...building a brighter future for children with Down Syndrome

Weekly Friday Morning Sessions for babies and toddlers

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Welcome to Downright Special

Downright Special is a charity supporting children with Down syndrome in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.  We assist families and professionals in all aspects of the care and education of children with the condition.

Who we are

Originally started in 2007 by a group of parents, we set out to provide support to each other and any other parents who had children with Down syndrome. This quickly developed into an organised group giving emotional, practical and educational support to families.  Downright Special has been a registered charity since 2009 and is run by a small team of professionally trained volunteers and staff. Our aim is simple: to build a brighter future for children with Down syndrome, supporting them to achieve their full potential and promoting successful inclusion in all aspects of life.

What we do

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Downright Special offers a range of services for children from birth and onwards throughout their school years.  We do this through:

  • Visits to new parents or parents with an antenatal diagnosis.
  • A weekly fun and education session (Downright Special Fridays), providing education, fun and play as well as support to parents and carers.
  • A sensory and signing group for babies.
  • Social events for the whole family. 
  • Lending useful resources to parents.
  • Sharing best practice teaching techniques with teaching assistants.
  • Specialist resource packs for children starting school.
  • Conferences and training for parents and professionals.
  • Working closely with local health and education services to improve the care pathway and educational outcomes for our children.
  • Promoting the awareness of Down syndrome and encouraging successful inclusion. 

Where we are

You will find us at:

Bodmin Road Church Office, Padstow Close, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 4HE

‚ÄčOur offices are based here and we run our Friday play and education sessions here too. For details how to find us visit our Contact Us page

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Winter Term Dates

Dec 1st 8th 15th      
Jan 12th 19th 26th         

16th February (Half Term) - NO GROUP

Feb 2nd 9th 23rd      
Mar 2nd 9th 16th 23rd

Can't attend a session?

Please let us know if you cannot attend a session - either contact your group leader direct, or contact the office on 01482 420160 or office@downrightspecial.co.uk 

Friday Visitors

We regularly have visitors to our Friday sessions, whether they be healthcare professionals, friends from the community or old faces returning to have a catch up with us. Stay tuned for information of up and coming visitors