Magic Bags!! :-)

Magic Bags!! :-)

Last month we mentioned that we had received some funding to put together a small ‘pack’ for new families … we are delighted to say that we have now given out 5 of our packs which include a magic bag with starter ‘props’, a Singing Hands DVD and a book called Down’s Syndrome – The Essential Guide.

Many, many thanks to Lorna and Sandeep who have made 20 of these beautiful magic bags… they are just gorgeous and the families we have given them to have been delighted!

Speech and Language Groups – Running Over Easter!!

Speech and Language Groups – Running Over Easter!!

Just to let everyone know that the Speech and Language groups will be running next week as usual, at the usual times.

We realise that people may have other siblings with them and so we have arranged to use the office at the hall to run some quiet craft activities with any other children who come along so as not to disturb the session in the main hall.

If you have any questions please email hello@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk or give us a ring 07902 054355.

School Parent’s Forums – Frances Dine

School Parent’s Forums – Frances Dine

Erin is 5 and attends East Garforth Primary Academy, our local mainstream school.  She is the second child with Down Syndrome to go there.

Recently a group of parents of children with additional needs who attend the school have got together to form a ‘Parents Forum’.  We meet once a month to discuss issues around our children.  We hope that by having a collective voice we can push various agencies for better support for children with additional needs in our part of Leeds, which feels like its seen as fairly affluent and therefore is not well served.

An occupational therapist attended our last meeting to let parents know what may be on offer for their children.

We hope to expand the forum to include other schools in Garforth soon.  Having a child with additional needs in a mainstream setting can sometimes feel lonely, but the forum has made me feel more supported and I’ve been able to pass some of my knowledge on to other parents too.

Thanks

Frances Dine

World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations!!

World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations!!

So many people did fantastic awareness and fund raising last Friday for World Down Syndrome Day… here are some fabulous photos of what people were up to!!

Funky Socks - Joseph Priestly College - WDSD 2014

Funky socks at Joseph Priestly College – Thank you Michelle Wormald!

Sunshine and Smiles Cookies - Chocolatum - WDSD 2014

Amazing Sunshine and Smiles cookies – thank you Iolanda Silva @ Chocolatum and Sarbjit Kaur

Sandeep's work WDSD 14

Staff at Flathill Communications Group Plc wearing yellow and with their 21/3 signs 🙂 Thank you Sandeep

Jack & Lucy WDSD 14

Fabulous Jack and Lucy celebrating in style with their wonderful t-shirts!! Thank you Sharon 🙂

Thank You’s!!!

Thank You’s!!!

We have lots of thank you’s to say to wonderful people who have been fundraising for or donating to us:

Thank you to Alice Hedge who nominated us to receive a donation from her work Sports and Social Club – we were delighted to receive a cheque for £250.00 last week.

To everyone who supported Wear a Sunshine or a Smile to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – there were some lovely photographs on Facebook and so far we have had fundraising donations from:

Morley RUFC – £334.00 – Thank You Peter, Julie and Connie

UK Mail – £66.00 – Thank You Leah Petch

Kerr Mackie Primary School – £182.85 – Thank You Kath, John, Grace and Sophie

Churwell Primary School – £27.40 – Thank you Sharon, Jonathan, Jack and Lucy

Best Childcare Nursery – £17.00 – Thank you Ailith, Kevin, Aiyana and Thalia

Town Street Playgroup – £118 – Thank you Lorna, Dom, Toby & Josh and Sharron, Steph, Dan, Max and Lyall

Flathill Communications Group Plc – £21.80 – Thank you Sandeep, Rob and Ava

The Environment Agency – £10 – Thank you Frances, Paul, Holly and Erin

BMB Clothing – £82.25 – Thank you Kul

Wigton Moor Playschool – £62.29 – Thank you Katie, Richard, Oliver and William

A fantastic total of over £1000.00!!!

 

And big thank you’s to everyone else who wore stickers, raised awareness and collected donations… it was a brilliant day!!

Please email any pictures you have to sunshineandsmiles@virginmedia.com as we would love to put them on the website!

Happy World Down Syndrome Day :-D

Happy World Down Syndrome Day :-D

To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2014 lots of our members contributed pictures and words to share…. and these were made into this lovely video by Al and Tonia…. thank you so much to everyone for sharing and helping to raise awareness about Down Syndrome.

Have a very Sunshine-y and Smile-y day…. we are!!!