‘Sharing the Journey’ are hosting a play date in Dundalk for 0-5 year olds who are d/deaf or hard of hearing in Wellington Hall, St. Mary’s Road, on Saturday, June 8, from 11am to 12.30pm.
“Sharing the Journey is a parent led organisation that supports parents of children who are d/deaf or hard of hearing,” says Ciara Clarke, the Network Coordinator for County Louth.
“The play date encourages socialisation through play and song, and the program of activities is delivered bilingually, using spoken English, and Irish Sign Language”.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity for the families to share their experiences, and provide support for one another”.
Local woman Ciara, is delighted that Dundalk was chosen to host the first Sharing the Journey play date to be held outside of Dublin.
Teresa Mc Donnell, one of the founding members of the voluntary organisation, was also excited about the new play date venue.
“We are very excited to bring Sharing the Journey to County Louth, this is an important first step and we hope to expand our play dates nationwide”.
The organisation was established by parents of d/deaf and hard of hearing children and they aim to provide information and support to other parents whether their child speaks or signs, attends mainstream or special school or has a cochlear implant or not.
If you would like to find out more you can contact Ciara by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 0876202693.
You can also visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/sharingthejourneylouth or their website at www.sharingthejourney.ie.
The playdate on Saturday is free of charge and open to the children and their families.