Programme Funding

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Below is a letter from the Branch Treasurer that has been mailed to members in February 2012 regarding funding of the Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme.

                                                      Funding of the Home Teacher Programme

Dear Member,

I am writing to you as Treasurer of the Branch. As you are aware the Branch runs an Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme, in addition to, a Speech & Language / Occupational Therapy Programme and an Adult Literacy Programme. These vital Programmes are managed by the Committee on a completely voluntary basis.  During the past year, 71 children availed of the Home Teacher Programme, the highest number of children on the programme since it’s foundation in the early 1980’s. Last year it cost the Branch €92,200 to finance this programme. This year the only direct State funding that the Branch received was a Section 39 Grant of €5,000. Unfortunately for the first time in a number of years the Branch suffered a financial loss in 2011.    

Currently the cost of the programme per child is €1,540 based on twenty visits by the Home Teacher per year. It is with this in mind that we remind you of the requirement to fundraise at least €500 per year towards the cost of the Programme. (Approximately 33% of the cost). The Branch will continue to subsidize the remaining €1,040.

The committee understands that times are extremely difficult, and parents may be in difficult financial situations. We wish to emphasis that we want no child to leave the programme because of their parents financial situation. If parents cannot genuinely fundraise towards the cost of the programme, their child will continue to receive Home Teacher visits. Please contact the Home Teacher Programme Coordinator or myself in confidence if this is the case.

Finally, if you are unable to be at home for the Home Teacher visit or if your child is sick, please give the Home Teacher at least 24 hour cancellation notice. If a child becomes ill unexpectedly or has to attend hospital in an emergency and it is not possible to give 24 hour notice the Home Teacher should be informed, by text or by phone, as soon as possible to enable the Home Teacher to adjust her schedule and maybe visit another child.

Yours sincerely,
John Brophy
Louth/Meath Branch,
Down Syndrome Ireland.
Phone: 087-121 4942