World Down Syndrome Day – FREE LESSON PLAN for schools

We are excited to share that ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS – a Yorkshire based educational recruitment agency have put together a ground breaking, awareness raising, schools competition and free lesson plan!

A wonderful opportunity for school staff to use this ready made teachers plan to get their students thinking in three dimensions about Down syndrome and have fun along the way – creating a resource and submitting it for the competition (competition close date 16/03/2016)

Please encourage any teachers you know, primary or secondary, to take advantage of this opportunity – spread the word!

Click on this link to download this fantastic free resource: WDSD16-Competition-and-Lesson-Plan


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Wakefield & District Down Syndrome Support Group are hosting their annual World Down Syndrome Day celebrations on Saturday 19th March 2016 & you are ALL WELCOME- DON’T MISS IT!

For more information visit their facebook event by clicking HERE! 


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2015 at Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group

WOW. What a year. 

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HDSSG families at Yorkshire Wildlife Park


2015 has been another busy one at Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group. We have enjoyed lots of social activities at wonderful organisations such as Safe Anchor Trust, Leeds Donkey Sanctuary, Circus Starr, Artful Playground, Globe Arts Education and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.





We kept active with hydrotherapy sessions at the excellent Hollybank Trust’s Bradbury Centre, a family sports day held at the old Huddersfield Sports Centre site and a karate taster with the awesome Colne Valley Black Belt Academy. Our Little Stars Stay & Play sessions have also been attended well over the year thanks to our parent volunteer Angela and the staff at Golcar Children’s Centre.


sophieHDSSG was also able to heavily subsidise exceptional educational opportunities for our members. Our speech & language sessions, Chatterbox returned with the lovely therapists from Chatterbug and coordination from parent volunteer Rachel. We worked with Kathryn of Thoughtful Communication who delivered to our families a ‘parent interaction’ course; and with the valued help of teacher volunteers Helen and Justine along with the fantastic support of charity Fairy Bricks – Lego Learners was a huge success.



Our biggest celebration of the year was our World Down Syndrome Day event which took place at Cedar Court Hotel on 21.03. It was the 10th anniversary of WDSD being officially recognised as an awareness day by the United Nations. We had a great turnout and with the help of entertainment from the Hey Diddles, The Covers & Tumble Town we partied the day away (see more HERE!) HDSSG were delighted with the support from local schools and businesses too for drawing attention the date. Thank you!

Of course we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the dedication of our parent volunteers, families supporting our events or the financial help from our FABULOUS FUNDRAISERS!

Rog and sop2015 saw some very exciting partnerships for Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group. We were thrilled to be voted Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook Local Charity Partner and we have enjoyed meeting the staff and generous customers at organised bag pack events over the last few months. Our partnership with the store runs until the summer of 2016. We were also delighted to be approached by the Lindley Community Group who presented us with the opportunity to be the charity supported at the annual Lindley Carnival and 10k and fun run in June. This was a massive occasion for our charity and saw funds of over £3000 raised as well as being a huge boost to our profile and awareness raising. Amazing! To see the pictures and news from this brilliant weekend click HERE! 

Rosette Presentation 3There are so many others we need to thank for their generosity in 2015 including Yorkshire Bank, The Muddy Fockers, The Racing Raisins, Richard Eastwood & Lindley Liberal Club, The White Knights, Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club, Luke Meller aka Team Weak Knees, Cupcake Crazy, Frenz, Butterflies Day Nursery, Max Lockwood & Our T Shirt Business, Brosters Farm Shop, Pennine Foods, Golden Fleece @ Blackley, Sainsburys Market Street, LV Britannia Rescue Lockwood, Rachel Rothery, Irene Hirst along with donations from Mama’s & Papa’s for making our Ebay store so successful. All the schools and local organisations who supported World Down Syndrome Day. Last but not least all our parents/grandparents/family & friends who have volunteered tirelessly over the year. THANK YOU!!

If you would like to support us in 2016 please email our fundraising coordinator Kate at

There really has been so much to cover this year – if you’d like to follow what we get up to please do look us up on social media!

All that remains is to wish all our families and supporters a happy and healthy new year and  here’s to more exciting adventures in 2016. Cheers! 


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This Friday 11th December HDSSG will be at the Lindley Liberal Club hosting a fantastic fundraiser! 



We have excellent local businesses Frenz bringing handbags, scarves, jewellery and more. Cupcake Crazy, Itsy Bitsy Art and Smellams Soap selling gorgeous goodies with a percentage of profits being donated directly to our charity!




We also have a GREAT raffle with prizes including a luxury hamper (donated by LV), 1 hour pitch hire (donated by Soccer City), Gift Vouchers from Lindley Fine Wines, Frenz, Globe Arts Studio and MUCH more!!






If that wasn’t enough we are running a silent auction for 2 special items: A framed, signed Huddersfield Giants Shirt AND a signed script by the cast of Emmerdale!

If you can’t make the night but would like to make a bid for one of these fantastic items you can email up to 8pm on the 11th December to – Make sure it’s your maximum bid and don’t forget your contact details! The winners will be contacted by email and announced on our  public facebook page.

Join us at Lindley Liberal Club on Friday 11th December from 7pm – and bring your friends!!



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Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group are a parent volunteer led charity. ALL donations go directly to providing exciting and educational opportunities to children and young people with Down syndrome in and around Huddersfield.

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Shabang! 2016 Calendar OUT NOW!


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Dark Horse Theatre, Huddersfield – Places available!

Dark Horse’s new Studio A course has now begun, and with a few places still available it is not too late to join! Please do share this information, and get in touch with Dark Horse if you know anybody who may be interested in this great opportunity. They look forward to hearing from you!

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Shabang! Little Tiddlers for pre-schoolers with additional needs!


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Sensory Oojamabobs – Funky, Custom Made, Chewy Jewellery!

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PCAN Conference 2015- Changes to SEN – What You Need To Know

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Little Stars – Stay & Play for under 8’s with additional needs

We have been running free stay & play sessions for children under 8 with additional needs and their siblings for a number of years –  all with the help of our parent volunteers partnered with the use of the superb facilities of Golcar, Cowersley, Milnsbridge & Lindley Children’s Centre.

The centre has a fabulous sensory room kitted out with bubble tubes, a twinkling carpet and UV lights, filled with cushions and beanbags it’s a great space to chill out. There is a ‘home corner’, reading area, construction area and craft table and during the warmer months we use the brilliant outdoor space and toys too.

The sessions run on Wednesdays out of term time – a time there is always lots for the over 8’s to do but services for the under 8’s were hard to find. We welcome children with ANY additional need – not just Down syndrome. So please come and join us! Just email to book your places!!

Here are our next Little Stars dates:

Oct 2015

Dec 2015

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Easter 2015

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Mencap Kirklees – Safe Places Events

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QUIZ NIGHT! All welcome


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Dance Fitness – for people with additional needs

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Butterflies Nursery Family Fun Day!


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Little Stars Stay & play for under 8’s with ANY additional need

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