About Us 2017-10-13T21:03:00+00:00

About Us

MWB Autism Support was set up in October 2009. It is based in Longford, however, it supports all regions in the BMW area and has members in Roscommon, Leitrim and Westmeath.

Committee members 2017/2018 are as follows :

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All our committee is made up of parents of children with A.S.D. who are volunteers.
MWB currently has 26 members with 31 children ranging from 3 to 20 years old, plus 1 adult member

Outings during the year included:

  • Halloween party in the Family Centre

  • Cinema trips in Longford and Carrick on Shannon

  • Christmas outing to Glendeer Pet Farm, Athlone

  • Christmas party in the Longford Arms Hotel

  • Fitness and exercise session in the Mall, Longford

  • Bowling and soft play centre at Upsie Daisies in Roscommon

  • Trip on Viking Ship, Athlone

  • Swimming at Lough Allen Hotel

  • Trip to Turoe Pet Farm

  • Picnic at Lough Key Forests Park

  • Disco at Murtagh’s Bar in Carrick on Shannon

  • Easter Egg Hunt at Gerety’s Farm, Ballymahon

  • Orienteering at Lough Rynn, Mohill with a boat trip and BBQ after

  • Kayaking at Lough Rynn

  • Go-karting in Carrick on Shannon

  • Clay Modelling

  • Arts and Craft Workshop

  • Horseriding at Moorlands Equestrian Centre

Other activities included:

  • Basketball

  • Lifeskills classes with Olive Whelan

  • Tawkwando with Eddie Duggan

  • Talk with Arlene Naughton of Sugru

  • Sugru workshop for Parents – Communicating and Mindfulness

  • Sugru Teenagers Workshops – Wellbeing and Self Respect

The committee members voted in on 21 October 2015 were:

Chairperson Michael Bryson Vice Chairperson Patrick Appiah-Konadu

Secretary Yemisi Olarewaju, Assistant Secretary Ndidi Idehen

Treasurer Nicola Gerety Assistant Treasurer Irene McNally

Ordinary member Irene Beirne Ordinary member Neri Flynn

Ordinary member Geraldine McKeon

As at end October 2016 MWB has 25 member families, with 31 children ranging from 4 to 21 years old.

  1. Fundraising Events  
  • Although the group decided not to get involved in the Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair in 2015, Nicola helped out and MWB received a donation of €840 as a result.
  • Irene Beirne contributed a further €50 in sponsorship from the Longford Marathon, taking the total to €958.
  1. Donations

In the last year, the only independent donation we received was from the collecting box in Eurogiant Longford, which yielded €151.

  1. Outings and Activities

We had several outings during the year. These included our Halloween party and Christmas party in the Longford Arms, Cinema trips to Longford and Carrick, Bowling and soft play centre at Longford Megabowl, Easter egg hunt at Gerety’s Farm, Ballymahon, Kayaking, rock climbing and archery at Shannon River Adventure Centre in Rooskey, Dance session.

In August there was swimming at Lough Allen Hotel for the second year running, followed by horseriding at Moorlands Equestrian Centre. Our “big” outing was to Tayto Park at the end of August, which was enjoyed by everybody. Our other activities included: regular swimming sessions at Longford Pool; and drama workshops with Rena Bryson and Hazel Doolan at the Clonguish GAA Centre.

  1. Support Meetings

Again this year we had monthly support meetings, in the morning and evening alternately. We had a talk just recently by Pauline Rogers of Bawn Holistic Centre about mindfulness and relaxation. We hope to extend this to the children via yoga classes later in the year.

  1. Providing Information

The MWB newsletter was issued during the year to keep members informed of upcoming meetings, outings and activities, IAA initiatives and fundraising events. Michael was interviewed on Shannonside by Mary Claire Grealy on various issues relating to autism. We distributed the 2nd round of MWB flyers to local doctors’ surgeries and health centers in Co. Longford, giving general information about autism and the MWB group. We hope to do more of this in 2016/17 with your help. Our Facebook page now has 528 “Likes”, thanks to the work of Claire Sullivan and Nicola Gerety. They regularly post useful articles relating to autism and dyslexia, as well as updates about upcoming events. We have had some work done on the website this year to make it more current and user-friendly so will be promoting more heavily in 2017.