Today (21.03.13) HDSSG celebrated World Down Syndrome Day. We were not alone! We were thrilled with the support of local businesses, schools, families and friends that embraced the day with us. Our local newspaper the Huddersfield Examiner featured us in their paper (read here) Many wore lots of socks, some baked cakes and some spread awareness and information via their websites or displays.
Shabang Theatre had produced many free resources that they sent out to schools in Kirklees to use in assemblies or citizenship classes. Including the brilliant ‘Like A Rainbow’ video that features many of our members. Kim also baked a scrummy looking cake, check out the cake with an even scrummier looking HDSSG member Jonah!
One local school – Thurstonland First School – went all out, and as well as holding a special assembly for the occasion they invited all the pupils to wear lots of socks too! HDSSG member Poppy and her school friends took this amazing picture!
Huddersfield New College put up this great display for all to see in their reception. It features HDSSG member Martha, (looking great in her ballet tutu) and her mum Tracey as well as our posters and some really useful information from the Down’s Syndrome Association as part of awareness week on visual acuity.
Best Buggy an online pushchair review company also spread the word on World Down Syndrome Day by creating a striking photo montage of son Toby and posting a wonderful blog on their website which included loads of great links and also the Shabang ‘Like A Rainbow’ video which Toby features in. Their posts and pictures were shared with some of the biggest pushchair manufacturers in the world! How’s that for spreading awareness! You can take a look at the Best Buggy website by clicking their logo >>
Locala Community Partnerships provides NHS community services to over 400,000 people in Kirklees and beyond. They are a Community Interest Company (CIC) independent, not for profit social enterprise. The staff at Locala got into the spirit by wearing odd socks to work and sharing lots of pictures on the social networking sites! Find out more about locala by visiting their website. Thank you for your support guys!
Martha attends Wilberlee school in Slaithwaite. It may be a small school but boy they don’t do things by halves. It was like an explosion in a sock factory in her school today! As well as wearing lots of socks pupils took part in crafty activities with socks too… Socktastic! Top of the class Wilberlee!!
Lowerhouses CE (VC) JI&EY School had a non-uniform day today as well as wearing odd socks “to emphasise all our uniqueness and celebrate our differences as well as to make explicit the fact though we all look different we all have the same feelings and needs.” …Check out HDSSG members Ben & Tess taking centre stage in their HDSSG tops! Inclusion Co-ordinator and Nursery Teacher Stan White delivered an awareness assembly and the pupils looked at some pictures from the DSA’s Shifting Perspectives exhibitions as well as watching HDSSG members Max Lockwood and Jack Drennen’s Deckchair Rehearsal from Shabang’s Up-Club. Excellent work Lowerhouses!
And finally massive thanks to our fantastic members, friends, colleagues, families who got their socks out for World Down Syndrome Day. Check out our montage of people rocking their socks for the 21st March.