Charity 2015 – Down Syndrome Kerry

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Annascaul Beerfest, in association with Crean’s Premium Irish Lager, is proud to announce our partnership with Down Syndrome Kerry for 2015.  Here is an insight to the work of the organisation;

“Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with Down syndrome make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.

Down Syndrome Kerry Branch is a voluntary group of over 200 members. As a charity, we provide many levels of support for our members. At the moment, Down Syndrome Kerry employ three part time Occupational Therapy Therapists, we have one full time and one part time speech therapists. We open a café every summer in Killarney national park, called Deenach Lodge, which provides invaluable work experience to our young adults and we have two literacy and Numeracy courses, called latch on, running in Tralee. DS Kerry provides two parents and toddler groups, one in Killarney and one in Listowel. The aims of the groups are to provide a secure place for parents and toddlers to meet and share experiences and ideas in an environment that is fun and informative

Down Syndrome Kerry Branch Believe in making our members as independent as possible. Being able to cook is a basic necessity and often taken for granted! Our classes teach our members the importance of nutrition, how to cook and how to buy ingredients! Our classes take place in Listowel.

We also support initiatives that raise awareness of DS and provide training and advice to professionals. We organise social and sporting events. We receive no state support and all activities and services depend on the contributions of members and the generosity of the public.”

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