We're part of the family!

One of the main reasons our group was started back in 2007 was because we, as parents, realised how important it is to have other people to share experiences with. We aim to provide opportunities for parents, carers, siblings & extended family networks to have fun in a fully inclusive environment where the child with Down’s syndrome is one of many rather than one of a few. Research has shown providing this type of social environment improves children’s self-esteem.

We run regular support activities for people with Down’s syndrome and their family members. For more information or to book onto a course, see our interactive calendar of events or contact admin@dscheshire.org.uk

Please remember that we are here to support you and your family through the current coronavirus pandemic.

Contact us for information about additional ongoing support services, and please see the useful resources section below.

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Useful Resources

Recommended reading resources:

BookTrust – Down’s syndrome awareness

Unpacking Disability – children’s books about Down’s syndrome

The DSA offers a number of resources and advice tools for families. To access this please click here

See our home resources here

Additional third party online resources

What We Do

Home Visits

For a new or expectant parent of a child with Down’s syndrome things can seem very daunting and uncertain. As a group we have a team of people happy to meet with either expectant or new parents, at a place of their choice, to share their experiences.

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Friendship Groups

Making friends and taking part in new activities is very important for the children and young people that we support. We run regular activity groups like Cheeky Monkey playgroup, DS football training, DS dance and forest friends. For more information and to book onto one of our groups, see our interactive calendar of events.

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Peer Support Activities

Our calendar of events provides fun family days out and training for the whole family. Whether it’s a day at Chester zoo, a trip to a soft play centre, utilisation of a complimentary pass to a local attraction, or a pizza plus night out for our teenage members, we aim to provide a range of experiences in a supportive environment. To see what’s on offer and book your place see our events calendar.

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As a support group CDSSG recognise how important it is for parents to feel like they are doing the ‘right thing’ for their child. We aim to provide parents/carers with up to date information to give them the confidence support their child.

The group offers evening workshops in our Northwich office on a variety of topics such as Encouraging Speech & Language through Play, Introduction to Numeracy & Literacy for Children with DS & many more.

As speech is an area of difficulty for our children, the group has Makaton trainers who run courses throughout the year. Makaton is a programme in which signs and symbols are used with speech to support spoken language.

Parents are also welcome to attend our training days which are primarily aimed at best practice in education. For more information see our calendar of events.

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Parent Support

We recognise that it’s important for parents to talk and share their experiences to support one another. Whilst our activity days are great fun they can get busy and hectic so we aim to provide parents with an opportunity to meet away from the children, enjoy some tasty food in great company and have a catch up.

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