“What a Wonderful World” – a full colour 2019 calendar by Shabang!

“What a Wonderful World” – a full colour 2019 calendar, which celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion.
Each month features a line from the famous songs plus corresponding Makaton signs & symbols and a whole bunch of wonderful children and young people populating the pages.

(Copies will be available in)October 2018
You can buy your copy here: http://shabang.org.uk
The calendar costs £9.99 – that’s less than £1.00 per month!!!
All proceeds go to Shabang’s Charity for families of children with additional needs (no:1142621)


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Fundraising Shopping Night!

Please share our fundraising shopping evening with your friends. Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group are raising funds for our friends Shabang after their premises were hit by a fire this summer; leaving them unable to use the site and causing the loss of many resources and equipment.

They provide MANY of our HDSSG families with support and activities through the pre school ‘Little Tiddler’ group, the drama club for over 8’s – Up Club & not to mention the fabulous family clubs – we just had to do our bit to give back.

We hope you’ll join us on Friday 9th December from 7pm till late. See all the stall’s attending in the event invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/301821643531875/

Don’t forget to tell your friends!


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Latest ‘Sensory Friendly’ release at Huddersfield’s Odeon Cinema



Dimensions along with the Odeon Cinema Huddersfield offer monthly ‘sensory friendly’ cinema screenings of recent releases!

What makes a screening sensory friendly?

  • The lights will be on low
  • The volume will be turned down
  • There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
  • You’ll be able to take your own food and drinks
  • You’ll be able to move around the cinema if you like**

 **Guests are reminded not to run inside the cinema and children are to be supervised at all times.


ODEON’s next sensory friendly film screening is screening is:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Sunday 27th November at 10:15am. 

Please check with cinema that all details are correct before you travel.






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Halloween ‘Which Tea?’ Tea Tasting & Afternoon Tea

The Inner Wheel Club Holmfirth are hosting a Halloween tea tasting followed by an afternoon tea and will be raising funds for HDSSG!

Tickets are just £7.50 each and can be reserved by emailing fundraising@hdssg.org or by contacting organiser Maureen – details on the poster!

Tickets must be reserved by 17th October 2016 to avoid disappointment.

Huge thanks to the organisation for their support! We hope the event is a great success.

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Dance Classes For Tots with Additional Needs


Rising Stars dance school are looking for 3- 5 year olds with additional needs who would like to take part in dance classes!

See the times, venues and prices below:

10am-10.30am – Tots Musical Theatre @ Phoenix Squash and Fitness Club in Honley – £4

10.30am-11am – Tots Funky Dance @ Phoenix Squash and Fitness club in Honley – £4

12.30pm-1pm – Tots Musical Theatre @ Play Palace in Halifax – £4

1pm-1.30pm – Tots Funky Dance @ Play Palace in Halifax – £4

For more info please contact Chloe at – chloerisingstars@gmail.com

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Quiz Night! All Welcome!

You are invited to join us at Lindley Liberal Club on Friday September 30th for Quiz Night! All proceeds will be donated to Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group, we hope you can make it!

Huge thanks to quizmeister Richard Eastwood and Lindley Liberal Club for their support.


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Be Centre Stage with Dark Horse!

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BEAT IT! Creative & Performing Arts

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Rising Stars – dance & musical theatre for children with additional needs!

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Foundation Actor Training Course with Dark Horse Theatre

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The BRILLIANT Dual Focus Media once again captured our World Down Syndrome Day fun here at Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support.

Just check out some of the AMAZING pictures of our HDSSG’ers from our bash.

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Lindley Community Events 2016 support HDSSG

We are delighted that Lindley Community Group have chosen to support us for a second year running. Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group are the beneficiary charity for both the Lindley Carnival (25/06/2016) and the Lindley 10k & Fun Run (26/06/2016)

There will be plenty of fun for all the family over the last weekend in June and we are hoping for as much fabulous support from our HDSSG families as we saw at the 2015 events.

For more information you can visit Lindley Community Group’s website: http://www.lindleygroup.org.uk/

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The time HDSSG went intergalactic!!

Tim PThis week Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group went intergalactic.

Whilst scrolling through old photos I came across a fantastic picture of a budding astronaut – HDSSG’s Jack D and decided to send a quick tweet to Mr Tim Peake. You may know that British ESA astronaut Tim is currently orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station conducting very important experiments and the such so never in a million light years did I expect a response to my tweet!

But lo. Less than an hour later, a mention! A mention! From Tim Peake… From space!


The original tweet:



Tim’s mention!



Oh and a facebook post on his official page too!!!!!!  *faints*


A fantastic surprise and we are so very grateful for the wonderful comments that followed – now let’s see if he get’s his socks out on 21.03!!!

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March 21st 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.

In 2016 the focus of the campaign led by Down Syndrome International is:

“My Friends, My Community” – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults

People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.

But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.

For more on World Down Syndrome Day and why we celebrate please click HERE


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Beat it! Dance, drama & music for people with learning disabilities

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