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Blossom Buzz Summer 2015


Our Year So Far
 
2015 has already been a very busy year for Blossom Ireland. We successfully piloted our new service for teens - Blossom Buddies. This year's Easter Camp was another fantastic success and our weekly Yoga classes are going from strength to strength. We also welcomed another member of the Blossom team - Colette our new office manager.
 
These services are made possible thanks to some fantastic fundraisers and volunteers. This year our Blossom supporters have been organising school football leagues, donating iPads and running marathons!
 
We are delighted to announce that we have secured enough funding to run three weeks of Discovery Camps this summer - giving children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and, most importantly, have fun!

 
Services Updates

Blossom Buddies
 
Blossom Buddies is our new service aimed at teens. It is designed to facilitate teens with intellectual disabilities to nurture real friendships and promote independence and socialising away from parents and siblings. The pilot involved the teens meeting up weekly and planning a trip to the coffee shop. 

Due to the success of the pilot we are now running another Blossom Buddies this time themed on 'shopping'.
Screenshot of Irish times website with photo of children and teacher in red shirts stretching

Blossom Yoga Classes
 
 Yoga classes have been running weekly and our Blossom yogis are busy perfecting their 'Tiger' 'Butterfly' and 'Cat-Cow' poses with yoga teacher Nicola Foxe. This year we introduced an advanced level to cater to those children who are ready for some more complex poses.

We were delighted to be featured in the Irish Times for World Yoga Day. Read the full article here: Irish Times Yoga Article.

Blossom Easter Camp

This year we were in a position to run a second week of Easter Camp for the first time, thanks to our fundraisers and National Lottery Funding. 33 children participated in obstacle courses, Easter crafts, cookery, sports and dancing. These activities were designed by an occupational therapist with the maximum engagement and skill building of each individual child in mind.


Fundraising Highlights
Auveen Bell standing with a team of young femae GAA players in their Blossom sponsored kit.
One woman and three girls holding an easter egg hamper
Blossom Ireland are extremely proud to see the Raheny under-11 girls GAA teams sporting the Blossom logo. Pictured is our co-founder Auveen Bell at the launch of their new jerseys.
 
The winners of this year's Easter Raffle. Thanks to our sponsors Lir Chocolates, Lloyd's Pharmacy Raheny, Caroline Phillips and John Phelan.
The 2015 VHI Women's mini marathon - Some of our mini marathon participants braving the elements!
The boards.ie Santa Strike Force donated 8 iPads which will be of huge use to our children and teens. 
 
Schoolboys standing behind an oversized cheque outside their school.
A large group of cheering people standing behind an oversized cheque on a stage.
Scoil Assaim students ran a very successful soccer league in their school and raised a whopping €300. Well done boys!
 
Huge thanks go to all of the fantastic students and mentors who participated in the 100 Minds initiative this year.
Drawing of mobile phone. 'Text Blossom to 50300 to donate €2 now'
Ways you can help……
  • Click the yellow button at the top of this page.
  • Text BLOSSOM to 50300 to donate €2.
  • Make a monthly donation by setting up a standing order with your bank. Download the standing order form here
Summer Discovery Camps 2015

We are busy preparing for three weeks of Summer Discovery camps this August. This is the first year we will be running a dedicated teen camp. There are a lot of children and families looking forward to camp now, and we couldn't provide this service without all of our fantastic supporters. Thank you!
Huge thanks go to all of our volunteers and to those working hard behind the scenes.
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