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CAPS - Cavan Autism Parents Support Group

Cause Description

C.A.P.S Cavan Autism Parents Support Group
Cavan Autism Parents Support Group is the first of it's kind in Cavan, which has been solely set up to support the parents, carers and children/young adults with autism in Cavan. It is organised and run by parents, carers and young volunteer workers.

We currently have 66 families & 76 children/young adults on our books.

CAPS is the brainchild of Bernie Nelson who's son is autistic. She has conducted numerous fundraisers over the past number of years. One of the main annual fundraisers is the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin in June.

All our work is done on a fundraising basis with no government funding, so this means that it is not always possible to cater for everyone's individuals needs. We certainly would not be able to provide any of this without our ongoing support we get from our fundraising events throughout the year and our volunteers.

C.A.P.S not only provide events for children/young adults with autism but also for the parents and siblings.

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Bernie now runs a variation of camps and activities throughout the year. The Summer Camp for children with Autism in the Holy Family School, Cootehill is the biggest camp and one of the biggest challenges. This 3 week camp within the school proves to be of vital importance to the children and their families at the start of a long summer without structure and routine. The camp is run very similar to the children's normal school routine with a lot of outings and fun time added.

At the end of the three weeks, we continue with Wednesday Day Trips for all the children/young adults on our books. These trips include visits to Tatyo Park, The Zoo, Causey Farm, Octopus Kidz, Crystal Maze, LesiurePlex, W5, Killinkere pet farm (where we make the yummy scones) and much more!! On all of these trips each of the participitants are accompanied by their own carer/volunteer.

To finish off the Summer holidays and to prepare everyone for heading back to school/college we host a week long End of Summer Camp the last week in August.

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 21260

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Cavan, Cavan, , IRELAND