The Mayo branch of Down Syndrome Ireland has 174 members. Our centre is in Castlebar and is regularly used by our adult members for arts and crafts, drama and keep fit. Our younger members also meet there for our toddler group. Our branch offers subsided speech therapy, personal development course, cycling and swimming lessons. Our members take part in summer and Christmas outings and parties. We have been actively fundraising though church gate collections, bag packing, fun run, cycle, pub quiz, Christmas stall, Easter camp and many more events. Our aim is to continue to support our members and their families through services and activities.
Education and Therapy
- Speech and Language
We offer subsided speech therapy in the Speech Centre, Castlebar for all our pre-school and school going children. Our children are enjoying the service with the speech therapist Caoimhe who has made learning fun.
Life Skills and Social Groups
- Parent and Baby/Toddler group
The group usually meets on the first Saturday morning in the month 10.30am to 12 noon in the centre (any changes to the date/venue will be posted on Down Syndrome Mayo Facebook page). The cost is €3 per family.
Sports and Fitness
- Swimming lessons
Lessons for school children take place Monday evenings at 6.30pm in Breaffy House Hotel Castlebar and pre-school children on Friday at 4pm in Castlebar swimming pool.
- Drama, Keep Fit, Art and Crafts for Adults
Wednesday evenings (during term time) in the centre at 7pm. Classes alternate between the above activities. Please contact Beatrice for further details on 087 6285260.
- Cycling lesson for the over 5s
Saturday – Our instructor Paul works with two children in each lesson. Currently, we have children from age 5 – 17 participating but it is open to everyone.
Angela Black, Chairperson
Phone - 086 3820864
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Nichola Gilmartin, Treasurer
Phone - 087 1687929
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Josephine Pearce, Secretary
Phone - 087 6104330
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