Coffee Mornings

Venue: Aylesford Village Community Centre, 24 Forstal Road, Aylesford, ME20 7AU

Date: Wednesday 20th June

Time: 10am – 12noon

Speaker: IASK – We support families of children and young people (0 – 25 years) with special educational needs or disabilities. We hope to empower children/young people and their parents to make informed choices about their children’s education, other outcomes and communicate confidently.

Drop by for a cuppa and  a slice of cake – we would love to see you there.

 

How many of us are guilty of making everything about everyone else in our lives?

Having a person with Down’s syndrome within the family can mean that our needs as parents can get forced to the bottom of the list. Just over a year ago, four friends got together and talked about what we wanted the charity to be, whom it would serve and how it would work. What came across to us was that we were all searching for something that put parents and carers at the forefront. A charity that worked for them and their loved ones. We felt we had opportunities to access family days out with the children through existing charities. What we valued about our time together, as adults, was a vital space to share and support each other. Creating 21 Together gave us the space to be with other people who understood our world, we didn’t need to clarify anything we said, or worry that people understood the context of our gripe. We could truly celebrate those proud moments and when times were tough, people really understood what we were going through. That moment when one of the team would say ‘how are you’ and I can answer completely honestly and know they will not stand in judgement.

21 Together truly believe that those people around the person with Down’s syndrome are just as important to us as a charity as the person with Down’s syndrome. It is important to us, to provide support for everyone in our community. We want to create a space where we can come together to share our stories, share our lives and sometimes not share at all. A place where we can talk about our loved ones, or simply talk about the latest big plot in your favourite shows. A time that can be whatever the community need it to be.

So come and join us at our coffee morning, a time to just come and see what it is all about. A time to let us know what you, as a community would like us to do next. A great opportunity to feedback your views in to the charity. Having said this time is all about parents and carers, we know all too well (some of us still have pre-schoolers at home) that some of you will still have children at home and we encourage you to bring them along. We will have some toys dotted around and children are encouraged to play while you chat. If your children are at school, then come along and enjoy the time to meet with friends.