Thank You to Phoenix & Wolf Accountants

Thank You to Phoenix & Wolf Accountants

We would like to say a huge thank you to Headingley based accountancy & business services company, Phoenix & Wolf, who have donated the amazing sum of £5000 to help us to develop our Cafe 21 project.

Mike & Tanzi who run Phoenix & Wolf got in touch soon after seeing our pop up Cafe 21 on Look North in March this year. Since then they have been wholeheartedly supporting our work by helping to fund training & equipment such as a gazebo and Cafe 21 banners to help us to develop a strong identity for our pop up events.

The final instalment of their donation to us is to help us move Cafe 21 another step forwards, hopefully very soon!

We are so grateful for their enthusiasm and support for Cafe 21 and look forward to sharing the next stage of our journey!

You can read more about Phoenix & Wolf here:

Ailith and Josh Say Thank You to Ison Harrison

Ailith and Josh Say Thank You to Ison Harrison

ison harrisonSunshine and Smiles has been shortlisted as one of Ison Harrison’s 2018 chosen charities, and will receive one of their 40 prizes.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ison Harrison Solicitors and as part of their celebrations they are supporting 40 local charities by giving away 40 special gifts. The process involves public nominations and we are unbelievably pleased to announce that Sunshine and Smiles has been shortlisted as one of the forty!

Ison Harrison said “we would like to make a donation of £250 to help with the great work you do. We saw on your website that a donation of this value will buy fruit and milk for all your group sessions for a year, so we trust our contribution will help.”


We would like to thank everyone who nominated Sunshine and Smiles, Ison Harrison for their donation and considering us to be a worthy charity, and every one of you who has supported us over the years – thank you!



2019 Sunshine & Smiles Calendar Available to Pre-order Now!

2019 Sunshine & Smiles Calendar Available to Pre-order Now!

We will be releasing our 2019 Calendar in November, but we only have a limited amount of stock – so pre-order yours now!

This calendar will feature photos taken from throughout the year at Sunshine and Smiles, including sessions, events and fundraisers.

Every penny you spend today will go directly towards the vital support we offer to our children, young people and families; whether it is Speech & Language sessions, fruit and milk for our baby group, transport for families, or paying our trained staff to support families or help our young adults into training and work.

Buy your 2019 Calendar now!


Can You Help – Research Project

Can You Help – Research Project

One of our fabulous volunteers, Jenn Evans, is currently studying Physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University.

She is conducting a research project titled “Understanding Lived Experiences of Parents to Children with Down syndrome in regard to Therapy”. The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of caregivers to children with Down syndrome with regard to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech and language therapy, and to describe these experiences.

The study is gathering information from families with children aged 2 to 6 years who have accessed physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech & language therapy. Taking part would involve a 1 to 1.5 hour interview with Jenn which can be done face to face, over the phone, or via Skype.

If you would be able to help Jenn and get involved please contact her for the full participant information sheet & further details via email:

Thank You!

It’s Sunshine & Smiles for Walker Morris

Logo-Walker-MorrisCommercial law firm, Walker Morris have officially chosen Sunshine and Smiles as their charity of the year for 2018/19.

Lynsey Oakdene, who is the Director in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Walker Morris, originally nominated the Leeds Down Syndrome Network to be their charity of choice, which then went to staff vote.

Walker Morris will be carrying out various events and activities to raise funds for the charity from October 2018 to September 2019.

Thank you so much to Walker Morris and to Lynsey for choosing us, we are extremely happy and can’t wait to work with you!
Huge thanks! 🙂

AGM & 5th Birthday Celebration

AGM & 5th Birthday Celebration

AGM-LogoSunshine & Smiles’ Annual General Meeting and 5th Birthday celebrations will be happening on 20th November 2018. There will be more information to follow, but the 20th has been confirmed – so save the date!

Date: 20th November 2018
Venue & Time:  To Be Confirmed
Formal papers & invitation to the event will be sent out shortly.
See you there! 🙂

A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

We were delighted to be invited to attend a celebration event with Wesleyan Assurance and Wesleyan Foundation to say thank you for the funding Sunshine & Smiles has received to develop our Cafe 21 project.

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The event was to celebrate 1 million pounds of funding being distributed to over 200 community groups in the UK since the Wesleyan Foundation was created in 2017.

It was also great to be able to thank Leeds Community Foundation and Heart of England Community Foundation who have made it possible for organisations like us to apply for a grant from the Wesleyan Foundation.

Louise Palin, one of our Cafe 21 team, shared some of her thoughts with over 90 people from other beneficiary groups, Wesleyan and local Community Foundations … her last few words summed things up perfectly: help, kindness, people, & cake.

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Thank You Lloyds Bank for Your Day to Make a Difference!

Thank You Lloyds Bank for Your Day to Make a Difference!

Every year Lloyds Banking Group give an opportunity to their colleague’s to spend at least one day volunteering for a charity or community project of their choice. This year, one of Lloyds departments chose Sunshine and Smiles.

This volunteering programme is hoping to deliver 2.3 million hours by 2020 and have already reached 1 million, and we are so unbelievably grateful that they chose us as one of their charities.


We saw this gesture as a great opportunity to give the Sunshine and Smiles Hub a new lease of life, and got our paint brushes at the ready to freshen the place up! It was a wonderful day, full of hard work, snacks, and a well deserved transformation.

Big thank you to every volunteer from Lloyds Banking Group, especially those who travelled as far as Scotland!


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Thank You to Our Rowers

Thank You to Our Rowers
On Friday 14 September Specialist Legal Recruitment Company, Sacco Mann held their annual charity challenge, to raise funds for Sunshine and Smiles and St Gemma’s Hospice.
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Lots of teams took part throughout the day, even our Service Manager Ailith ended up getting involved!
As well as the rowing event, freshly baked cakes were being sold to increase donations and a raffle also took place. It was a fun packed day full of exercise, cake consuming and of course, smiles.
Thanks to everyone who took part to raise money for both charities, the total amount raised was £1,000 which will be split between the two, which is amazing! 🙂 Congratulations to Sagars who were the winning team!
Keep up to date with our future charities fundraisers here!

Recruiting all the Sunshine & Smiles Superstars!

Recruiting all the Sunshine & Smiles Superstars!

calendarVery soon we will be launching our very own Sunshine and Smiles 2019 Calendar, full of photos that really showcase who we are.

We have been taking lots of pictures throughout the year, but we need more!

Kerry Maule will be joining some of the sessions over the next couple of weeks to snap away, but will also be taking individual photos after the sessions have finished.

If your child or young person would like to have their photo taken in our Sunshine and Smiles T-shirts, just say hello to Kerry on the day!

Please let Kerry know if you wish for your child or young person to not be photographed.

The first photo shoot day will be this Saturday at Stainbeck Community Hall at the Speech and Language Groups.

Once all the photos have been collected, the 2019 Sunshine & Smiles Calendar will be created and available for families to purchase! The perfect Christmas gift!!

Get smiling! 🙂