Thank You Churwell Primary School

Thank You Churwell Primary School

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.

Thank you to Churwell Primary school who raised an amazing £476.39 for Sunshine & Smiles – we were delighted when Lucy and some of her classmates came in to 21 Co. to present this cheque to James and the 21 Co. team. Thank you so much!

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/

 

 

Our Raffle Winner Is…

Our Raffle Winner Is…

Congratulations to Katie Matthews who is the lucky winner of the Aria Diffuser and the Neal’s Yard Remedies essential oils!

francisWe wanted to raise money in March to celebrate World Down Syndrome day, and so opened up the raffle to the public with each ticket costing £1.

Thank you everyone for taking part! We have raised £86.50 that will go to Sunshine and Smiles Down Syndrome Support Group.

Thank you Francis for drawing the winner, and thanks to Adela for donating the diffuser 🙂

 

This Morning – The Café That’s Changing Lives

This Morning – The Café That’s Changing Lives

This Morning visited our Café!

If you missed the video that broadcast this week on ITV, then click on the link below to see what happened when we made it onto a national TV show.

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We couldn’t believe it when we were asked if This Morning could venture up to Leeds to do a story on our new Shop & Café, and with excitement came nerves! As a small charity we try our best to raise awareness of why we’re offering a service in Leeds to support families who have a child with Down Syndrome, but we weren’t sure if we were ready for national coverage. However, the team who came up to film were lovely and our inbox hasn’t stopped pinging since the feature went out!

We want to say a huge thank you to This Morning for sharing our story, and also to every person behind all the lovely messages we’ve recently received, it means so much to know that people are cheering us on.

We Thank You For Helping Create 21 Co.

We Thank You For Helping Create 21 Co.

It’s nearly 3 weeks since we opened our Shop and Café, 21 Co. and we can’t quite believe the amount of support we’ve received.

We want to reach out and thank everyone who has been a part of our journey so far, whether it’s a donation, volunteering, or popping in to see how we’re doing. It all means so much. Not forgetting the amount of coverage we’ve received locally, nationally, and internationally on radio, TV, and online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The idea of offering young adults who have Down Syndrome opportunities to gain work experience had always been a distant dream of ours, one we didn’t think we’d be able to achieve within 5 years of becoming a charity. This is only the beginning of something great, and we only hope that we can continue to develop our café and to ensure other young adults who have Down Syndrome are given the same opportunities.

Thank you so much…

Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust, Wesleyan Foundation, St Chad’s Parish Fund, Wades Charity, Anton Jurgens Trust, Sir George Martin Trust, Cielo Coffee Roasters, Now Then Sunshine, Ark Display, Headingley Development Trust, Phoenix & Wolfe Accountancy, Wendy Jones-Blackett, Leeds Live, Metro, The Independent, Sky News, BBC Yorkshire, North Leeds Mumbler, Yorkshire Evening Post, Homestyle UK, CNN, Coffee House Magazine, Earth, Wit & Style Magazine, and This Morning.

How did it happen?

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.

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Ailith Harley-Roberts, service manager at Sunshine & Smiles said,

National statistics show that only 17 per cent of all adults with a learning disability are in paid employment. Clearly, it can be difficult for the young people we support to get the work experience and training they need to secure jobs.

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

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Friday 08:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

For updates on 21 Co. why not follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Made With Music Mini Gig with Cakes by Cafe 21

Made With Music Mini Gig with Cakes by Cafe 21

An accessible, family friendly gig at Leeds’ best loved music venue!

Thanks to a grant from Leeds Inspired and support from HA!Music and the Brudenell Social Club, Made with Music have designed a Mini-Gig for the whole family to enjoy.

The gig will feature three contrasting acts performing a 20 minute set, introduced by a presenter who will tell you about the performers and the music. You will also be able to meet the musicians and have a go at some multi-sensory activities.

You can read more here: Made with Music Mini Gig

As if that wasn’t good enough… we are excited that Cafe 21 will be working alongside Made with Music at the gig with our pop up cake stall, selling delicious, fresh, homemade cakes to enjoy while you boogie long with the performances.

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: www.phoenixandwolf.co.uk