Bradford charity celebrates world Down Syndrome Day
On the 21st of March Down Syndrome Training and Support Service, Bradford, will be gathering friends and families for a fun packed evening of celebrations to mark World Down Syndrome Day. With céilidh (Gaelic folk music), a disco and thrilling games, the fundraiser promises an evening of fun for children and young people with Down syndrome and their families.
On a more serious note, the event aims to raise awareness of Down syndrome, what it means to have the condition, and how people affected by it play a vital role in communities.
Supporting the Down syndrome community
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. According to the NHS, around 750 babies are born with the condition each year in the UK.
Down Syndrome Training and Support Service is a Bradford-based charity offering support and training for local parents and professionals working and caring for children with Down syndrome.
Aimed at fostering an inclusive environment, the charity provides a variety of activities for children and families, including swimming, and also offers a youth club for young people aged 11+.
Creating an inclusive environment
The charity relies solely on charitable donations and the Big Lottery Fund to provide regular training and support events throughout the year. Training sessions include topics around signing for children with Down syndrome and the use of visual resources to aid the development of language and basic number skills.
Funds are also used to aid the charity’s early development groups which are tailored for specific age groups, as well as funding a range of independent speech and language sessions.
Throughout the summer the charity offers a variety of trips and outings for children and adults with Down syndrome. Siblings and friends are encouraged to join in activities to promote an inclusive and supportive environment.
Tips for local fundraising
Speaking on behalf of the charity, Ash Beaumont, recommends garnering the support of local schools and businesses. He said: “Make the most of social media as a free platform to raise the awareness and profile of any events and be pro-active in involving local businesses and organisations.”
Find out more about Down syndrome training and support charity
You can support the charity by donating to their fundraising page