A BIG "Thank You" to all participants & supporters for making 2016 one to remember.
Waterford Viking Marathon is delighted to announce Down Syndrome Ireland as the nominated charity for 2017. The Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland is a support group for families of and people with Down Syndrome in Waterford and South Kilkenny, Ireland. We work to help people with Down Syndrome reach their full potential by providing information and support to them, their families, carers and professionals.
To achieve our aim, we have a three-pronged approach - Activities for members with Down syndrome, Family Support Network including information & education, and raising awareness of Down Syndrome among professionals and the public.
We are an affiliate Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland which is dedicated to being the primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome in Ireland
A new charity which was set up by Carol Gorey and her friend Lynda Ryan both from Kilkenny. They provide memory boxes to bereaved parents who have lost a child. They have distributed over 100 boxes to hospitals in the last year.
WASSA is a group of parents who have children on the Autistic Spectrum and our aim is to benefit the community through participation, integration and inclusion into mainstream social and sporting activities.
The organisation looks to bridge this gap and provide these opportunities. To date we have been successful in organising this participated. From our experiences we have found that with perseverance it is possible for the children to make this transition but it takes time, care and determination.
Pieta House is renowned for its work in the area of prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland. They have nine centres for excellence across the country and they plan to open a centre in Waterford in 2015.
ALONE works with the 1 in 5 older people who are at risk of homelessness, social isolation are vulnerable or in crisis. We provide supportive housing, befriending, community response and campaigning services to hundreds of older people on a weekly basis.
Lymphoedema Ireland was founded in 1995. Their volunteer network offers support, help and information to anyone in Ireland affected with lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is a long-term condition which has no cure. But it can usually be well controlled with early treatment focused on reducing limb size, improving function and reducing the risk of infection. The more familiar you are with lymphoedema, the better you can control the condition. They are seeking to raise awareness and funding and are just starting this year to encourage members, faimily and friends etc to run the Marathon. Full details are on their website www.lymphireland.com .
Cliona's Foundation is a children’s charity whose aim it is to improve the quality of life of children and family members whose lives are affected by the trauma of serious childhood illness.
Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies.
The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is the only organisation of its kind providing care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.
Waterford Hospice Movement provides medical and nursing care for patients with life limiting illnesses in their own homes and in nursing homes throughout Waterford City, County and South Kilkenny. We supply specialised equipment for pain control and comfort as well as psychological and social support for the patients and their families. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Since 2004 South East Simon Community has been providing services to people experiencing homelessness and at risk of homelessness throughout the South East Region. We provide services throughout Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow. Our Vision is that everyone in the South East can have a home - for life. Our Mission is to help people find a home and to support people to keep their home.
The project was established in 1996 and is operated by Foróige. The aim of the project is to enable young people to involve themselves actively and consciously in their own development and the development of society. The project engages young people aged 10 -18 in programmes that promote positive choices in their recreation and health. Our target group includes but is not limited to young people at risk of the following: unplanned pregnancy, substance misuse, becoming early school leavers, involvement in crime or young people who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school, with their peers.
The W.M.S.A.R. service was set up in January 2010 by Declan and Darryl Barry to provide Waterford city and county with a 24 hour; 365 days-a-year search, rescue and recovery service. Since January 2010 the service has grown to 50 volunteers. We have 3 Boats ready to be launched. This includes a 6.3 Meter RIB as our primary rescue boat, two 4 meter Steady 400's for search and recovery. We also have a flood rescue boat and a 3 meter inflatable for small lakes and rivers.
Focus Ireland was established in 1985 by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy and works with families, children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Ireland. Focus Ireland Waterford has been delivering services in the South-East for over 14 year and now provides 200 homes for families and individuals in the Waterford area. In addition to housing provision Focus Ireland works to prevent homelessness through providing advice and information for those concerned about becoming homeless, childcare services, education services, youth and aftercare services and tenancy support services. Early access to advice and information can help to prevent people from losing their home and demand for our Advice and Information service increased by over 25% in 2014.