21 Together receieve a cheque for £1050.00 from John Lewis

21 Together receieve a cheque for £1050.00 from John Lewis

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Over the last 3 months the local community has been supporting 21 Together and posting their green tokens into the Community Slot in John Lewis. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all those who supported us with tokens and spread the word to families and friends. They have raised a whooping £1050.00, this will go towards running more courses for families and professionals and helping us raise awareness in the local area.

 

21 Together relies entirely on public support so if you are able to support us, had over to our fundraising page.

 

The Bay Trust in Dover – Our first offical sponsor!

The Bay Trust in Dover – Our first offical sponsor!

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The Bay Trust, Kent’s Hidden Gem

We want to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to the Bay Trust in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover. They are kindly sponsoring the Wills and Trusts Training on Sunday 22nd January 2017.

They have given us free use the Pines Calyx eco-venue and are providing refreshments as well!

What is the Pines Calyx?

The Pines Calyx is a truly unique, sustainable venue set 6 acres of organic gardens. It is the first venue in Europe to be designed and built using the principles of cradle-to-cradle design, combining the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. To understand more about how this building connects to the wider context of the Trust’s work read on…

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Who are the Bay Trust and what do they do?

The Bay Trust is an environmental education charity based at two campuses between Dover and Deal. Their mission is to empower children and adults to work towards a healthy, low impact way of living.

When you visit, everything around you is about reconnecting with the natural world. Their inspiring spaces include dedicated outdoor classrooms, the award winning Pines Calyx, and an organic garden and tea room. All these projects involve cooperating with nature to improve the biodiversity of the land they manage. They would not exist without the efforts of their dedicated trustees, staff and volunteers as well as the organisations they are partnered with.

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Many different groups benefit from coming and using their facilities. Mainstream and special schools can visit for drop in sessions or week long residential stays. Adults with additional needs and the long term unemployed come daily to engage in gardening and admin skills. Individual learners from local colleges can take advantage of formal apprenticeships. These include horticulture and organic land management as well as skills in accounting and marketing for the third sector.

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All of the programmes they offer are designed to enhance self awareness, nurture productive relationships and help manage personal or social challenges. These could range from limited opportunities, ill health, exclusion from mainstream education or simply a transition between different stages in life. Supporting people and the environment they inhabit is at the heart of what they do.

The venue is offered free of charge to local charities like 21 Together for 3 days every month. Please contact Simon McGhie on 01304 851 737 or via www.baytrust.org.uk to check availability and discuss T&C’s

Thank you Bay Trust for supporting 21 Together and the Kent community!

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Waitrose Ashford Community Matters Slot – And who is this lovely lady?

Waitrose Ashford Community Matters Slot – And who is this lovely lady?

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21 Together has a Community Matters green token slot during October

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Waitrose in Ashford is kindly supporting 21 Together and we have a Community Matters Green Token Slot which is live NOW! The slot will be there during October and we will get a share of £1000 based on the amount of tokens in our slot.

So if you are popping in for a bit of shopping or a coffee we would be really grateful if you could support us and post your green token in our slot. Thank you everyone!

But, who did we spot shopping in Waitrose?  This lovely lady has a very important role within 21 Together. She is our official photographer Jurgita Barton.

Jurgita is a professional photographer and friend who has supported 21 Together from the beginning. She took the photographs which have formed our website and spent all day taking pictures at our Launch Day in May. Jurgita has always given her expertise and time for free and we cannot thank her enough.

This time we made her pose for the camera rather than being behind it!

 

 

Charity Lunch Success

Charity Lunch Success

image3Big thanks to Jane and Alastair, Sarah’s lovely parents-in-law, who hosted a fundraising lunch for 50 of their friends at their home in Grafton Underwood. Everyone had a great time and they raised a phenomenal £1500.

 

21 Together relies on our community helping us to raise funds to ensure we can keep providing high quality, affordable and local training for everyone that supports a person with Down’s syndrome.  As well as your help to keep building and delivering our awareness campaigns. We are hoping to expand our univeristy sessions into early years and education as well as midwifery.  It means that we can move forward and explore new ways of supporting our community. There is so much we can do to raise expectations within our community and to build awareness outside our community. However, to succeed we need YOUR support.

 

If you feel you could help us raise funds then please see the fundraising page for more information about how you can help.

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New date for Early years and primary education course

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AMAZING NEWS!

Due to popular demand we have added an additional date to our Early Years and Primary Education course in September in Canterbury. DON’T MISS OUT, places are filling up fast!

We are excited to say we have had such an overwhelming response to our Early Years and Primary Education course, that we had to turn people away. With a large waiting list, team 21 Together sat down to decide what to do.

When we started 21 Together we had a vision where everyone could access the vital training needed to support people with Down’s syndrome. Having a list of people who were going to miss out just doesn’t sit well with us. So, we have stepped up, rushed around and organised a second date. Please join us on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at Hall Place Enterprise Centre, Harbledown, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9AG for a great day learning how to support children with Down’s syndrome through early years and primary school.

Our fabulous secretary Helen who handles all the applications is spinning around in circles to make sure everyone can get booked on.  Team 21 Together wanted to take this chance to thank Helen for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make these courses come together. Don’t miss out again and sign up now!

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HELEN WILLCOX

Secretary Extraordinaire

 

 

 

National Citizen Service Group raise an amazing £578.84

National Citizen Service Group raise an amazing £578.84

 

National Citizen Group in Ashford Fundraise for 21 Together

 

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The National Citizen Group in Ashford had seven days to organise a fundraising event to support a charity of their choice. We were very lucky as they chose to support 21 Together! But they didn’t do just one event, they did two. On gaining sponsorship from family and friends, the team ran the 5k Ashford Park Run on Saturday 13th August. The following day they organised a Fun Day at the CXK building in Ashford. They ran many stalls, these included, hook the duck, glitter tattoos, throw the balls, biscuit decorating, name the teddy, a cake stall, a raffle, and leg waxing for the boys, for a donation – painful but funny!

With all their effort and hard work they managed to raise an amazing £578.84 Thank you each and every one of you for all your support.

 

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Midwife Awareness Session

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21 Together are working hard in the local community to raise awareness and to truly effect change within areas like health, education and social care. We are running a programme in partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University to raise awareness of the positive impacts of people with Down’s Syndrome but also their needs and the needs of those who support them.

Most of us will have that moment of diagnosis imprinted on our souls forever, some of us have great stories to tell. Compassionate midwives and doctor’s, well informed and patient professionals who led us through a difficult time. Some of us have different stories to tell. Professionals who fell short or just plain didn’t know what to do.  Was the moment of diagnosis rushed, did you feel unsupported? Those moments can never be re lived. Those emotions are with us forever. We have worked with professionals and families and what is very clear is that we all want to get it right; but how?

That is why WE NEED YOU! As part of our awareness campaign 21 Together is running a session for undergraduate midwives at Canterbury Christchurch University. The session is based around parents sharing their own personal story in any way they wish. We discuss what we were like before we had a diagnosis, how we were given a diagnosis, what that diagnosis meant to us, what does our journey look like. We also appreciate if people can share a bit about what their life is like now. We want to give the professionals a real idea of what our loved ones can achieve and what a positive impact they are on our lives. However, we also want people to know the harder things, the things that make it tough. If we want professionals to truly understand what we as families need then they need the whole truth. 21 Together do not hold any stance on peoples own choices during this difficult time, we believe that every individual should make their own choice. BUT. We are passionate that those decisions are made with all the information, not decisions made out of fear!

Can you help us to help the professionals of the future really understand what our lives look like and how they can help us? If there was one thing you could go back and tell the professionals who worked with you, what would it be? Those parents who have already shared their stories come away feeling empowered, it’s not an easy thing to do but those who have already been part of the programme have said it was “cathartic”, “empowering”, “supportive” and “fulfilling”. We ask that everything said in the session is confidential so people feel they are able to share the more delicate aspects of their journey. We don’t judge, we listen and we hope with a variety of different journeys and different decisions we can make a real impact on the practice of the professionals of the future.

Our next session is on Monday 24th October 2016 10am-2pm and is being held at the Medway Campus. If you would like to come along then please email us at info@21together.org.uk or send us a message on the Facebook Page.

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Working with the student midwives at Canterbury Christchurch University
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Kelly sharing her story

 

Jason Brown is taking on The Great North Run

Jason Brown is taking on The Great North Run

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Great North Run 2016

Jason Brown is supporting 21 Together by competing in the Great North Run

Jason is competing in the Great North Run on Sunday 11th September 2016 to raise funds for 21 Together to support our work.  Jason is the proud father of two wonderful children, Harry and Maeve. Harry is an incredible little boy who also happens to have been born with Down’s syndrome.

The Great North Run is the UK’s biggest half marathon which has full TV coverage. It is 13.1 miles long, and is run from Newcastle to Gateshead.  If you tune in you might actually spot Jason! He has been training hard at every opportunity and he would love to beat the two hour mark.

Please support Jason on his run by DONATING here.

Thank you Jason for your amazing support and we wish you the best of luck.

If you would like to do an event to support 21 together then please get in touch on info@21together.org.uk or just set up an online fundraising page.

 

 

Growing Up – Puberty, Sexuality, Relationships and Age Appropriate Behaviour

Growing Up – Puberty, Sexuality, Relationships and Age Appropriate Behaviour

GREAT NEWS

Feedback told us that our members wanted a course on puberty, sexuality, relationships and age appropriate behaviour. So team 21 Together went about finding the perfect course. This course will cover lots of aspects including puberty, however even those with younger (school age) children will find it useful as it explains all the early building blocks to put in place to make these life transitions easier.  This course is solely for parents, carers and home support workers so people can chat about their own experiences and support each other through these sometimes tricky times. Come along for some great professional advice over a cuppa. Limited places available so sign up now.

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Course: Growing Up – Puberty, Sexuality, Relationships and Age Appropriate Behaviour.

(Please note this course is for parents, carers and home support staff only)

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016

Time: Registration from 9.30am-10am. Course starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm

Venue: Canterbury Christchurch University, Room NT09, Newtown Building, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU. Parking is available free of charge either on site or in the road

Cost: No charge. Members will be given priority. You will be able to buy a light lunch in the college coffee shop.

Trainer: Cecilie Mackinnon from Downs Ability

Course Details:

Understanding the importance of starting early on helping children to understand about bodies, boundaries and appropriate social behaviuor. Practical ideas and resources to enable children to develop healthy, safe relationships and enjoy good self-esteem and an active social life.

Click here to book your place.

Don’t forget to become a member. Although courses are open to non-members, members will be given priority so we cannot confirm your place until nearer the date to ensure our members get their place. Membership is free and we have a variety of different membership options including, parent/carer, professional, person with Down’s syndrome etc.

John Lewis Ashford Community Matters Slot

John Lewis Ashford Community Matters Slot

John Lewis Ashford

Community Matters Green Token Slot

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John Lewis in Ashford is kindly supporting 21 Together and we have a Community Matters Green Token Slot which is live NOW! The slot will be there until September and we will get a share of £3000 based on the amount of tokens in our slot.

So if you are popping in for a spot of shopping or a coffee we would be really grateful if you could support us and post your green token in our slot. Thanks everyone!