ongford Autism Foróige Group enjoying a trip to Dublin Zoo earlier this year.
Longford Autism Foróige Club is now in its second year. The group meet every Saturday in the Attic House and was established to meet the needs of young people with Autism, to give them a place to meet, to be comfortable, and enjoy a youth club setting whilst getting the opportunity to mix with other groups.
Every Saturday the club enjoys lots of different activities. The youth club is a great place for the group to plan what they want to try out, learn every day skills and also time to chat and have fun with their new friends.
Our group has grown from strength to strength in the last two years, from just six members at the start to fifteen members today supported by a few volunteers and their parents.
In the last year the club entered the Aldi Foróige Citizenship awards, where our project 'to help Bethany House and the Homelessness' was recognised at the national event as 'One to watch' in the future, which was a major accomplishment for our enthusiastic members.
We raised much needed funds for the charities through baking and selling cakes/breads at the Flancare car boot sale.
We as a club have achieved a lot in our short time including; outings during summer to the zoo, playing Laser Tag, going canoeing, climbing walls and obstacle courses along with many trips to the cinema and bowling.
The group participated in a GET FIT course all through summer with Longford Fitness which kept our members very busy and fit during the summer months.
Participating in all these activities, our Group learned how to mix more, gain independence, learn life skills such as how to cook, use money correctly and, most importantly, how to mix in with the community.
Our group now have a lot more Confidence in themselves and as a group we will continue to build on this.
In the last two years we have been continually supported through local grants and fundraising and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported our group to enable us to provide our young members with opportunities that they otherwise would not have been able to do.
Thank you to Longford Westmeath ETB who have supported us through awarding us each year the Volunteer Club Grant Scheme and last December a grant for equipment which we found invaluable to the development of our young people.
Thank you to the Attic House Management Committee who continue to allow us use of the premises every Saturday throughout the year. We are delighted to be part of the Attic House and Foróige family here in Longford.
Thank you to Rose of Picture Perfect Scrabble who from the onset has supported the group as she continues to raise much needed funds for the group through her incredible Picture Perfect Scrabble product.
Also thanks to Clondra Heritage Festival who raised money for us, to all the hard working community and committee members for thinking of us.
Not too long ago Dermot Hegarty held a 50 years in business party in The Richmond Inn and all money on the door and raffle was kindly donated to our group.
A massive thank you to Dermot Hegarty and of course All at The Richmond Inn who have been such a fantastic support to our group.
Longford Autism Foróige Club is now looking forward to planning our Xmas outings we will be heading, Funtasia Water Park and lots of cinema and bowling trips.
We are also continuing with our Keep Fit programme with Longford Fitness.
So on behalf of all at Longford Autism Foróige Club Thank You for all your support over the last two years.