Thursday, February 22, 2018

Concert tomorrow for Dunshane literacy project

A reminder that a concert to raise funds for a 'Literacy and Learning Room' at Camphill Dunshane will take place in the Moat Hall, Naas, tomorrow 23 February, writes Brian Byrne.

It will be headlined by Paddy Casey, with support from Saoirse Casey, Gar Tiernan, and the Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

The new special purpose room will be used to promote literacy skills among the residents of Dunshane, so they'll have better opportunities for employment.

It is hope to give them access to educational materials in the room, and help them to engage with new communications tools such as Skype.

Dunshane was founded in 1985 and is located near Carnalway. There are currently 26 residents, as well as five adults with disabilities who access day services at the community.

"Camphill Dunshane works off the idea that every individual, no matter their disability, have a valued role to play in community life," a spokesperson for the facility says. "Currently in Dunshane we offer a number of workshops that adults living here can avail of, including Pottery, Basketry, Cooking, Gardening, Farming, Candle Making and Craft Skills. In recent years Dunshane has expanded our 'Community Inclusion'."

This last involves facilitating people with special needs to access the wider community in Naas, Kilcullen and Newbridge to do ordinary everyday things such as education courses, building relationships with community members, participating and becoming part of the wider community.

Ticket information for the concert is available at or Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483628.

For donations or spot prizes please contact: Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483 628 or Keith Hayes on 085 7191303.