Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Derry/Londonderry

IYF supports this parent led charity who believe more could and should be done to help their children lead full, meaningful and productive lives. Twenty four of the children experience pain and have difficulty walking due to fluid in their ears, vision problems and poor muscle tone.

The grant supports the Trust’s Music Education and Therapy Centre.  Due to the IYF grant, 20% of these children have mastered walking skills independently.

“The multi-sensory facility has been extremely beneficial in helping them explore their environment, encouraging better movement and self-determination which has helped relieve pain. One of our young people with Down Syndrome has named our Sensory Room as “Food for our Brain” and our young adults are currently designing and constructing a suitable plaque which will be proudly placed outside the room.” Trust worker