Raising awareness of Down’s syndrome

Every single person with Down’s syndrome has potential. We won’t give up until their potential is unlocked and they have the same opportunities as everyone else. With continued support, children with Down’s syndrome will make good progress and achieve things that were thought impossible in the past. They will have jobs, get married, run park runs, achieve qualifications and set and achieve their own personal ambition…just like everyone else!

We provide training and education to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome and to open up people’s eyes to what members of our community can and will achieve. Whether you’re a charity, business, community group, health or education professional, we can support you in becoming accessible so that your students, customers, partners, employees and friends can fulfil their potential.
For more information about the courses we offer or to book an assembly please contact us here.

Further recommended resources include:

Charity information leaflet – available very soon
Tell it Right, Start it Right poster – available very soon
Our key aims poster – available very soon
Maternity pack
Down’s Syndrome Association website

What We Do

Campaigns

Every year, on 21st March we mark World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. It’s celebrated on 21st of 3rd month because people with Down’s syndrome have 3 copies of chromosome 21. Because chromosomes look like socks we also encourage people to rock their socks by wearing an odd pair! World Down Syndrome Day shines a light on the profile and capabilities of people with Down’s syndrome. In recent years we’ve shared our message of young people showing their potential with #Ihavepotential.

Follow our campaigns on our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

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Awareness Talks & Assemblies

Thousands of Cheshire school children across the county have benefitted from our awareness assemblies which provide accurate information about Down’s syndrome and inclusion. We have also presented information at Rotary, Mothers’ Union and other community group events. If you’d like to book an awareness assembly for your Cheshire school, college or university please contact us.

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Makaton Training

We provide Makaton training for health and education professionals as well as community groups and local businesses. Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate and is widely used within the Down’s syndrome community. We’ve recently led a campaign to make Northwich Makaton friendly and worked with Northwich BID to deliver taster Makaton sessions to small businesses in the area so that people who use the language can communicate with their local service providers. We hope to roll this initiative out throughout Cheshire.

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Communications

Spreading the national Down’s Syndrome Association message, our Tell it Right, Start it Right posters are designed to inform health professionals and encourage them to use the right language and terminology when supporting a person with Down’s syndrome and their family. We also produce maternity packs for local hospitals for midwives to give to new parents, general information about our charity and a comprehensive calendar of our events with details of how families can book on to them. In addition, our quarterly digital newsletter ‘DownTime’ publishes our latest charity news and events as well as relevant national and international stories. If you would like to become one of our community champions by helping us to distribute information, please contact us

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