Our Current Vacancies

Are you passionate about building a brighter future for people with Down syndrome in our area? Are you looking for opportunities to work with an established, successful and friendly local charity which is making a real and lasting difference to families? Then have a look at our current opportunities for paid or voluntary work!

We are an equal opportunities employer.  We will support you and offer whatever training you need to fulfil your role.  Safeguarding is really important to us so all staff and volunteers must have, or be willing to undertake, an enhanced DBS check.  We are a friendly and welcoming team and you will have fun making a difference!


Employment Opportunities


Downright Special Fridays Group Leader

Closing date: 

25th April 2021
Pro-Rata Salary:   £1950 p.a. (£10/hr)
Hours of work:

5 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks)

Sessions are delivered on Friday mornings

Downright Special supports children with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who work with them.  We run weekly, term-time play and education sessions for children from birth to five who attend with their parents and/or teaching assistants and where everything is tailored to the specific learning profile of children with Down syndrome. This position is to lead the planning and delivery of our early intervention group for children aged 2-3 years approx. These usually take place at Bodmin Road Church in Hull but sessions can be delivered online depending on any restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

Our Friday group sessions for this age group are for up to four children who attend with their parent/carer. The lessons include work on developing speech, language and communication skills, numeracy, gross and fine motor skills and other essential skills such as turn-taking and attention.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has some experience of working with very young children with a learning disability.
  • Has knowledge of using Makaton sign language or the local equivalent.
  • Is able to work in a supportive manner with parents and carers.
  • Is able to work flexiby as part of a team.
  • Is willing to attend training on working with children with Down syndrome.
  • Has a passion for inclusion and ensuring children with Down syndrome can reach their potential.

The Role Description is available to download and contains the full details and responsibilities of the role.

To apply:

Please complete an application form (see below) and return to Gillian Bowlas, Charity Manager by 25th April 2021:  Gillian@downrightspecial.co.uk.

If you would like to have an informal chat or have any questions prior to submitting an application then please email  gillian@downrightspecial.co.uk or call 01482 420160. 

DS Employee Application Form.doc

DS Employee Application Form.pdf


Volunteering Opportunities

We are pleased to invite interest for the following volunteering opportunities:

Parent Trustee Representative Vacancy Role Description

Fundraising Volunteer Vacancy

Role Description

To apply for any of our volunteer positions then please contact us on 01482 420160 or email gillian@downrightspecial.co.uk and we can arrange to have an informal chat in the first instance.

Down Syndrome Awareness Week March 2021

Down Syndrome Awareness Week was 15th - 21st March 2021. Click here to find out more.


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Friday Sessions

During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our Groups are now a mixture of online and Face to Face sessions. Contact us for more details.

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.