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
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:
We look forward to seeing you there.
To book you table just head to the booking page.

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 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.

New date for Early years and primary education course



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!

Helen Willcox



Secretary Extraordinaire




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 or send us a message on the Facebook Page.

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


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

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


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.

DSA Support and practice in early years and primary

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Do you have a child with Down’s syndrome in your school or coming next year?

We have the course for you and its absolutely free (normally £115 per person). If you don’t know which staff will be teaching them in September then just sign up another member of staff and we can swap the places as soon as you know. Just make sure we know before the day itself to transfer the place. Its open to all school staff and is taking place at the perfect time to ensure your student gets the best start to the new academic year. Check out the course description below.

Support & practice in early years and primary education (4 to 11 years)

Sign up here for your place now. Only limited spaces left. Please become a member, non-members can apply but we cannot confirm your place until nearer the course date as members have priority on all courses. Its free and we have professional membership as well as parents, families and people with Down’s syndrome membership categories.




Launch Day is Almost Here

Launch Day is Almost Here

Launch Day is Almost Here!

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Our official Launch Day and Sponsored Walk is fast approaching and will take place at Shorne Woods Country Park on Sunday 22nd May 2016 from 11am – 3pm. Come and join us in launching the charity and raising funds to support our work.

We have lots going on including….

  • Crafts and activities for the kids whatever their age between 11am – 1pm.
  • Scrummy food to get us pumped and ready for the sponsored walk 11am – 12.30pm.
  • Face painting at the end of the walk.
  • Activity trail with treasure up for grabs at the end on our sponsored walk starting at approx. 12.30pm.
  • Cake sale to feed all those grumbling tummies after our walk.


Lots of you have already got the kiddies their own Virgin Money Giving page. Its super easy to sign up and share with all your friends and family. For lots of little ones the walk is a challenge and I know the children are really proud of the funds they have raised so far. So join up now at our Virgin Money Giving page. If you prefer a sponsor form download it here.

Cake Lovers

Anyone wanting to show off their baking skills, love baking with the kids or simply want to help our cause are very welcome to bring cakes to donate to the sale. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sarah Wildgoose has promised us some of her amazing gluten free chocolate brownies which will certainly be a taste sensation. ( I speak from experience, they are amazing!) If you can let us know if you are planning to donate some cakes that’s great but don’t worry if you haven’t just come along on the day.


Shorne Country Park do charge for parking on the day including blue badge holders, however if you have a blue badge you can pay a reduced rate of £3 for the entire year and covers many of Kent’s country park. Just follow the link to apply (must be done prior to the day)To apply online for your parking pass click here.

21 Together does Gung Ho








Gung-Ho!  is a unique 5k race with ten huge  inflatable obstacles which participants have to navigate their way through. We are asking people to take part in the race to help raise funds. If you would like more information about the event please go to We have a huge range of ages and abilities taking part from children through to marathon runners so no prior experience is necessary.


Check out the fun here!


To get involved you can join our 21 Together team doing the Gung Ho by heading to and entering. You can then join team 21together using the password Down syndrome.  Any practical issues please contact us on

Alternatively, we know throwing yourself around a huge inflatable course is not for everyone. If so please sponsor us and maybe come along to give us a cheer.


Our Virgin Money Giving page is up and running. Just search 21 Together and check out our events. Find us at

New Course: IPSEA – SEND Law Training

New Course: IPSEA – SEND Law Training



Course: IPSEA – SEND Law Training

Date: Friday 17th June 2016

Location: Furley Park Primary Academy, Reed Crescent, Park Farm, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3PA

Time: 9am – 4pm

Course Details:
How to navigate the new legal framework and ensure that your child gets the right educational support to meet their individual needs.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

NO CHARGE. Parents will be given priority.

Click here to book your place.