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Foyle Down Syndrome Trust Limited


Charity no. 105694 Company no. 39134 Date registered. 16/08/2016

Public benefits

The direct benefits flowing from purpose 1 to relieve and rehabilitate children and adults with Down syndrome, include improved well being and quality of life for children and adults with Down syndrome as well as their extended family and caring circles. They receive better services that fully meet their needs. They are enabled to increase

participation in mainstream life including social activities and employment. They learn skills for life. The direct benefits flowing from purpose 2, to advance the education of children and adults with Down syndrome and their carers, include improved outcomes through the development of capabilities, competencies, independence, play skills, communication and understanding. Attendance at conferences and workshops enables professionals to offer a more cohesive service to the families and there is a wider benefit to the community as by attending mainstream school other children learn about the impact of and the abilities of a child with Down syndrome. The benefits of purpose 1 are demonstrated through improved ability to participate in everyday life, using life skills learned, improved motor skills, muscle tone, behaviour, confidence and self esteem. Evidence is sought to demonstrate the benefits by receiving continuous feedback from participants and carers and carrying out regular evaluations of the services. The benefits of purpose 2 are demonstrated through increased numbers of children with Down syndrome attending mainstream schools, having the ability to read, write and communicate with their peers. Increases in numbers of carers attending the many workshops and conferences that are coordinated by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust staff and in their understanding of the complex issues facing our families. There is no harm or possibility of harm arising from any of the purposes. Children and young people with Down syndrome, their carers, health professionals, education professionals and the local community. Private benefits include benefits to hotels that we may hire workshop rooms from, catering companies that provide refreshments for events, and the landlord of the premises we rent. All these benefits are incidental and necessary in order for Foyle Down Syndrome Trust to be able to fulfil its purposes.

What your organisation does

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust organises, coordinates and facilitates educational, social, personal development and life skills programmes, ensuring that inclusivity and diversity, the core tenets of our policy and practice, are promoted. We ensure that all our programmes are delivered in a structured and safe environment, by qualified staff,

incorporating a person centred approach. We recognise the individuality of the person with Down syndrome and our programmes and activities take this into account. We recognise that early intervention is of critical importance in helping children with Down syndrome to develop to their full potential. We support all our children and young people to integrate fully into their community whilst increasing their confidence and self esteem, enhancing their numeracy, literacy, language, communication, personal development, social awareness and functional life skills. We work collaboratively with parents and health and education professionals to share our teaching methods, practices and experiences and we facilitate interactions between all stakeholders at conferences, workshops and family events that we organise.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Carers
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Sensory disabilities
  • Volunteers
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Counselling/support
  • Disability
  • Education/training
  • Human rights/equality
  • Volunteer development
  • Youth development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 28 February 2023

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 28 February 2022

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 28 February 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

3.1. The Charity’s Objects are to: 3.1.1. relieve and rehabilitate children and adults with Down Syndrome; and 3.1.2. advance the education of such persons and their parents and carers.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 10 Trustees
  • 12 Employees
  • 38 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mrs Norah Kealey, Shared Future Centre, 61 Irish Street, Londonderry, BT47 2DB

Trustee board

Ms Elaine Kirk
Mrs Angela Thompson
Mr Anthony Kirk
Mrs Patricia Bray
Mrs Mari Mcelgunn
Mrs Rosin Oonagh Hamill
Mr Gary Walsh
Mrs Clare Louise Mcmonagle
Miss Mary Durkan
Mr Graham John Warke

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland