Bridging the Gap

Meeting for families with HSE re Galway Roscommon Autism Spectrum Disorder Team

Parents/guardians who have a child under or are on the waiting list for the Galway Roscommon Autism Team which is based in Athenry Primary Care Centre Co. Galway are invited to an open meeting with the HSE on Tuesday the 17th of April from 10.30am to 11.30pm in Merlin Park Hospital Block B in Meeting Room (Main Building attached to Hospital Chapel) see Attending the meeting will be John Fitzmaurice Disability Manager HSE CHO2 Clare Gormley Psychology Manager Frances Forde Galway Roscommon ASD Team liaison officer Hazel Moore Senior Psychologist/ Team Lead Galway Roscommon ASD Team Parents Working Group (some of whom are with Galway Autism Partnership)     This is a follow up meeting to the one held in March 2017 at Merlin Park Hospital. The focus of the meeting is the Galway Roscommon ASD Service with the Galway Roscommon Autism Spectrum Disorder Team based in Athenry Co. Galway.   It is essential there is a LARGE attendance. As only numbers will help continue the pressure on the HSE to make changes to improve the current situation. Through their presence at the meeting, parents must show the HSE they are still unhappy with the service and willing to take action.  Ultimate control of the service rests with the national leadership, so we need the local management to report a large turnout to their National Management!   If you are a school please inform parents about this meeting At the last open meeting in March 2017, a parents working group was formed. This working group consists of parents whose children are with or awaiting the Galway Roscommon Autism Team some of whom are also volunteer trustees with Galway Autism Partnership. The working group have been meeting consistently with the […]

World Autism Month Sponsored Walk 29th April 2018

Support our Crew, Wear Gold and Blue!  GAP are holding a walk to celebrate World Autism Month in Salthill on Sunday, the 29th of April at 2pm. Help GAP celebrate the end of a fantastic World Autism Month – sponsorship cards are available if you’d like to raise some money but you’re not obliged to get sponsored for the walk.    If you would like to fundraise we also have online options – CLICK on the Pictures to go to the different sites below             More than anything, we want a large crowd walking the Prom together and spreading awareness and understanding of Autism. Family, friends, dogs and everyone in between are welcome to join us to turn the Prom the GAP colours – Gold (or yellow) & Blue! We’ll be walking from Salthill park (opposite Leisureland) to the Claddagh Hall where we’ll have music, refreshments, games and face painting. If you have any questions, call the GAP office on 091 588899 or email #autismacceptance #autism #dogood #socialgood #aspergers#socialchange #community #communityspirit

By |March 8th, 2018|Blogspots, Bridging the Gap|

Corofin Football 4 All

Football for All with Corofin United FC in association with the FAIreland is back for children with disabilities ages 6-12years . This takes place at Corofin Soccer Pitch / Dr.Duggan Hall on Sundays from 11.30 to 12.30. For details please contact Pat Reynolds directly on 086 -8374063. #soccer #FAI #Disability #Children #inclusion #kidfriendly #Galway

By |February 7th, 2018|Blogspots, Bridging the Gap|

Experiencing Work by Conor Timlin

This week, we’ve had a Transition Year student from Colaiste Éinde working with us in the GAP Office. Conor has been a fantastic help in the office and has also written a very entertaining blog post on his experience with Work Experience.   Experiencing Work by Conor Timlin For the past two weeks, I haven’t been in school. Not that I’ve been mitching, no, I’d get caught for that during the first few hours. I’ve been on work experience (although you probably guessed from the title). The whole year of TY students in my school were told by the school to go on work experience, learning what having a job is like, at least for the people who don’t already help out in their relative’s corner shop (normally for peanuts). The only thing that annoyed me during that period was that the school didn’t lift a finger to help us with finding places, save for a few suggestions. Many of the people in my class found it hard to find places, and yet last year, our teacher said, “everyone got a full two weeks of work”. I expect that was an exaggeration by the students before us, little white lies saving themselves from trouble. Even I found finding places difficult, not being able to get the full two weeks. Although I wasn’t really the person who was finding the places, I only suggested the businesses and buildings I wanted to work in to my parents. My first job was two days in the School of Chemistry at NUIG. I, being more physics-oriented, was a little apprehensive going to the department, in my mind (although a few days after I finished, I was reminded by a […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Blogspots, Bridging the Gap|

Santa comes to GAP ! Join us for our Family Christmas Party! Dec 17th

Join us at GAP on Sunday 17th of December – Please PREBOOK as we need to organise goodie bags etc! phone 091-588899  Join Santa and his elves for a GAP Christmas Family Fun day like no other! On Sunday 17th December from 2 – 5 pm, Santa will visit GAP along with ‘Farmyard in your Schoolyard’ – trained animals for a relaxed and fun day! €15 per family (includes 1 child) and €2 per additional child will cover a visit with Santa, a goodie bag, photos with Santa and an abundance of fun, family friendly activities. We are also hosting a Christmas Craft fair – selling baked goods, arts, crafts, reindeer food and much more! Funds raised will be used to help GAP support individuals and families living with autism in Galway city and county. Please call 091 5888 99 or email: to let us know you will be coming!

By |November 27th, 2017|Blogspots, Bridging the Gap|

Launch of GAP Christmas Appeal

We hope you will support and share our Christmas Appeal Gift to GAP. Please visit As a small community led charity, GAP does not have any guaranteed funding. We fundraise for every cent to keep GAP’s doors open and continue the work we do. While GAP has one full time Coordinator and one part time Admin, a lot of our work is still done by volunteer parents.

By |November 19th, 2017|Blogspots, Bridging the Gap|