Celebration Time

Celebration Time

We think it’s worth celebrating how Nottinghamshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group has grown in the past 3 years, and to say thank you to all of you!

Today, we have 300 Facebook members, constituting over 200 families – each one a parent/carer of a child with DS, or a person with DS themselves. In January 2020, before Covid lockdown, NDSSG we had 60 Facebook members.

Now, in less than 3 years, we have 5 times that number! And on top of that, we have 20 or so families who don’t use social media. Each member is a person or a family who uses NDSSG for support, friendship, advice, activities or networking. Or for all of them.

The NDSSG trustees and organising committee have worked so hard the past 3 years to ensure there are loads of good quality opportunities for our members, and that everything we do is done to a high standard.

3 years ago, we were a committee of 3 people, who organised a summer fun day, and Christmas party each year. To be honest, that was pretty much all we did!

Now …

💙 We have 12 trustees and a further 10 people who make up the organising committee.

💗 We run 2 football sessions in Nottingham every week for anyone 5+ years (and are looking to expand this to north Notts)

💙 We run 2 dance sessions in Nottingham each week for anyone 6+ years

💛 We organise 5 big events for all our members every year which take place in different areas of the county

💗 We make at least 2 signed videos to include all our children/adults and promote our group

💙 We create and give new baby packs to all babies born in Notts and work closely with the DS paediatricians

💛 We run a regular baby/toddler group in Nottingham, and do an annual trip with all our U5s families

💗 We have a monthly Saturday drop in in Mansfield

💙 We run monthly activities for our older teenagers (16+) and adults

💛 We have a fab website, as well as social media pages on Instagram and Facebook

💗 We are hoping and planning to produce our own book to give out to all new families, featuring our current members to support, encourage and inspire the readers

💙 We attract funding to cover much of the cost of our activities so we can offer them to you at a very cheap price

💛 And perhaps the biggest thing is we are now a registered charity!

We don’t know about you, but we want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped make this group what it is now, and puts in so much time and effort each week/month.

You are all amazing!