Family Summer Trip – Skelton Grange Enviroment Centre – 8th August 2018

Family Summer Trip – Skelton Grange Enviroment Centre – 8th August 2018

We are very excited that we have a full day of fun and activities planned at Skelton Grange environment centre on 8th August … you can see more about the centre here:

We will be doing den building, mini beast hunts, exploring the sensory garden, pond dipping and much more.. the trip will be suitable for all ages as we can explore the wonderful centre and grounds as well as doing the activities … siblings are also welcome!

Please let us know if you would like places for the trip by emailing: – please let us know how many children & adults will be coming and also if you need transport to come along.

Family Swim Session – Bramley Baths

Family Swim Session – Bramley Baths

The pool has been hired for our exclusive use and everyone is welcome to come along, all ages and siblings welcome.

Feel free to come for as long or short a dip as you would like.

We have some individual 15 minute structured teaching lessons that you can now book in advance – please email if you would like to book a lesson with Sharon or Callum

The lessons will run throughout the session but everyone is free to swim in the rest of the pool for the whole session.

There is just one pool with a shallow end and deep end. There are changing rooms right on the poolside or more changing rooms just off the swimming pool area.

There is a balcony area for spectators which is reached by a flight of steps … there is no lift access to the balcony area.

Please also help us to monitor attendance and the demand for the sessions by completing the register which will be on the poolside at each session.

Yard Sale & Garden Fun – Social Action Day with the National Citizen Service

Yard Sale & Garden Fun – Social Action Day with the National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a project for 15 – 17 year olds to encourage them to learn new skills, build confidence and work as a team to benefit a local community organisation.

This will be the 3rd time we have worked in partnership with NCS and this Thursday, 2nd August, the team who are working with us will be helping us have a garden tidy & then good sort out in the hall & loft in the morning.

Then from 1pm we will be holding a Pay As You Feel Yard Sale at Stainbeck Community Hall along with some activities in the garden.

We would love to see you there to support the project, enjoy the garden and bag yourself a bargain!

The NCS Team getting prepared

Sunshine & Smiles – Featured in The Week Junior

Sunshine & Smiles – Featured in The Week Junior

We were delighted that Sunshine & Smiles were featured in The Week Junior as their Charity of the Week!

The Week Junior is a national current affairs magazine for children & young people and encourages children to explore and understand the world around them.

Aiyana Harley-Roberts, sister to Thalia, wrote into the magazine to tell them about Sunshine & Smiles and her letter was chosen last week.

Thank you Aiyana, what a star you are!

World Down Syndrome Congress 2018

WDSC Glasgow
Lauren, Ruth, Ailith

On Friday 27th July our Speech & Language therapists, Ruth Mercer & Lauren Drake, and our Service Manager, Ailith Harley-Roberts, travelled to Glasgow for the final day of the 2018 World Down Syndrome Congress.

They were presenting at the congress to share the Sunshine & Smiles model of Speech & Language groups, one of our core pillars and a vital support to children & young people with Down syndrome. The presentation was very well received with many groups & professionals attending and asking questions.

It was also a day with so much to pack in – presentations & seminars on so many different subjects from people all over the world.

Highlights of the day were two talks by young women with Down syndrome, Kylie Scott & Olivia Hargroder, sharing their personal experiences and their determination for inclusion & accessibility across the world.

Our favourite quotes:

“Don’t make decisions about me, without me” – Kylie Scott

“All children are born optimistic” – Olivia Hargroder

We also saw talks on inclusion in school for children & young people with Down syndrome, sexual health & relationships and apps that are helping with cognitive assessments for children.

Ruth picked out a quote from the Inclusion talk that really stood out: “the support & adaptations we make for our children &young people with Down Syndrome have benefit for all students’

The day was overwhelmingly positive & affirming with so many people from around the world coming together to share expertise and experience.

We saw so much potential & energy and as Lauren said ‘an example of how society should be functioning’.

The closing speech by Brian Skotko summed up so well; we are a community and we are are all working & fighting for the same things, we need to continue to do this together to be as strong a force as possible to create & be the change we want to see in the world.

The next World Down Syndrome Congress will be held in Dubai in 2020.