Each year on the 21st of March we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. People with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome (they have 3 copies of chromosome 21 - hence 21/3, 21st March!) and to support World Down Syndrome day the "Lots of Socks" fundraising campaign is a worldwide campaign run by Down Syndrome International.
Why Lots of Socks?
This is a picture of chromosomes which some say look a little bit like pairs of socks. Sometimes people have an extra ‘sock’ or chromosome and a person with Down syndrome has an extra copy of chromosome 21 as you can see in the picture. That’s ok – it just means that some things a little harder for them. They are a little different but different is ok. People with Down syndrome learn, laugh, love, live and, just like the rest of us, sometimes also get cross, sad, dislike things, get uncomfortable being stared at and just want to join in with everyone else. Where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to join in, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.
Inclusive environments also help to prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and join-in, with confidence and independence, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.
On World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Voice, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.
if you are a school, download our school information sheet.
Alternatively download our event information sheet to tell you more about this year's campaign.
Danielle: 07849 785221
Sam: 07984 166509
Jill: 07873 134958
Laura: 07545 379277
Heather: 07733 472143
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. We are pleased to announce the following visitors in the coming weeks and months
Vicky Ingram (Physiotherapist) Friday 29th September