Venue: Brook Village Hall, Brook, Kent, TN25 5PE
Date: 25th February 2019
10am – 10:30am Sign and Sign
10:30am -12:30pm parent support group
Theme: Sign and Sign special for the first 30 mins and then our usual parent support group follows on.
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.
Upcoming dates in 2019 are:
Venue: Brogdale Farm, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ
Date: 21st March 2019 – World Down’s syndrome day special.
Time: 10am – 12noon
Theme: Coping with Life – Guest speakers from Mind coming in for practical advice and some treats for us all. Babies and young children very welcome as always but this session is all about the grown ups!
Venue: Windchimes Resource Centre, Reynolds Close, Mickleburgh Hill, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6DS
Date: 10th May 2019
Time: 10am – 12noon
Theme: Sensory room