Yorkshire 3 Peaks 2019 – Join Us!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks 2019 – Join Us!

Please help us to raise much needed funds to sustain all of the groups & activities that we currently run and to help us meet the ongoing demand for Speech & Language sessions and develop other areas of support such as Education Health & Care plans, physiotherapy & occupational therapy.

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The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a demanding but rewarding walk which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres – 2,276 feet), Whernside (736 metres – 2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (723 metres 2,372 feet) all in one circular route. There is no set starting point, but the vast majority of walkers start at Horton in Ribblesdale, taking in the summits in the order shown above. The walk is 24.5 miles (39.2km) long and takes in approximately 5,000 feet (1,600 metres) of climbing. The walking is over a variety of terrains and the paths, especially over the previously boggy sections, have been improved immensely over recent years by work undertaken by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The walk follows a circular route which finishes back at the car park so there is no need for additional transport arrangements. Target walking time is 12 hours. The cost of the day is £40 per person (10% of this will be donated back to Sunshine & Smiles by the walk guide) and this covers pre-challenge support & guidance and an experienced guide, David Wilson, throughout the day itself.

You can set up your own, or a team, fundraising page via our Local Giving site: https://localgiving.org/charity/sunshineandsmiles/

Let us know if you would like to join us by contacting ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk. There’s also more information on the Facebook page, here! 

Here’s a snapshot of our walk in 2017!

Ruth’s Monday Speech & Language – Blue Groups

Ruth’s Monday Speech & Language – Blue Groups

Small group sessions delivered by Highly Specialist NHS Speech & Language Therapist, Ruth Mercer.

Speech groups

Please note these are not drop in sessions – if you are interested in a place in our Speech & Language groups please contact us.

Email: ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk

Telephone: 07902 054355

Thank you! See you on Monday 

6-Week Makaton Baby Sign Course

Come and join us for a Makaton Baby Sign Group at 21 Co. Shop & Café!

Our Service Manager, Ailith and Session Support Worker, Ania will be hosting the event for families with children aged 6-12 months old, who have Down Syndrome.

If you would like to attend this free 6-week session please email ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk with your name and how many will be attending.

Please note: this is not a drop in session. If you are unable to book onto this course we will be hosting others. Please email Ailith if you are interested in future courses.

What is Makaton?

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.

Read more here!

Juniors Football Session

Juniors Football Session

Come and join us at Football World Leeds from 10am to 11am, and join two coaches, Simon & Mark for our Junior FC sessions for ages 4 to 9-years-old.

This session is lots of fun but also has structure, and focuses on learning and developing physical skills, increasing confidence and being part of a team.

If you have a child who is older than 9-years-old, we also have an intermediate session which runs on different Sunday’s, for people up to 16-years-old. Please see our calendar for dates.

Danceworks Sessions Age 4-10 Years

Danceworks Sessions Age 4-10 Years

Our Dancework sessions are run by qualified & experienced dance teacher, Laura Jakes who provides excellent tuition, as well as the support from an amazing group of volunteers.

The main aim for Danceworks is to have fun and enjoy the session, but there is structure to allow children and young people to learn routines. These sessions are aimed at children aged 4 – 10, and will start at 12:45 pm.

On 23rd June, Yeadon Town Hall will host the Danceworks Summer Show and this means rehearsals are more often to prepare for the big day. Thank you Laura for inviting the Sunshine & Smiles group to perform and for choosing to fundraise for us at the Summer Show.

Rehearsal dates:

  • 18th May
  • 8th June
  • 15th June
  • 22nd June

Please let us know if you need transport to attend by contacting: ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk or 07902 054355.

Mini Movers Age 2-8

Mini Movers Age 2-8

Sunshine and Smiles Free Mini Movers Dance Sessions!

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Katie Aynsley, who runs the sessions, has four years’ experience of working with children, young people and adults with disabilities. She has worked towards becoming a freelance dance teacher where she has volunteered, assisted and taught various dance sessions within the community. She now works with local dance organisations Mesh Dance and Phoenix Dance theatre who provide dance within the community for children and young people with additional needs.

Structure of the session

The session is for children aged 2 to 8-years-old, and is structured as follows:

Free play , circle time, hello song, name game, share a movement, warm up, travelling & musical statues, more free play, circle time with a theme, singing, movement/dance activity.

Short break

Movement / dance activity, relaxation, hammock swinging / Laying down, goodbye song.

About the sessions

Using an inclusive approach the Mini Movers Dance Sessions are created to encourage the children to explore their imagination and use their bodies through play and movement. Props, music and singing are used to promote a creative environment where the children can have fun and the sessions are made accessible to all.

Join us!

Mini Movers is a FREE session, so no need to pre book – just turn up and get ready to boogie!

If your child is over 8-years-old, they can join our age 9+ sessions which run alternately 🙂

Early Development Group

Early Development Group

Our Early Development Group for children aged 12 months to 2-years-old.

We will be using tools, resources & techniques from See & Learn, the Early Years Developmental Journal, The Portage Model and linking with our Speech & Language therapists to ensure consistency & continuity.

Our long term aim will be to eventually develop more groups to include all pre-school ages.  If you would be interested in a place for your child in these groups please email ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk or ring 07902 054355.

Extra Information

  • Runs on a Friday morning, every 2 weeks.
  • 1 hour of structured support & learning followed by 30 minutes of social time with snacks.

Deadline Friday to Nominate Sunshine & Smiles for £1000 Award

Deadline Friday to Nominate Sunshine & Smiles for £1000 Award

Votes are open to nominate charities for an Ecclesiastical Movement for Good £1000 award.

A thousand pounds would make such a difference to our families and sessions, and if you would like to nominate us it’s really simple!

  1. Click this link: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/nominate-a-charity/
  2. Enter our charity number: 1154661
  3. Fill in your details
  4. Press nominate!

Votes close this Friday (17th May) so if you can spare 2 minutes to give us the chance of being chosen it would mean so much!

Thank you 🙂

Thank You Moorlands & Leeds Half Runners

Thank You Moorlands & Leeds Half Runners

Every penny donated to Sunshine & Smiles goes 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.

We are so grateful for every donation we receive and it’s those moments of generosity that enable us to continue to support more people every day.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to some people who have recently shown their support.

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Thank you to Moorlands School who took part in the 21 Challenge on Friday 17th May.

Throughout the day children completed sponsored challenges to raise awareness and donations for Sunshine and Smiles. They did 21 minutes of singing in Foxes and Reception, Year 1 dances for 21 minutes, Year 2 created 21 origami penguins, Year 3 saw 21 lengths, Year 4 did a bush tucker trial eating 21 items, Year 5 did a non-stop talking challenge, and Year 6 scavenged for 21 tiny items to fit inside a matchbox. As well as that, all form teachers agreed to have 21 wet sponges thrown at them!

What an amazing effort by the children and teachers at Moorlands, and it means so much for you to tailor your challenges around Chromosome 21. Thank you!

Thank you to Jack Gale, Jessica Jaryckyj, and Matthew Lingard from Walker Morris and Arslaan Butt for running the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 12th May in aid of Sunshine & Smiles. It’s events like this that really raise the profile of our charity and the donations raised make so much difference.

To donate please go to: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/walkermorris/

Thank you to Ailith Harley-Roberts who ran her own “Not Leeds Half Marathon” on Sunday 12th May. Ailith decided to run her own 13.1 miles from 0530am on Sunday morning to raise funds for Sunshine & Smiles. This meant she was able to join the supporters at Leeds Half and cheer our runners along the way.

To donate the Ailith Run, please go to: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/ailithsnotleedshalf/