Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

Providing an innovative & groundbreaking approach to the educational and social inclusion of children and young people with Down Syndrome

Meet The Team​

Who We Are

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust promotes the development of a culture to encourage and enable children with Down Syndrome to live full, independent and productive lives. 

We provide an innovative and groundbreaking approach to the educational and social inclusion of children and young people with Down Syndrome, who are disadvantaged through the disabling attitudes in society.

In addition to providing One to One Home Education ensuring that the children are able to cope with mainstream school, we carry out Social and Personal Development activities for our 0-3 group through to our 21+ group.

What We Do

— One to One Education

This project affords our children the opportunity to fully participate in a high quality, one to one, structured education programme to enhance their educational, social and emotional skills.  We provide weekly lessons to master the ability to initiate, play, discover, enhance fine/gross motors skills, communication, literacy, numeracy through a range of interactive and engaging activities.

 

— Music Therapy

Music Therapy at FDST focuses on building communication skills, including musical, vocal and gestural modes of communication with the use of Makaton (a language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate). 

— Social and Personal Development Project

Our range of weekly age appropriate and user led social programmes encourage and motivate our children and young people to engage in a wide range of interactive, developmental and fun activities

 

— Healthy Hearts and Mind Project

(Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Learning, Mentoring) Our range of weekly age appropriate and user led social programmes encourage and motivate our children and young people to engage in a wide range of interactive, developmental and fun activities.

—Down Right Crafty

Our Down Right Crafty (Social Enterprise Project) is a user led printing enterprise where young people design, create and produce a range of products including t-shirts, mugs, keyrings, leaflets, flyers, birthday cards. Through this project the young people learn new skills, increase their confidence and gain firsthand experience in a workplace environment.

— Project 21- Day Opportunities

Our Day Opportunities service provides meaningful provision for people with Down syndrome to enhance their personal and social development, life skills and promote independence. This project is funded under the Self Directed Support Model, from the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Impact Stories

Parent of Child attending the trust
Health and Wellbeing development

Our Funders