21 Co. Shop & Café to Open January 12th

Please join us as 21 Co. Shop & Café opens its doors to the members of the public on 12 January.

Since our Café 21 pop up at Carousel in March last year we have been looking for a long-term venue to have our very own shop and more importantly; offer work experience and training opportunities to our young adults who have Down Syndrome. We are extremely excited for this next chapter, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Not only will this be a great hub for our families too, but an opportunity to raise funds for the charity also.


We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us make this happen, including a special thank you to Schroders. As well as giving opportunities to our young adults, you can also purchase products from independent local designers and makers, including; hand made jewellery, local painters, sculptors & ceramicists. There’s also a chance to grab the last few copies of our 2019 Sunshine and Smiles Calendar, which is now on sale!

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Find us: 21 Co. Headingley Central, Otley Road, LS6 2UE

Opening Times: 9 am – 5 pm

Thank You Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

antonjurgensThank you so much to Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust who have honoured our funding application and granted £8,000 to Sunshine and Smiles. This will have a great impact on the running of our sessions, and we can’t thank you enough for choosing us as one of your charities.

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

AJCT gives grants to registered UK based charities who support people of all ages, who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities.

Thank you so much for your generosity 🙂


Sunshine and Smiles Receive Wade’s Charity Funding

wadesThank you so much to Wade’s Charity who have honoured our funding application and granted £2,500 to Sunshine and Smiles. This will have a great impact on the running of our sessions, and we can’t thank you enough for choosing us as one of your charities.

About Wade’s Charity

Wade’s Charity originated in 1530 during the reign of Henry VIII when Thomas Wade left money in his will, which has since been added to by others, for the benefit of the people of Leeds.

Now managed by a Trust – the monies produce an income from which grants are offered to Leeds based charities and community groups. The Trust also owns many open spaces in Leeds such as Gotts Park and Middleton Park.


Thank You Nisa For Making a Difference Locally

Sunshine and Smiles have received a donation of £1,200 from the charity Making a Difference Locally (MADL). This money was raised by local Nisa stores who believe in putting something back into the community.

Neil Potter, Nisa & Marc Davies, Chair of Trustees at Sunshine and Smiles

Thank you so much to MADL for choosing us as one of the many charities you support! This donation will help to fund our vital services, so that we too, can support families in Leeds in our very own Sunshine and Smiles Community.

How does it work?

Making a Difference Locally is a charity that has been established to support local communities. The communities supported are those which are served by local independently-owned convenience stores that are members of Nisa.

Nisa shops (and other convenience stores) gather funding for local charities by selling MADL associated products (all Heritage products give to MADL and some branded products do too). Once the stores have a pot of money, they can find out what causes the community cares about and donate to them. The donations may be to local sports teams, hospices or one of the many local charities operating in the UK.

Our New Member of Staff

Our New Member of Staff

We would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Celine Prior!

Celine previously worked at Leeds Mencap, among other roles, and carries plenty of experience with young children who have Down Syndrome, as well as other people with additional needs. She also has an 18-year-old daughter, Roisin, who has Down Syndrome, and so brings a great deal of personal experience and insight also.

To begin with, Celine will working with our 0-3’s Group and our Early Years sessions, and we can’t wait for you all to meet her (if you haven’t already).

Welcome aboard Celine and thank you for joining the Sunshine and Smiles family.

Wishing Everyone A Peaceful Christmas Time

Wishing Everyone A Peaceful Christmas Time
It has been such a busy week and the amazing support & love for Sunshine & Smiles and Cafe 21 has been overwhelming .. all of the gorgeous photos & comments from the Christmas party, a great AGM & Christmas preview evening at 21 Co. … we end this year in such a positive place … that is not to say that there isn’t much more to do and we know there are still areas of support we need to expand and improve as we head into the New Year …
but a huge thank you to everyone involved with Sunshine & Smiles in every way … and wishing you all a peaceful Christmas time…
Love from all the Sunshine & Smiles team xxx

Our 21 Co. Christmas Preview Evening

Our 21 Co. Christmas Preview Evening

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our Christmas Preview Evening – what an incredible turn out!














It was lovely to see so many familiar faces, and great to showoff the local makers and designers we have in Leeds – we sold so much!!

We can’t wait to open on 12th January!

Thank you! 😀

To see more photos, click here!

Thank You Kippax & District Harriers

Thank You Kippax & District Harriers

Eleanor Christmas 2018At our Christmas Party on Sunday 16 December, one of our Smilers, Eleanor Hunter presented us with a cheque of £350.00. This money was raised by Eleanor’s parents, Alison and Richard Hunter, and the Kippax & District Harriers Running Club. They organised a raffle and chose to donate the funds to Sunshine and Smiles.

Thank you so much for choosing us as your charity, it means so much!

About Kippax & District Harriers Running Club

A small, friendly running club based at Garforth Squash Club, just off Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds, who run twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The club was formed in 1983 by a bunch of enthusiastic runners who wanted to train together. Many members don’t come from a typical running background, but have found joining our running nights have helped in their field of sport such football, tri-athletics etc. or just helped them lose weight and get fit. In many cases they have found new, additional sports and challenges through the club.

Chronic Illness and Disability Project

Chronic Illness and Disability Project

We are looking for parents & carers from Sunshine & Smiles to help again this year with the Chronic Illness and Disability Project as part of the teaching of first year medical students. The aim of this project is to enable students to learn by experience about illness or disability from the point of view of the affected person (or a parent or carer). Two students will visit each volunteer to ask about their experiences of the condition (or their experiences as a carer/parent), the type of contact they have with health services and how the illness or disability affects their lives and the lives of those close to them.

This visit can take place at home or wherever is most convenient for the parent or carers. The discussion will usually last about 1 hour and is a really valuable opportunity to raise awareness and share lived experience with the next generation of medical professionals!

If you could help please email ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk with your name, address & telephone number.