What We Do

We provide bespoke training for adults with Down syndrome and this, coupled with hands-on Employment Support(for both the employee and the employer) has been critical in successfully integrating our FOD students into the workplace. 

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Ability Literacy & Technology

This is 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, improves literacy & technology skills.

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Ability Work Skills Programme, with horticulture

Also a DSI Ability programme, it will combine horticulture skills with workplace readiness, taking advantage of the unique an inspirational site we have available to us here in Cork.

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Activation Programme

This programme runs at a gentler pace than the other programmes but fully reflects our mantra of providing days that are productive and meaningful.  The students on this programme really get to experience the farm to fork concept as they harvest the produce, which they then cook for lunch….eg pumpkin soup, basil pesto, tomato soup - its all been tried and tested.

In November 2018, Eva O Donovan joined our team with the specific brief of supporting our graduates as they looked for work, and employers equally. Her mission is to support both to ensure a satisfactory & ongoing work placement.

Our first two year programme successfully achieved 100% work placement for our 8 graduates, in paid, part-time roles with a cross-section of employers incl:M&S, Super Valu Togher, Marymount Hospice, Cork County Council, Cafe Velo, the Kingsley Hotel, Dunnes Stores Ballincollig.

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Work Skills Support

Supporting students to get work-ready. Building individual profiles to ascertain their strengths, goals & preferences. Interview prep, Cv prep, Work skills & behaviours.

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Employer Support

Providing ‘hands on’ practical advice & guidance in relation to employing an person with Down syndrome.
Educate staff within the workplace on how best to assist and provide direction to people with Ds.

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Work Placement Support

Providing on-site support to both employee & employer on a phased- reducing basis. Our first 8 graduates from the Field of Dreams all sourced paid, part-time work with Eva’s Support.

Testimonials

“From the moment we met with Eva, who explained the process in great detail, we knew this would be a positive experience for all. We were introduced to Paul before he was due to start, so that he and us could get a feel for each other , and that we could ensure that we were a good fit for Field of Dreams.

Paul is full of energy and life and has a positive impact on our staff, patients and their families. Eva is always there, in person or at the end of a phone if you need her. I would have no hesitation in recommending this experience for any prospective employer”

Phil Grant, Head of HR, Marymount Hospice, Cork