21 Together Community Production of ‘A Million Dreams’

21 Together Community Production of ‘A Million Dreams’

Proud to present a 21 Community Project of ‘A Million Dreams’

We are proud to present the first ever film by 21 Together to launch our WDSD19 events. Everyone one has dreams and this film is about showing the world that with the right support and the right community attitudes our children and young people really can achieve their dreams. Big thank you to all the families and schools that got involved.

Black Tie Event for World Down’s syndrome week!

Black Tie Event for World Down’s syndrome week!


Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour to celebrate the finale of World Down’s Syndrome Week and the work of 21 Together.

We are hosting a black tie event to raise much needed funds to support the vital work that 21 Together does with the whole Down’s syndrome community. Providing specialist courses, awareness sessions, parent support, direct interventions with our children and young people; relies on the amazing support we receive from you all.
Without a doubt, 21 Together is only able to provide the help and support needed because of the generosity of our supporters. Your kindness has allowed us to help so many families and young people. We can be there for families at the toughest of times and celebrate the achievements of their children and young people. Those moments that may seem tiny to some, can feel huge for our familie. We bring the community together for support and celebration. Our families face so many challenges; there are desperately hard times, but there also moments of joy. Seeing our children and young people overcome their challenges and making great leaps in independence just shows how important your support has been over the last two years. The team have had the priviledge of being part of so many special moments and that is all down to the amazing support we have had from individuals and our corporate supporters. You are all very much part of team 21 Together, without you none of this could happen.
It promises to be a fun-filled night, a time to celebrate the success of the last few years, and we would be honoured if you could join us.
When and Where:
Saturday 23rd March
Village Hotel Maidstone
Forstal Road
ME14 3AQ
6:30pm Red Carpet and Reception Drinks
1:00am Carriages
Tables are available to purchase through the website and seat up to 12 people. Individual tickets can be purchased at £70 per ticket by emailing admin@21together.org.uk.
Tickets Include:
Reception Drink
Three Course Meal including half bottle of wine per person
Charity Auction
Live Band


How and What to Donate

Not everyone will be able to make it to the night. But don’t despair, you can still be part of the night! We are looking for donations of awesome prizes for our on the night auction/raffle or if you would just like to show your support you can head to our giving page via the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/21Together.
We look forward to seeing you there.
To book you table just head to the booking page.

Parallel London

Parallel London

Join 21 Together at Parallel London this September

 What is Parallel London?

Parallel London is the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Parallel London is designed for all ages and abilities; anybody can take part in one of the five distances (10km, 5km, 1km, Super Sensory 1km, 100m) and is set in the majestic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Parallel London is a fully inclusive event and is not just for people who have a disability. Events are push or run events so are fully inclusive of children or adults who are unable to walk. There really is something for everyone.

For more information about Parallel London click here www.parallellondon.com

As well as the 5 distance events going on there is also a huge family festival taking place. The festival is free, for more information visit parallellondon.com/the-festival/

When is Parallel London?

It is on Sunday 3rd September 2017

How is 21 Together joining Parallel London?

We are very proud to announce that as a charity we have signed up to Parallel London. With your help, we are putting together a team of children, families, friends and colleagues to take part in this fantastic event. This is a brilliant opportunity for us all to come together, have a fun day out and fundraise for 21 Together.

We are giving tickets away for this event. In return all we ask is that you raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship per family or £25 per place. We hope people can try and raise as much as possible to support our work providing super low cost training, therapy groups and coffee mornings to our community. Each day of therapy we run costs approximately £700, all the admin and on the day help is done by volunteers. To be able to continue funding this type of support we need our whole community to get behind us and help us reach our goals. After all, we are all in this together.

Please don’t book via their website as we have already purchased the tickets for team 21 together.

Be part of Team 21 Together! What you need to do:

  1. Set up your own Virgin Giving Fundraising Page by clicking here Set up my Virgin Giving Page This is simple to do – honestly!
  2. Email us at info@21together.org.uk and let us know how many adults, how many children and how many under 5’s will be attending and include the link to your fundraising page.
  3. We will then email you a link so you can sign up for the distance/s of your choice.
  4. Get as many of your family members, friends and colleagues to join Team 21 Together. Bring your friends from school work and home. They too can set up a Virgin Giving Page exactly like you did and can join us on the day.

If you do not want to use the virgin money giving page then please contact us for details of how to take part. If you prefer to use paper sponsorship forms then you can download these here. Click here to download.

Lets show the world that our loved ones with Down’s syndrome are not an isolated group of people but part of a complete and vibrant community.


As Parallel London is fast approaching we wanted to share some of the final details. 

Your Race Pack
You will be receiving your race pack in the post from Tuesday 29th August, this will contain your race number and timing device.


Getting to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Parallel London’s start/finish area and festival is located in the south side of the Park, on the South Lawn, opposite the Arcelor Mittal Orbit sculpture.

By Tube or Train 

The nearest train, tube and bus stops are at Stratford and Stratford International, both of which provide step-free access from entrance to platform. If you are travelling across or from Central London, we recommend using the Jubilee Line.
It’s approximately a 15-min walk to the start line and festival site from Stratford Station and we’ll be providing an accessible shuttle service from the station for those who wish to use it. If you decide to walk from the station, there’ll be volunteers stationed along the route should you need any help with equipment or directions.Accessible shuttle from jubilee platform at Stratford station
Our accessible shuttles, which have wheelchair lifts, will meet participants and spectators at the Jubilee platform 13 and drop them at the start line/festival site. This service is brought to you by Ealing Community Trust and will be on hand to return you to the station after you have enjoyed the challenges and the free family festival.

Visiting by car or coach
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is 30 minutes from the M25 however parking is extremely limited at QEOP. We have a small amount of blue badge parking spaces available located behind the London stadium. To reserve your space please email contact@parallellondon.com with your name registration number, vehicle type and contact number.

There is also a multi-story car park situated 15 minutes’ walk/push from the site at Westfield Stratford City, E20 1EJ. Westfield Stratford City car parks A, B and C have blue badge bays. Over height blue badge vehicles up to 2.4m maximum height can park in the blue badge area of Car Park A on the Lower Ground Floor (Level P1). Car park B is located closest to site.

Race Times
Participant registration will open at 8.00 am
Make sure you get to the coloured start area in good time.

• Participants for the 10km will set off at 10.00am from the black start area
• Participants for the 5km will set off at 11.00am from the blue start area
• Participants for the 1km will set off at 11.30am from the orange start area
• Participants for the 1km Super Sensory Run will set off at 12.00am from the yellow start area
• Participants for the 100m will set off at 12:40pm from the green start area
The Route
After the Race 
You will receive your medal and T-shirt after the race and we hope you’ll make the very most of the day enjoying  the free festival, running from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

The O’Keefe Group – 21 Togethers First Corporate Partner

The O’Keefe Group – 21 Togethers First Corporate Partner

We are delighted to announce that The O’Keefe Group have become our first corporate partner. Helen, Jo and Sarah the 21 Together Trustees recently joined the O’Keefe Leadership team for a wonderful drinks reception hosted by the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce (www.sevenoakschamber.com) at the stunning St Clere Estate and walked away with a cheque for £800 courtesy of a well supported raffle.

The O’Keefe Group is a Civil Engineering Contracting business providing a range services to public, private and residential sectors of the construction Industry predominantly in London and the South East. Founded in 1970 as a small groundworks company, the Group has grown to become a £75m integrated engineering business recognised as an expert in our fields.

The O’Keefe Group have a wide range of services and are well placed for continued profitable growth in the highly competitive construction market due to their on-going commitment to training, innovation and investment.


Engie employee Andrew Doubtfire helps 21 Together

Engie employee Andrew Doubtfire helps 21 Together

21 Together Has Extra Team Member

On a normal working day Andrew Doubtfire (pictured above) can be found at his desk in Canary Wharf working for Engie but last week Andrew kindly joined Team 21 to assist us at our two days Numicon Training in Herne Bay.

Engie allow each employee two days a year to help a charity – and luckily for us Andy volunteered to help 21 Together.

Andy made himself indispensable, he was a chauffer, organised our buffet lunch, was a hostess, lugged our heavy resource boxes and very importantly during the training collated our feedback from previous courses. Andy is a whizz on excel so we now have lots of collated statistics which demonstrate the clear positive impact our training courses are having in the community – which come with very clever bar graphs and pie charts! This information is key for when we apply for grants in the future as we need to be able to demonstrate the impact we are having.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Andy, you made a fabulous addition to our team and to Engie for allowing us to borrow him.


Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings

Taking time for you.


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. 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 we can answer completely honestly and know they will not stand in judgement.


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 Brother eviction. A time that can be whatever the community needs it to be.


Team 21 Together

So come and join us at our first 21 Together coffee morning, a time to 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 to the charity.  Now, 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, college or all grown up, then come along and enjoy the time to meet with friends.

VENUE: Godmersham & Crundale Village Hall.

DATE: Wednesday 22nd February  from 10am until 12noon


Let us know if you can make it on the Facebook Event or email us info@21together.org.uk so we make sure the biscuits aren’t in short supply! If you can’t let us know then just turn up on the day.

The London Marathon – Emily to fundraise for 21 Together

The London Marathon – Emily to fundraise for 21 Together

Emily applied for the London Marathon not thinking she would actually be allocated a place but she got in! She has only ever run a half marathon before, so this is big challenge for her, but hey, how hard can an extra 13 miles be?! She has gruelling training schedule which is fitting around a full time job and her own family.

Emily has lived in Kent most of her life, but now lives in Mitcham near Croydon and  has many friends both in Kent and London. Emily is running the London Marathon to fundraise for 21 Together as it is a charity particularly close to her heart.

In 2007 a very close friend who lives in Kent had a little girl with Down’s syndrome.  Emily and her family play a big part in her life and this is why she is passionate about raising awareness of Down’s syndrome and making Down’s syndrome training accessible and affordable for everyone.

So please support Emily and 21 Together by sponsoring her  Click here to sponsor Emily




School children near Liverpool fundraise for 21 Together

School children near Liverpool fundraise for 21 Together


Three school children who live in St Helen’s near Liverpool were given the task to raise awareness of their chosen charity and fundraise for that charity within school. Alyssa, aged 9, pictured here on the right has a cousin in Kent who has Down’s syndrome, so along with her friends Libby and Olivia they decided to fundraise for 21 Together.

Over many weeks, they prepared and practised their factual and informative talk about Down’s syndrome and then delivered it during an assembly. They organised a raffle in school and also put in some money from their own money boxes! Altogether they raised an amazing £47.23

The money will help us to continue delivering vital training in Kent, providing support and raising awareness of Down’s syndrome.

Libby, Olivia and Alyssa – you are an inspiration! Thank you for all your hard work.