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Our Wonderful Partners & Supporters

Some of the organisations and companies that support us

Chairman reflects on Mainstays History

The Beginning of Mainstay DRP (Downe Residential Project)


I was a member of the local Downpatrick Mencap society having been invited by Mrs Hazel Kelly to come along and see what they did. I was interested because my youngest brother has a learning disability due to Down’s syndrome. The society consisted of parents, carers and interested professionals who came together to support those in need and engaged to raise funds to improve local facilities. One such success was the provision of the hydrotherapy pool in Knockevin School.

In the late 1980’s we became aware that several private companies in Northern Ireland were building residential facilities for individuals with a learning disability for profit. Our committee were of the opinion that it would be better if we ourselves were to develop such accommodation and that any profits should benefit those individuals with a learning disability.

We sought and got advice and support from the Down and Lisburn Trust. We raised funds and organised a bank loan to purchase a house on St Patrick’s Drive in Downpatrick. The house was modernised and became our first home for nine residents. We employed a manager and staff and so, in 1992, Downe Residential Project was born.