Support The Down’s Syndrome Association This March With a Vote in Our Charity Poll

Posted on 23 Feb 2021 by Amy Jackson
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The Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) is the largest Down's syndrome interest membership organisation in the UK. They support individuals who have Down’s syndrome, and their families, throughout their lives. For more than 50 years they have been providing comprehensive information, advocacy and support services to everyone who has an interest in Down’s syndrome. Their vision is to create a world where all people with the condition are able to live full and rewarding lives.


What Does The Down’s Syndrome Association Do?

Training and Information: The DSA develops and delivers training for members, professionals and carers, as well as providing support and information on all aspects of Down’s syndrome. Their information officers and specialist advisers offer advice about any aspect of living with Down’s syndrome including prenatal support, benefits, education, service provision, rights, health, speech, language and communication, complex and adult needs. They also offer individual consultations and assessments.

DSActive: This is a project that provides opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome to exercise and get active, encouraging them to lead fit and healthy lives.

WorkFit: The charity’s WorkFit programme helps to bring together employers and jobseekers with Down’s syndrome. Not only does the programme train employers on the needs of people with the condition so they can be supported in the workplace, it also works to find the right employment opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome and ensures that they have all of the support they need to help them thrive.

Our Voice: This is a collection of services, projects and activities, which offer a platform for people who have Down’s syndrome to speak up and have their voices heard. Their aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone can participate and contribute towards their work.

Since December 2020 the charity has been providing a range of online activities for people who have Down’s syndrome. DSEngage activities include yoga, dance, fitness challenges, crafts, pilates and lots more.


Where Your Money Goes

The DSA relies almost entirely on voluntary donations, requiring £2 million per annum to help keep their services running. In terms of where donations are spent:

- £500 enables 5 live sessions to take place for DSEngage, led by a specialist teacher.

- £600 enables 4 Our Voice Weekly Zooms Check Ins sessions to take place.

- £1,000 enables people who have Down’s syndrome to take part in the employment programme WorkFit, giving them opportunities to secure employment thereby transforming their lives.

- £2,000 would enable the charity to support around 6 vulnerable families who otherwise would not be able to access this type of specialist support.


How You Can Support the Down’s Syndrome Association

This March, we’re delighted to be supporting The Down’s Syndrome Association in our charity poll. Cast your vote for them today and help them to win 20% of our profits!

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