities in the magical and safe environment of the Field of Dreams. It is geared at those adults who wish to partake in a variety of social and practical activities and gain new experiences in areas such as horticulture, catering and arts and crafts.
Cork, September 12 2016 – ESB Energy for Generations Fund has awarded funding of €25,000 to Down Syndrome Cork for its inspiring Field of Dreams project at a special cheque presentation in Cork city today.
John Sweetnam writes about what working outdoors in a garden setting will mean to him and other adults with Down syndrome in the Cork region when Field of Dreams is operational. John is a Board member of Down Syndrome Cork and has been a strong supporter of Field of Dreams from the first stages of it’s planning.
Diarmuid Gavin was in town this week to discuss his design ideas for the ‘Fun’ element of the Field of Dreams project to commence soon in Curraheen, Cork. Diarmuid responded some months ago to a letter from Field of Dreams’ Chairman Ray O’Callaghan asking for his input.
Diarmuid Gavin popped into Centre 21 in March to meet us and begin a conversation about his part in planning our dream. He was relaxed, enjoyed the ‘Mayhem’ of Centre 21 and we even managed a first – introducing him to Hazel Sweetnam’s Mexican Tree Tomatoes.
And there’s a really fun part for children
This project is for creating a garden for people with Down syndrome disabilities, some are deaf and some love to touch and smell plants and sow seeds. It is good for people like us to know what kinds of fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers can be grown. It’s also good for us to be out in the fresh air getting healthy exercise and making new friends.